Day 1 results USA Amateur Boxing’s Jr Olympics Regional competition

May 21, 2016 No Comments
There is good and then there is super good! And as boxing experts, we know the difference.

“There is good and then there is super good! As boxing experts, we know the difference. We came to the Junior Olympics specifically to see the very best.”

On Saturday, the Bound Boxing Academy on Palomar Street in Chula Vista, Calif. hosted Day 1 of USA Amateur Boxing’s Junior Olympic Regional Competition which had LBC 44 CAL Border, the Nevada LBC 49 and Southern California’s LBC 33 all vying for the open slots to represent our region in the National Finals which will be held in Dallas, Texas, from June 26 through July 2, 2016.


 

Below we show the age groups, the various weight classes and the results from Day one. Where you see just one boxer that means they have qualified by virtue of being the only boxer in that age and weight category. Of course, when these individuals reach the National Tournament in Dallas, they’ll have plenty of boxers competing in their same weight and age division. 640 sheet one640 sheet 3640 sheet 4640 sheet 5640 sheet 6640 sheet 7640 sheet 8640 sheet 9640 sheet 10

After Day 1 of USA Amateur Boxing’s Junior Olympics Regional competition, 22 boxers were eliminated and those who had a bye on Day 1 will now face the winners from Saturday’s contests on Sunday beginning at 11:00 a.m. The tournament began featuring the 11 and 12 year-olds, 65-pound weight class, with Rodrigo Mosquera III (17-7) from Team Mosquera of Las Vegas, Nevada winning a disputable split decision victory over Kevin Gudino who was the Southern California LBC 33 representative.

At times, bout #1 between Rodrigo Mosquera and Kevin Gudino resembled a wrestling match.

At times, Bout #1 between Rodrigo Mosquera (red gloves) and Kevin Gudino (blue) resembled a wrestling match but whenever Gudino managed to get free, it appeared he was the one landing the majority of the direct hits and solid counter punches.

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Rodrigo Mosquera ends up with the close victory

After the announcement of his victory, we see referee Hondo Fontane raising the arm of the victorious Rodrigo Mosquera (l) while the defeated Kevin Gudino looks on.

Rodrigo Mosquera (l) while the defeated Kevin Gudino

(l to r) Rodrigo Mosquera, the winner by a split decision over Kevin Gudino.

In Bout #2, it was Steven Navarro of Team Garcia Boxing, South Central Los Angeles getting the best of Andres Garcia from the Baja Boxing Club, Calexico, Calif. in the 70 lbs. 11/12 bracket. Navarro held the upper hand from round one through round three to win a unanimous decision.

In Bout #2 it was Steven Navarro of

(bottom, right) At the conclusion of Bout #2, referee Gerald Cheatham raises the arm of the victorious Steven Navarro after his Unanimous Decision victory over Garcia.

These two youngsters, (l to r) Andres Garcia and Steven Navarro went nonstop the entire three rounds.

These youngsters, (l to r) Andres “Terrorsito” Garcia of the Baja Boxing Academy and Steven Navarro of Team Garcia Boxing, South Central Los Angeles went nonstop for the entire three rounds.

Bout #3 featured Akeem Cheatham (53-11) of the KO Kings & Queens Boxing Club, Las Vegas going up against fellow tough guy Justin Viloria of East LA. After Cheatham looked so impressive in round one, back came Viloria in round two. In the third and final round, Cheatham made certain to land more of his rapid-fire punches to ensure the victory.

When the announcer called out his name, Akeem Cheatham.

(bottom, right) When the announcement came of his split decision victory over Justin Viloria, Akeem Cheatham (red trunks) jumped for joy. All photos; Jim Wyatt

(l to r) Justin Viloria and Akeem Cheatham.

(l to r) Justin Viloria and the victorious Akeem Cheatham who won by split decision.

