Results from CBS Sports Network Championship Boxing Show at Pechanga

August 6, 2016 No Comments
On Friday evening in Bout #1 inside the Grand Ballroom at the Pechanga Resort & Casino we see Johnny Boy Quiroz about to land his patented left hook on the chin of his opponent Ja'Rico O'Quinn who will soon counter with his own hard right. All photos: Jim Wyatt

On Friday evening, August 5, inside the Grand Ballroom at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, we see Johnny Boy Quiroz (r) about to land a solid left hook to the chin of his opponent Ja’Rico O’Quinn. With his quick hands, O’Quinn was able to retaliate in this amazing battle of wills.

Without a local boxing promoter, San Diego boxing fans have been forced to travel south to Baja California or north to Anaheim, Carson, Los Angeles, Indio or even further to Las Vegas to witness a live show. It’s a grind unbecoming a boxing fan from a major metropolis, or worse yet from a county where you have 60 gyms dedicated to the sport. Local fans can still remember when Danny Garcia, Alan Sanchez, Giovani Santillan, Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker, Gary Russell, Jr., Keith Thurman, Marco Antonio Periban and Emmanuel Robles were featured on a local boxing card.


 

Up until Friday, it had been two years, two months and 21 days since anyone of their stature had fought in San Diego. That’s how long it’s been since Relentless Antonio Orozco fought Martin Honorio at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on May 15, 2014. Without a doubt, that’s a long time between Pro boxing shows.

Pechanga to the rescue: On Friday night, the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula hosted a top quality boxing show in their Grand Ballroom and announced that more and even bigger shows are in the planning stages, especially after the completion of their brand new ballroom, luxury four-diamond hotel wing, spa, pool complex, etc. We’re hoping Friday night’s televised event, presented by Greg Cohen Promotions in association with the International Championship Boxing League (ICBL), Ringside Ticket Inc., and David Schuster’s Winner Take All Productions is the first of many shows. The members of this group seem excited about the limitless possibilities in what the casino has planned. They’re calling it: “Pechanga: The Next Chapter.”640 this is it with all the results

In Friday’s opening bout, Bout #1, Detroit’s Ja’ Rico O’Quinn (2-0, 2 KOs) survived a scare from nearby Oceanside, California’s Johnathon “Johnny Boy” Quiroz (6-3, 1 KO) in their bantamweight, four-round thriller. Even though O’Quinn looked so polished, so slick in round one, reminiscent of someone like Floyd Mayweather Jr., Quiroz soon had him figured out and midway through round two started to turn the tables. Quiroz had amazing success landing these in your face left hooks one after another and even staggered O’Quinn with a hard overhand right. With the fight dead even at this point, O’Quinn made a comeback in round three. This made round four critical for both fighters and both went all out right up until the final bell. When the three scores of 39-37 for O’Quinn were announced, the hometown boo-birds let their thoughts be known. “It was a good step up for me, being 2-0, fighting someone with nine fights,” said O’Quinn. “I learned that not everybody is going to lay down and that’s exactly what I wanted. I didn’t want a cake-walk.”

Photo left shows Johnny Boy Quiroz and Ja'Rico O'Quinn

(photo left) On Friday evening August 5, 2016, it was Johnny Boy Quiroz (r) and Ja’Rico O’Quinn (l) battling back and forth to secure the victory.

Once again, Johnny Boy Quiroz lands the solid left hook to do damage versus Ja'Rico O'Quinn.

Once again, we see Johnny Boy Quiroz landing the solid left hook to the chin of the visiting Ja’Rico O’Quinn.

Whatever I need to do. Here we see Ja'Rico O'Quinn pushing down on Johnny Quiroz's back to hopefully sap some of his strength.

Whatever needed to be done. Here we see Ja’Rico O’Quinn pushing down on Johnny Quiroz’s head to hopefully sap some of his strength.

