Saturday, September 1, 2012, was yet another momentous day in the long history of USA Amateur boxing history in San Diego with our local pugilists taking on challengers from both the Coachella Valley and Las Vegas at the San Diego Combat Academy in Mission Valley. Great match ups and great efforts made the event memorable.
Bout #1, featuring two super-lightweights, had 22 year-old Ricky Hood (5-2) of the host gym, the San Diego Combat Academy, taking on 20 year-old Devlin Thompson from Barry’s Boxing, Las Vegas, N.V.
After the opening bell, both boxers began throwing the power shots. Before long it became apparent that Hood was landing the cleaner shots and by mid-round caught Thompson with an overhand right to knock him off his feet. Following another barrage of bunches, the referee issued Thompson a standing eight count.
In Round #2, Hood mixed things up and went more to the body. After one solid body shot, he followed with another overhand right. By this time, Thompson’s corner had seen enough and over the top rope came the surrender towel.
Bout #2 featured two 13-year-olds in the super flyweight division, Wesley Diana of Barry’s Boxing, Las Vegas, N.V. and Angel Moreno of the Indio Boys & Girls Club of Coachella Valley, CA.
In this one, Moreno became too predictable with his jab, jab, overhand right. Meanwhile, Diana patiently sat back and waited to counter. By the end of the first round, Diana had his distance and timing down to perfection and went after Moreno with the shorter right and lefts to score in punches.
In the third round, after an accumulation of blows to the head, the referee stepped in and issued Moreno an eight count. By this time, Moreno needed to knock Diana out in order to win and Diana was too tough and weathered Moreno’s last ditch effort.
Bout #3 featured super bantamweights, 18 year-old Robert Lopez Jr. of Golden Hands Boxing of Chula Vista, CA making his debut against 22 year-old Tearry Hammond of Barry’s Boxing, Las Vegas who had a record of 1-1.
By the close of Round #1, Lopez, the more accurate puncher, had Hammond backing up and started catching him on the chin. The referee took note of the clean shots and began issuing Hammond one eight count after another. After the third eight count in Round #3, the referee called for a stoppage.
Bout #4 featured middleweights, 21 year-old Gilbert Lopez (3-0) of Golden Hands Boxing, Chula Vista, taking on Gabriel Hernandez of Undisputed Fitness and Training Center in El Cajon, CA.
In this slugfest, Hernandez proved to be the more accurate puncher in a very scary toe to toe battle. With Lopez’s punches being wide and off the mark, Hernandez hung inside and countered with shorter and more effective combinations.
For whatever it’s worth, this was Lopez’s first bout after trimming down from super-middleweight (162.4 pounds in his last bout) to 155.6. The drop in weight makes him quicker, gives him more stamina but did little to make him more accurate.
Bout #5 had the highly touted Jaime Barriga (6-0) of Barry’s Boxing in Las Vegas, CA going up against Jorge Agiss (1-4) of the CYAC in National City, CA. Both are 12 years-old and both training for the same amount of time.
Despite being shorter and outweighed by four pounds, Barriga proved he has the better grasp of how to accumulate points. Whenever there was an opening, his gloves went nonstop. By the end of the third round, both boxers had inflicted the same amount of punishment, however Barriga was well ahead on the judges’ scorecards.
During intermission, Community Commitment Awards were presented to two boxing families, the Barragans of National City, Carlos Barragan Sr. and Carlos Barragan Jr. and the Diaz family of Coachella Valley, brothers Antonio and Joel, for their work with local youth. Their proven methods of realistic prevention, intervention and diversion for at-risk youth have been instrumental in keeping many of our young people headed in the right direction towards a more productive and rewarding life.
Bout #6 featured 14 year-olds, Lorenzo Segoviano (11-3) from the Indio Boys & Girls Club in Coachella Valley, CA, weighing 112.4 pounds, going up against Roberto Ocampo of the ABC Mongoose Boxing Club in San Diego, CA, weighing 118.2 pounds, two boxers with a lot of experience.
Segoviano won the match by staying in close and repeatedly landing the right cross. Even after Ocampo managed to rally late in Round #3, there was no doubt Segoviano was ahead on all scorecards.
Bout #7 featured nine year-olds, Victor Ortega (77.6 pounds) of House of Boxing making his debut against Jose Fernandez (1-1, 74.6 pounds) of Cital Boxing, San Diego, CA, a youngster he had often sparred.
From Round #1 on, you could see Ortega wanted it more. His punches, especially the straight left hands to the head, were landing with pinpoint accuracy. And when told a correction needed to be made, he made it. When the exchanges went nonstop, he made sure he landed the final blow.
Bout #8 featured 27 year-old Mulapi Estani (133 pounds) of the Tiger Smalls Boxing Team going up against 22 year old Tony Burnett (0-3, 128.4 pounds) of LA Boxing in Carlsbad.
The shorter Estani kept up the pressure and stayed in Burnett’s grill to land the short but powerful straight shots to the head and body. At one point Estani landed five hard, unanswered blows to Burnett’s head. The unanimous decision victory was never in doubt.
Next week, the USA Amateur Boxing show travels to Vista, CA for a show at the Legacy Training Center at 1304 N. Santa Fe Ave. #B, Vista, CA 92083
Contact person: Ivan Puente (760) 586-0011
Weigh-ins: 9 a.m., First Bout: 1 p.m.
Special entertainment provided 12 noon to 1 p.m.