With there being 8 boxers on the fight card from Mexico, the largest support groups came from Tijuana and Mexicali, B. C., Mexico. Among the backers of the Baja Boxing Team and Mariscal Boxing Club, was a well-known pro boxer David De La Mora (second from the left) who twice fought locally at Del Mar and Pechanga and twice fought for the World Super bantamweight title.
Like they say, it rained cats and dogs on Friday, February 17. Still, even with the slick highways, overflowing creeks and rivers plus all the sewers backing up, nothing could deter the young, dedicated boxers who made it to Friday’s weigh-ins. When you’re scheduled to box in a USA Amateur Boxing show, these young athletes might even scale the highest mountain to ensure their position in a show. On Friday, Willie Kuhn, our local head of officials was able to match-up 26 boxers from the 12 plus boxing clubs that sent representatives. Below we have photos of the combatants plus the evening’s bout sheet showing the winners.
With the fists first started flying in round one of Bout #1 featuring Joe “Angel” Esquivel (red gloves) from La Gente Boxing Club and Santiago Galvez (blue) from the SDPD (San Diego Police Department sponsored) San Diego Fight Club, there was no way of telling which boxer held the upperhand or better said who was going to last.
In the end, we saw Santiago Galvez (l) wearing the Championship belt.
Cheering him on, Santiago Galvez had his Mom (l), brothers and aunt.
In Bout #2, it didn’t take long before Luis Tapia was being bothered by the steady flow of blood from his nose. Tapia’s opponent Lucio Hirales from La Gente Boxing Club had the faster hands and used his combinations to pepper Tapia’s head and especially his main target the bloody nose.
At the conclusion of Bout #2, we see referee Hondo Fontane raising the arm of the victorious Lucio Hirales (l) while his opponent, Luis Tapia, shows his good sportsmanship by clapping for his opponent.
From the outset of Bout #3, Emily Molina (l) from the Mariscal Boxing Club held the upper hand by landing the big overhand rights to the side of Jaasiel Contreras’ head. “Too legit to quit” Contreras from La Gente Boxing never wavered and at times matched Molina’s output. By the final round, Contreras had gotten inside and became far more effective.
At the conclusion of Bout #3, the young ladies await the judges’ scores with veteran referee/judge Rick Ley.
After receiving the winner’s belt, Emily Molina (r) poses for one last photo with her valiant opponent Jaasiel Contreras.
At the conclusion of Bout #4, we see referee Rick Ley raising the arm of the victorious Brandon Cruz of the host gym, the Bound Boxing Academy. In Cruz’s Wild, Wild West match with Enrique Lopez, Cruz almost had himself an early knockdown in round one and then followed with Lopez being issued two 8-counts. In the final round with just seconds left, Lopez became the victim of a third 8-count which led referee Rick Ley to stop the bout.
To show his respect for his never-say-die opponent, Brandon Cruz (l) raised the arm of his opponent Enrique Lopez (r) from the Mariscal Boxing Club.
Without a doubt, Bout #5 between Ivan Martinez (r) of the Baja Team and Jorge Chavez (l) from the National City CYAC was one of the best “boxing” matches on the night. After Martinez took round one, the slower starting Chavez came back in rounds two and three to secure the victory.
At the conclusion of Bout #5, we see referee/judge Will White raising the arm of the victorious Jorge Chavez. Beginning March 20th, Chavez will be in Albuquerque, New Mexico competing in the Western Elite Qualifiers.
Bout #6 was a mismatch. All Jorge Cordova (r) could hope for was surviving the bout. It was obvious from early on that his opponent Daniel Remigio (l) had more experience and could absorb any Cordova punch.
Bout #7 featured two free-swinging lefties. After Cesar Loeza (red trunks) got the best of Martin Ramirez (blue trunks) in round one to include having the ref issue Ramirez an 8-count. Ramirez made a comeback in round two, clobbering Loeza and eventually having the referee issue Loeza an eight-count. From that point on, we had ourselves a truly great match, a fight that eventually went Ramirez’s way. On hand to present the winning belt, they had honored guest, Colleen Brainard (r) from the Emergency Medical Rescue Company “2 The Rescue.”
In Bout #8, the revenge factor came into play. Just three weeks ago, Juan Rangel (red trunks) from the Baja Team defeated Adan Palma (blue) from The Arena. So, in preparation for this rematch, Palma and his coach Joe Vargas worked on some new wrinkles to stifle Rangel’s counters.
On hand to congratulate Adan Palma was former Pro Boxing standout James Parison. Over his illustrious, eight-year career, Parison had lost just once. That loss was to Craig McEwan at the Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Canada.
In Bout #9, it didn’t take southpaw Austin Brooks that long before referee Rick Ley was issuing his opponent, Joshua Rosas, a standing 8-count.
At the conclusion of his dominating performance versus Joshua Rosas, we see referee Rick Ley raising the arm of the victorious Austin Brooks.
On hand to present the winning belt to Austin Brooks was Pro Boxer David De La Mora (27-6, 18 KOs) of Tijuana. Two of his most memorable bouts were World Title fights against Anselmo Moreno and Koki Kameda.
Bout #10, the Sergio Ramos (r) versus Anthony Calderon (l) match was a war. In both rounds one and two, Calderon got caught with some direct hits to the head which earned him two standing 8-counts. In the end, the judges had the more elusive Ramos winning this close match. Photos: Jim Wyatt
Early in Bout #11, the referee issued two standing 8-counts to the big guy Brandon Velasquez (blue trunks) who was getting hit repeatedly by the more seasoned Marcus Armstrong. Then, in round two, with Velasquez again in trouble and cornered against the ropes, the head of officials Willie Kuhn began to signal to the referee that he should stop the bout. Just as Kuhn was to make his directive known, Velasquez landed this big overhand right which evened the playing field. Amazed by Velasquez’s durability, Kuhn then sat back to watch the remainder of this most entertaining bout.
After learning that Marcus Armstrong had indeed won the match, we see Brandon Velasquez showing good sportsmanship and clapping for his distinguished opponent.
Early-on in Bout #12, James Parks (red gloves) showed his patience and waited for the more excitable, wild swinging Ali Ahmed (blue) to tire. Once that happened, Parks, a southpaw, scored repeatedly with his stiff, hard jab.
It was learned later that James Parks, a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy, had been playing it real low-key, some might say sandbagging. He definitely had a ton more experience than Ali Ahmed and it showed.
In the final match of the night, it was Richard Godoy (l) with the quicker hands and more accurate punches from the Bound Boxing Academy, getting the best of Jerry Bordeaux from the Sandiego Fight Club in El Cajon.
The next show on the USA Amateur Boxing LBC 44 docket will be at 1 p.m. on March 4, 2017, at The Arena Gym in Point Loma, San Diego, Calif.