Jolene Blackshear shows her pedigree with win over Linda Soto

January 30, 2013 No Comments
With the help of her support staff at Cital Boxing and Nutrition, Jolene Blackshear took another step in her quest to regain the Light Flyweight Title she once held

With the help of her support group from Cital Boxing and Nutrition, Jolene Blackshear took another step in her quest to regain the Flyweight Title she once held years ago. (l to r) Cital trainer James Thomas III, Jolene Blackshear, Gym Co-owner and Nutrition Specialist Dr. Brandy Augustine, Gym Co-owner/Head Trainer Jose Cital, and Conner Augustine.

Wednesday, January 31,

The lyrics to that wondrous song “The Impossible Dream (The Quest)” from the 1965 musical Man of La Mancha, keep resonating in my head. On Wednesday evening, Jolene Blackshear, the former IFBA Flyweight Champion, reaffirmed she is resolute, unwavering in this her second run at a world title. Along with her trusty support group from the Cital Boxing & Nutrition Center in La Mesa, CA, the 42 year old returned to the ring to snatch her second straight victory on her comeback trail. Not to rummage through the past but it’s now three years, nine months and 15 days since Blackshear fought Dan-Bi-Kim in South Korea for that world title and in boxing years, that’s a long, long time. It’s also 13 years since she last held the crown.

In Wednesday’s bout, her second visit to Salon Las Pulgas in Tijuana’s Downtown, her opponent, Linda “La Muñeca” Soto, may have appeared to be as dainty as a Barbie doll, but she had a lot of power in each punch. The 25 year-old was not only 17 years younger, three inches taller, her last three wins came by way of knockout. In Blackshear’s last bout, October 25, 2012, she stopped Lili Barajas in the first round. 

From the outset, the two ladies went full blast and it appeared Soto took Round #1 (scoring 10-9) by capitalizing on her leverage and longer reach. Round #2 went to Blackshear (10-9), who started ducking under Soto’s lead punch and timing her counters. 

With Round #3 being so close, you had to figure the Mexican judges would favor Soto (10-9) who at times out-muscled Blackshear and had her backing up.

The all important fourth Round was in my estimation the back breaker for Soto, who by this time had run out of ideas on how to stop the formidable Blackshear who just kept on coming, kept on slipping punches and kept on landing the hard shots to Soto’s body and occasionally to the face. Soto was now getting a boxing lesson from the veteran. Blackshear takes the round (10-9).

Both the fifth and sixth rounds went to Blackshear who now had her opponent baffled. She continued to duck under Soto’s misses and came up inside to counter with the harder and harder straight shots to Soto’s face. To their credit neither boxer let up, neither boxer took a step back in that final round.

With all three judges in agreement, Jesus Gonzalez, Carlos Flores and Juan Jose De La Mora, the scores were identical 58-56 for Blackshear. With the win Blackshear improves to 7-3, 3 KOs and Soto drops to 5-2, 3 KOs.

One of the most exciting matches of the evening turned out to be the clash between the women in Bout #9, the veteran Jolene Blackshear from San Diego and Linda Soto from Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico.

One of the most exciting matches of the evening turned out to be the clash between the women in Bout #9, the veteran Jolene Blackshear (red pull over) from San Diego and Linda Soto (black and blue pull over) from Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico.

Now for the rest of the fight card:

At the conclusion of Bout #1, Daniel Ramirez, the eventual winner, and Antonio Villa await the judges decision for Bout #1 of the Mayen Promotions Boxing Show on Wednesday evening, January 30, 2013 at the Salon Las Pulgas Concert Hall in Tijuana.

At the conclusion of Bout #1, Daniel Ramirez (L), the eventual winner, and Antonio Villa (R) await the judges decision for Bout #1 of the Mayen Promotions Boxing Show on Wednesday evening, January 30, 2013 at the Salon Las Pulgas Concert Hall in downtown Tijuana.

Bout #1 featured Daniel “Huracan” Ramirez (4-0-0, 3 KOs) going up against Antonio Villa (1-5-0, 1 KO), two local lightweights from Tijuana. At first it appeared the tall and rangy Ramirez would have no trouble but that thinking was derailed after he became the victim of a flash knockdown. Despite the gaffe, Ramirez did land more of the cleaner shots throughout to earn the hard fought, four round split decision victory which ended with scores of 38-37 and 39-37 for Ramirez and a 38-37 for Villa.

