Golden Hands Boxing hosts memorable show at Old School Boxing

June 29, 2013 No Comments
In what many called the "Bout of the Day" Fabin Zarco of Barrio Logan in San Diego defeated the veteran Jacob Sanchez of Rhino's Boxing in Vista, CA.

In what many called the “Bout of the Day” Fabin Zarco of Barrio Logan in San Diego defeated the veteran Jacob Sanchez of Rhino’s Boxing in Vista, CA.

Another exciting USA Amateur Boxing Show took place Saturday, June 29, 2013. This one was presented by Bobby Lopez of Golden Hands Boxing and hosted by Old School Boxing.

In Bout 1, it was Felix Soria defeating Alfred Vargas. All photos: Jim Wyatt

At the conclusion of Bout 1, Felix Soria (l) , the eventual winner, referee Rick Ley (c) and Alfred Vargas (r) await the judges’ decision. All photos: Jim Wyatt

Bout #1 featured 12 year-olds, Felix Soria (82.8 lbs.) of the Sons of God Boxing Club, Fontana, CA going up against Alfredo Vargas (82.6 lbs.) of the Barrio Logan Boxing Team in San Diego.

The taller Soria employed this strategy of leading off with the quick, power shots and then he’d immediately tie his opponent up. By the end of Round #2, you could see the frustration on the face of Vargas. In the end, there was no doubt Soria had racked up sufficient numbers to gain an unanimous decision.

Ezequiel Pelayo (top right) of the Sons of God Boxing Club gets the victory over Juan Garcia of Golden Hands Boxing.

Ezequiel Pelayo (top right) of the Sons of God Boxing Club in Fontana, CA gets the victory over Juan Garcia of Golden Hands Boxing San Diego, CA. Photos: J. Wyatt

Bout #2 had 9 year-olds Ezequiel Pelayo (57 lbs.) of the Sons of God Boxing Club and Julian Garcia (60 lbs.) of Golden Hands, Chula Vista, CA battling it out in a rematch of a slugfest that took place back on April 13, 2013 at the same location and surprisingly had similar results. 

After the first two hotly contested rounds, Pelayo took complete control in the final frame by landing eight, unanswered power shots to the head.

Bt 3 winner Victor Pelayo SoG defeating Alfredo Franco UnitedCollage

(bottom left) Victor Pelayo (l) of the Sons of God Boxing Club in Fontana, CA, the eventual winner of Bout #3, awaits the judges’ decision with USA Amateur Boxing referee Rick Ley and Pelayo’s opponent Alfredo Franco from the United Boxing & Fitness in South San Diego. (above) Victor is joined by his father and mother plus younger brother Ezequiel Pelayo (l).

Bout #3 featured 10 year-olds Victor Pelayo, Ezequiel Pelayo’s older brother, (69.6 lbs.) of the Sons of God Boxing Team, Fontana, CA facing Alfredo Franco of United Boxing & Fitness, San Diego (70.6 lbs.).

After landing the majority of punches in Round #1, Pelayo did even better in Round #2 which eventually led to referee Rick Ley issuing Franco an eight count.

In desperation mode, Franco pulled out all the stops and more than likely took Round #3. The difference in this one turned out to be the accuracy of Pelayo’s punches which hit their target like those missiles with a built-in homing device.

In Bout #4, it was Jason Meza of the Undisputed Fitness & Training Center in downtown San Diego getting the TKO victory over Robert Hernandez of the Alliance Training Center.

In Bout #4, it was Jason Meza (r) of the Undisputed Fitness & Training Center in downtown San Diego getting the TKO victory over Robert Hernandez of the Alliance Training Center.

Bout #4 featured 13 year-olds, Roberto Hernandez of the Alliance Training Center, Chula Vista (103 lbs.) going up against Jason Meza (108 lbs.) from the Undisputed Fitness & Training Center in downtown San Diego.

Unlike your mainstream boxer who likes to start off slow to get a good read on his opponent, Meza, with his height, weight and reach advantage came out swinging for the fences. One of his stray punches landed right on Hernandez’s protective cup.

At first it appeared the referee, Rick Ley, was issuing the battered Hernandez an 8-count and then the ruling was revised to a point infraction against Meza for that low blow.

After taking the allotted time to recover, the two boxers went back at it but it appeared Hernandez never fully recovered. In between rounds, Hernandez and his coach decided it was best to retire and return for another day.

In Bout #5, it was Jabin Chollet over Hector Vazquez

(bottom left) At the conclusion of Bout #5, Jabin Chollet (l), the eventual winner, awaits the judges’ decision along with his opponent Hector Vasquez and referee Will White.

