Angel "El Moreno" Rodriguez &
Bryan "The Thrill" Flores Victorious
By Albert Castillo
Photos: William Trillo
Congratulations to Ray Rodis and Red Box Boxing for
hosting the first fight card at Leonardo’s in Huntington
Park. A sold-out crowd got their money’s worth
witnessing an outstanding lineup featuring eight
non-stop exciting bouts. In the main event of the
evening featuring crowd favorite, undefeated Angel, “El
Moreno” Rodriguez (6-0, 3 KO’s) outclassed Mexican
paunchy pugilist Braun Avila (3-7, 1 KO) by unanimous
decision. Avila had no pop in his punch but he was one
This cagey Mexican gave Moreno fits even though Moreno
dominated the fight. Moreno hit him with everything he
had but he could not stop Avila. A right hand to the
body from “El Moreno” put Avila down in the fifth but
Avila escaped further punishment wilting to his corner
at the sound of the bell. Rodriguez continued to search
for the knockout in the last round but just couldn't put
Avila away. Lopsided scores from judges had Rodriguez
winning unanimously 60-53.
In the co-main event of the evening the crowd went wild
as Los Angeles fighter Bryan “The Thrill” Flores (14-1,
6 KO’s) entered the ring with Michael Jackon’s Thriller
chosen as his walk-up tune. While maybe not the thriller
that fans expected Flores outpointed his opponent out of
Joy, Missouri, Brandon, “The Business” Baue (15-18, 11).
While the 34 - fight veteran may have had no business
being in the ring, his best moments of the fight were
when he tried to maul Flores.
However, he never let his hands go and was deducted a
point for spitting out his mouthpiece on more than one
occasion. Meanwhile, Flores displayed a consistent jab
with frequent uppercut combinations that bloodied the
nose of Baue. Additionally, Flores patience, footwork,
and control of the distance helped to parlay this fight
into his 14th win. All judges had it unanimously 50-44
Los Angeles native Oliver Galicia (1-0, 1 KO) was
impressive in his debut against Mexican Cristian Lopez
(0-3). Galicia appeared to know only one way to box and
that was to throw the haymaker. A huge right hand
dropped Lopez early in the fight.
Later in the round a surfeit of haymakers caused the
referee to stop the fight. To his credit Lopez tried to
fight back but had nothing in his arsenal that could
stop the oncoming barrage of Galicia. Galicia wins his
first fight by knockout at 2:49 of the first round.
This fight was a pop and hop knockout with South
Central’s Joseph “Vicious” Garcia (2-0, 1 KO) putting
the pop on New Jersey native, Willie “Flip” Anderson
(0-4) causing him to hop to one knee. Anderson couldn’t
make the ten count giving Garcia the knockout at .38
seconds of the first round.
Anderson attempted to go toe to toe with Garcia – bad
move, as Garcia staggered him with a right. Moments
later a left hook sent Anderson wobbly legged backward
until he decided to take a knee. Another bad move as he
couldn't get himself to recover within the ten-second
time limit. Garcia garners his first knockout.
Andre “The Little Giant” Marquez (4-1, 3 KO’s) out of
Glendale, CA made short work of Waverly Bagby (1-2, 1
KO) of Colorado Springs, CO dropping him in the first
round with a right to the body.
Forty-eight seconds into the second round Marquez put
Bagby away with a left hook to the jawline. Marquez
displayed tricky footwork that confused Bagby while
dropping huge bombs which eventually led to the
South Central’s Pablo “Bam Bam” Melgar (3-0-1, 2 KO’s)
demolished Jose “Bad Boy” Heredia II (0-1) knocking him
into next week with two devastating left hooks. The
first left hook had Heredia seeing stars but he got off
the mat making the count of ten.
Within the next ten seconds a second left hook
dismantled Heredia dropping him to all fours and he was
done. Melgar’s incandescent performance was reminiscent
of the Tyson style of pugilism. He has a great future
ahead of him and we wish him the best.
Steven “El Mentado” Rodriguez (9-0, 5 KO’s) remained
undefeated by garnering a split decision over Elliot
Brown (2-15, 2 KO’s). The fight was extremely close.
Rodriguez persevered with punches in bunches which
surely influenced the judges. Brown for his part
connected with one punch effectiveness while his corner
screamed for him to follow it up with combinations.
Rodriguez was offensively sharp but got hit more than he
should have against an opponent who had won only two
fights in 16 opportunities. Judges had it 40-36 and
39-37 for Rodriguez while one judge had it for Brown
Following two hard fought entertaining amateur fights
two professionals took to the sweet science to open the
card. Eduardo “El Torito” Diaz (4-0, 1 KO) squeaked out
a split decision over winless Nohlelin Hernandez (0-5).
This bout featured a wild whirlwind of punches. The
Little Bull, “El Torito” lived up to his name by never
slowing down and consistently moving forward.
Diaz captures his fourth win and remains undefeated.
Judges scorecards had it 39 – 37 for Hernandez while the
other two judges had it 39-37 for Diaz.