Pacific Coast Boxing hosts latest USA Amateur Boxing Show

December 11, 2010 No Comments

Saturday, December 11, 2010, Pacific Coast Boxing in Vista, Ca. was the host of the latest USA Amateur Boxing show and as is so often the case, there were a ton of underlying story lines.

Jose Vigil of North County Boxing has his arm raised in victory after defeating Josue De La Sancha of City Boxing in Bout #1. Photo credit: Jim Wyatt

In Bout #1, 28 year-old Josue De La Sancha of City Boxing in Downtown San Diego was making a return after a seven month layoff and mistakenly figured he could pickup where he left off.  Twenty year old Jose Vigil of North County Boxing wasted no time in teaching him that


 

boxing skills are not like a light switch that you can turn on and off; it takes a constant vigilance.

In Round #1 both boxers went full bore, De La Sancha from the outside trying to land the knockout blow while Vigil worked in close with short combinations. By the time the bell sounded to end the round, the boxers knew they were in for a battle royale and touched gloves out of respect.

In the later part of Round two, De La Sancha became winded and started to hold. After an initial warning for holding, referee Lein Schoemake penalized De La Sancha a point.  By being the busier of the two, Vigil had De La Sancha backing up.

In the third round, after Vigil landed more than a few unanswered blows on De La Sancha’s face, Schoemake stepped in to issue an eight count. All three of the judges had Vigil as there winner.

After their bruising battle in Bout #2, Elias Diaz of Barrio Station (right) takes a moment for a photo with Alfredo Rodriguez of the Alliance Training Center. Photo credit: Jim Wyatt

Bout #2 featured two veterans, 16 year-old Elias Diaz of Barrio Station going up against 18 year-old Alfredo Rodriguez of the Alliance Training Center in Chula Vista, Ca. Since both boxers had been so successful, this was one of the most anticipated matches of the day.

Even though Diaz was caught several times with solid lefts and one forced a flash knockdown after his gloved touched the canvas, he clearly won the match by being the busier of the two, countering well and landing several big overhand rights.

Roman Gonzalez of Pacific Coast Boxing has his arm raised in victory after defeating Alberto Cazarez of Escondido in Bout #3. Photo credit: Jim Wyatt

Bout #3 was an all out donnybrook between 11 year-old Roman Gonzalez of Pacific Coast Boxing, and 12 year-old Alberto Cazarez of Escondido. After the intense exchanges that marked Round #1, Cazarez became less disciplined in both round two and three. To gain the victory, all Gonzalez had to do was hang close and land his solid jabs plus an occasional straight right and left.

Bout #4 featured 11 year-old Erick Puente of the host gym, Pacific Coast Boxing, going up against 11 year-old Lazaro Lorenzana of Pride and Glory. This bout was all Lorenzana’s who was in Puente’s grill from the opening bell. To his credit Puente never gave up and made several valiant efforts to pull out the victory.

Lazaro Lorenzana of Pride and Glory has his arm raised in victory after defeating Erick Puente of Pacific Coast Boxing in Bout #4. Photo credit: Jim Wyatt

Bout #5 had 14 year-old Robert Meza of Casitas Boxing going up against Ryan Soliven of San Diego’s ABC Mongoose Gym on Market Street. In Round #1, the taller Meza pressed the action, showed better ring generalship and clearly landed more of the harder blows.

In Round #2 things began to change as Soliven came out with a tighter stance, began slipping Meza’s punches and landing the clean counters.

By round #3 Meza’s face had frustration written all over it.

Robert Meza (left) of Casitas Boxing, the eventual winner, and Ryan Soliven (right) of San Diego’s ABC Mongoose Gym await the announcement of the winner of Bout #5. Photo credit: Jim Wyatt

It was as if he was trying to swat at a ghost. Soliven had taken the reigns and was giving the weary Meza a boxing lesson. As sometimes happens the judges disagreed with my verdict and awarded the win to Meza.

