On Friday evening, the Bound Boxing Academy in Chula Vista delivered another great show with more than a few celebrity guests on hand and as you might expect another sell out crowd. Juan Medina Jr., the gym’s owner, wanted to pass along his congratulations to all participants and in-house kudos to the trio of Diego “Zorro” Luna, Julian “The Mexican” Rojas and Gael “El Desastre” Meza for their victories.
A total of 12 Boxing Clubs participated, from as far north as Vista, Calif., as far south as Ensenada, B. C., Mexico and as far East as El Centro, Calif.
Without further ado, here are the results:
In Bout #1, it was 18 year-old Kyle Erwin (138.8 pounds) of the Nevarez Boxing Team, Vista coming away with an unanimous decision victory over 18-year-old Isaac Alvarez (140.6 pounds) unattached. Even though the shorter, Tyson-like Erwin went nonstop looking for the knockout, the durable Alvarez, who was on the receiving end of three 8-counts, hung in there until referee Alberto Ramos finally called for an early stoppage.
Bout #2 featured 15 year-old Marco Trinidad (107.8 pounds) of Baja Boxing, Calexico, Calif. going up against 15 year-old Jose Chollet (110.2 pounds) from the National City CYAC. After both boxers came out firing in round one and had the crowd whooped up into a frenzy from the heated exchanges, rounds two and three seemed to fizzle as Trinidad dominated the remaining six minutes.
Bout #3 featured 9-year-old Isaiah Bernal (83.6 pounds) from Romo’s Boxing of El Centro, Calif. taking on 9-year-old Antonio Padilla (79.2 pounds) of the Legacy Training Center, Vista, Calif. With Bernal able to maintain his balance and get inside to deliver the straighter punches, he eventually got the best of Padilla who was having trouble holding on to his mouthpiece.
In Bout #4, it was 8 year-old Sergio Lopez (82.4 pounds) from Romo’s Boxing going up against 9-year-old Gael Meza (79 pounds) from the host gym, the Bound Boxing Academy. Lopez, another straight ahead, hard-nose brawler, found himself up against a stick and move boxer with quicker hands, plus an exploitable height and reach advantage. It was in round two, that referee Will White issued Lopez an 8-count after he got caught by one of Meza’s dandy uppercuts. It’s likely that development assured that Meza would come away with the victory.
Not to raise one bout to a higher level, but this Bout #5 was considered special in that it featured the much anticipated meeting of 14 year-old Viviana Nevarez (108 pounds) of the National City CYAC and 13 year-old Sara Segura (108 pounds) from Baja Boxing, two young ladies who had shown a lot of promise.
Round one went to the two-fisted Segura who landed her punches in bunches and likely confused Nevarez by often switching her dominate hand. In round two, their rivalry continued and the pace quickened as if their punches were bullets and the prize went to the first person who emptied their magazine clip. At the end of that fierce second round, the ladies touched gloves to show their mutual respect. With Segura landing the harder, head snapping blows, you had to figure she took the second stanza as well.
In round three there was still no letup. By this time, Nevarez seemed more relaxed as her confidence level had grown. Though she finished strong, the judges had Segura winning by a split decision.
Bout #6, another hotly contested match, had 11 year-old Diego “Zorro” Luna (79.4 pounds) from the Bound Boxing Academy battling 11 year-old Raul Lau (82.2 pounds) from Baja Boxing. Even though Lau got off to a fast start, things quickly changed after Luna employed this strategy of pinning Lau against the ropes and then wailing away. When it came time to announce the winner, there was Lau, the warrior, with his head tilted back hoping to stem the flow of blood from his nose.
During the show’s 15 minute intermission, the show’s announcer Edgar Sandoval had some of the VIPs in the audience come up into the ring to be acknowledged.
Bout #7 featured 16 year-old tough guy David Prado (137.6 pounds) from The Arena, Point Loma, San Diego going up against Rene Martinez (138.2 pounds) from Romos Boxing, El Centro. According to his coach, Martinez was making his Amateur debut after only training for a total of six months and only one month with Coach Romo.