In Bout #5, it was 11 year-olds Jabin Chollet (76.8 lbs.) of Barrio Station, San Diego facing Hector Vasquez (70.8 lbs.) of Real Deal Boxing, Hemet, CA.

With Chollet, a full head taller and six pounds heavier, this was a mismatch from the outset. After leading off with the left jab, straight right, Chollet soon had a field day working his combinations. From there on, it was one 8-count after another.

At the conclusion of Bout #6 Jose Chollet over Rubin Vasquez

(bottom, left photo) At the conclusion of Bout #6, Jose Chollet (l), the winner, poses for a photo with his opponent, Rubin Vasquez. (bottom, right) The three Chollet brothers, all boxers, pose for a group photo. All photos: Jim Wyatt

Bout #6 featured 13 year-olds, Jose Chollet (80.8 lbs.), Jabin Chollet’s older brother, from Barrio Station, going up against Rubin Vasquez (81.4 lbs.) from Real Deal, Hemet, CA.

This was one of the best (closest) matches of the day. Both boxers went nonstop and both boxers were extremely accurate. Chollet’s advantage came by way of his footwork. While shooting in and out to land his combinations, he was able to evade more punches than his opponent.

Tyler Herberger over Eduardo Vasquez Collage

In Bout #7, it was Tyler Herberger (l) getting the win over Eduardo Vasquez.

Bout #7 featured 16 year-olds Eduardo Vasquez (124.4 lbs., a veteran of 36 fights) from Real Deal in Hemet, CA going up against Tyler Herberger (123 lbs. a veteran of 10 fights) from Old School Boxing, the host gym.

The way these two boxers went at it in the first round, you had to figure someone was going to get clocked. Both seemed high-strung and using their leverage to perfection. Vasquez showed his toughness by walking right through two punches.

The difference in this one may well have been the conditioning factor. By the third round, Vasquez’s hand speed had put him at a disadvantage. Despite the heat and humidity in the gym, Herberger never showed any sign of slowing whereas Vasquez seemed to plod along.

During intermission, both Ernie Johnson (l) and Dr. Allan Rabin (r) were give a plaque from the show’s promoter Bobby Lopez to commemorate their ongoing support for USA Amateur Boxing. On countless occasions Dr. Rabin has volunteered his services to be the ring doctor and then driven all over the county to spend five to six hours providing his invaluable services. Also recognized, Ernie Johnson, a former standout professional boxer, now trainer of future champions like the undefeated jr. welterweight Emmanuel Robles, has offered his gym at no charge to individuals and non-profit organizations to assist their efforts.

(top) During intermission, both Ernie Johnson (l) and Dr. Allan Rabin (r) were give a plaque from the show’s promoter Bobby Lopez to commemorate their ongoing support for USA Amateur Boxing. On countless occasions Dr. Rabin has volunteered his services to be the ring doctor and then driven all over the county to provide his invaluable services. Ernie Johnson, a former standout professional boxer, now trainer of future champions like the undefeated jr. welterweight Emmanuel Robles, has bent over backwards offering his gym to individuals and non-profit organizations to assist in their efforts. Photos below show some of the boxing fans in attendance. They come in all sizes. Some support the San Diego Padres as well.

Bt 8 Fabian Zarco over Jacob SanchezCollage

Bt 8 b Fabian Zarco over Jacob Sanchez

(bottom right) At the conclusion of Bout #8, Fabian Zarco of Barrio Station gets the decision victory over the much surprised Jacob Sanchez of Rhino’s Boxing Club in Vista, CA.

Bout #8 featured 17 year-old Fabin Zarco (130.8 lbs.) from Barrio Station going up against the always tough veteran, 27 year-old Jacob Sanchez (128.2 lbs.) from Rhino’s Boxing in Vista, CA.

In Round #1, a fast paced slugger’s duel, Zarco came out on top by landing the majority of the scoring blows. Therefore we give Zarco the round with a 10-9 score.

In Round #2, an even closer round, Zarco again finished strong, especially in the closing 10 seconds. Therefore we have to give Zarco the round and another 10-9 score.

In the final round, Sanchez’s experience prevailed and most assuredly he took the final round. 10-9 Sanchez.

After Zarco was announced as the winner, the veteran, Sanchez, felt he had been wronged. Not so. At the beginning of this year, the USA Amateur Boxing hierarchy changed the scoring method and now instead of calculating points, you are basically going by the pro rules with the boxer who wins the majority of rounds wins the bout. The veteran USA Amateur boxers might not be in tune with this change. Without a knockout Sanchez had no way of winning on Saturday. Without a dominate 10-8 score in that final round, Sanchez had no opportunity to gain a draw.

