January 10, 2014
On Friday evening, it was PM Promotions, the Morales clan, represented by Diego “Pelucho” Morales and Ivan “Niño Maravilla” Morales along with their Mom, hosting their latest boxing show on the second floor of the family’s sports bar, Restaurante Olivaritos, in downtown Tijuana.
For a sports memorabilia fan, it was a delight. It was like visiting a museum before the curators had a chance to put all of the memorabilia in their glass cases. There were over a dozen world title belts, signed gloves from memorable fights and the fancy boxing robes they wore into battle. All that was missing was the movie theatre to showcase the highlights from the brothers’ remarkable careers. On the many shelves were trophies from their glorious past dating back to the ’70s.
Among the movers and shakers in attendance for Friday’s show were Ken Thompson, the president of Thompson Boxing Promotions plus his GM/matchmaker Alex Camponovo, plus the TV producer for the Time Warner Cable Deportes show “Boxeo Estelar.” Their entourage drove all the way from Orange, Calif. which most likely took them over two hours.
Back in early December, 2013, Time Warner Cable Deportes, the nation’s first-ever 24/7 Spanish-language regional sports network, and Thompson Promotions announced a programming agreement which stated the cable giant would air “Boxeo Estelar,” a weekly, one-hour boxing telecast beginning on December 12, 2013 and as part of this agreement, Thompson Boxing would be simulcasting “Boxeo Estelar” on their website at thompsonboxing.com. No doubt, this boxing show would need of a large cadre of talented boxers. The increased exposure would surely benefit the up and comers from south of the border and perhaps the people from Thompson Boxing Promotions who would attend the shows and do their recruiting.
In Bout #1, it was flyweight Javier Lapizco (4-0-0, 1 KO) of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico earning the victory over Efrain Gonzalez (1-3-0) of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
In the hotly contested opening round, Lapizco prevailed after catching Gonzalez with several big shots to the head just before the round ended. Gonzalez made a comeback of sorts in round two by exploiting his jab to get in close and then landing a series of powerful uppercuts.
Round #3, the Wow! round, saw both fighters going nonstop and landing more than a few home run blows to their opponent’s head. In the fourth and final round, it was Lapizco landing the more accurate and better-leveraged punches to earn the close, mixed decision victory.
In Bout #2, it was the more experienced Carlos Valenzuela (6-0-0, 3 KOs) of Ciudad Obregon, getting the quickie TKO victory over fellow lightweight Jesus Marquez (0-1) of Tijuana. The end came at the 1:49 mark of round one. After getting caught repeatedly with solid left hooks to both the body and head, Marquez went down and stayed down. It’s likely, he figured out that it was better to return on another day.
In Bout #3, it was Ruben “Canelito” Tamayo (23-4-4, 17 KOs) of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico earning a second round TKO victory over southpaw, super featherweight Ivan “Titan” Reyes (4-5-0, 4 KOs) of Tijuana.
Despite an economy of punches thrown in round one, every punch Tamayo threw landed and was meaningful, while Reyes’ punches were wide and off target. Halfway through round two, Tamayo’s measuring and calculating ended and he went in for the kill. After his onslaught of power shots, mostly to the head, down went Reyes on one knee. At that point, referee Juan Manuel Rincon could see he was a beaten man and called for a halt to the match at the 2:49 mark of round two.
Bout #4 was a super bantamweight matchup between Carlos “Memin” Carlson (13-0-0, 10 KOs) of Tijuana, another signee of Thompson Boxing Promotions, and southpaw Carlos Mendoza (1-8-1) of Tijuana. This bout was a repeat of the preceding bout. The early stoppage came at 1:21 of the second round after Carlson kept working over Mendoza’s midsection. Despite an occasional crisp jab to the face, Carlson pressed forward and kept up the pressure until the towel was thrown in.
Interesting to note, of Mendoza’s 10 opponents, he has only fought one boxer with a losing record. That was in his pro-debut against Jose Guadalupe Tapia who had a record of 2 wins and three losses.
In Bout #5, it was Jesus “Bolitas” Delgado (3-0-0, 1 KO) of Tijuana, moving up from super flyweight to featherweight (123½ lbs.) to get an early, 1:22 of the second round, TKO victory over Jose Antonio Torres (124¾ lbs.) of Tijuana who was making his pro-debut.
After a while these matches began to have a common thread as the more experienced boxers kept breaking the will of the less experienced.
Bout #6 featured two, 131¼ lb. lightweights, 26 year-old, southpaw Jose Luis “Zurdo” Ramirez Jr. (6-0-1, 3 KOs) from Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, an extremely, serious boxer and son of the former World Lightweight Champion Jose Luis Ramirez, going up against Cristian Scott (1-1) of Tijuana, a boxer who only fights once every two years.
Over a career that spanned 17 years, Ramirez’s dad had a remarkable record of 102-9-0, with 82 KOs). Less we forget, this Hall of Famer faced such notables as Pernell Whitaker, Julio Cesar Chavez, Ruben Olivares, Hector Macho Camacho, Cornelius Boza-Edwards, Terrence Ali, Edwin Rosario, Alexis Arguello and Ray “Boom-Boom” Mancini.
Like the preceding matches, the Ramirez Jr. bout ended early, at 1:24 of the first round, after Scott went down after getting beaten repeatedly by hard shots to the stomach.
In the final bout of the evening, Bout #7, they had super bantamweight, Heriberto “Tremendo” Delgado (9-0-0, 5 KOs) of Tijuana, another Thompson signee, Jesus Delgado’s older brother, taking on Hector Alvarez (0-1) of Tijuana.
Delgado, who was appearing in his first bout since signing with Thompson Boxing Promotions, was well aware of the high stakes, the in-house VIPs and went after his opponent early. As it turns out, “Tremendo” stopped his opponent at the 1:16 mark of round one. He had barely worked up a sweat. With the loss Alvarez drops to 0-2 while Delgado improves to (10-0, 7 KOs).
In summation, you had seven matches with only one getting past the second round. Despite the lack of competition, everyone enjoyed the tortas, frosty Tecate beer and the camaraderie between friends.