Friday, October 18, 2013
It’s back to square one for San Diego’s Christopher Martin. On Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA, Martin (27-3-3, 9 KOs) lost by an unanimous decision to Enrique “Cuate” Quevedo (15-6-1, 9 KOs) of San Pedro, CA in the evening’s eight round Main Event presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions.
All three judges had Quevedo winning every round except one.
The noticeable difference in the camps? Quevedo was euphoric after hearing the decision. For him, beating a boxer of Martin’s stature was like winning a world title.
For Martin, this was a fall from grace as he will now drop in the world rankings. Box Rec was the first to react dropping Martin like a hot potato to #79. Being more realistic, if Las Vegas were to get involved and post a betting line on Martin’s next fight, we’d likely see him ranked around #29 or 30. That means at present there are 28 or 29 super bantamweights that would be favored to beat Martin. You can’t be unreliable when you’re going after a world title and that’s the rub on the mercurial Mr. Martin.
On a four fight win streak since his unanimous decision loss to Luis Orlando Del Valle, Martin was never in this contest. Quevedo handedly outpointed Martin by applying steady pressure, landing consistent combinations and never letting up.
Overall, it was a very disappointing performance by Martin. When covering up, he resembled one of those fretful boxers on a comeback after a two to three year layoff. On occasion, he’d be himself and land a masterful combination. In both the seventh and eighth rounds he even went with the desperation, but off target, overhand right in an attempt to land the miracle KO punch.
Quevedo’s best round turned out to be the fourth. In that round, a multitude of punches rained down on Martin. It must have felt like a hailstorm. Everything that Quevedo threw, landed. A standing eight count was certainly a strong possibility. Martin showed remarkable toughness as these punches kept landing. Near the end of this disastrous round, Martin confounded everyone by mounting a mini-comeback in which he landed his own unanswered blows.
Then we saw swelling under Martin’s right eye as they closed out the sixth. By this time, Martin had heard the harangues of everyone, his fans, friends, trainer, manager, even his promoter spoke out. They were all pleading, “You got to win these final two rounds!” The more objective fight fan knew better; only a knockout would secure the win.
Until that final bell, Quevedo kept up the pressure and often scored with these head snapping jabs and straight rights. Even after Martin landed a hard right to cause Quevedo’s nose to bleed, nothing would deter his opponent from matching or bettering Martin’s output.
All three judges scored the bout the same, 79-73 for Quevedo.
The Co-main event, featuring super bantamweights Juan Ramon “Pochito” Reyes (10-1-2, 1 KO) of Bell Gardens, CA and Daniel “The Baby Face Assassin” Roman (8-2-1, 3 KOs) Garden Grove, CA, was also a thriller. Most people were saying it was “the bout of the night.” Both of these gents went nonstop landing these hard shots to the head with many rounds too close to call.
This boxing pundit had Roman taking rounds one, seven and eight. Reyes was in command throughout rounds two through six. He was also the busier and more accurate puncher. Once again, all three judges were in agreement and scored the bout 77-75 for Reyes to give him the slim but unerring, unanimous decision.
The newest of the Thompson Boxing Promotions signees, bantamweight sensation Carlos “Memin” Carlson (12-0, 9 KOs) completely dominated fellow Tijuana boxer Guadalupe Barrera (5-2-3, 2 KOs).
In round #1, a hard left hook by Carlson forced Barrera to take a knee. In the second round Carlson sent Barrera to the canvas twice with the same left hook to the midsection. The end came at the 1:41 mark of round three after Carlson again trapped Barrera against the ropes and landed that killer hook to the body. After Barrera took yet another a knee, referee Wayne Hedgepeth called for an end to the carnage.
“I wanted to come out and put on a great show for the fans,” said Carlson in his interview after the fight. “With this being my first Thompson Boxing show, I wanted to impress everyone with my fan-friendly style.”
South San Diego’s Israel Arellano (7-1, 6 KOs) may have been bull rushed and smothered by Mario “Popeye” Hermosillo (12-11-3, 2 KOs) in the first two rounds but that tactic went out the window after Arellano gained the proper distance in Round #3.
In that third round, Arellano’s power shots (wind ups) soon took their toll on Hermosillo (12-12-3, 2 KOs). Before long Arellano hurt Hermosillo with a straight right to the ribs and Hermosillo took a knee complaining to his corner about his recurring rib injury. Hermosillo was able to beat the count but referee Lou Moret opted to stop the bout to prevent further injury.
Despite being busier, landing more punches and bringing the fight to San Bernardino, CA’s Joshua Conley (7-0-1, 6 KOs), the visiting Juan Carlos Sanchez (5-6-1, 4 KOs) from Saltillo, Mexico, was only able to walk away with a draw. Against the defensive-minded Conley, Sanchez used all sorts of angles to score his points.
Meanwhile, Conley spent the majority of his time looking for the counter and then and only then would he attack. Conley did go for the knockout in the fifth round and took the initiative with harder blows that began to find their mark on the now retreating Sanchez. Conley was able to close strong landing left hooks and straight rights all the way to the final bell.
Judge Pat Connelly saw it 58-56 for Sanchez while Max Deluca scored it the same but for Conley. Marty Denkin saw it an even 57-57 split which made the bout a split decision draw.
In the show’s opening bout, local favorite Erick Ituarte (6-0-1, 1 KO) remained undefeated by defeating Roberto Ventura (3-5, 1 KO) of Tijuana by way of Guadalajara, Mexico in a four round super featherweight clash.
Ventura had his moments especially when landing the big overhand rights but after Ituarte gained enough confidence to slip punches and counter, this was a done deal. In the third and fourth rounds, Ituarte increased the pressure by mixing in some hard body shots. All three judges had Ituarte winning every round.
With the win, Ituarte moves to 6-0-1, 1 KO, while Ventura drops to 3-5, 1 KO.