Saavedra Scores Huge Win In
First Thompson Show Of The Year
By Barbara Pinnella
Photos: Marlene Marquez
For their first show of 2019, and marking their 19th
season, Thompson Boxing Promotions gave us New Blood,
held once again at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA.
Due to the illness of Pedro Moreno, the co-main was
moved up to the main event, when Mario Hernandez (8-1-1,
3 KOs) took on Luis Fernando Saavedra (8-6, 3 KOs) in a
super bantamweight fight that was scheduled to go eight
A quick little one-two combination by Saavedra dropped
Hernandez early in the first round. That was quite a
surprise, and Saavedra stayed on the attack for the rest
of the three minutes. Mario tried to turn the tide in
the second and had a lot of good things happen for him,
but Luis was not ready to just roll over quite yet. The
two men really had a battle during the round.
The third was a slugfest between the two fighters. Each
one had shining spots, and we were seeing an
entertaining fight thus far. The fourth was more of the
same. Many punches were thrown and landed by both
fighters. Mario was definitely showing that he had the
most skill, but Saavedra kept swinging for the fences,
and often that worked for him.
Luis liked to counter-punch, and he was really stepping
that up in the sixth round, since it was effective for
him. The fight continued to go back and forth in the
seventh, and we moved into the eighth and final round.
The battle raged on, and we went to the scorecards. One
judge saw it 79-72 and while the other two had it 78-73,
all for Saavedra. He fought a super fight tonight!
In a junior welterweight bout that was scheduled for
four rounds, we saw Ruben Torres (8-0, 7 KOs) go up
against Elliott Brown (2-7, 2 KOs). The opening round
was all Torres, who showed off his skills early.
Ruben continued to be all over Brown in the second
round, and was able to land his punches at will. The
fight was stopped at the end of the round when Elliott
could not continue.
George Acosta (7-0, 1 KO) took on Guadalupe Arroyo
(3-15) in a fight scheduled to go four rounds in the
lightweight division. There was a lot of action in the
first round, although most of it came from the hands of
Acosta. He was fast and accurate, and chased his
opponent around the ring for most of the three minutes.
Arroyo was trying to fight back in the second, but that
only made for an ugly fight. He wasn’t very successful,
and caused Acosta to miss a lot of his shots as well.
The third was much of the same. On a couple of occasions
George would have Lupe on the ropes but was unable to
finish him off. We moved into the fourth and final
Arroyo was battered around the ring the entire last
round, but made it to the bell. We went to the judges’
scorecards. No surprise here, as the scores were all the
same, 40-36, all for Acosta.
Junior middleweights were next when Richard Brewart
(4-0, 2 KO) faced off against Abel Reyes (4-3, 4 KOs).
This fight was for a scheduled four rounds. Brewart
scored a knockdown in the first round, as Reyes took a
knee, apparently from a delayed reaction from body shot.
We moved into the second round, and a huge right hand by
Brewart put Abel down and out at 1:28 of that round.
Opening up the evening we saw Leo Ruiz (4-0, 2 KO) going
up against Adan Ahumada (3-7-2, 2 KOs) in a fight
scheduled for four rounds in the junior middleweight
division. Ruiz showed complete domination in the first
round, with good body punches and combinations. In the
second round Leo continued with those body punches, and
punished Ahumada enough that referee Raul Caiz, Jr.
waved the fight off at :49 seconds of round two.
The fight that became the main event turned out to be
one heck of a battle that saw the surprise (on paper)
victory go to Saavedra. He was outstanding in his
victory over Hernandez.