Boxing Hall of Fame manager, Frank Espinoza, is excited for 2016. And who can blame him? Some of his top level fighters like Oscar Valdez, Antonio Orozco and Jesse Magdaleno are on the brink of world title shots and his young up and comers are creating a buzz everywhere they fight.

Boxing Hall of Fame manager, Frank Espinoza, is excited for 2016. And who can blame him? Some of his top level fighters like Oscar Valdez, Antonio Orozco and Jesse Magdaleno are on the brink of world title shots and his young up and comers are creating a buzz everywhere they fight.

We caught up with Espinoza from his home base in Los Angeles and spoke to him about 2015 and the upcoming year.

What were some of your favorite moments during 2015?
Seeing the development of fighters like Oscar Valdez, a former Olympian, turning into a poised professional and seeing Antonio Orozco and Jessie Magdaleno get closer to the title with some significant wins was very exciting. They have a lot to offer the fans and God willing, in 2016, they’ll make their mark as world champions.

Tell us about your boxing squad.
We have one of the most talented group of young boxers in the business. Oscar Valdez is 18 and 0 and he’s looking tremendous. His wins over Chris Avalos and Ernie Sanchez prove that he has all the talent to be a world champion and a future star.

Antonio Orozco is 23 and 0 and coming off a major win over former world champion Humberto Soto. We’re looking to fight Mauricio Herrera or Jesse Benavidez next. I think those would be incredible fan friendly fights. Antonio is definitely ready for a world title shot in 2016. He’s one of the most exciting fighters in the world. The nickname Relentless suits him perfectly. Boxing fans love him.

What about Ronny Rios?
Ronny is in a very good position. He just defeated Jayson Velez and won the WBC silver belt. It was a very significant win. He’s now ranked number 4 in the world. Well put him in one more fight and then we’ll challenge for the world title. I believe Ronny will be a world champion at some point.

You also manage Jesse Magdaleno. What are the plans for him in 2016?
Jesse is now 25 and 1 and will fight February 13. We would like to fight Nonito Donaire after that bout. That’s the fight we want. He’s ready for a big name like Donaire. Jesse has a very fan friendly style. His speed and footwork are excellent and I think we’ll see a world title belt around his waist very soon.

Luis Ramos is also part of your team. What’s next for him?
I want to position Luis into world title contention in 2016. He took some time off from boxing but now he’s back and making good strides. I see some very good scenarios playing out for him. He’s a more mature fighter in and out of the ring. I think the time off served him well. He’d been at the sport of boxing since he was nine. He needed a break. Now he’s rested and ready to go.

What are you hoping for in 2016?
I’m hoping to keep the whole team active and to make sure my fighters who are ready, get title shots.

I’m also looking to further the careers of Joet Gonzalez he’s currently at 12 and 0 with 6 KOs. He’s been progressing very nicely. He’s been turning into more of a puncher lately. He’s knocked out his last two opponents and has been looking terrific. Emilio Sanches is also someone to look out for. He’s 10 and 0 with 7 knockouts. This kid is going places.

What about Diego Magdaleno?
Diego is coming off a world title shot. He came out on the short end but he’s re focusing and we’ll have him back in the world title mix. Right now he needs to rebuild and get some quality wins. He learned a lot from the loss and I think in the end, it’ll make him a better fighter.

What would you like to say to the fans?
I want to let them know that we’re committed to signing the best and most exciting prospects. Boxing is a passion for my son Frankie and myself. We’ve been at this for a long time and we love it. Frankie has been at it since he was a teen and he’s learned well. Our goal is to help better the sport and to help it grow. We want to bring excitement to the fans! It’s always about the fans. That’s who we’re looking to please. Without them, the sport cases to exist and becomes irrelevant.

We at Espinoza Boxing want to thank boxing fans around the world. We want to wish them the happiest of holidays and a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

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