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
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
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
“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
“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
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).