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In the end, it was Ja’Rico O’Quinn (r) with the welt under his right eye having his arm raised in victory by referee Tony Crebs. Photos: Jim Wyatt

Early in Bout #2, Baltimore, Maryland welterweight Malik “Ice Man” Hawkins had his hands full dealing with the brawler Sean “The Beast of War” Gee (3-4) from Portland, Oregon. In the end, Hawkins, the pure boxer, had far too much speed and skill for Gee who moonlights as a Mixed Martial Artist. Each time Hawkins saw one of these wild, all or nothing overhand rights coming his way, he showed how clever and elusive a boxer can be. His matador style and brilliant boxing technique carried the night as he was awarded a unanimous decision (40-36) by all three judges.

Malik Hawkins (r) and Sean Gee (l) make their way to the ring.

Malik Hawkins (r) and Sean Gee (l) make their way to the ring.

At first Sean Gee tried to rough-house his opponent and as a result the two men ended up on the canvas.

At first Sean Gee tried to rough-house his opponent and as a result, the two men ended up on the canvas after the MMA fighter’s takedown.

Once they were back on their, Malik Hawkins, the boxer took full control and landed more than a dozen hard shots to th head.

Once back on their feet, Malik Hawkins, the accomplished boxer, took full control and started landing countless hard shots to his opponent’s head. (bottom, right) After getting clobbered by one of Hawkins’ powerful rights to the head, the nearly indestructible Gee appeared to be on wobbly legs.

Needing a breather, Sean Gee delivered what appeared to be a low blow

Needing a breather from the constant pummeling from Hawkins, the cagey Sean Gee delivered what looked to be an intentional low blow. After taking full advantage of the allotted recovery time, Hawkins was able to continue.

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In the end, the decision was unanimous

In the end, the decision was unanimous for Baltimore’s Malik Hawkins.

Undefeated middleweight Cem “The Champ” Kilic (6-0, 3 KOs) from Sherman Oaks, Calif. by way of Frankfurt, Germany, did what he was supposed to do in Bout #3, his tryout performance for Greg Cohen Promotions. What he did was make the cocky Jerhed Fenderson (1-0) look pedestrian. Each time Fenderson threw one of his wide looping punches, Kilic would counter with a quicker, straighter, on target blow.     

After the feeling out round, Kilic found himself in the driver seat and began to really pound Fenderson. Before long he had him pinned against the ropes. Nearing the halfway mark of round two, Kilic backed Fenderson up in his own corner. At that point, he landed two more heavy blows to the head. As a result, Fenderson fell back as if he were about to take a seat on the nonexistent stool. Once referee Edward Hernandez Sr. noticed that Fenderson’s eyes appeared glassy and he had this uncomprehending look on his face, he stopped the bout. The end came at the 1:50 mark of round two.

The serious, all business Cem Kilic of Frankfurt, Germany wasted little time and went right to work on dismantling Jerhad Fenderson.

The all business Cem Kilic of Frankfurt, Germany wasted little time and went right to work establishing that he was in charge of this matchup.

The look of "what just happened" was written on Jerhad Fenderson's face as he lied there.

(top) The blurred look “of what just happened” was written on Jerhad Fenderson’s face as he lied there after getting clobbered by Cem Kilic.

(top, right) Cem Kilic has his arm raised in victory by veteran referee Hernandez Sr.

(top, right) Cem Kilic has his arm raised in victory by referee Edward Hernandez Sr. (below, right) Kilic is joined by his overjoyed mates.

In the co-main event, Bout #4, it was “No Surrender” Skender Halili of Fort Worth, Texas by way of the Bronx, New York, by way of Klina, Kosovo making quick work of the 18-year veteran Ben Odamattey (16-15-3, 9 KOs) who is from Accra, Ghana but now trains in Silver Springs, Maryland. There is not much you can say about this beat down, except it was over in a hurry. The end came at 1:17 of round one.

Halili, who improved his record to 11-1, 11 KOs, wasted no time and went straight at Odamattey firing off these big overhand rights. Before you knew it, the brave but unsteady Odamattey was standing there almost defenseless. After Odamattey rose from the first knockdown, Halili was right back in his face whacking him from left to right. Once he saw Odamattey was no longer fighting back, veteran referee Ray Corona stepped in to stop the bout. Prior to this fight, the GCP (Greg Cohen Promotions) publicist boasted about Halili’s appeal: “He’s never been in a bad fight. With his action-packed way of doing things, he’s become must-see TV.”

