The 2015 USA Amateur Boxing program is off and running as two Southern California Boxing programs hosted shows on Saturday, January 31, 2015.
First, the results from the show promoted by Bobby Lopez at the Intensity MMA & Fitness Gym in South San Diego.
In Bout #1, it was 27 year-old Ulises Zumaya (156 lbs.) of the Alliance Training Center, Chula Vista going up against 24 year-old Armando Tovar of the House of Boxing Gym in Paradise Hills, San Diego, CA (157.8 lbs). In this one you had the more patient but often busier boxer, Tovar, slugging it out with the taller, often more powerful Zumaya. On this day, the judges gave more credence to the power behind Zumaya’s punches.
In Bout #2, you had light heavyweights 20 year-old Justin Lang of North County Boxing (170.2 pounds) going up against 24 year-old Robert Lutrique of the Gladiator School of Boxing, Spring Valley (167.8 pounds).
In the early rounds, Lang clearly had the advantage and kept dominating the action by peppering Lutrique with stiff jabs and the big overhand rights to the head.
Despite being shorter and battered for two straight rounds, Lutrique remained confident and stayed true to his game plan of waiting for the proper opening. That opening came early in the third round when he caught Lang with his hands lowered. He followed that first straight left with a combination that soon had Lang backed up in the neutral corner for the first of many standing 8-counts. Soon after, while again pressuring Lang, Lang lost his balance and fell on his keister.
From that point on, Lutrique was all over Lang. The straight lefts to the head came one right after another. Lang’s nightmarish ending came after the third in a series of referee stoppages (standing 8-counts).
In Bout #3, it was 18 year-old Samuel “TCK” (The California Kid) Fontan of Pride & Glory, San Diego, CA (122.4 pounds) going up against 17 year-old Alexis Villareal of the National City CYAC (121.6 pounds). For both boxers this was their second USA Amateur competition.
Both rounds one and two were a slugfest as both boxers took their turn unloading the hard, looping punches. As wild as they were, it was rare when a punch didn’t land. With Fontan slightly ahead on the scorecards after two rounds, Villareal showed his mettle by taking control in the final round. When Fontan missed, Villareal made him pay. The bout was won by attrition as the relentless Villareal kept pouring it on, maintaining the pressure, until the punch stats had him ahead.
That same day, representatives of the United Boxing & Fitness Gym of Chula Vista traveled north to compete in the USA Amateur Show hosted by the Sweet Science Boxing & MMA Gym of Hawthorne, CA. The owner and head boxing coach Marcel Acevedo gave us this report: “Regarding Team United’s debut in LA, we want to say thank you to everyone for the positive vibes and blessings sent our way! Just want to let everyone know the two United boxers that competed, got the win! Congratulations to Eduardo”Fearless” De La Torre who won by an unanimous decision and Brayan “El Machete” Garcia who won by way of TKO!!!!! Sincerely, we thank everyone for their support!!!!”
And finally, well respected boxing trainer Joe Vargas, who recently began his tenure at The Arena in Point Loma, took his first fighter into competition. Together, they came away with the victory. “Very proud of my fighter Charlie Brown (l) who fought a tough fight, but won!!” said Vargas. “The first one is now out the way.”
Charlie Brown commented later: “Thank you Coach Joe! I am very lucky to always have the best coach in my corner.”
For the date and time of the next USA Amateur Show, you can always check the updated schedule at: http://www.sportofboxing.com/4usa-amateur-boxing-schedule-update-2-2-15/