Ramos Back On Winning Track,
Majority Decisions Esquivias In 8
By William Trillo
Photos: Bret "The Threat" Newton
Super bantamweight Rico
Ramos (21-1, 11 KO’s) squeaked by Efrain Esquivias
(16-1, 9 KO’s) with a very unpopular majority decision
reading 77-77 and 78-74 twice. The fight went pretty
much toe to toe for the entire eight rounds and although
it seemed to be Esquivias who was landing most of the
hard shots it was Ramos who was doing the “Shoe-Shining”
that must have impressed the judges enough to score many
of the close rounds in his favor.
From the onset it was
Esquivias who pressed the action and more often than
naught it was Ramos who was fighting with his back to
the ropes. On the occasions when the fight was in the
middle of the ring Ramos would land his patented rapid
fire shots but they didn’t seem to bother Esquivias at
This is one of those fights that is hard to score and
depending on what style you like, aggressive come
forward pressure or slick but light counterpunching it
could go either way.
On this night the judges
didn’t go for Esquivias and his pressure but instead
went with Ramos and the flashy punches. The win should
bolster Ramos confidence after he lost his belt earlier
this year. Personally I would like to see the fight with
Jhonothan Romero get remade as this was the fight set
for Ramos before Romero was sidelined with a hand
It’s highly unlikely
that super flyweight Matthew Villanueva (8-0-1, 7 KO’s)
will ever be in a dull fight. For that matter Bruno
Escalante (5-1-1, 3 KO’s) will most likely be in his
share of crowd pleasing wars as well. In an old school
battle of undefeated fighters these two put on eight
rounds of fighting that they can both be proud of.
Escalante looked strong
out of the gate and by round two he opened a pretty nice
gash over Villanueva’s left eye that had the blood
Undeterred by the blood Villanueva picked things up in
round three and from that point on the momentum swayed
and Villanueva took over. The ensuing rounds were
exciting but Villanueva was in control.
The fighters went the
distance and both showed the marks of a true war. The
judge’s scorecard reflected the flow as Villanueva was
awarded a unanimous decision on all cards 79-73, 78-74
Light welterweight John
Molina (24-1, 19 KO’s) took an eight round unanimous
decision over a very game Miguel Angel Munguia
(25-24-,21 KO’s). Down twice early by big right hands
Munguia found a way to get back up and battle on. Molina
was doing damage over and over again but his foe would
A low blow in round four
seemed to be the icing on the cake but again Munguia
rose and fought on. Molina kept up his hard punching
over the next four rounds and he was too much for
As the eighth round came
to an end Molina had beaten his foe convincingly 80-69
on all cards.
Villanueva (3-0,2 KO’s) KO’d Frank Liera who was making
his pro debut.
Villanueva dropped Liera
3 times in the first round and that is all she wrote.
Light middleweight John
Hays made a successful debut in a four rounder against
Raymundo Inda who fell to 0-4.
Hays used some good
boxing skills and some well placed and well timed
punches to keep Inda at bay for the entire four round
Heavyweight Malik Scott
(34-0,11 KO’s) was less than impressive in a unanimous
decision victory over Alvaro Morales (6-11-6).
Scott easily defeated
Morales 60-54 on all cards but it just seems Malik is
merely going through the motions and has no desire to
get to the next level.