In Bout #4, it was SamuelSammy” Contreras of the Indio Boys & Girls Club, Indio, Calif. earning the split decision victory over Jayson Gallegos (10-8) of the Las Vegas Fight Club, Las Vegas. Plain and simple, Contreras, stood tall in the saddle, used his reach advantage and stayed busy  throughout their contest. By round three, Gallegos had made some headway and certainly made the final round interesting.

In Bout #4, it was Sammy Contreras of the Indio Boys & Girls Club, Indio, getting the win over Jayson Gallegos (10-8) of the Las Vegas Fight Club, Las Vegas.

Sammy ContrerasJayson Gallegos

At the conclusion of Bout #4, Sammy Contreras (r) was declared the winner by a split decision over Jayson Gallegos (l). All photos: Jim Wyatt

Bout #5 featured Diego “Zorro” Luna (19 bouts) of the host gym, the Bound Boxing Academy, Chula Vista, Calif. going up against Art Barrera of Longbeach, Calif. representing LBC 33 SoCal in the 85 pound, 11/12 age group. On this day, Barrera was definitely the stronger of the two as Luna failed to keep up with the volume and quality of punches thrown by Barrera.IMG_6313 IMG_6315

At the conclusion of Bout #5, we see referee Gerald Cheatham raising the arm of the victorious Art Barrera.

At the conclusion of Bout #5, we see referee Gerald Cheatham raising the arm of the victorious Art Barrera (r) of Longbeach, Calif. who won by a unanimous decision.

(l to r) Diego Luna of the Bound Boxing Academy and Art barrera of Longbeach, Calif.

(l to r) Diego Luna of Chula Vista, Calif. and Art Barrera of Longbeach, Calif.

Bout #6, the second of three contests where there was some disagreement as far as the outcome, involved Isaiah Torres (6-4) of Brawley, Calif. and representing the Westmoreland B.A.D. Boxing Team of Imperial Valley, going up against Brandon Viloria of East Los Angeles who was representing Southern California’s LBC 33 in the 70 pound, 13/14-year-old grouping. In this match, it was clear Torres landed more punches and the most significant punches. His blows often had Viloria either backtracking or on the run. Viloria kept busy but his punches didn’t have the same impact and were more like arm punches. In the end, the judges’ scorecards had Viloria as their winner by a split decision.

Bout #6 featuring Isaiah Torres of Westmoreland PAL and Baja Boxing versus Brandon Viloria was certainly one of the best bouts of the day.

In Bout #6, it was Brandon Viloria (r) of East Los Angeles coming away with the mixed decision victory over Isaiah Torres (l) of the Westmoreland B.A.D. Boxing Team in Imperial County. Without a doubt, this was one of the best bouts of the day.

(l to r) The victorious Brandon Viloria and Isaiah Torres.

(l to r) The victorious Brandon Viloria of East LA & Isaiah Torres from Brawley, Calif.

Bout #7, in the 13/14 age group, 80 pounders, had Jordan Cervantes (blue trunks) of the East LA Assasins going up against Jovanny Aguilar (44 bouts, red trunks) of the Center Ring Boxing Club of Las Vegas, Nevada. While Cervantes stood tall and often used the wait to counter strategy against the quicker-moving and always aggressive Aguilar, it was his accuracy on the two and three punch combinations that had him ahead on the scorecards. Each time Aguilar missed with a punch, Cervantes was right there to make him pay. In the end, the decision was easy as the taller Cervantes dominated with the straighter and more powerful blows.

At the conclusion of Bout #7, it was Jordon Cervantes of the East LA Assasins having his arm raised in victory by referee Hondo Fontane.

At the conclusion of their contest, it was Jordon Cervantes (right) of the East LA Assasins having his arm raised in victory, UD victory, by referee Hondo Fontane.

