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
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
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
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.