From the outset, both boxers shelved any thoughts of defense and went straight away to land that one big, wham, knockout blow. The bloody noses soon followed. Though difficult, the judges monitoring the heavy blows had Martinez winning the first two rounds and Prado taking the third round.
In Bout #8, it was 15 year-old Diego DeMara (120.6 pounds) from Baja Boxing going up against 16 year-old Brandon Cruz (123.8 pounds) from The Pride of San Diego, Bonita, Calif.
In the early rounds, Cruz had the bout on cruise control. He was far too slick for DeMara who after throwing a wild punch would get hit by Cruz’s counters. All told, DeMara probably landed around eight solid blows, and these came each time Cruz got sloppy and had his hands down.
Bout #9 featured two slick boxers with a ton of experience, 16 year-old Ivan Guardado (122.6 pounds), who trains at his father’s gym in Ensenada, B. C., Mexico, going up against 16 year-old Jason Meza (128 pounds) who trains with his father and Joe Vargas at The Arena gym in Point Loma, San Diego, Calif.
In the hotly contested first and second rounds, each boxer pulled out all the stops – doubling up on the jabs, moving right then left, hitting and then quickly tying up their opponent. It’s likely the judges had Meza ahead since he was masterful, throwing and landing the heavier blows.
In the final round, Guardado, with his indomitable pride, finished strong and likely won the final round despite the fact he was issued a standing 8-count.
Bout #10 featured 28 year-old, Hector Gomez (165 pounds) from The Pride of San Diego, Bonita, Calif. going up against 29 year-old Brandon Garcia (157 pounds) from The Arena, Point Loma.
After several heated exchanges in round one, Garcia was issued a standing 8-count. Gomez then pinned Garcia against the ropes and clubbed him using this, what some might call a one of a kind punching style.
In round two, Garcia came back strong and started using the perfect strategy of tagging Gomez and then moving quickly to either side to get out of his line of fire. “Boom, boom, move,” yelled one of his coaches. Gomez, the big guy was suddenly falling behind and even lost his mouthpiece twice. Garcia had evened things up.
In the final round, back came the sleeping giant, and once again Gomez began to pound Garcia until the ref called for a standing 8-count. In the closing seconds of this seesaw battle, the boxers were so tired they just stood there, with their hands down at their side, staring across at each other. Gomez, the declared winner, and his exhausted opponent had given everything they had.
Bout #11 had 13 year-old Julian “The Mexican” Rojas of Bound Boxing (85.2 pounds) going up against 12 year-old Xavion Douglas (88 pounds) from the Nevarez Boxing Gym, Vista, Calif.
Taking advantage of his reach advantage, Rojas slowly but surely proved to be more effective and started building a sizable lead in the punch stats. To his credit Douglas never backed up and fought to the bitter end.
Bout #12 was another crowd pleaser. The 14 year-old Adam Palma (105 pounds) from Golden Hands Boxing, Chula Vista, a known TKO-artist, was facing 13 year-old Jose Briseno from Baja Boxing (106.4 pounds). Even though Palma was destroying his opponent with these left-hands to the face and midsection, the gutty Briseno somehow pressed on and never failed to answer the bell.
At the conclusion of the final bout, some of the youngsters in the crowd came up into the ring and put on their on boxing exhibition. Look closely at the sequence of photos. It says a lot about their future aspirations. The youngster wearing the boxing gloves dropped down on the canvas to show us how many push-ups he could do. In the following photo we see the tallest youngster raise his arms in victory while the others begin to circle the ring.
(photo, bottom) The little girl asked the smallest boy: “Why is that boy sticking his tongue out at you?” In response the little boy imitated the boy on the stool and stuck his tongue out even further. Surprised by the copy-cat, the boy on the stool became spellbound. The taller boy, in a world of his own, kept demonstrating the various ways boxers celebrate their victory.
Like the presentation at the Bound Boxing Academy, the next USA Amateur show should also be a doozy. It’s scheduled to take place on the following Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the House of Boxing on Reo Drive in Paradise Hills. Like the Bound Boxing Academy, the House of Boxing has a reputation for being meticulous in their match-ups so the fans get to see competitive bouts and as a consequence the fun to watch bouts.