Friday evening inside the Activity Center on the Del Mar Fairgrounds, it was Paco Presents in association with Jorge Marron Productions, A & T Boxing Club and Don Chargin Productions continuing their Ringside at Delmar Boxing Series now in it’s second season.
In the opener, they had Jose Mejia of Santa Paula, Calif. (0-1) in a four round super welterweight clash with newcomer Julian Bautista of Oxnard, Calif. Despite being much shorter and having to overcome these whip like uppercuts and looping hard shots to the body, Bautista hung tough and surprised many by the way he took a punch, remained in close and showed his punching power which twice rocked Mejia and had him very close to being a knockout victim. Round after round Bautista remained active and not once would he allow himself to get behind on the scorecards.
Bout #2 featured 40 year-old heavyweight Michael Robinson (346 lbs.), the popular head boxing coach at the Encinitas Boxing Club for 11 plus years, making his pro-debut against the 6’6”, 245 pound Rafael “El Grande” Rios (1-1) also from San Diego. Not only was Robinson much shorter and a debutante, he was 100 pounds overweight and 10 plus years older.
And yet, for Robinson, this was one of those lifelong dreams that kept getting derailed either by a major injury or a family matter. For Robinson, who only had 10 amateur bouts but often sparred with professionals, this was now or never opportunity that he couldn’t pass up. The fact he decided to go now against a man of Rios’ size, with the height and reach advantage plus better mobility, proved to be a big mistake.
After around eight head snapping jabs, it appeared Robinson was having problems breathing through a nose that was bleeding and likely broken.
Miraculously, Mr. Robinson survived the first three minutes but then at the 1:59 point of round two, the giant landed a hard shot to the head that had Robinson falling backwards to the canvas. He tried in vain to get up, but the referee placed his hand on his shoulder and strongly advised him to call it a night.
Bout #3 was a welterweight (140-147 lbs.) clash between 27 year-old Brian Nevarez (2-0) of the Rhino’s Gym, Vista, Calif. taking on 28 year-old Daurend Niyazbayev from The Boxing Club in La Jolla. Niyazbayev, an exchange student from Astana, Kazakhstan, may have been making his pro-debut, but he was far being a novice at the sport. Niyazbayev, a former member of the Kazakhstan National Boxing Team, had 110 Amateur bouts in a country well known for it’s boxing exploits.
While going the distance Nevarez put up a good fight, but he was no match for Niyazbayev who used his quick jab to perfection. Before you knew it, Nevarez, who was being picked apart, had swelling around both eyes. All three judges scored the bout the same, 39-37 for Niyazbayev.
In Bout #4, they featured light heavyweight Manuel “El Venado” Ceballos (4-0-0, 3 KOs) from Merida, Yucatán, Mexico taking on Ronald Mixson (2-0, 2 KOs) from San Bernardino, Calif. Since both were undefeated and had remarkable amateur careers, you just knew this was going to be an exciting match and it was. How exciting? If this boxing show was a movie then the Mixson versus Ceballos bout would have to be considered the most intense, dramatic scene in that movie.
From the outset, Mixson, with his lethal straight lefts and left hooks, had Ceballos in trouble and twice sent him down on the canvas – although one of the knockdowns appeared to be a slip. With the dreadful start, Ceballos knew full well he had to even the score with his own knockdown or knockdowns. It wasn’t to the point of complete desperation but it was close.
In the third round, Ceballos surprised Mixson and had him take a seat on the canvas. Then, in the final round, Ceballos again appeared to have the upper hand but that all changed when Mixson landed this awesome left uppercut. At first the scores that were announced had the match being ruled a majority draw. After re-tallying the scores, it was discovered that judge Alejandro Rochin’s scores added up to 37-36 in favor of Mixson instead of 36-36 draw.
After the bout, most everyone was clamoring for a rematch. Then, not to make excuses, it was discovered that during Ceballos’ training camp, not once did his trainer have him spar with a lefty. That discovery alone makes you wonder if Ceballos had been given an opportunity to spar with lefties, could this match have had a different outcome?
In Bout #5 it was super featherweight Roque Ramos (5-0-1, 1 KO) of Vista, CA taking on the Wizard of Wall Street, Raymond “Bad Boy” Chacon (5-14-0, 1 NC).
By going the distance, Chacon keeps his “nobody can stop me” record in tack for the 21st straight time. Like his predecessors before him, Ramos marked Chacon up but failed to land the knockout blow. The final tallies, all favoring Ramos, had judges Pat Russell and Tony Crebs scoring the bout 39-37 while judge Alejandro Rochin gave Ramos every round.
Bout #6, the Main Event, featured super middleweights, 24 year-old, 5’11”, 74” reach Elias “Latin Kid” Espadas (7-1-0, 3 KOs) from Merida, Yucatán, Mexico going up against 28 year-old, 5’9”, 70” reach Adan “Borrego” Leal (9-4-0, 7 KOs) of Nogales, Arizona who was making his comeback after not fighting of three years, three months and 17 days. Espadas was not exactly the best opponent to pick when working off your ring rust. Not once was Espadas in any jeopardy and throughout their contest he held a three punch to one advantage.
At the 1:02 point of round four, referee Pat Russell had to jump in and stop the bout after Leal was getting pummeled repeatedly and not answering back.
The next show in the series at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is tentatively set for the second week of May.