On Friday evening, the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., San Diego Chapter in association with the National City Community Youth Athletic Center hosted the latest USA Amateur Boxing show at the Four Points By Sheraton Hotel on Aero Drive. Unlike the upcoming Super Bowl Telecast with its monotony of Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Taco Bell, Doritos, Bud Light and Geico Insurance commercials, there was not one distraction interrupting this extremely entertaining show. Hats off to the show’s coordinator, Clemente Casillas, the Director of the National City CYAC, who was able to assemble the qualified boxers at a time of the year when so many are just returning to their respective gyms after the long holiday season.
Without further ado, here are the results from Friday’s contests:
In Bout #1, it was 16-year-old Jonathan Mansour (114 lbs., red trunks) from the Bomber Squad Academy, El Cajon, Calif. going up against 15-year-old Steve Rios (117 lbs.) from Ivan Puente’s Backyard Gym in Vista, Calif.
With his harder shots, mostly to the head, the taller Mansour netted an 8-count stoppage in round one and clearly dominated the punch stats in round two. It wasn’t until the final round that Mansour cut back on his production and got on his bicycle to circle the ring. End-result, Mansour won over the judges to secure a unanimous decision.
In Bout #2, it was 11-year-old Sammy Vences (89 lbs.) from the Backyard Gym, Vista taking on 12-year-old Alejandro Ulloa (88.4 lbs.) from the National City CYAC. In this one, Ulloa did three things to ensure victory. One, he wasted little time and closed the distance, two, he delivered the straighter punches to his opponent’s head and three, Vences had Ulloa trying to deliver his wider punches off his back foot while backpedaling. With Ulloa maintaining this strategy, the decision was never in doubt.
Bout #3 featured 14-year-old Chase Stanley (104.8 lbs.) from the Bomber Squad Academy, El Cajon going up against 12-year-old Michael Figueroa (109 lbs.) from the Backyard Gym, Vista. In round one, Stanley was clearly in charge and his accuracy with the straight lefts and left hooks won him the round. In rounds two and three, that advantage disappeared. Between rounds, Figueroa must have received a tongue lashing from his coach because his punches, especially the straight rights to Stanley’s head started landing in bunches, plus they landed with far more power. Soon it was Stanley backing up.
In retrospect, Bout #4 had to be the most exciting bout of the night. It featured 16-year-old Carlos Villa (129 lbs.) from the Pacheco Boxing Club, San Felipe, B. C., Mexico, which if you’re tracking such things has to be at least 250 miles from the venue, the Four Points By Sheraton Hotel. His opponent was 17-year-old Jorge Chavez (123 lbs.) who trains at the National City CYAC gym which is just 11.4 miles from the Sheraton. We should also note that Villa’s gym, the Pacheco Boxing Club, has a history of producing top pugilists. The 21-year-old Carlos “El Tiburon” Sanchez (12-0, 11 KOs), a professional boxer, now training in Los Angeles, is from that gym. In 2016, Sanchez won all 11 of his contests by TKO or KO.
Early on in Friday’s contest, it appeared Villa was the stronger, more powerful and busier of the two boxers as he used his leverage to deliver his power punches with full extension. The hand speed of both boxers was crazy fast. Then, in round two, referee Dana Kaplan stopped the bout to issue Chavez a standing 8-count. This development lit the fire under Chavez who went full bore to return the favor. After clobbering his opponent for the remainder of round two, Chavez got what he needed the issuance of a standing 8-count for Villa. It appeared Chavez had leveled the playing field and the third round would decide the bout.
In the third round, Chavez continued his mastery to win over the judges and earn a unanimous decision. As it turns out, this was a great come-from-behind victory for Chavez but some people are now wondering – what if the tables had been turned and Chavez was the one who had to travel such a distance. Would we have had a different outcome? When questioned about the fight, Chavez admitted, “That guy (Carlos Villa) was really tough. Early on, he was even stepping on my front foot. Then, you saw how he switched his stance.”
