Boxing Gone Wild In Pico Rivera
By Albert Castillo
Photos: William Trillo
Red Boxing kicked off their initial boxing card at the
Pico Rivera Sports Arena in Pico Rivera, California last
Friday night and it was a salsa party of boxing with
beer flowing, music blaring, and people dancing in the
aisles during intermission which made the nine scheduled
fights all the more fun.
In the main event of the evening Adan “Temo” Ochoa (9-1,
4 KO’s) of Compton, CA displayed solid footwork and
lightning combinations to dominate Sacramento’s Mario
Ayala (5-5-1, 2 KO’s). Judges scorecards had Ochoa
pitching a shutout to garner his ninth win, 60-54,
In an undercard battle, local boy Austin “Misreal”
Gudino (2-0, 1 KO) of West Covina, spoiled the debut of
Riverside’s Victor Villareal (0-1) with a TKO in the
second round. This was an impressive victory for Gudino
who initiated the second round with a machine gun attack
that stunned Villareal.
Then, a wicked left uppercut to the jaw of Villareal
dropped him to the canvas. Villareal barely made the 10
count but after careful review, referee Sandoval called
the fight at 1:54 of the second round giving Gudino his
second win and second by knockout.
Pablo “Bam Bam “ Melgar, (2-0, 1 KO) out of Los Angeles
,CA, survived a one point deduction for two, first round
head butts, to gain a split decision over Mexico’s Hugo
Aguilar, (0-7). Although this fight seemed to be a set
up on paper, nothing could be further from the truth.
Aguilar was no slouch. He arrived in shape and ready for
battle. He was not here to be just an opponent.
He gave as good as he got. This fight was a crowd
pleaser as both fighters connected on a multitude of
punches. Melgar executed great work from the outside
connecting on swift one-two combinations. However, he
decided to do most of his fighting on the inside where
he landed crisp body shots. However, this allowed
Aguilar to get off some shots of his own. In the end it
was Melgar who landed more punches by a 2-1 ratio. Two
Judges had it 38-37, 38-37 for Melgar while one judge
had it for Aguilar 38-37.
South Central LA’s, Joseph Garcia(1-0) won his debut by
outpointing Mexico’s, Luis Montellano (0-5-2). These
evenly matched fighters fought a close battle with this
writer seeing it as a draw.
However, two judges gave it to the local boy 40-36,
40-36, while one judge had it even 38-38, giving Garcia
his debut victory.
Japan’s Katsuma Atsugi (2-0) ruined the debut of
hometown favorite Mike “Dynamike” Ortiz’ (0-1) by
stopping him at 2:30 of the first round. Ortiz got off
to a fast start pummeling the Japanese pugilist with
some good shots.
However, late in the round Atsugi turned the tables on
Ortiz. Atsugi pushed Ortiz back into the ropes and
stunned him with 10 unanswered punches two of which
snapped back the head of Ortiz. After seeing this
referee Sandoval stopped the bout at 2:30 of the first
round. Atsugi remains undefeated.
Angel Flores out of Santa Barbara, CA brought an
entourage of fans to cheer him on and he did not
disappoint. He recorded the best fight of the night by
knocking out Arizona’s Jesus Arevalo (2-7) in
Angel Flores is a buzzsaw and he quickly dropped Arevalo
in the first round with a vicious left hook. Arevalo
miraculously made the count and then Flores patiently
waited until he saw another opening and then cracked
Arevalo with a murderous left hook that left the crowd
wondering if Arevalo was going to get up or whether the
stretcher was going to be needed to carry him out.
Fortunately, after a couple of minutes Arevalo came
around and was able to get to his feet. Angel Flores is
a hot prospect and up and comer. Watch out featherweight
division, Angel Flores is coming and he is the real
Maywood’s Eric Mondragon (1-0 1 KO) in a dramatic debut
knocked out Obed, “Dandy” Fernandez with the third punch
of the fight, at .07 seconds of the first round with a
right hand to the top of head.
Mondragon who has reportedly never had an amateur fight
was impressive in victory.
In the opening bout of the evening Stephen McKenna, out
of Pavan, Ireland, making his professional debut and
brother of top prospect Aaron McKenna treated the crowd
to a remarkable performance by stopping Trey Branch at
2:53 of the first round.
McKenna came out swinging like a man possessed. The ooh
and ahhs from the crowded resounded in rhythms with
every blow that McKenna landed. Most impressive was his
aggressive style and body work that made Branch drop his
hands which then allowed McKenna to deliver tremendous
shots to Branch’s head. Everyone could see the focus
McKenna brought to the ring as he dialed in with
thunderous body blows for which Branch had no answer.
McKenna dropped Branch mid way through the round with an
overhand right to the head. Then at the end of the round
McKenna rained blows upon Branch, going head to body and
body to head.
Referee Caiz had seen enough and stopped the bout. A
great start for the 21 year old McKenna. He has huge
potential and we look forward to seeing more of him in
Angel Israel Rodriguez (2-0, 1 KO) maintained his
unbeaten record by destroying Alvin Brown ( 0-6) out of
Baton Rouge, LA. Rodriguez stopped Brown at 1:35 of the