Supremacy Showdown Becomes
Embarrassing Throw Down
By William Trillo
It was supposed to be a rematch of their hotly contested
first battle but before Ronald Johnson (17-1, 4 KO’s)
and Sergio Ramirez (18-7, 10 KO’s) could remove the tape
from their hands a full scale riot broke out inside the
Pico Rivera Sports Arena after the fight. The riot began
after an irate Johnson, who was getting cups of beer
thrown his way, jumped out of the ring and rushed the
beer throwing offenders, looking to take matters into
his own hands. At that point it was every man for
himself as bedlam ensued. Chairs went flying and punches
were thrown for what seemed to be minutes before the
violence began to slowly tone down. Local Sheriffs
showed up on scene soon thereafter and the crowd was
escorted out without further incident.
Truth be told, the battle for the “coveted” GBO
Heavyweight title was a pretty good scrap that kept the
fans on their feet for almost the entire ten round
affair. In the early goings of the fight it was Johnson
who seemed to be in control. His superior hand speed
kept Ramirez at bay and off balance for a good portion
of the opening rounds.
But the rugged Ramirez came on at the midpoint of the
fight and began to start landing some significant blows
that were beginning to do visible damage on the face of
Johnson. Bleeding from the nose and gasping for air
Johnson seemed to be running out of gas quickly and by
the latter rounds momentum had swung to the side of
While taking some real punishment from Ramirez and
looking to be on the verge of going down Johnson lost
his mouthpiece which forced the ref to halt the action
while he retrieved the mouthpiece. Ramirez fans became
irate at that move as they felt it gave Johnson an
undeserved moment to catch his breath to stop the
onslaught and survive the round. Depending on whom you
ask that could have been the moment that started the
ticking time bomb that would inevitably go off.
The final round saw both fighters give whatever they had
left. The crowd was going berserk as each side cheered
for their favorite. The bell rang ending the war and the
outcome was in the judges hands. Both sides were sure
their man had done enough to win.
The ring announcer took the microphone and read the
scores as follows, 97-93 Johnson, 96-94 Ramirez and
97-93 Johnson. Those scores gave a relieved Johnson the
Split Decision nod. Ramirez fans began booing vehemently
which upset Johnson who looked at the fans and grabbed
his crotch. It was at that point that beers stated to
fly Johnsons way. Without hesitation Johnson jumped out
of the ring, busted through the barriers and started the
full scale melee. There didn’t appear to be any serious
injuries to the fans and outside of a few sucker punches
being thrown it appeared everyone got home safely.
No doubt the promoters, fighters and managers will be
hearing from the boxing commission soon and discipline
will be soon to follow. Pound4Pound will keep you
updated on those developments.
In other action Bantamweight Adelaida Ruiz (9-0, 4 KO’s)
cruised to an easy victory over a game but overmatched
Mikayla Nebel (2-8). Ruiz was in complete control over
the four round fight with scores 60-54 on all three
cards reflecting how dominant she was.
Super welterweight Brandyn Lynch (10-1, 8 KO’s) was put
to the test by Bernard Thomas (5-7, 3 KO’s) in this hard
hitting bout. Thomas was tough but was not able to
outgun the formidable Lynch who stopped Thomas at the
1:12 mark of round four.
Super featherweights Alejandro Martinez (1-1-1, 1 KO)
and Alvin Brown (0-9) took to the ring in this battle of
winless fighters. As they say, “someone’s 0 had to go”
and in this case it was Martinez who picked up his first
victory via the KO route. Brown succumbed to his own
ineptitude at the 1:16 mark of round two.
Super featherweight Andre Marquez (3-1, 2 KO) over
powered the hapless Mario Angeles (3-13-2) in an
extremely lopsided battle. The bout was brought to a
merciful halt at the 2:55 mark of round two.
Super lightweight Nicholas Irizarry (1-0, 1 KO) is a
fighter worth keeping an eye on. Making his pro- debut
against Johnie White (1-2, 1 KO) the young Irizarry was
impressive in all aspects of his game. The southpaw
worked behind a quick effective jab followed by
thundering power in both hands to dispatch his foe
impressively at the 1:16 mark of round two.
Lightweight Angel Israel Rodriguez (4-0, 2 KO) came out
like gangbusters against seasoned veteran Thomas Herrera
(11-22-1, 8 KO’s) and did not stop until Herrera was
saved by the ref before he could suffer anymore
unnecessary punishment. Officially the bout was stopped
at the 1:07 mark of round one. With Jesus Soto-Karass as
trainer look for Rodriguez to climb up the ladder
quickly. He is the real deal.
Lightweight Chelsey Anderson (2-0, 1 KO) opened the show
with a one sided demolition of pro debuting Tess
Kielhamer (0-1). Anderson beat her foe into submission
at the 1:10 mark of round 1.