In Bout #2 it Andrew Ruiz (L) getting the quick KO victory in Round #1

In Bout #2, it was Andrew Ruiz (L) getting the quickie KO victory of Jesus Montenegro.

Before Bout #2 started, there was some fanfare coming from the rear where the boxers make their entrance. One of the combatants, Andrew Ruiz (5-0, 3 KOs) had a famous trainer working his corner, none other that Robert Garcia of the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, CA, the former IBF Super Featherweight Champion and older brother of Mikey Garcia, the current WBO Featherweight champion. Garcia has trained such notables as Nonito Donaire, Kelly Pavlik, Antonio Margarito, Brandon Rios, Joan Guzman and Marcos Maidana.

If you think this development made Jesus Montenegro (0-8) of Tijuana uneasy, you’re right and as expected this one was over in a flash – bam, bam. The official time was 2:06 of Round #1.

in Bout #3, Emilio Sanchez making his Pro debut getting the KO victory over Luis Alfredo Rodriguez (R)

In Bout #3, Emilio Sanchez made his Pro debut getting the KO victory over Luis Alfredo Rodriguez (R). All photos: Jim Wyatt

Bout #3 

Then for all of two minutes, Garcia worked the corner for featherweight Emilio Sanchez of Los Angeles. Sanchez was making his pro debut against Luis Alfredo Rodriguez (0-2) of Rosarito, B. C., Mexico. At 1:13 of the first round that match was finito and Garcia was helping Sanchez remove his gloves. A big left hook ended Rodriguez’s night.

Garcia must have the magic touch. Neither of his boxers worked up a sweat and within minutes they were headed out the door with Antonio Margarito and some other mates. 

In Bout #4, it was Antonio Gutierrez of Tijuana getting the fourth round TKO victory over Jorge Camacho of Los Angeles who was making his Pro-debut

In Bout #4, it was Antonio Gutierrez (L) of Tijuana getting the fourth round TKO victory over Jorge Camacho of Los Angeles, CA.  Camacho gave a good showing in his Pro-debut.

Bout #4

The slick punching Jesus Antonio Gutierrez earned his eighth win the hard way by taking on Jorge Camacho, a tough club fighter from Los Angeles, CA who was making his Pro-debut. Gutierrez must have been miffed by Camacho’s resiliency as he kept coming even after getting hit with Gutierrez’s best shots, up top and down below. For the longest while Camacho appeared to be unaffected and kept pressing the action with his roughhouse tactics. Finally, with a welt under his left eye and blood trickling from his nose, the fight doctor recommended the bout be stopped at the 2:42 mark of the fourth and final round.

Aside from the one flash knockdown in Round #3, Pablo Lopez Torres (R) was hanging tough in Bout #5 with the tough Norberto Vaal (L)

Bout #5 – Aside from a flash knockdown in Round #3, Pablo Lopez Torres (R) was hanging tough with the formidable Norberto Vaal (L).

In Bout #5, Norberto Vaal managed a split decision victory over the much smaller Pablo Lopez in a four round flyweight bout. If Lopez, making his Pro-debut, had not gone down from a flash knockdown in the third, it’s possible he would have come out of this with the victory. The close scoring validates this point – 39-36 and 38-37 for Vaal and 39-37 for Lopez. With the win, Vaal goes to 2-0-1, 1 KO while Lopez ends up (0-1).

In Bout #6, it was Hector Flores (top) pointing on the pressure until he got his TKO victory over Janathan Coronado in the second round of Bout #6

In Bout #6, it was Hector Flores (top) putting on the continual pressure until he got his TKO victory over Janathan Coronado (center bottom) in the second round.

In Bout #6, a battle of first timers, Hector Flores came out the stronger of the two when he stopped Janathan Coronado in the second round. The shorter but fearless Flores forced the stoppage after trapping Coronado against the ropes and battering him with a series of unanswered blows. Official time was 1:49 of the second round.

After sizing up his opponent, Saul Hernandez, in Round #1, Jose Estrella dominated from there on out to earn an unanimous decision victory

After taking the first round to size up his opponent, Jose Estrella (bottom right) dominated Saul “Bebe” Hernandez from there on out to earn his unanimous decision in Bout #7.

Bout #7 was another of the featured bouts because of the recent exploits of both Saul “Bebe” Hernandez (2-3-0, 2 KOs) and Jose “Hollywood” Estrella (11-4-1).

