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  Sandoval Stops Tabugon At Fantasy Springs; Negrete Captures WBA International Title

By Albert Castillo
Photos: William Trillo


Golden Boy Promotions featured an 8-card lineup at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA this past Thursday night. In the main event of the evening Super Flyweight Ricardo “El Nino” Sandoval stopped Raymond “El Tornado” Tabugon to earn his 18th victory. Sandoval was at the top of his game. His wide arsenal of punches landed everywhere on the body and head of Tabugon.

In the second round a left hook from Sandoval dropped Tabugon for the ten count. At the end of the sixth round Sandoval landed five unanswered power shots to the head of Tabugon. In the seventh round Sandoval continued his attack catching Tabugon with multiple combinations until referee Eddie Hernandez had seen enough and called a halt to the contest at 1:43 of the seventh round. Sandoval earned his 18th win and 13th knockout victory.

"It was a great fight," said Ricardo Sandoval. "It was a great fight for the people. Raymond was a tough opponent with a lot of experience. I needed that kind of experience. I think we're ready for a world title. Whoever gives me the opportunity, we'll take it. I'll be ready. Now it's on to the next fight to get closer to a world title."

In the co-main event Colombian Oscar Negrete (19-2-2, 7 KO’s) captured the vacant World Boxing Association International Bantamweight Title with a unanimous decision win over Argentinian Alberto Melian (6-2, 4 KO’s). This phone booth fight had both South Americans banging it out in every round.

Sporting his classic red tomahawk do Melian did his best to keep up with the experienced Negrete . The fight was extremely close and both fighters were bruised and battered at the final bell. In the end judges scorecards read 97-93, 98-92, and 98-92, all for Negrete.

"It was a tough fight," said Oscar Negrete. "I have to recognize that Alberto Melian is an amazing fighter. He came to win. He won the public's respect tonight. I did what I had to do to win the fight. We want an opportunity to fight for a world title. I deserve it. We worked extremely hard to get here.

In this super banty matchup between two Mexican warriors Leonardo “El Leon” Baez (18-2, 9 KO’s) scored a unanimous decision over former interim WBA and IBO champion Moises “El Chucky:” Flores (25-3, 17 KO’s).

In the early going both fighters traded huge bombs connecting consistently on the jaws of one another. By the middle rounds Baez ‘ savage hooks to the body began to wear down Flores. Flores slowed and began missing many punches. Baez never let up hitting head and body putting a real hurt on Flores. The former champion heard the final bell but it was all Baez as judges had him pitching a shutout 80-72, on all cards.

“My opponent was an interim champion,” said Leonardo Baez. “He had more experience than me. That’s why we trained hard in the gym. I want bigger fights and tougher opponents.”

Undefeated feline pugilist, Sulem Urbina (12-0, 2 KO’s), of Phoenix, Arizona, kept her perfect record intact outclassing Floridian, Noemi “No-No” Bosques (12-15-3, 2 KO’s) in this flyweight match up. Bosques who should have said No-No to this fight was clearly over matched. Urbina dominated the contest scoring at will as Bosques attempted to cover up.

In the fourth round Urbina staggered Bosques with a crisp right hand. In the fifth an Urbina combination hurt Bosques near the end of the round. In the sixth it was a wonder that Bosques remained on her feet as Urbina clobbered her with overhand rights that squarely connected drawing oohs and ahhs from the crowd. In the end all judges had it 60-54 giving Urbina the unanimous decision.

“I thought it was an exciting fight for the fans,” said Sulem Urbina. “I tried to get the stoppage, but she had a strong will. I learned a lot from my opponent. It was an honor to fight her. I hope Golden Boy keeps an eye out for me.”

This bout had the potential of an excellent contest. Up and comer and undefeated hometown favorite Indio’s own Anthony Reyes took on Mexican journeyman Diuhl Olguin. Unfortunately a third round accidental head-butt caused a major gash on the head of Reyes, which resulted in the physician calling a halt to the contest at 36 seconds of round three. The bout was scored a technical draw.

Too bad for Reyes who looked sharp and crisp, connecting rapidly with combinations to the jawline of Olguin. He was on his way to winning his 8th contest until the head-butt occurred. We look forward to seeing Reyes in the future. “At first I was doing good,” said Anthony Reyes.

“My opponent was very experienced. I was still warming up. Unfortunately, the head-butt happened. The cut was pretty deep.” “I feel unsatisfied,” said Diuhl Olguin. “The fight was barely going to start. My opponent was a great counter puncher. I was pressuring and unfortunately the head-butt occurred.”

In the opening bout of the evening, Anthony Garnica (5-0, 3 KO’s) out of Oak land, CA squeaked out a majority decision over Luis Alvarado out of Pasco, Washington. Garnica coming off a six-month layoff appeared rusty and flatfooted. He occasionally connected with combinations, the best of which was at the last ten seconds of the fourth and final round.

Although Alvarado pursued Garnica throughout the fight he was not really aggressive and never let his hands go in a consistent manner. One judge had it 38-38 probably for lack of action. The other two judges had it for Garnica, 39-37, and 40-36.

“It was a good fight,” said Anthony Garnica. “He was a tough opponent. He came to fight. I executed the game plan. I settled down through the rounds and got it done.”

With not one knockout between these two fighters it was predictable that the contest would go the distance. What was not predictable was an accidental head-butt in the 6th and final round which would be the highlight of this fight. The physician recommended calling a halt to the fight in which referee Eddie Hernandez complied at 2:36 of the 6th round.

The fight went to the scorecards with Los Angeles native Oscar Acevedo (7-0) earning a majority decision over New Jersey pugilist Dan Murray (5-3). Although one judge had it even at 57-57 the truth is that Acevedo dominated the fight. With a prevent defense and deft boxing skills Acevedo beat Murray to the punch in every exchange. Additionally, Acevedo’s counter punching was on point and impressive. Two judges called it correctly for Acevedo 59-55, and 59-55 respectively allowing Acevedo to remain undefeated in his young career.

“I think I did good,” said Oscar Acevedo. “I did better than my last fight. He was tough and came to fight. Now it’s time to get back to the gym to get better.”

In the post main cleanup fight Jan Salvatierra (4-0, 2 KO’s) remained undefeated scoring a 4th round knockout over Miguel Rebullosa (4-10, 2 KO’s).


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