Both Mendez & Roman Win By
By Barbara Pinnella
Photos: Andrea Kaus
Thompson Boxing Promotions gave us Locked N’ Loaded, which
took place this past Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in
Ontario, CA. In the main event we saw Manuel “La Tormenta”
Mendez (15-1-2, 11 KOs) take on Louis “Vampiro” Arceo
(28-16-5, 18 KOs). This fight was scheduled for eight rounds
in the junior welterweight division.
In the first three minutes Arceo was doing a lot more
throwing but it was Mendez who was doing most of the
landing. In the second round Manuel was still the more
dominate fighter. He didn’t throw all the time, but when he
did it was bunches of punches and they landed the majority
of the time.
In round three Arceo started off really strong, and was
controlling the first half of the round. But then Mendez
came back to life. There was blood running down the left
side of the face of Louis from that point as well. Manuel
did have a habit of trying to roll off the punches a lot,
and a few times he ducked himself right into getting hit –
not a good option.
There was good back and forth action in the fourth, with
both men getting in really good shots. But as had been the
case from the beginning, Mendez was just too strong with his
punches. After Manuel continued to work on the eye of Arceo
and batter him around some more, the fight was stopped after
this round by referee Raul Caiz, Sr. Mendez got another
Welterweights stepped into the ring for the co-main event.
This fight featured Jessie Roman (21-3, 9 KOs) going up
against Luis Joel Gonzalez (11-5-1, 6 KOs), and was
scheduled for eight rounds. The first round had just a
little bit of action, but with this bout being double the
rounds of all the fights that preceding it, that made sense.
Neither of them wanted to jump in right off the bat.
The second round was a very good one for Roman. He was
finding the body and head of Gonzalez. Luis Joel was trying
to fire back, but Jessie was too good for him at this point.
Round three was much closer, as Gonzalez came out stronger.
These two really liked to fight in close, head to head, most
of the time.
They opened the gap between them in the fourth, and that was
a big disadvantage for Gonzalez. The distance allowed Roman
to land hard body shots on his opponent. It also let him
connect with a big overhand left that put Luis on the
canvas. And at the 10-second warning, Jessie doubled
Gonzalez up with more body shots, putting him down again. As
he got up, the bell ended the round.
About mid-way through the fifth round, Roman went to work on
the body of Luis yet again, and he went down once more.
Almost immediately, referee Raul Caiz, Jr. waived the fight
off. The official time of the stoppage was 1:50 of round
Alimkhan “AK-47” Jumakhonov (6-1-1, 3 KOs) went up against
Alberto Mora (5-6, 1 KO) in a fight that was scheduled for
four rounds in the featherweight division. The first round
was uneventful, which was rather a surprise considering the
fight is only four. Just the opposite occurred in the
second. They went to battle, with “AK” getting the best of
the war. He battered Mora incessantly, and it was very
surprising that Alberto did not go down.
Much to the surprise of most in attendance, a quick little
combination put Jumakhonov on the canvas in the third.
Alimkhan had just dominated the contest until that moment.
The final round went back and forth and we went to the
scorecards. One judge saw it 38-37 for Jumakhonov, one 38-37
for Mora, and the third 38-36 for Jumakhonov. “AK-47” got
the hard-fought split decision win.
In a fight scheduled to go four rounds, Mario Hernandez made
his pro debut, facing Manuel Manzo (0-5). These two fought
in the super bantamweight division. Hernandez landed some
really solid shots in the opener, but Manzo refused to go
down. Manuel came back to land a bit of leather on his
We saw an action-packed second round. Manzo was like a pit
bull in there, trying to prove that he wasn’t going to be
pushed around easily. He stayed on the attack the whole
time, but Mario refused to back down. The third was crazy as
well, with as much action as the other two. This was not a
boxing match, it was a war.
Even though they both looked a bit tired in the final round
– and why not? They ended as they began; swinging, hitting,
punching, doing everything they could to dominate. We went
to the scorecards. Those scores were 40-36 and 39-37 twice,
all for Hernandez. Mario got his first pro victory while
Manzo is yet to put one up in the win column.
Both fighters were making their professional debut in this
super bantamweight fight, as Daniel Guzman went up against
Xavier Pena. The fight was for a scheduled four. The fight
was a pretty even one until a left by Pena put Guzman down
near the end of the first round.
They each had good moments in the second. These were two
scrappy little fighters. But the fight ended abruptly at
2:04 of the third round when Guzman delivered what referee
Raul Caiz, Sr. considered an intentional low blow. Pena was
unable to continue, but was given the win because of the
intentional call. Talk about the thrill AND agony of
In the first bout of the evening, Alfredo Escarcega made his
professional debut against Mario Aguirre (2-8, 2 KOs). This
fight was scheduled for four rounds in the junior
welterweight division. Escarcega made an impression in the
first round. He was throwing combinations to the head and
then body of Aguirre, and did not seem to be in a rush – not
many wild or wasted punches.
Aguirre landed a solid punch mid-way through the second
round, but the rest of the three minutes were still in favor
of Alfredo. But Alfredo’s punches had been straying a little
low during the fight, and he was deducted a point for that
Southern connection in the third.
Escarcega seemed a bit tired in the final round and he lost
some of his accuracy, but was still the better fighter. We
went to the scorecards. All of the judges saw the fight the
same, 39-36, all for Alfredo. He earned his first victory as
It was a rather blood and war kind of night, but the fights
were entertaining ones and Mendez and Roman each made good
showings for themselves. The fight between Hernandez and
Manzo, while the scores could not reflect it, was a super
fight that showed the guts of Manuel as he still searches
for his first victory.