Bout #6 featured 18 year-old Anthony Quinones of Chula Vista Boxing going up against 19 year-old Jorge Ruiz of the Alliance Training Center in Chula Vista. The two have been very close friends for over seven years. With Quinones having less time in the gym, it was expected that he would have a difficult time and he did. Of course the competitor that Quinones is, he never let up and mounted several strong comebacks.

Jorge Ruiz of the Alliance Training Center in Chula Vista has his arm raised in victory after defeating Anthony Quinones of Chula Vista Boxing in Bout #6. Photo credit: Jim Wyatt

Roberto Ocampo (left) of the Mongoose Gym, the eventual winner, and Adrian Hernandez (right) of Pacific Coast Boxing await the judges decision in Bout #7. Photo credit: Jim Wyatt

Bout #7 had 12 year-olds Roberto Ocampo of the Mongoose Gym going up against Adrian Hernandez of Pacific Coast Boxing. Simply put Ocampo outworked Hernandez to gain the unanimous victory.

Bout #8 had 16 year olds Josh Rivera of Rhino Boxing facing Hessen Fakhreddine of Old School Boxing. Whereas the other matches were hotly contested this was a gross mismatch. Fakhreddine not only had a nine pound weight advantage, he had much better boxing skills and the build of an NFL linebacker. To his credit Rivera hung in there until the bitter end. With the punishment he was taking, the referee should have called for an early stoppage.

Referee Rick Ley (center) awaits the announcer’s call as to the winner of Bout #8 between Hessen Fakhreddine of Old School Boxing (right, the eventual winner) and Josh Rivera of Rhino Boxing (on the left). Photo credit: Jim Wyatt

Bout #9 featured 17 year-old Carlos Adams of the Alliance Training Center of Chula Vista in his debut facing 28 year-old Evan Aitken of the Blackline Training Center of Carlsbad, Ca.

If you’re not familiar with these training facilities, both have a reputation for training the best fighters in the Mixed Martial Arts. Aitken certainly looked the part of a MMA fighter with all his foreboding tattoos. And more importantly, he had an age and six pound weight advantage going for him.

Carlos Adams of the Alliance Training Center has his arm raised in victory after defeating Evan Aitken of the Blackline Training Center in Bout #9. Photo credit: Jim Wyatt

Well, you can scrap all the talk of a mismatch. Before you could blink your eye twice, Adams caught Aitken square on the chin and down he went. They say there’s a certain spot on the chin that if you hit someone just right, it shuts the lights out and that’s what happened to Aitken. Carlos Adams didn’t even break a sweat.

Nico Cortez of Rhino Boxing (left), the eventual winner, and Bryan Salomom of Pacific Coast Boxing (right) await the judges’ decision for Bout #10. Photo credit: Jim Wyatt

Bout #10 featured two boxers that have faced each other before, 18 year-old Nico Cortez of Rhino Boxing in Vista and 16 year-old Bryan Salomom of Pacific Coast Boxing.

Early on Cortez, who is thinner and much taller, seemed frustrated by the in-fighting of Salomon and certainly lost the first round. Then in the second round he kept his distance and used his tremendous reach advantage. The third round was every judge’s nightmare as the two boxers took turns pummeling each other. In the end the close decision went to Cortez.

Fernando Fuentes of Real Deal (left), the eventual winner, and Johnny Quiroz of Rhino Boxing (right) await the judges’ decision in Bout #11. Photo credit: Jim Wyatt

Bout #11 featured two boxers with a ton of experience, 16 year-old Fernando Fuentes of Real Deal Boxing in Hemet, Ca. going up against 17 year-old Johnny Quiroz of Rhino Boxing in Vista. As in the preceding bout (Bout #10), it was Quiroz’s hope to get inside Fuentes defenses and work over his midsection. Fuentes, the taller boxer, did his best to work on the outside and won on all three of the judge’s scorecards.

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