Ontario, CA Is Upset City
Report & Photos By Roy & Marlene Marquez
A standing-room only
crowd at the Double Tree Hotel, Ontario, CA was treated
to a night of devastating knockouts, surprising upsets
and dominant performances. Leading the way in the
dominant performances category, Jose Lopez overwhelmed
fellow light welterweight Anthony Mora who retired on
his stool between the 3rd and 4th rounds. A tall light
welterweight at 5’ 10”, Lopez (26-3) surprisingly gave
away a few inches in height to Mora who stands better
than 6’0” tall. Nevertheless, Lopez was able to climb
the ladder and paint Mora (15-4) with overhand rights.
In the second Lopez began winging hooks to the body.
Because Mora would not fire back Lopez was able to let
both hands fly.
In the 3rd, Lopez
literally chased Mora around the ring to inflict more
damage. Following the round Mora told his corner he
sustained a rib injury and was unable or unwilling to
When Ilido Julio wins a
fight he nearly always wins by knock out. Tonight was no
exception. With a single left hook at 1:59 of the fifth,
Julio (39-15-1) flattened Dominic Salcido and scored his
35th KO in 39 victories. Until the time of the stoppage,
the heavily favored Salcido (17-2) had been in complete
control of the fight, dictating both distance and tempo
with movement. Not that the crowd appreciated the
movement. They voiced their displeasure with Salcido’s
tactics in the 3rd and again in the 4th. Salcido
responded by stunning Julio with a right; knocking him
to the ropes with a second; and dropping Julio with a
third right hand moments before the buzzer.
In the fifth Julio
landed a clean left hand that snapped Salcido’s head.
Salcido took offense to getting hit and loaded up on
rights and lefts. With Salcido stationary for the first
time in the fight, Julio was able to set his feet and
fire the left hook that ended it all. Referee Raul Caiz
Sr. hovered over the prone Salcido but didn’t bother
with the count.
Patrick Lopez walked
Tyler Ziolowski to the ropes and unleashed a left hook
to the body that ended the light welterweight fight at
2:16 of the opening round. Ziolowski (11-9) was counted
out by referee Jack Reiss when he wasn’t able to recover
from the punch. Lopez (16-2) looked exceptionally sharp
from the start, landing punches from both the orthodox
and southpaw stances.
Daniel Hernandez passed a stern test in defeating
iron-jawed journeyman Jose Alfredo Lugo over six rounds.
Lugo (10-11-1) is a pressure fighter unwilling to take a
backwards step. Knowing this, Hernandez countered the
aggression with continuous movement and a thumping left
hook. After three competitive rounds Hernandez (8-0)
took control of the fight with a four-punch combination
that stopped Lugo in his tracks. Lugo never regained his
aggression and was battered by the left in fifth and
sixth rounds. Judge Marty Denkin scored the fight 58-56
for Hernandez. Both James Jen Kin and Jerry Cantu
awarded all six rounds to Hernandez (60-54).
Jesus Pollo Hernandez wanted the win. Once beaten
hopeful Aaron Garcia thought he earned the nod. When the
decision was rendered the combatants had to settle for a
hard fought draw. Hernandez (8-0-2) scored with short,
accurate right hands and left hooks to the body. Garcia
hooked with both hands while applying unnerving pressure
throughout the bout. Toe-to-toe action in the sixth
brought the crowd to a fever pitch as the final bell
tolled. Judge James Jen Kin favored Garcia 59-55. Judge
Marty Denkin liked Hernandez 58-56 while Judge Jerry
Cantu saw it a 57-57 draw. Pound4Pound saw it six rounds
to four for Hernandez.
Raul Franco (22-6-1) and Sergio Macias (14-17-1) waged a
spirited six round fight that resulted in a split
decision, majority draw. Franco nearly ended the contest
early when he buckled Macias’ knees mid way through the
Macias pushed the action
in the third and found a home for his overhand right.
The ensuing rounds were closely contested and left to
the eye of the beholder. Judge Marty Denkin scored the
fight 58-56 for Franco while Judge James Jen Kin saw it
59-56 for Macias. Judge Jerry Cantu cast the deciding
ballot: 57-57. Pound4Pound also scored the bout a 57-57
Alexander landed the first punch he threw, the final
punch he threw, and every punch in between to stop Dusty
Callender at 1:26 of the first round. Alexander (3-0)
punished Callender with a can’t-miss jab and ended the
fight with a big right hand. Callender (0-2) went down
once and was on his way to the canvas a second time when
referee Jack Reiss called a halt to the action.