By Ray Hamill — The Lost Boys of Arcata are gearing up for a busy few weeks in the octagon, with several upcoming fights, involving several different fighters.
Most notably Louis Cosce will headline the next Bear River Casino fight night in November, making his second consecutive appearance at the event as a pro.
Cosce defeated Travis Lebrun at the most recent local fight night in August, and is now 2-0 as a pro.
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In addition to Cosce’s anticipated showdown, several other fighters out of the Arcata gym will be in action that night, with 10-to-13 fights being lined up.
Before that, four of the Lost Boys will travel to a pair of different events on Oct. 13.
At 155 pounds, Ross Lopez will fight at the Rogue Fights at the Win-River Resort in Redding.
Lopez, a San Diego native, has a record of 3-1 and has quickly earned the respect of his teammates at the local gym.
“He’s one of our team captains,” said Lost Boys founder and co owner Brian Wilson. “He’s a good wrestler. He’s a well-rounded fighter.”
On the same night, three other members of the team will head south to compete at the prestigious Bay Area Combat fights in Vallejo, including Tyler Watkins at 145, Austin Moore at 185, and Andrew Guisa at 170.
Guisa, a Eureka native, is 5-1 and will be fighting for a welterweight belt.
“This is his first title fight, and it’s probably overdue,” Wilson said.
The former Eureka High wrestler has been with the team for three years and is a also jiu-jitsu blue belt.
Moore, meanwhile, has been with the team for the past six months and has quickly established himself.
The Crescent City native is 3-0 and has impressed Wilson with his striking ability.
“He has more of a boxing background,” Wilson said. “He has power in his hands. He’s a very explosive guy.”
Watkins, another jiu-jitsu blue belt, is 4-0 and is described by his coach as a “very good rangy fighter.”
“He’s good at kick boxing,” Wilson said of the 6-0, 145-pounder.
All four fighters will be back in action along with Cosce at the Bear River fight night on Nov. 17.
Wilson, who also promotes the local fights through his company Hard Fought Productions, is trying to get Cosce’s brother Orion Cosce, another local favorite, on the card as well.
Orion Cosce recently made his professional fight debut at the Warrior Games III in Wisconsin, defeating Isaiah Williams.
After that successful pro debut, he has been invited back to the Warriors Games IV in December, but says he would love to fight at the Bear River event in front of friends and family.
The problem has been lining up an opponent for the impressive Cosce, with many fighters shying away from the challenge.
“It’s hard to get someone to fight him,” Wilson said.