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  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, 60-54, 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 spectacular fashion.

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 deal!

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 the future.

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 first round.


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