Upset Night In Hollywood:
Gesta KO’d By Rodriguez
By William Trillo & Albert Castillo
Photos: Marlene Marquez
In the main event of the Golden Boy promoted show
Mercito Gesta (32-3-2, 17 KO’s) and Juan Antonio
Rodriguez (30-7, 26 KO’s) went toe to toe in a punches
in bunches affair that saw both men let the leather fly
all night long.
Gesta appeared to be confident in the opening rounds but
a determined Rodriguez stayed focused as he surveyed the
In the mid-stages Gesta was cut and slowing down from
the body attack offered up by Rodriguez. As Gesta tired
Rodriguez gained momentum. It was then in round eight
that Rodriguez seized the moment and with a plethora of
hard blows to the body and head Gesta was reeling
against the ropes forcing the fight to be brought to a
halt. Officially the time of stoppage was at the 2:55
mark of the eighth stanza.
Slugfest…Donnybrook…Barnburner…call it whatever you
like, the battle between Welterweights Ferdinand
Kerobyan (11-1, 6 KO’s) and Blair Cobbs (10-0-1, 6 KO’s)
was one for the books. It was a true battle in the
trenches in every sense of the word.
With the NABF Junior Welterweight Title on the line both
men came out his blazing. Cobbs would clip Kerobyan
early and set the tone for the night. Kerobyan pressed
the battle hard but a cut suffered over his right eye in
round three became an issue for the Hollywood fighter
the rest of the night.
Cobbs stayed on the attack and kept the cut Kerobyan
bloody for the remainder of the night. Credit to
Kerobyan for not only hanging in there all night but to
close the show the way he did Kerobyan impressed not
only the fans but Cobbs himself who applauded his fallen
foes fine performance.
Final scores all in favor of Cobbs read 79-73 and 77-75
Featherweights Manuel Avila (23-1-1, 8 KO’s) and Jose
Santos Gonzalez (23-7-1, 13 KO’s) gave the fans a good
old throwback type fight that harkened back to The
Olympic Auditorium days. Avila started out the fight
looking sharp and in control for the first half of the
But Gonzalez found a home for his right hand midway
through the night and took over from that point on. It
was nip and tuck as the final round ensued. In the end
the judges scored this one 77-75 for Avila, 77-75 for
Gonzalez and 76-76 even. The fight was rightly deemed a
Heavyweight James Wilson (7-0-1, 6 KO’s) was brought
down to earth by Miguel Cubos (13-20-1, 10 KO’s) in this
fight that ended in a majority decision draw. Wilson
came into the ring looking like a Gladiator while Cubos
looked more like a burrito killer.
Anyone who expected an early KO learned quickly it was
not going to be. Cubos mucked it up and took Wilsons
best the entire fight. The rendered scores of 58-56 for
Wilson and 57-57 twice left this one a draw. Cubos was
last seen heading for the Hollywood hot dog carts while
Wilson was busy choking on a huge serving of humble pie.
Super lightweights David Mijares (7-0, 3 KO’s) and
Antonio Sanchez (6-6, 3 KO’s) took to the ring in a six
round affair that was low on highlights. For the most
part the southpaw Mijares stayed in control of the bout
with a steady but light attack. For his part Sanchez
seemed less than willing to exchange at all. That made
it easy to justify the scores of 60-54 across the board.
Lightweight Oscar Acevedo (5-0) was forced to go the
distance with a tough Daniel Bastien (4-13,1 KO). Truth
be told, if Bastien had pressed a little harder from the
opening bell he may have pulled of an upset. Although
Acevedo’s undefeated record looks impressive his lack of
power is going to become problematic. Final scores all n
favor of Acevedo read 40-36 and 39-37 twice.
Super Middleweight Chris Ousley (10-0, 9 KO’s) took on a
long in the tooth Jorge Luis Munguia (13-15, 5 KO’s) and
made quick work of the Ham-n-Egger scrambling his foe at
the 1:54 mark of round one.