CYAC “Battle on the Boulevard” boxing results

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“Battle on the Boulevard” as the National City Coummunity Youth Athletic Center

“Battle on the Boulevard” at the Community Youth Athletic Center in National City on February 15, 2014 featured more than a few Battle Royales. Like this slugfest between 20 year-old Arnulfo Carreon who is shown unloading this big overhand right on the chin of 24 year-old Cris Price. All photos: Jim Wyatt

February 15, 2014

Once again, it was “Battle on the Boulevard” as the National City Coummunity Youth Athletic Center hosted their latest USA Amateur Boxing Show with competitors coming from near and far. 

Bout #1 featured 25 year-old Han Tran (125.2 lbs.) of the Undisputed Gym going up against 21 year-old Kevin Salas (124 lbs.) of the Tolteca Boxing Club in San Ysidro. 


 

Even though both boxers had their moments in round one, it was Salas landing the higher percentage of blows. By round two, Tran had begun this strategy of hit and then hold to smother his opponent. It worked for a while until Salas started feinting then taking one step back. 

After round three, another nonstop action round, it was clear Salas had won over the judges, as it pertains to the punch stats.

In Bout #1, it was Kevin Salas over Han Tran.

(bottom) Kevin Salas (c) of the Tolteca Boxing Club, who defeated Han Tran of the Undisputed Gym in the opening bout, is joined by family and friends.

Bout #2 featured 14 year-old Jason Meza (111.6 lbs.) of the Undisputed Gym Downtown going up against 15 year-old Daniel Andujo (111.2 lbs.) of the Temecula Boxing Club.

In round one, the shorter Andujo established he would be the aggressor and as he pressed forward, he’d often take one punch in order to deliver three punches in response. This pattern continued throughout rounds two and three and the winner was never in doubt. 

At the conclusion of Bout #2, Danile Andujo has his arm raised in victory by referee Dana Kaplan.

At the conclusion of Bout #2, Daniel Andujo (r) has his arm raised in victory by referee Dana Kaplan after he defeated Jason Meza (l).

Daniel Andujo is joined by family and friends after his victory over Jason Meza.

Daniel Andujo is joined by family and friends after his victory over Jason Meza.

Bout #3 featured 30 year-old cruiserweight Marco Mora (177 lbs.) of the City Boxing Gym in San Diego’s Downtown going up against 25 year-old super-middleweight Bryan Verner (168.2 lbs.) from Scottsdale, Arizona. While this was Mora’s third bout, the younger and lighter Verner was making his first Amateur start. 

As predicted both came out swinging for the fences in round one with Mora landing more of the telling blows. 

Nearing the close of the round two slugfest, it appeared Verner was tiring. Then, in the final round, both boxers gave it everything they had right up to the final bell. After tabulating the scores, Mora was awarded the decision.

Marco Mora (177 lbs.) of the City Boxing Gym in San Diego’s Downtown going up against 25 year-old super-middleweight Bryan Verner (168.2 lbs.) from Scottsdale, Arizona.

Marco Mora (red gloves) and Bryan Verner (blue) duke it out in their extremely entertaining bout which included several back and forth momentum swings.

(bottom, right) Marco Mora of City Boxing poses for photos with his coaches Manny Melchor (l) and Vernon Lee (r).

(bottom, right) Marco Mora (c) of the City Boxing Gym poses for photos with his coaches Manny Melchor (l) and Vernon Lee (r) after his victory.

super-middleweight Bryan Verner (168.2 lbs.) from Scottsdale, Arizona.

Super-middleweight Bryan Verner (center) from Scottsdale, Arizona is joined by his support group after his bout against Marco Mora.

Bout #4 featured an 18 year-old southpaw, lightweight by the name of Austin Brooks (134 lbs.) of the City Boxing Gym Downtown taking on a 25 year-old super lightweight by the name of Jorge Rivera (140 lbs.) from North County Boxing.

In this one you saw a little of everything, from the gestures of respect to the vicious infighting which made this bout a three round war.

Round one went into the Brooks’ column. He was getting off first and certainly maintained an edge in the punch count. Rivera made certain to even the score in round two and finished that round by catching Brooks with a dandy overhand right.

With round three deciding the match, Brooks went back to being a more conservative headhunter and had success landing the straight left to garner the close, split decision victory.

Austin Brooks over Jorge Rivera

Bout #4, Austin Brooks (l) of City Boxing has his arm raised in victory by referee Hondo Fontan after he defeated Jorge Rivera of North County Boxing.

Bout #5 featured super-middleweights 20 year-old Gilberto Ledesma (161.6 lbs.) of North County Boxing going up against 27 year-old Emilio Rodriguez (164.2 lbs.) from 818 Boxing of Pacoima, Los Angeles, CA.

In round one, Rodriguez was masterful with the accurate and better leveraged punches. The only negative critique came from his corner who wanted him to keeps his hands up.

As the bout progressed each boxer got themselves into a nice rhythm. With their exchanges being so intense, both knew a touch of the gloves would be warranted and that’s just what happened at the close of rounds two and three. 

After the scores were tallied and a split decision victory for Rodriguez was announced, there was some grumbling from the folks who thought Rodriguez had dominated from the opening bell. 

super-middleweights 20 year-old Gilberto Ledesma (161.6 lbs.) of North County Boxing going up against 27 year-old Emilio Rodriguez (164.2 lbs.) from 818 Boxing of Pacoima, Los Angeles, CA.

Super middleweights Gilberto Ledesma (red gloves) of North County Boxing battles it out with Emilio Rodriguez (blue) from 818 Boxing of Pacoima, Los Angeles, CA.

At the conclusion of Bout #5

(Top, right) At the conclusion of Bout #5, referee Dana Kaplan (c) raises the arm of Emilio Rodriguez (r) after his defeat of Gilberto Ledesma (l).

In the final match of the day, Bout #6, they had lefty, 24 year-old Cris Price (142.8 lbs.) of the Pacific Training Center in La Jolla going up against 20 year-old Arnulfo Carreon (140.4 lbs.) from North County Boxing.

For the majority of this match, Price was in charge with his longer reach, surprise left hooks and better leveraged punches. To his credit Carreon did land his share of straight rights and on occasion landed the big overhand right to surprise Price who demonstrated that he does indeed have a chin made of granite.

(top photo) At one point, Cris Price, a lefty, dished out the punishment. (below photo) At other times he was on the receiving end of the heavy blows.

(top) At one point, Cris Price was dishing out the punishment. (below ) The other times it was Arnulfo Carreon’s turn to deliver the heavy blows.

At the conclusion of Bout #6, it was referee Hondo Fontan raising Cris Price's arm in victory.

At the conclusion of Bout #6, we see referee Hondo Fontan (c) raising the arm of Cris Price (r) in victory after he defeated the game Arnulfo Carreon.

The National City CYAC’s next show “Battle on the Boulevard” is scheduled for April 5, 2014 and will include the 2014 District Junior Olympic competition for boxers aligned with the local LBC 44. 

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