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  Torres Coldcocks Baez

By Albert Castillo
Photos: William Trillo


From Corona California, Thompson Boxing Promotions put together a fantastic card this past Saturday night labeled “The Path to Glory.” Six competitive fights with two ending in a knockout made for an entertaining evening of quality boxing.

In the main event of the evening local sensation Ruben Torres (19-0, 16 KO’s) left the crowd stunned with a sudden knockout of Venezuela’s Cristian Baez (18-2, 17 KO’s). In the 7th round Torres (19-0, 15 KO’s) accidently stepped on the foot of Cristian Baez and knocked him down. Baez quickly jumped to his feet and complained that it was not a knockdown, but that Torres had stepped on his foot. Referee Thomas Taylor gave Baez the ten count. Reminiscent of the Mayweather-Victor Ortiz fight, Baez extended his glove to Torres as if to say, “You know you didn’t knock me down” when Torres unleashed a devastating left that knocked out Baez cold and he fell back like a redwood tree in the forest.

Ironically Baez was winning 58-56 on two of the judges’ scorecards. However, as they say in boxing, “Protect yourself at all times.” Torres remains unbeaten in his climb to the top.

In the co-main event of the evening two welterweights did battle in the middle of the ring for a solid eight rounds. Luis Lopez (12-1-1 4 KO’s) of Corona, CA defeated previously unbeaten Elias Diaz (11-1, 6 KO’s) of National City, CA.

Lopez executed outstanding body work letting his left and right go to the midsection of Diaz every time he had Diaz on the ropes. Diaz could never really get off against the cagey, slick Lopez.

Judges scorecards read 77-75, 77-75, and 78-74 all for Lopez.

Someone’s 0 had to go. In this bout of unbeaten fighters, Pacoima’s heavy-handed Pedro Valencia (11-0, 7 KO’s) outpointed Rialto’s Adrian Corona (9-1, 2 KO’s).

The highly skilled and technical Corona boxed well but Valencia was able to penetrate Corona’s defense with multiple combinations.

The popular Corona also had his moments tagging Valencia with a solid jab and frequent right hands.

In the end Judges scored it 79-73, 78-74, and 79-73 all in favor of Valencia to give him a unanimous decision win.

Hard Hitting Middleweight Nelson (The Nuckle) Oliva (4-0, 4 KO’s) out of Fontana, CA made short work of Mexico’s Eduardo Rafael (Dinamita) Reyes (10-18, 6 KO’s) scoring a knockout at 1:48 of the second round.

Previously Nelson had dropped Reyes with a straight left hand. Apparently, the referee saw Oliva hit Reyes while he was down and deducted a point from Oliva. No argument from Oliva and he went back to work landing a huge left land on the side of Reyes head which caused him to fall in a slump in his corner.

Reyes did not make the count and referee Daniel Sandoval called a halt to the contest. Oliva remains unbeaten and improves his perfect record to 4 wins all by KO.

In this entertaining Super Lightweight match-up Ioannis (The Greek Assassin) Manouilidis (2-0) garnered a split decision win over Edgar Palacios Cruz (3-2, 1 KO) out of La Paz Mexico.

The fight was close with Manouilidis hammering out some deadly bodywork. Cruz put together several combinations that stunned The Greek Assassin.

The fight could have easily gone either way. Judges scorecards were read this way – 39-37 and 40-36 for Manouilidis and 39-37 for Cruz.

In the opening bout of the evening southpaw, Anthony (AJ) Saldivar (2-0, 1 KO) out of Ontario, CA scored a unanimous decision over wild, free swinging, Antonio (El Tigre) Duarte (2-5). Hailing from Baja, CA El Tigre came out every round throwing looping bolo punches that connected infrequently. AJ did a great job of withstanding Duarte’s onslaught.

In return, AJ kept his cool and returned fire with a classic boxing attack of a quick jab, 1-2 combinations, and an occasional hook. Saldivar controlled the fight earning judges scorecards of 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37. Saldivar remains unbeaten.


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