Bout #2, in the 11/12 age group, 70 pounders, it was Steven Navarro  

Before leaving, Jordan Cervantes (r) and Jovanny Aguilar graciously posed for one last photo. All photos: Jim Wyatt

In Bout #8 it was Ethan Mariscal of the Mity Mites Boxing Club, Reno, Nevada facing Amed Medina of the Azteca Boxing Club, Bell Gardens, Calif. in the 85 pound, 13/14 age group. Smothered by the nonstop punching of Medina, Mariscal was issued two 8-counts in round one. In round two and three, Mariscal performed much better, but still lost every round to the power keg Medina who would not let up on his way to winning a unanimous decision. Medina is not the only boxer in the family. Amed’s sister Lupita Medina (4-1) is also headed to the Junior Olympics, representing the western region in the female, 70 lbs., 11/12 age group.

(bottom photo) Amed Medina has his arm raised in voctory after defeating Ethan Mariscal.

(bottom photo, right) Amed Medina (r) has his arm raised in victory by referee Hondo Fontane after he successfully defeated Ethan Mariscal (l).

At the conclusion of their contest, Ethan Mariscal and the victorious Amed Medina pose for one last photo. (photo, right)

(photo, left) At the conclusion of their contest, Ethan Mariscal (l) and the victorious Amed Medina (r) pose for one last photo. Photo right is of Lupita Medina who will be accompanying her brother to Dallas on June 26. She will be battling in the female 11/12-year-old, 70 lbs. category. Last year, Lupita Medina did so well, they presented her the trophy for best boxer of the tournament.

In Bout #9, it was Blane Serna of the Indio Boys & Girls Club, Indio, Calif. going up against Julius Ballo of the Bomber Squad Boxing Academy, El Cajon, Calif. in the 13/14-year-old, 90-pound category. As usual, Ballo got off to a fast start and before you knew it, he had Serna in trouble after landing a two-punch combination, a left hook followed by a hard right that landed flush. As a result, referee Gerald Cheatham felt obliged to stop the bout and issue Serna an 8-count. Relentless and elusive, Ballo kept up the pressure and most assuredly took round two. In the final round, both boxers poured it on and the boxing fans became the beneficiary of an action-packed finish.

With both youngsters being such high-profile boxers, all eyes were glued on this match.

With both youngsters, Blane Serna (blue trunks) and Julius Ballo (42-8, red trunks) being such high-profile All Stars, you couldn’t help but notice that every eye in the gym was glued to this match. In the above photo, we see Ballo’s strategy playing out, that of smothering Serna and not allowing him to benefit from his reach advantage.

After Ballo's two-punch combination landed, referee Gerald Cheatham could see Serna needed a breather

(left) After Julius Ballo’s two-punch combination landed, referee Gerald Cheatham could see Serna needed a breather and stopped the bout to issue him a standing 8-count. (bottom, right) Cheatham raises the arm of the victorious Julius Ballo.

(l to r) Blane Serna

(l to r) Blane Serna of the Indio Boxing Club, Indio, Calif. and the victorious Julius Ballo of the Bomber Squad Academy, El Cajon, Calif. As far as credentials go, the 13- year-old Ballo is the National Champion in his weight class, Jr. Golden Gloves Champion, Oxnard PAL National Champion, Adidas National Champion and also a two-time So Cal State Champion. You would think a victory in the Junior Olympics would complete his odyssey but no, only the 2020 Olympics will do that. Since one judge actually had Serna winning the match, Ballo had to settle for a controversial win by a Split Decision.

In Bout #10, it was Anthony Perales (12-4) of the Azteca Boxing Club, Bell Gardens, Calif. going up against the more experienced Fernando Diaz (46-4) of the Richard Steele Boxing Club, Las Vegas, Nevada in the 13/14-year-old, 95-pound grouping. This was an easy one to score as the ambidextrous Diaz had Perales backing up all the way and as they say, it’s extremely difficult to fight anyone when you’re continually throwing punches off your back foot. Diaz won by a unanimous decision.

