Arriaza & Ituarte Keep Their Titles
In Thompson’s 18th Anniversary Show
By Barbara Pinnella
Photos: Marlene Marquez
Tonight we celebrated the 18th Anniversary event for
Thompson Boxing Promotions, this one called Path to Glory.
The Doubletree Hotel has been the host for almost all of the
events from the very beginning. Before the night of boxing
began, media and friends of Thompson were treated to a VIP
party that featured food, drinks, and videos. It was quite
nice, and a considerate thing to do.
The main event of the evening featured the unbeaten
welterweight Roberto “Dinamita” Arriaza (17-0, 13 KOs)
defending his WBO intercontinental title against another
fighter with a great record Juan “El Nino” Ruiz (20-2, 12
KOs) in a fight scheduled for 10 rounds.
In the first round the fighters seemed to be feeling each
other out, testing the reach and power of the other. Ruiz
was proving to be a tough customer for Arriaza in the
second, as he was able to slip most of the punches that
Roberto was trying to land. We had yet to see the power that
created all those knockouts for Arriaza.
The pace quickened a bit in the third, but we still had not
seen any blows that rocked or even did any damage at all
from either man. It took three rounds under their belts, but
finally both men began to land some leather on each other in
the fourth. Don’t get me wrong, still nothing to write home
about, but at least some punches were landing now.
The fifth was much like the fourth. Both men were now
finding their respective targets, but once again, nobody
made a big impact. Roberto was utilizing his jab while Ruiz
shot off more little combinations. At the halfway point of
the fight and we have seen nothing new. Punches landed, but
nothing really happened.
Finally in the seventh round, Arriaza went head hunting, and
found his target. He was not able to knock Juan down because
Ruiz was still as slippery as an eel when Arriaza would move
in for his knockout punch, but Roberto landed some really
good shots. In the eighth the pace slowed down again, with a
few punches landing for Arriaza and some for Ruiz.
Ruiz had a pretty good round in the ninth as he finally
found his target. He had been hit and miss a lot of the
fight, but got in a few here. We moved into the tenth and
final round. This is what everyone had been waiting to see
from Roberto. He came out firing from the start and was
landing most of his punches.
We went to the scorecards. The judges saw the fight 98-92,
97-93 and 99-91, giving the unanimous decision to Arriaza.
He kept his belt and remained undefeated.
The co-main event saw Erick “All American Boy” Ituarte
(20-1-1, 3 KOs) face off against Carlos “Memin” Carlson
(22-4, 13 KOs) in a fight scheduled for eight rounds in the
featherweight division. Erick was also defending his NABF
featherweight belt. These two didn’t waste any time,
fighting right at the first bell. They were often forehead
to forehead and delivered powerful blows on each other.
They kept the heat turned up in the second as both fighters
continued to connect. After nine minutes the pace remained
the same. This was an excellent back and forth contest and
after three rounds was not showing a clear-cut winner. They
both came to fight and many good, hard shots were connecting
for each man.
The fourth was a strong one for Ituarte. His gloves found
their target on both the head and body of Carlson. Erick
came out in round five the way he worked in the previous
one, but midway through Carlos had enough and caught Ituarte
several times, snapping his head back when he did so. In the
sixth the pair went back to exchanging blows.
The seventh was another strong one for Erick. This fight has
had big moments for each fighter and we moved into the
eighth and final. The action never wavered in this hard
fought war, and we went to the scorecards. The judges saw
the fight 78-74, and 77-75 twice, all for Ituarte. Erick
keeps his NABF featherweight title.
Super featherweights took to the ring as Michael Dutchover
(9-0, 6 KOs) faced Mike Fowler (6-15, 2 KOs) in a fight that
was scheduled to go six rounds. Dutchover showed off his
talents in the first, landing some solid body shots and
getting some leather on the head of Fowler as well. It was
inevitable that it would be a body shot that dropped Fowler,
considering just how accurate Michael was in finding that
target. A right hand did the job. But Mike was able to get
up and get out of the round.
It was body shots again that finally got Fowler out of
there. Dutchover had been punishing Fowler’s body all night,
and the hard combinations to his ribs and liver ended it at
1:19 of the third round.
Mario Hernandez (6-0, 3 KOs) stood across the ring from Nery
Garcia (1-5) in a fight in the bantamweight division that
was scheduled for six rounds. Both men had some good moments
in the opening round, but the nod had to go to Hernandez,
who landed many really good shots to the body throughout the
Garcia showed his resilience and heart as he was pounded
from rope to rope for the last half of round two, but
refused to go down. He ate many body and head shots, but at
the bell walked back to his corner. It was the same in the
third. Nery was as tough as nails, but at 2:26 of that third
round referee Raul Caiz, Jr. decided Garcia had taken enough
punishment and waved the fight off, eliciting some boos from
the crowd. Still, a good call.
To open up the evening, Ruben Torres (5-0, 5 KOs) went up
against Sergio Gonzalez (0-2) in a lightweight fight that
was scheduled for four rounds. The first round was
uneventful until the final 10 seconds. Torres landed a
barrage of punches, culminating with a big left hand that
sent Gonzalez to the canvas. He got up as the bell rang to
end the round.
The second round offered nothing spectacular, but in the
third Ruben was really landing a lot of leather. Again, he
just pounded Sergio with both hands, and sent Gonzalez down
and out in a dramatic knockout at 2:15 of that third round.
Torres moves up to five for five in the win and KO tally.
This was a really fun night of boxing. We only had five
fights but it was perfect and the fights were all good ones.
Congratulations to Thompson Boxing Promotions on their big