Bt 9 Bryan Pinzon over Oscar Hernandez

At the conclusion of their bout, Bryan Pinzon (l) from Pinzon Boxing, Escondido, CA, the winner in Bout #9, has his arm raised by referee Hondo Fontan after defeating Oscar Hernandez (r) from the Rhino’s Boxing Club in Vista, CA.

Bout #9 featured Bryan Pinzon (123.8 lbs.) of Escondido, CA going up against 15 year-old Oscar Hernandez (126.8 lbs.) of Rhino’s Boxing, Vista, CA.

In this one, Pinzon, a southpaw, was masterful in his early destruction of the veteran Hernandez. In the very first round, Hernandez was caught twice by Pinzon’s powerful left and went down.

For the remainder of the bout, Hernandez had his hands up and gave it his best shot. In reality there was no way he could make up the difference without a knockout.

Ivan Guardado over Redolfo OrtigozaCollage

(bottom photo) Ivan Guardado (L) poses for a photo with his coach Luis Lorenzo after getting the victory over Rudolfo Ortigoza in Bout #10.

Bout #10 featured 14 year-olds, Ivan Guardado (100.8 lbs.) of the ABC Mongoose Gym in San Diego, the son of Jose Guardado, the former Kick Boxing World Champion from Ensenada, Mexico, going up against Rudolfo Ortigoza (102.2 lbs.) of the Penacho Boxing Club.

This one, with its back and forth momentum swings, saw Guardado leading the way as far as who landed the majority of the cleaner and more powerful shots to the head.

Jonathan Rodriguez over Xavion Douglas

In Bout #11, it was Jonathan Rodriguez (r) getting the win over Xavion Douglas (l).

Bout #11 was a rematch between 10 year-old Xavion Douglas (73.2 lbs.) of Rhino’s Boxing, Vista and 11 year-old Jonathan Rodriguez (71.4 lbs.) of United Boxing & Fitness, San Diego, a match won by Rodriguez.

As in the past, as long as he remained busy, Rodriguez had no problem dominating the shorter Mr. Douglas who came at Rodriguez with reckless abandonment, his arms flailing with the wider, looping punches.

Warren Brown over Chrisitan Olivas

In Bout #12, it was Warren Brown (r) getting the victory over Chrisitan Olivas (l).

Warren Brown over Christian Olivas

At the conclusion of his bout with Warren Brown, boxer Christian Olivas (r) poses for a photo with his coach Luis Lorenzo. All photos: Jim Wyatt

Bout #12 featured 21 year-old Christian Olivas (166.8 lbs.) of Oceans Boxing, San Diego going up against 31 year-old Warren Brown (164.4 lbs.) of Old School Boxing.

In the first round, while slipping punches and delivering these short arm punches, very effective head slappers, Mr. Brown was definitely in charge and doing all the scoring.

That all changed in the second round after Olivas found his range and started landing some significant shots to Brown’s head and body.

In the final round, Brown hardly threw a punch and spent the entire round on his bicycle or backing away. At one point, while getting clobbered in a neutral corner, referee Hondo Fontan stepped in to issue Brown an 8-count.

When the announcement came that Brown had won the match, there were countless surprise looks everywhere you turned. One official was so flabbergasted he made the comment, “Bad decision.”

Gilbert Roybal over Daniel Gonzalez

In Bout #13, it was Gilbert Roybal (r) getting the win over Daniel Gonzalez (l).

The final bout of the day, Bout #13, featured two 90-pounders, Daniel Gonzales of the Gladiator Gym in Spring Valley going up against Gilbert Roybal (164.4 lbs.) of United Boxing & Fitness, who boxed only last week on the Ocean Beach Athletic Club boxing card.

Gonzales’ downfall were the wide punches. Roybal’s success came from shooting in and out to deliver his straight shots to the head. Being the busier boxer and using some roughhouse tactics, insured that Roybal would come away with the victory.

Checking with our schedule:

The next LBC 44 Boxing Show, “Rumble on Reo” won’t be until Saturday, July 20th at the House of Boxing Training Center on Reo Drive in San Diego.

The following week, July 27th, we’ll be in National City at the (CYAC) Community Youth Athletic Center’s show “Battle on the Boulevard,” that Boulevard being National City Boulevard.

Nationally, there is the Women’s National Golden Gloves Championships July 9 – 13th, 2013 at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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