FRESNO -- Olympic-bound lightweight boxer José Ramírez danced at his going-away party last Friday.
Ramírez, who will turn 20 on the day of the Gold medal bout in London this summer, thanked his growing number of local fans.
According to Ramírez's coach Armando Mancinas, Ramírez delayed his departure for the U.S. Olympic facility in Colorado and London.
"We think we can better prepare José for the competition in London," said Mancinas.
Mancinas added they will contact professional fighter from Gilroy Robert Guerrero, known as 'The Ghost,' for possible sparring sessions.
Ramírez - the owner of five USA Boxing national titles and a student at California State University, Fresno - will be joined in London by Mancinas, José's younger brother, Luis Ramírez, and their father, Carlos Ramírez.
"Knowing that they will see me compete at the Olympic level, that's just something very special," said Ramírez.
Benítez, Águilas, in Fresno, San Diego
FRESNO -- Ecuadoran striker Christian Benítez, who led the Clausura tournament in goals, will rejoin Club América and play in Fresno.
Benítez recently returned from his native Ecuador, where he trained with the national soccer team.
Club América, coached by Miguel Herrera, will face Jaguares de Chiapas, who is coached by José Guadalupe Cruz, in a preseason exhibition match at Chukchansi Park on Wednesday (June 27) and in San Diego on June 30).
The Fresno Fuego's reserve squad will play a friendly against Turlock's Express at 4 p.m. and América kicks off against Jaguares at 7 p.m..
Coach Tena calls up México's El Tri
MÉXICO CITY -- Mexico's Olympic Soccer Team gathered for training last Monday at the Centro de Alto Rendimiento, the squad's training facility.
Eighteen players have been selected to represent México, but four substitutes have yet to be chosen.
Pérez called back to Olympic Games
SACRAMENTO -- Soccer official Veronica Pérez is called back to officiate at the Olympic Games.
The Sacramento native will be an assistant referee for the women's Olympic tournament in London. Pérez was also chosen to assist four years in Beijing.
Also selected is referee from San Mateo Kari Seitz.
'Canelo' ends bout with broken jaw
LOS ÁNGELES -- Josesito López stopped favorite Victor Ortiz in 9 rounds in their welterweight bout scheduled for 12.
López (30-4, 18 KOs) faced Ortiz up a weight class broke Ortiz's (29-4-2, 22 KOs) jaw during the World Boxing Council's welterweight contest last Saturday at the Staples Center.
'La Rusita' wins on all cards for IBF title
PUEBLA -- Mexican bantamweight Yazmin Rivas defeated Nydia Feliciano for the International Boxing Federation's female bantamweight title last Saturday.
Rivas, who is known as 'La Rusita,' improved to 28-7-1 with 9 knockouts, while Feliciano dropped to 5-2-3.
Steelers hold football clinic in México City
MONTERREY -- Numerous players from the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers held a football clinic over last weekend.
The Steelers' two-day (June 23-24) drill and fan camp on the Santa Fe campus of the Universidad Tecnológico de Monterrey was hosted by several players including James Harrison, Charlie Batch.