The latest USA Amateur Boxing Show took place Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Intensity MMA gym in South San Diego. This was a special show since it was first leg of the JO Olympics regional qualifiers. The results from the eight exciting bouts are as follows:
In Bout #1, it was 16 year-old Jose Meza of Bound Boxing, Chula Vista, Calif. (118 pounds) coming away with the decision victory over 16 year-old Jason Meza of The Arena, Point Loma, San Diego, Calif. (118 pounds).
In Bout #2, it was 16 year-old Jasmine Hernandez of the National City CYAC (123.2 pounds) coming away with the victory over 16 year-old southpaw Jessica Juarez, Unattached, San Diego (122.6 pounds). Even though the judges favored Hernandez, it appeared to this boxing pundit that the bout was far too close to determine a definitive winner. After the judges had Hernandez ahead in both rounds one and two, Juarez, far and away finished the bout stronger with the harder and cleaner shots.
Bout #3 saw 25 year-old Contravis Strozier of the Gladiator School of Boxing, Spring Valley (126.2 pounds) pull the upset of the qualifying bouts by gaining the decision victory over 24 year-old Robert Lopez of the Golden Hands Boxing Team, Chula Vista, Calif. (128.4 pounds).
This match, very similar to the Hernandez vs. Juarez bout, was won in the early rounds by landing more of the cleaner, straighter, albeit less damaging blows and then being able to withstand the harder, power shots in the closing round.
From the outset of Bout #4, 17 year-old Bryan Garcia (157.3 pounds) from the United Boxing and his opponent 17 year-old Favian Vaca (161.2 pounds, unattached) were swinging for the fences. The more accomplished Garcia found his range early and after each Vaca swing and a miss, he would follow with a fully leveraged punch and before anyone knew it, Mr. Vaca was on his back, out cold – no need for a 10 count.
Bout #5 didn’t end with a knockout, but it too was an old fashion donnybrook between two sluggers – 15 year-old Randel Salazar (111.4 pounds) of the Pride of San Diego Gym, Bonita, Calif. and Jorge Chavez (115.4 pounds) of the National City CYAC. Unlike Mr. Floyd Mayweather Jr., neither Salazar or Chavez employed any defense. Back and forth they wailed at each other. The majority of their blows would have KO’d most opponents, but not these tough guys. The close decision victory went to Salazar.
Bout #6 featured two talented nine years olds. Sammy Vences (73.6 pounds) from the Maximum Impact Gym, Oceanside, Calif. and Adrian Mendez of City Boxing, Downtown San Diego, two boxers with not a lot of experience but they sure are quick learners.
The early aggressive style of Vences with his clubbing overhand rights to his opponent’s head established his dominance. Vences won easily by keeping the shorter Mendez either off balance or out of reach.
In Bout #7, it was 16 year-old David Prado of The Arena (14o.6 pounds) going up against the younger but taller 15 year-old Pablo Zepeda of the Pride of San Diego Gym (143.4 pounds). After chasing Zepeda around for two rounds, the bout was stopped after Zepeda lost his mouthpiece for the fourth and final time.
For the most part, the bout was very competitive but Prado was definitely landing the harder blows. Comments from Prado after the bout mentioned he was somewhat bothered by the trickling of blood from his nose which he thought was caused by an accidental head butt. The more aggressive Prado used the tactic of covering up until he could get in close and then he went hard to the body with an occasional uppercut or combination to the head. Since most everyone was enthralled in this match, it’s a shame Zepeda had to deal with that mouthpiece, the never to be seen again flying mouthpiece.
In the final bout, Bout #8, it was 16 year-old Brandon Cruz of the Pride of San Diego (128.8 pounds) getting the best of 15 year-old Martin Ramirez of the Bound Boxing Academy, Chula Vista (125.2 pounds) in another of his slick, well contested matches. Cruz used both his reach advantage and the stiff jab to keep the shorter Ramirez at bay until which time he wanted to land a solid counter.
The next local USA Amateur show will be on Friday evening, April 24, 2015 at the Bound Boxing Academy, 457 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91910. Like this show, the owner of Bound Boxing, Juan Medina Jr., already has more than a few pre-matched bouts ready to provide another exciting night of boxing. First bout is set to start at 7:30 p.m. For further information: (619) 271-1500.