Bout #5 featured a 28-year-old U. S. Marine, now a Marine Reservist, Trenell Norris (180.6 lbs. of solid muscle) from the Bomber Squad Academy in his debut taking on 27-year-old Marcus Armstrong (178 lbs.) from City Boxing in San Diego’s Downtown. Early on Norris looked to be the more poised, more confident, more acclimated of the two. Every time Armstrong landed a punch, Norris made certain to land not only the same amount but two additional blows, the majority going to the midsection. In the second round, Norris, ahead on points, was given a second warning about bouncing off the ropes. In the final stanza, Norris did well at first but then appeared to be running low on petrol. So, in point of fact, the final decision, which ended up favoring Norris, was a lot closer than many thought.
In Bout #6, they had 27-year-old Ernesto Solano (178.4 lbs.) from The Arena Gym, Point Loma going up against 33-year-old Savontes Scott (184 lbs.) from City Boxing in San Diego’s Downtown. In this one, Solano may have been the busier of the two, but at the same time, he was the less effective. When Scott threw a punch it hurt and Solano would often ignore his own safety by coming straight at Scott with a lack of head movement and the proper footwork. The unanimous decision went to the bigger, stronger Scott who packed a wallop in every punch he delivered.
Bout #7 featured 15-year-olds, the much taller Juan Fernando Rangel (113.2 lbs.) from the Pacheco Boxing Club, San Felipe, B. C., Mexico going up against Adan Palma (118 lbs) from The Arena, Point Loma. As expected this was a great match with the fearless Palma pressing forward to land his wide array of punches from every angle and Rangel landing his power shots that would normally have an opponent lying on their back. After one such combination, referee Rick Ley felt it was proper to issue Palma an 8-count. From the look on Palma’s face, he didn’t take kindly to this stoppage and soon after was back banging away with Rangel.
With neither boxer showing any sign of letting up, the second round continued at a furious pace and so did the tightness in the scoring. Feeling he needed a spectacular finish or possibly a knockout in the final round, Palma let the punches fly with reckless abandonment. Even though Madvena got hit hard several times, he knew how to cover up and last out the round. The close decision victory was awarded to Juan Rangel Madvena.
Bout #8 featured 13-year-old Miguel Moreno (88.2 lbs.) from the Pacheco Boxing Club, San Felipe versus 13-year-old Julius Ballo (92.2 lbs.) from the El Cajon Bomber Squad Academy. Like the other bouts, this one went nonstop as Mr. Ballo gave his opponent a boxing lesson featuring one standing 8-count and a look at some great defense plus phenomenal hand speed. All told, Moreno may have landed four or maybe five solid punches and that’s not going to get you a win versus a champion boxer who is currently ranked #2 in the country.
Bout #9 featured 17-year-old Daniel Remigio (135.6 lbs.) from the Alliance Training Center, Chula Vista, Calif. taking on 16-year-old Raymond Ramos (135.8 lbs.) from the Bound Boxing Academy, Chula Vista, Calif. Even though Remigio did much better in round two, there can be no doubt that he was getting the worst of it in rounds one and three.
Bout #10 featured 20-year-old Tyler Herberger (133.8 lbs.) from Old School Boxing, San Diego taking on 17-year-old Mario Ramos (132.2 lbs.) from the Bound Boxing Academy. In this one, the patrons saw two accomplished boxers throwing very scary, damaging blows at each other.
Round one went to Mario Ramos who finished the round strong and landed many hard shots to the body. It’s likely Herberger took round two after landing so many combinations to the head. Round three was another no let-up round as the boxers went non-stop right up until the final bell. You’d have to say the decision went to the guy who through from a wind-up and that’s what Ramos did. His punches were devastating and would normally have an opponent seeing stars but since Herberger has incredible toughness, it’s unlikely we’ll see that happen anytime soon.
In Bout #11, you had the grizzled veteran, 21-year-old David Gates (159 lbs.) from the Alliance Training Center, a guy who has beaten almost everyone in his weight class. His opponent on Friday night was Maath Sulaiman Mashaleh (159 lbs.) from The Arena who at the age of 26 was making his Amateur debut. Considering how new Mashaleh is to the sport, he did an amazing job and surprised everyone with his performance against an upper echelon, well-respected boxer. Of course, nobody beats the formidable David Gates. Mashaleh’s biggest asset is his endurance which he takes pride in. It’s a rare occasion when he doesn’t run at least five miles each and every day.