At the conclusion of Bout #10, we see referee Hondo Fontane raising the arms of the combatants, Anthony Perales (l) and Fernando Diaz (r). All photos: Jim Wyatt

At the conclusion of Bout #10, we see referee Hondo Fontane raising the arms of the combatants, Anthony Perales (l) and Fernando Diaz (r). All photos: Jim Wyatt

Up goes the arm of the victorious Fernando Diaz.

Up goes the arm of the victorious Fernando Diaz from the Richard Steele Boxing.

(l to r) Fernando Diaz and Anthony Perales.

(l to r) Fernando Diaz from Richard Steele Boxing, Anthony Perales of Azteca Boxing.

In Bout #11, it was Jalen Walker (60-20) of Medal Chasers, Carson, Calif. representing Southern California’s LBC 33 earning the unanimous decision victory over Christian Proulx of the Center Ring Boxing Gym, Las Vegas, Nevada, a veteran of 10 bouts in the 13/14-year-old, 101 lbs. weight class. Walker isn’t a big guy, but he sure punches like one. After a short time, his straight lefts were putting a hurt on the taller Proulx.

At the conclusion of Bout #11, it was Jalen Walker having his arm raised in victory by referee Hondo Fontane after he stopped Christian Proulx just before the close of round two.

At the conclusion of Bout #11, it was Jalen Walker (bottom, right) having his arm raised in victory after he got the best of the game Christian Proulx (left).

Bt 11bJalen Walker ov Christian Proulx

Bout #12 featured Demler “DJJ” Zamora III of Henderson, Nevada earning the decision victory over Francisco Rodriguez (10-4) of the Indio Boys & Girls Club, Indio, Calif. in the 101 pound, 13/14-year-old age group. For this match, Rodriguez was in excellent form. The only problem, Rodriguez ran into an even better, slicker boxer, Zamora, a southpaw, who had even quicker hands.

At the conclusion of Bout #12 it was

(bottom, right) At the conclusion of Bout #12, it was southpaw Demler “DJJ” Zamora III (l) having his arm raised in victory by referee Hondo Fontane after he defeated the game Francisco Rodriguez who was also very impressive in Saturday’s contest.

Back in 2011, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was asked for his opinion about this 7-year-old who was working out in his gym. Mayweather looked across the gym at the youngster working the mitts with his uncle Roger Mayweather and said, “Oh, you mean Blackapino, he’s a phenom. He’s going to be a champion someday.” At that time, Zamora had been boxing for less than a year. Then, his father received an offer he couldn’t refuse. Roger Mayweather approached him and offered to train his son. We fast forward to Saturday, May 21, 2016, as they say, “You should see him now!!”

Even at the tender age of seven, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his uncle Roger Mayweather knew they had a special talent

In March 2011, at the tender age of seven, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his uncle Roger Mayweather could see there was something special about this youngster.

One of the most dominant performances of the day came in Bout #13 from Gabriela Fundora (now 16-1) from the Lee Espinoza Coachella Valley Boxing Club, Coachella, Calif. who was facing Sara Segura (5-6) from the Baja Boxing Club of Calexico, Calif. In round two, the courageous Segura was getting hit so often that the referee had to stop the bout twice to issue standing 8-counts. In the third and final round, you couldn’t help but notice that Fundora’s blows to the head had Segura’s head snapping back.

In Bout #13, Gabriela Fundora (blue trunks) did not allow her opponent to

In Bout #13, it was Gabriela Fundora (blue trunks) landing the solid shots to Sara “Cilly” Segura’s head (red trunks). By not allowing her opponent to get in close, Fundora was able to use her reach advantage to land one solid punch after another.

(photo, bottom, left to right) Sara Segura and Gabriela Fundora.

(l to r) Sara Segura and the victorious Gabriela Fundora.