The veteran Ben Odamattey from Silver Springs, Maryland by way of Accra, Ghana makes his way to the ring.

The veteran Ben Odamattey from Silver Springs, Maryland by way of Accra, Ghana makes his way to the ring.

Immediately following Odamattey was the highly touted Skender Halili from Fort Worth, Texas.

Immediately following Ben Odamattey was the highly touted Skender Halili from Fort Worth, Texas by way of the Bronx, New York.

Let the bashing begin - Skender Halili moves in, unabatted, to finish off the veteran.

Let the bashing begin – Skender Halili moves in, unabated, to finish off the veteran fighter.

You can almost imagine the thoughts of Ben Odamattey as he looks across the ring at his opponent Skender Halili, 'Mercy me, that guy hits hard.' All photos: Jim Wyatt

You can almost imagine the thoughts of Ben Odamattey as he looks across the ring at his opponent Skender Halili, ‘Mercy me, that guy hits hard.’ All photos: Jim Wyatt

At the conclusion of the fight, referee Ray Corona raises the arm of the victorious Skender Halili.

At the conclusion of their fight, referee Ray Corona raises the arm of the victorious Skender Halili.

After seeing the fight doctor, Skender Halili graciously poses for a photo with his mates.

After seeing the doctor, Halili graciously poses for a photo with his mates.

In Friday evening’s Main Event, Bout #5, they had the current WBO NABO and WBA NABA Middleweight Champion and WBA #4- and WBO #7-rated middleweight Rob “Bravo” Brant (21-0, 14 KOs) of Saint Paul, Minnesota who now trains in Dallas, Texas, going up against Chris “The Irish Ghost” Fitzpatrick (15-5, 6 KOs) from Columbia, South Carolina by way of Cleveland, Ohio. Untouched, Brant moved smoothly around the ring and landed his punches without retribution. Then, in round two, he landed this devastating uppercut that almost sent Fitzpatrick flying out of the ring. At 1:18 mark of round three Brant finished the bout with a second knockdown. “Under the tutelage of Derrick James, I’ve learned to sit down on my punches and stay defensively sound at the same time,” said Brant. “It’s now time for me to step up my level of competition. As nice as it is to get these kinds of victories, it’s time for me to start fighting the gents at the top level.”

The Main Event's dramatic entrance involved showing off the Championship belt that was on the line.

The Main Event’s dramatic entrance involved showing off the Championship belt that was on the line between the Champion Rob Brant from Saint Paul, Minnesota and challenger Chris Fitzpatrick from Columbia, South Carolina.

The two boxers go through their ritual of measuring distance.

The two boxers go through their ritual of measuring distance.

It didn't take long before Rob Brant had sent his opponent, Chris Fitzpatrick through the ropes.

It didn’t take long before Rob Brant (r) had landed this one big punch, that had his opponent, Chris Fitzpatrick, flying backward and nearly through the ropes. All photos; Jim Wyatt

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(bottom, right) the shot to the liver about ended it for the beaten Fitzpatrick.

(bottom) the shot to the liver about ended it for tough guy Chris  Fitzpatrick.

(bottom, right) After seeing the fight doctor and enduring the two fighters consented to one last photo.

(bottom, right) After seeing the fight doctor, the headliners of the show passed on pleasantries and consented to one last photo. Photo: J. Wyatt

Bout #6 was thought to be a routine, ho-hum pro-debut between two relatively unknown boxers. Not so! The bout between “Slick” Will Davis and the wild-swinging Erick Fowler quickly turned into a “Fight of the Year” candidate, à la Micky Ward versus Arturo Gatti, a battle of the ages. With momentum swings going back-and-forth with every punch, Davis managed to drop Fowler in the second. The too legit to quit, iron-chinned Fowler surprised everyone by returning the favor in round three. In the final round, Davis landed this barrage of unanswered blows that caught Fowler truly unprotected and hands down. The end came at the :39-second mark of round four after referee Tony Crebs had to grab the fallen Fowler from behind to prevent Fowler from continuing. At the time, he was down on his knees and spitting up blood, but most assuredly preparing to get back on his feet.

