October 12, 2013
The latest Golden Hands Boxing show, sanctioned by USA Amateur Boxing and held Saturday, at the recently opened Intensity MMA gym in South San Diego was a huge success. Once again local boxing fans were treated to more than their fair share of great fights and paid just $10 for their admission. The results are as follows:
In Bout #1, it was 30 year-old Tin Bui of Art of Eight Training & Fitness Center in Kearny Mesa (137.6 pounds) gaining an unanimous decision victory over 19 year-old Arnulfo Carreon of the North County Gym in Escondido (139.6 pounds).
Bui used his full extension to land the more damaging head shots in both rounds #1 and #2. Carreon made a better accounting of himself in Round #3, but by that time Bui had built himself a substantial point lead.
In Bout #2, it was 14 year-old Ivan Guardado of the host gym Intensity MMA (102 pounds) getting the best of 14 year-old Rodolfo Ortigoza of the Legacy Training Center, Vista, CA (103.4 pounds).
This was Guardado’s 10th win against just one loss and his second win over Ortigoza. Plain and simple, he had the quicker hands to land more punches with the majority of them being straight counters off of Ortigoza’s wider and less accurate punches.
In Bout #3, it was 10 year-olds David Gutierrez of Golden Hands Boxing (76.8 pounds) going up against Julius Ballo of the El Cajon Undisputed Fitness & Training Center (73.8 pounds).
Despite being much shorter, Ballo, the current CA State Champion and two-time USA National Champion, was masterful, especially on his defense and the way he was able to get in close to land his multitude of counters. Gutierrez’s foolhardy strategy involved landing that one big knockout blow which at times did reach it’s target but not often enough.
In Bout #4, it was 22 year-old Gilbert Lopez (153.2 pounds) going up against 17 year-old Hussein Fakhreddine of Old School Boxing (159.6 pounds).
Again, it was a matter of the better boxer, Fakhreddine, being patient and landing the counters, against the big puncher, Lopez, who was going for the knockout. Until Round #3, we had ourselves a most entertaining, action packed toe to toe battle with Fakhreddine ahead on points.
Early in round three, Lopez got caught by a flurry of three unanswered blows. The three unanswered blows preceded the five unanswered blows which led to the first of two standing 8-counts. By this time, Fakhreddine had the blueprint and started to dominate each exchange.
Then came the surprising left hook that really hurt Lopez, a gent who everyone thought was indestructible. Once referee Rick Ley saw the third onslaught in a row, he immediately felt compelled to stop the bout and award Fakhreddine the RSB (Referee Stops the Bout).
In Bout #5, it was 9 year-old Jonathan Flores of the Alliance Training Center, Chula Vista (68.2 pounds) going up against 9 year-old Diego Luna from Bound Boxing in Chula Vista (63.8 pounds). Both were making their USA Amateur Boxing debut.
After Flores landed the majority of punches in round #1, Luna seemed to take charge in Rounds #2 and #3 by way of landing the cleaner shots. In the end, the close decision went to the more accurate puncher, Luna.
In Bout #6, it was 21 year-old Pedro Bernal of Old School Boxing (123.6 pounds) getting the win over 17 year-old Fernando Franco of Intensity MMA (126 pounds). Like most orthodox boxers, Franco had problems defensing Bernal’s troublesome left. To put it bluntly, he seemed clueless on how to defend against Bernal’s constant attack. For three straight rounds, the in-your-face Bernal was giving Franco a steady diet of those straight lefts to the head.
In Bout #7, there were two more debutants, 20 year-old Ruben Valdovinos of North County Boxing (149.6 pounds) going up against 23 year-old Johnny Ballesteros of the Intensity MMA Gym, Chula Vista (149.6 pounds).
As far as experience, Ballesteros had been training for one year and two months while his opponent, Valdovinos, had been in the fighting sports for four years and had participated in several MMA shows. It is interesting to note, that over the last four months with his new trainer, Tony Contreras, Valdovinos has lost 30 pounds.
From the outset, it was Valdovinos landing three punches to every one thrown by Ballesteros. This development had Ballesteros backpedaling, which gave Valdovinos an additional edge to gain his unanimous decision victory.
In Bout #8, it was 17 year-old Fabian Zarco from Barrio Logan (132.4 pounds) going up against the much taller, 18 year-old Daniel Morales of Bound Boxing (132.6 pounds).
Zarco’s in your face strategy surprised Morales who at first used his reach advantage to land the solid shots to the head and then circle away from Zarco’s in your grill punches. Once that pesky bee got inside Morales’ grill, Morales’ wider, looping punches became far less effective and that bee started stinging.
On and on it went, with Zarco either taking that first offering or ducking under it, to get inside where he was the most effective.
Bout #9 featured a rematch between two Marines, one active duty, 21 year-old Enrique Lopez (186 lbs.) of Pound 4 Pound Boxing and the other, now inactive, 25 year-old Joseph Berger (183 pounds) of the 858 Fight Shop on Miramar Road in San Diego (183 pounds).
At first their exchanges were pretty even. That all changed after Lopez saw his opening to land the straight left. The encouraging, affirmative narration of Lopez’s coach best describes the bout from that point on, “All day, there it is!”
On occasion Berger did land a straight right but not as often as Lopez landed his more powerful left. With the loss, Berger remains winless at 0-8.
As in Bout #9, Bout #10 was a rematch between 14 year-old Joseph O’Donnell of the Art of Eight Training & Fitness Center in the Kearny Mesa section of San Diego (135.6 pounds) and 15 year-old Noel Diaz of the Pinzon Boxing Club of Escondido, CA (130 pounds).
Even though O’Donnell did better this time, the result was the same. Diaz’s defense and offense were far superior and as a result he won his fourth straight without a defeat.
The final match of the day, Bout #11, was the highly anticipated, super middleweight clash between 22 year-old Christian Olivas of the host gym, Intensity MMA and 24 year-old Terrence Hendricks, a member of Berlin Kerney IV’s “Bomber Squad” at the Undisputed Fitness & Training Center in El Cajon, CA.
Back on December 16, 2012, at the annual Boxer’s for Christ National Tournament held at the San Diego Combat Academy in San Diego, Olivas managed to defeat Berlin Kerney IV, Hendricks’ uncle and coach. Somewhere in the far off recesses of his mind, Hendricks, with Kerney, his uncle in his corner, had to be thinking, ‘At all cost, I must revenge my uncle’s defeat.’
In that 2012 tournament, Kerney faced Olivas in the finals of the 165 pound category. Unlike Kerney, a formidable KO artist and head boxing instructor for three plus years, Olivas had just begun to train and had only two bouts under his belt. For this reason Kerney may have felt a bit overconfident. Olivas was like the Rock of Gibraltar in that match. He stood firm against Kerney’s powerful blows.
When the match ended, one judge had Olivas winning. Another saw Kerney winning and the third, tie breaking judge scored it a draw. When this occurs, the judges are asked to once again grade the boxers by adding in a value for ring generalship. The three judges then ruled that Olivas was their choice.
On Saturday, Hendricks wanted to leave no doubt. Even though he did get hit by several big shots himself, Hendricks’ defense was superior. He’d often duck under an Olivas offering before rearing back to throw one of his power shots, projectiles with so much torsion they reminded you of those big rocks coming from a medieval catapult. How Olivas survived these blows is a mystery.
The next USA Amateur Boxing show is scheduled for Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Team Quest Gym in Encinitas, CA. You can always check out the latest schedule by going to: http://www.sportofboxing.com/usa-amateur-boxing-schedule-update