Bout #14 was won by Carlos Sanchez (39-8) of the Bomber Squad Boxing Academy, El Cajon, Calif., over Andrew Sandoval of the Chino Boxing Club, Chino, Calif., representing Southern California’s LBC 33. Did you know that Chino, known for it’s Correctional Facility, is also the hometown of the alternative pop group Echosmith. For most of this bout, you saw Sanchez loading up to deliver these big, overhand rights, knockout blows which irked his corner. According to them, he was telegraphing his punches. If Sandoval was privy to that conversation, he would have told them, ‘Well, it’s certainly working, because I’m just trying to survive.’

Andrew Sandoval (blue trunks) prepares Carlos Sanchez (red trunks)

Andrew Sandoval (blue trunks) had no answer for these big bombs that were coming in bunches from the slugger Carlos Sanchez (red trunks).

At the conclusion of Bout #14, we see Carlos Sanchez having his arm raised in victory after he defeated Andrew Sandoval.

At the conclusion of Bout #14, we see referee Gerald Cheatham raising the arm of the victorious Carlos Sanchez (left) after he defeated Andrew Sandoval (right).

At the conclusion of his match versus Andrew Sandoval, one of Sanchez's coaches Jack Ballo approached to have his photo taken with his protege Carlos Sanchez.

At the conclusion of his bout with Andrew Sandoval, one of Carlos Sanchez’s coaches, Jack Ballo, approached to have his photo taken with his protege.

In Bout #15, it was Joseley DiAna of the Feroz Fight Factory, Las Vegas, Nevada getting the TKO win over Alex Mendoza (now 1-2) from the House of Boxing Training Center, Paradise Hills, Calif. who was representing LBC 44 Cal Border.

Bout #15 didn't last long after Josely Diana of LBC 49 Nevada

Bout #15 didn’t last long after Joseley DiAna (black trunks) began unloading these home run shots to the head of Alejandro Mendoza who has only been training for two years. It was obvious that DiAna, with his larger frame, had a ton more experience.

After his victory over Alejandro Mendoza, Josely Diana was joined by his coaching staff from the Feroz Fight Factory. One of the gents needs no introduction, he is Fernando Vargas.

After his victory, Joseley DiAna was joined by his coaching staff from the Feroz Fight Factory. One of the gents needs no introduction, he is Fernando “El Feroz” Vargas, the former WBA & IBF Light Middleweight Champion of the World.

In Bout #16, it was Alfred Vargas (blue trunks, 27 bouts) from the Bomber Squad Boxing Academy, El Cajon, Calif. getting the win over Raymond Otanez (red trunks, 70 bouts) who was from the East LA Assasins and representing LBC 33 So Cal in the 15/16 age group, 101-pound weight class.

The Mansour versus Eduardo Sanchez involved a lot of clever holding.

In the Raymond Otanez (l) versus Alfred Vargas (r) bout, there was certainly a lot of clever, strategic holding going on.

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At the end of bout #16, it was Alfredo Vargas getting the win over

In the end, it was Alfred Vargas (r) having his arm raised in victory after defeating

Bout #17, in the 15/16-year-old, 106-pound weight class, had Eduardo Sanchez (14-6, black trunks) representing LBC 49 Nevada, going up against Jonathan Mansour (2-2) from the Bomber Squad Boxing Academy, El Cajon, who was representing the local LBC 44 CAL Border.

Throughout this bout, there were a great many momentum swings. In this photo both young men are landing blows at the same time.

Throughout bout #17, there were a great many momentum swings. In this photo, we see both young men, Eduardo Sanchez (red gloves) and Jonathan Mansour (blue gloves) landing their blows to the head at the very same time.

(l to r) Eduardo Sanchez and Jonathan Mansour await the judges' decision.

(l to r) Eduardo Sanchez and Jonathan Mansour await the judges’ decision.

After the announcement it was Eduardo Sanchez having his arm raised by the referee.

