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  Guerrero-Ruiz Bout Ends In Technical Draw

By Simon Ruvalcaba


At the begging of the night, legendary West Coast promoter Don Chargin stated, "I discovered these two fighters from Mexico so I'm giving them a shot to showcase tonight." In the main event the first of the discoveries Mexico City's Rodrigo Guerrero and Fresno, California's Mike Ruize Jr. was starting to heat up when a cut over the eye of Guerrero forced a stoppage at 1:28 of round 3. The cut was ruled a head butt, and therefore, since four rounds had not been completed the two warriors had to settle for a technical draw and the IBA title remains vacant.

Guerrero is now 25-6-2 (16) and Ruiz is now 11-4-3 (4). Ruiz started out fast and dropped Guerrero in round 1 from a body shot that sent an unbalanced Rodrigo to the canvas. Ruiz continued his fast pace in round 2 and matched Guerrero's attacks. Guerrero seemed to be raising his work rate as round 3 began. The two started a good series of exchanges right before the referee stopped the action for the ringside Doctor to examine Guerrero's cut and ruled that blood was getting into the eye.

The other 'discovery' was in the co-main event and early on Yucatan, Mexico's Jose Salgado seemed baffled with the much shorter Javier Gallo's ability to work his way in and unload on the inside in a ten round Bantamweight contest? Gallo out-hustled Salgado through much of the first four rounds. In round 5 Salgado started letting his hands go and after having his eye looked at in the beginning of round six found success fighting with a deeper sense of urgency. Salgado appeared to control the mid and late rounds, but there was still uncertainty while awaiting the decision depending on how many rounds Gallo had in the bank early?In the end it was a split decision and Gallo got the nod 96-94 and 97-93 while one judge agreed with ringside press scoring 96-94 for Salgado. Salgado is now 35-4-2 (28)

With two of Sacramento, California's greatest champions sitting ringside. Tony "The Tiger" Lopez and Loreto Garza got to witness some of today's Northern California prospects showcased on the undercard. Sacramento's Alberto Torres improved to 9-0-2 (4) with a unanimous six round decision victory over Mexico's Jose Silveira in a six round featherweight bout. Torres was the sharper puncher with the better defense throughout as he outworked Silveira. Two of the judges scored a 60-54 shutout while the third judge had it 58-56. Silveira drops to 17-21 (6).

Max Garcia's latest prospect was impressive as Middleweight Rudy Puga Jr. came back from a year lay off to score a systematic sixth round knockout of Fafe, Washington's Cameron Sevilla. Puga used short, crisp combinations to win the first four rounds. In round 5 a solid body punch dropped Sevilla but he took a shot from Puga after going down. The knockdown counted, but was immediately followed by a point deduction for the late hit. It all became academic in round 6 when Puga landed a solid uppercut to drop Sevilla who elected to stay down for the count. Official time was 2:05 and Puga is now 9-0 (8), Sevilla drops to 7-5-2 (3).

In a four round Featherweight bout, Vacaville, CA prospect Ivan Vergara scored an impressive third round stoppage of Stockton, California's Manual Munoz. A crisp four punch combo from Vergara in round 1 dropped Munoz in the corner Munoz survived the round but continued to get dominated in round 2 and at :44 of round three referee Dan Stell mercifully stopped the bout. Vergara improves to 2-0 (1) while Munoz drops to 0-3.

In the opening bout, the long awaited debut of amateur stand out Steven "Superman" Rapadas didn't go as expected as he fought to a majority draw against Percy Peterson in an entertaining four round Super Featherweight bout. Rapadas showed flashes of brilliance straight out of the gate and his speed and sharp overhand right was catching Peterson in round 1. the 17 fight veteran Peterson weathered the early storm and in the middle rounds adjusted to counter Rapadas with short choppy punches. Rapadas bounced back for a huge rally in round 4 to salvage the majority draw. Scored where 39-37 Peterson but over ruled by the other 2 judges who agreed with press ringside scoring 38-38. The hard luck Peterson falls to 1-14-3.



 

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