S.F. boxer eager to fight in front of hometown fans 

click to enlarge Jonathan Chicas
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  • San Francisco's Jonathan Chicas hopes to extend his 5-match winning streak on July 18 in The City.
San Francisco boxer Jonathan “El Carismatico” Chicas has always wanted to fight in front of his family and friends at some point in his career. In a couple of weeks, he will finally get that opportunity.

He will look to extend his five-fight winning streak as he faces off against Emanuel Robles at Longshoremen’s Hall in San Francisco in the co-main event on July 18.

Chicas, who is El Salvadorian, understands the opportunity to fight in front of a hometown crowd doesn’t happen everyday.

“It feels really great that my friends and family will all be able to watch me fight this time,” he said. “This is a great opportunity to show how hard I’ve been working, I have been stepping up my game for sure.”

The 25-year-old junior welterweight used boxing to help him get through the latter stages of his adolescent years when he admittedly didn’t make the best decisions.

“I hung out with the wrong crowd and got into trouble in the streets and with the law,” Chicas said. “I started training for boxing when I was about 17 when I met a guy through a juvenile program and haven’t looked back since, I have been committed.”

Chicas believes the sky is the limit for his boxing career and has set some pretty lofty goals for himself.

“I definitely aspire to become the champ one day, it’s my motivation,” he said. “It’s what I wake up everyday and train for, that’s my dream.”

A win on July 18 will continue him on the right path. Chicas is looking forward to introducing himself to fans around the nation, as his fight with Robles is an eight-round bout that will be televised on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes.

Chicas is aware that his opponent is fully capable of putting together a great fight. While Chicas has an impressive record of 13-1 with six KOs, Robles hasn’t lost yet in his professional career (10-0-1, three KOs).

“My opponent is tough and undefeated,” Chicas said. “He’s a southpaw that keeps coming forward, but I’m more than ready. The training I’ve been putting in is going to pay off.”

Chicas says he looks up to his trainer, Oscar Rivadeneira, a light heavyweight champion in 1980 who hails from Peru.

“I train at Third Street Boxing Gym in San Francisco now,” he said. “My trainer is one of the best and he has helped me develop into the boxer I am today and I feel like I’m getting better and better.”

If everything goes right for Chicas, this could be a magical night for him in his hometown in what some boxing experts believe is Chicas’ toughest test thus far in his professional career.

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