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  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 tough hombre.
 

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 for Flores.
 

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 knockout.
 

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 39-37.
 

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.



 

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