Confidence reigns as the boxers make their way to the ring for Bout #6

Confidence reigns as the two boxers make their way to the ring for Bout #6.

After the first knockdown, referee Tony Crebs checks with the combatant Erick Fowler.

After the first knockdown, referee Tony Crebs checks with the combatant Erick Fowler. “That uppercut was pretty fierce, are you okay?”

The two boxers were trading fierce blows.

After Will Davis landed these ferocious blows to Erick Fowler’s noggin, he must have been wondering, ‘Is this guy human or what?’

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Referee Tony Crebs is seen restraining the it's time to stop this madness

After getting pummeled repeatedly, we see referee Tony Crebs restraining the never say quit, tough guy Erick Fowler who is shown spitting up blood. One can only imagine what he’s saying, ‘Listen up, it’s time to stop this madness.’

After the battle has ended, the exhausted Will Davis climbs up on the ropes to acknowledge the cheers from boxing fans.

After the bout was stopped, the exhausted Will Davis climbs up on the ropes to acknowledge the cheers from the boxing fans.

In Bout #7, local super flyweight Danny Andujo (1-0, 1 KO) turned professional with a quick stoppage of San Jose’s Israel Hernandez, who now drops to 1-3-1, 1 KO. The way Andujo pounced on Hernandez, it kind of reminded you of a swarm of bees. The hard shots to the head soon had Hernandez in cover-up mode. The end came early, at the :55-second mark of round one.

The combatants in Bout #7 make their way to the ring.

The combatants in Bout #7, Israel Hernandez (l) and Danny Andujo make their way to the ring. All photos: Jim Wyatt

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The punch that ended Israel Hernandez's night was this big overhand right that landed flush on his chin,

The punch that ended Israel Hernandez’s night was this big overhand right that landed flush on his chin,

The Andujo backers were complaining it was getting late, so Danny Andujo was under pressure to end the fight early.

Rumor has it, the Andujo backers were complaining it was getting late, so Danny Andujo was under a lot of pressure to end the fight early. He obliged.

Concerned about his opponent, Danny Andujo went to the opposition's corner to check if he was all right. opponent's

Concerned about his opponent’s safety, Danny Andujo went to the opposition’s corner to check if he was all right.

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After win number one, the confident Danny Andujo

After win number one, the confident Danny Andujo has only 49 wins to go before breaking Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s record of 49 wins without a loss.

In the final bout of the evening, Bout #8, it was the undefeated Temecula featherweight Robert Meza (3-0-0, 1 KO) cruising to a dominant four-round decision victory over the game Jose Fabian Naranjo (3-3-1, 1 KO) of Tijuana. Whenever Naranjo would score, Meza made certain to match his efforts and then some. In regards to who was ahead on the scorecards, Meza removed all doubt with his strong finish in the final round. 

Bout #8, the final bout of the evening, featured Jose Fabian Naranjo going up against a local favorite Roberto Meza of Temecula, Calif.

Bout #8, the final bout of the evening, featured Jose Fabian Naranjo (l) of Tijuana going up against local favorite Roberto Meza of Temecula (r).

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At the close of the show, we noticed these stragglers from the Borizteca Boxing Management Group. (l to r) Announcer/play by play specialist Fernando Paramo, CEO of Borizteca Saul Rios, Director of Operations at Borizteca, Lou Messina, then local standout, boxer Kevin Ottley who was supposed to be on the evening's fight card but his opponent was a no-show.

At the close of the show, we noticed these stragglers from the Borizteca Boxing Management Group. (l to r) announcer/play by play specialist Fernando Paramo, CEO of Borizteca Saul Rios, Director of Operations at Borizteca, Lou Messina, then local standout, boxer Kevin Ottley who was supposed to be on the evening’s fight card but his opponent was a no-show.

Bottom line, this was a dandy show and the local boxing fans certainly appreciate the fact that Pechanga Resorts & Casino along with the CBS Sports Network Championship Boxing series thought enough to bring such a show our way. 

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