In late October, Hernandez ko’d tough guy Rigoberto Casillas in the second round of a match at the Gimnasio Eufrasio Santana in Tecate. Estrella, with his nine KOs, has always been a crowd pleaser and not once has he failed to go the distance.

As advertised, the two kept throwing their best shots. Especially Estrella who showed he has a lot of power and knows how to maximize his leverage. He had Hernandez backing up from Round #2 through Round #5. Certain he was behind on the score cards, Hernandez’s corner advised him to go for broke in the final round and that’s what he did. The two men stood toe to toe and fought it out to the bitter end.

It all happened so quickly. After Eduardo De La Cruz knocked Alejandro Solis off his feet, he got a little over-confident because back came Solis to knock him down

It all happened so fast. After Eduardo De La Cruz (R) knocked Alejandro Solis (L) off his feet, he got a bit over-confident and back came Solis to knock De La Cruz down for the count.

Bout #8 didn’t last long, but boy-oh-boy was it exciting. Both Eduardo De La Cruz and Alejandro “Cruel” Solis were making their pro-debuts and the adrenaline was running high. After De La Cruz caught Solis square on the chin, down he went. Peeved at his own carelessness, Solis came at De La Cruz as if he had disrespected his family’s name. His barrage of punches, featuring two overhand rights, sent De La Cruz down for the count at the 1:07 mark of round one.

Down four times in Bout #10, Jesus Lopez just didn't want to give in to the hard punching Jose Cayetano

Even after being knocked off his feet four times in Bout #10, Jesus Lopez (green trunks) did not want to give up the fight to the hard throwing Jose “Tigre” Cayetano (top right).

In Bout #10, Tijuana super bantamweight Jose “Tigre” Cayetano (14-1, 6 KOs) looked impressive in his destruction of Jesus “Piriguas” Lopez (6-9-1, 5 KOs) from nearby Mexicali. The so-called Main Event lasted all of four minutes and 16 seconds. 

Cayetano dropped Lopez three times in the first round and for good measure a fourth and final time at 1:16 of Round #2 before referee Juan Jose Ramirez stepped in to stop the carnage.

Erick Martinez (top) gets the second round TKO victory over Miguel Angel Garcia

Erick Martinez (top) gets the second round TKO victory over Miguel Angel Garcia.

Bout #11 was almost a repeat of Bout #10 as Erick Martinez (2-0-1, 2 KOs) went nonstop after fellow lightweight Miguel Angel Garcia who was making his Pro-debut. From pillar to post and back, the pounding went on for three minutes and 36 seconds until referee Juan Jose Ramirez called for the stoppage.

Heriberto Delgado threw everything he had against the granite chinned David Gomez in an attempt to put him away but he couldn't stop

Heriberto “Tremendo” Delgado (green trunks) threw every punch imaginable at the granite chinned David Gomez in an attempt to put him away but it seemed it was all for naught.

Bout #12 was a bit more competitive, but not much. Heriberto “Tremendo” Delgado did the chasing in this one and the much taller David Gomez, who was making his Pro-debut, did the covering up. The scoring by the three judges was identical 40-36, giving every round to Delgado.

It was as if everyone in the Concert Hall was cheering for Erick Cebreros BT 13

Who has a bigger fan club? On Wednesday night, it was as if everyone in Las Pulgas Concert Hall was cheering for Erick Cebreros (R) in his contest against Carlos Alberto Avila.

Bout #13

The oh-so popular Erick “Tepeyac” Cebreros (5-0, 1 KO) had trouble early but somehow managed to get the majority decision over fellow featherweight Carlos Avila (0-1-1). Avila has a few bad habits, one in particular, he keeps his hands down which made him look bad against the more disciplined Cebreros. Scores were 40-36, 39-37 from judges Esteban Franco and Leobardo Ibarra Bracamontes for Cebreros. Judge Alejandro Rochin had the match even at 38-38.

The next boxing show in Tijuana is scheduled for February 16th. It will take place at the Auditorio de Tijuana. The Main Event is a world championship bout between 25 year-old Alejandro Lopez (24-2-0, 7 KOs) of Tijuana and 26 year-old Jonathan Momo” Romero (22-0-0,12 KOs) of Cali, Columbia for the vacant IBF Super Bantamweight title.

In Lopez’s last couple of matches, he soundly defeated Takalani Ndlovu (33-7-0,18 KOs) and Teon Kennedy (17-0-1, 7 KOs). On September 21, 2012, Romero defeated Efrain Esquivias (16-1) at the Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, CA.

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