After the announcement came that Eduardo Sanchez had defeated Jonathan Mansour by a unanimous decision, the partisan locals were upset by the decision. Sanchez had started off well, but it was Mansour who finished strong in the final two rounds.

The combatants in Bout #18, (l to r) Destiny Diaz and Angela Murillo

The combatants in Bout #18, (l to r) Destiny Diaz from the Richard Steele Boxing Club, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Angela Murillo who was representing LBC 33 Southern California, await the judges’ decision with referee Hondo Fontane.

After the announcer disclosed the winner, referee Hondo Fontane raises the arm of the victorious Destiny Diaz who was representing LBC 49 in Nevada.

After the announcement that she had won, the victorious Destiny Diaz (l) had her arm raised in victory by referee Hondo Fontane.

In Bout #18, the veteran Destiny Diaz (red trunks) was masterful and controlled the action from the opening bell. Her opponent, Angela Murillo, proved to be amazingly durable as she withstood all of Diaz powerful blows. All photos: Jim Wyatt

Destiny Diaz, shown here with her coach and stablemates, was masterful and controlled the action from the opening bell. Credit should also go to her opponent, Angela Murillo, who proved to be amazingly durable as she withstood all of Diaz’s powerful blows, especially those punches to her face. Photos: Jim Wyatt

Screen Shot 2016-05-22 at 4.18.16 AMAfter both boxers, Amado Vargas of Reno, Nevada (red trunks) and Heyner Diaz of Sant Maria, Calif. (blue trunks) had given everything they had in Bout #19, it appears neither was convinced of an outright victory. You would have thought Diaz had more confidence especially since he had Vargas in trouble twice and on one occasion Vargas was issued an 8-count.Screen Shot 2016-05-22 at 4.19.43 AM

In the end, the victory went to Heyner Diaz in this most exciting bout.

In the end, the split decision victory went to Heyner Diaz (r) in this exciting bout.

Bout #20 featured Rafael Delgado (blue trunks) from Team Murillo, Pacoima, Calif. going up against Diego DeMara (red trunks) from the Baja Boxing Club, Calexico, Calif. in the 119 pound, 15-16 age group. Top photos show the two 8-counts and the eventual stoppage by referee Gerald Cheatham.

8-counts leading to a stoppageBt 20aaRafael Delgado over Diego DeMarco Bt 20Rafael Delgado (l) of Team Murillo was deadly accurate with his power shots to the head. So much so, that referee Gerald Cheatham was repeatedly stepping in to stop his bout with the often battered Diego DeMara (r) from the Baja Boxing Club.

In Bout #21 it was David Ortiz (r) of 3rd Street Boxing, Riverside, Calif. coming away with the victory over the always tough Isael Quirarte of the La Gente Boxing Club, Brawley, Calif.David Ortiz ov Isael Quirarte Bt 21

In Bout #21 it was David Ortiz (r) coming away witht eh victory over Isael Quirarte of Baja Boxing, Calexico, Calif.

At the conclusion of Bout #21, David Ortiz (r) of the 3rd Street Boxing Gym, Riverside, Calif. and Isael Quirarte of La Gente Boxing, Brawley, Calif. posed for one last photo.

In Bout #22 it was Adrian Corona (r) earning the victory over the durable Rene Martinez (l) of La Familia Boxing Club. Plain and simple, this bout was a slugfest with both of these gents throwing caution to the wind and likely going all out to score the knockout.

In Bout #22 it was Adrian Corona coming away with the big win over Rene Martinez from the Baja Boxing Club of

(right) Adrian Corona is joined by his oh-so-proud parents. (below) Corona is joined by his entire support group which includes his proud father Hall of Fame referee Ray Corona, close family and friends. All photos; Jim Wyatt

640 Mr. Corona y la familia

This regional tournament will conclude tomorrow, Sunday, May 22 with six additional bouts. Then, the winners will all be headed to Dallas, Texas to compete in the Nationals. Their reporting/registration date for that tournament is June 26, 2016.

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