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  Pico Rivera Punch-Out

By Albert Castillo
Photos: William Trillo

 

Red Boxing continues to rock at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena. Each show has been better than the last. Organization, crowds, food and drink continue to improve to a top notch boxing production. Everyone is friendly and had a great time at this lively, exciting boxing show. Unique to this venue is the small ring that ensures each fight is going to be a slug out with every fighter going toe to toe with his opponent.

In the main event Axel Aragon Vega (13-2-1, 8 KO’s) of Ensenada, Mexico made short work of Kern County’s Giovanni Noriega (2-5-2, 2 KO’s) winning by knockout. Vega, at an even five feet tall is built like a Sherman tank. In the second round he tagged Noriega with a straight right, left hook combination that put Noriega down.
 

Noriega made the eight count but was on wobbly legs. Almost immediately Vega connected again with the same one-two combination and Noriega went down for good.

Vega wins by knockout at 1:21 of round two. Vega demonstrates that he is ready to step up in class and we look forward to seeing more of him in the future.
 

In the co-main event hot prospect Angel Flores (6-0, 4 KO’s) out of Buelton, CA, earned a unanimous decision over tough Mexican warrior Roberto Almazan (9-12, 4 KO’s). Angel Flores is the best kept secret in boxing. He is a murderous puncher with lightning fast hands.

The perfectly physiqued Latin assassin dropped Almazan twice in the fourth round with devastating right hands. Throughout the fight Flores demonstrated boxing skills on a much higher level than his opponent who is a 20 - fight veteran.

With Jesus Soto-Karass in his corner Flores is a force to be reckoned with. In this fight he demonstrated patience and savvy as he strategically pursued his opponent. In previous fights he had rushed his opponent looking for an immediate knockout. Soto Karass has obviously encouraged him to be more calculating and deliberate in his offensive game. I predict that Flores will be a contender for a title soon. Wishing him the best of luck.
 

Daniel “El Cuetito” Cruz out of the Chino Boxing Club clinched his third win (3-0, 1 KO) with a unanimous decision over Cinci, Ohio’s Phillip Bounds (0-4). Cruz demonstrated that he was in great shape using hair trigger combinations for all four rounds.

At times Cruz taunted Bounds to draw him out before he unleashed devastating hand speed in the face of Bounds. Cruz totally outclassed Bounds on his way to his third victory. Judges had it 40-36 across the board. Cruz is definitely one to watch.
 

Undefeated prospect Steven Rodriguez (8-0, 5 KO’s) of Anaheim, CA, overcame a third round headbutt that opened a cut on his forehead to win a unanimous decision over Las Vegas pugilist Ryan Picou (3-12-1).

Although Rodriguez dominated the fight Picou fought hard and was no slouch. He got in his licks but Rodriguez is in another league. After the headbutt in which blood flowed downhis face, Rodriguez became more aggressive and began to land thunderous blows. Picou staved him off but just barely.

Judges had Rodriguez running away with the fight with scores of 40-36 across the board. On a side note kudos to Picou’s corner who gave him excellent advice throughout the fight.
 

Andre “The Ninja” Marquez (2-1, 1 KO) made mincemeat of Lousiana’s Alvin Brown (0-8) who probably has no business anywhere near a boxing ring. At 1:00 of the fourth round Marquez shook Brown with a left hook that buckled him.

Later in the round Brown got caught again with a left hook to the body which knocked the wind out him. Referee checked with Brown who said he could not continue.

Marquez records his first knockout and second win at 1:40 of the fourth round. Brown was never in this fight as Marquez controlled and dominated him from the opening bell.
 

In the opening bout of the evening Rosemead’s Edgar Nunez- Lopez (0-0-1) and Bradely Pena (0-0-1) out of Bell Gardens made their debut. It was a non-stop slugfest. Bradley Pena came out like a buzzsaw landing body shots with huge left and right hooks.

Nunez covered up for his part and tried to respond but didn't have a big enough punch to keep Pena off on him. Pena continued in the second round with a barrage of hooks but tired in the third and fourth and gave Nunez the opportunity to land some straight right hands. Judges score it even, 38-38 across the board.



 

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