Arellano “Thund’r’s” Over Ruiz
To A WBC Championship In Ontario
By Barbara Pinnella
Promotions put on their monthly event at the
Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. This
time it was Locked ‘N Loaded. The main event was
for the WBC Youth Intercontinental Super
Bantamweight Championship between Jonathan “Lil’
Thund’r” Arellano (10-0-1, 2 KOs) and Michael
“El Unico” Ruiz, Jr. (8-1-1, 3 KOs). This fight
was scheduled for eight rounds, and on paper,
promised to be an exciting one. But sometimes
things are not as obvious as they first seem.
The first round was a bit slow as the men were
reading each other a bit. In the second though,
things got a lot more active. Arellano had Ruiz
on the ropes a couple of times but Michael was
able to fight out of it and then make an attack
of his own. A fairly close round.
Ruiz came out strong in the third, a round that
was full of action. Both fighters were able to
land the leather and score points.
The fourth round was looking like a super one
for Michael. Ruiz was dominating the round when
a quick left hand from Jonathan dropped him near
the end of that fourth. With that knockdown,
Arellano caught fire. He was much more the
aggressor in the fight and showed a lot of power
behind those punches.
From the fifth round on
it became obvious that Ruiz was never going to hurt
Jonathan. It seemed as if he might be able to early on,
but he began to look weaker and weaker with each passing
round, while Arellano kept getting stronger. Same story
in the sixth, and the seventh. The more powerful and
faster Jonathan was in complete control.
In the eighth and final it was the Jonathan Arellano
show. He was consistent and accurate. We went to the
scorecards, and it was no surprise that all of the
judges saw the fight in favor of “Lil’ Thund’r” with the
scores being 80-71, 79-72, and 78-73. Arellano is now
the new WBC Youth Intercontinental Super Bantamweight
Champion and provided Ruiz with his first loss.
The little stick of dynamite called Sindy Amador (5-0, 1
KO) took on Mayela Perez (4-15-2, 3 KOs) in a
Strawweight fight scheduled for six rounds. In true
Amador fashion, Sindy came out swinging, but Perez was
able to connect as well.
In the second we saw much of the same. These two female
fighters were aggressive and tough, no doubt about it.
Both of them were landing their punches, and there was
no slowing them down in the third.
Round four saw blood coming from the nose of Amador, not
that it slowed her down at all. But for all of Sindy’s
fury, Mayela was insisting on staying right in there
with her. Neither woman was going to give in here.
The final round was no slower than the others. Don’t
know how many punches these two threw, but trust me, it
was many. Going to the scorecards, the judges saw it
60-54, 59-55, and 58-56 for Amador. If it matters, I did
not see the fight a sweep for Sindy. Winning, yes, but
all rounds? No.
This was a much better fight than the last time I saw
Amador, due primarily to her opponent. Perez had no quit
in her, and fought nothing like her record indicated.
She deserves credit for her performance, and at the end
of the night, had to have made some fans.
Richard Contreras (7-0, 6 KO’s) went toe to toe with
Olvin Mieja (4-5-3, 4 KO’s) in a Super Bantamweight
fight scheduled for six rounds. Contreras improved on
his statistics almost immediately. It took him only 1:05
to put Mieja down for good in the very first round.
After hurting him with a big left, he then just pummeled
Olvin until the referee had no choice but to stop the
We saw our biggest upset in a Welterweight contest
scheduled for six rounds. Jhon Ortega (6-1-1, 6 KOs) put
his six knockout victories streak on the line when he
faced off against Alex Viramontes (10-8, 3 KO’s). Once
again, statistics can lie. This fight looked to be a
cakewalk for Ortega if you just read those stats, but
there is always more to it than that.
Round one saw both fighters doing some scoring, but
neither taking control. A pretty even round with nothing
spectacular by either man.
Round two went back and forth also, but it was at the
end of round three that the biggest surprise came. A
perfectly placed left hook by Viramontes put Ortega flat
on his butt. He looked both stunned and a bit shaken,
and as he got up the bell rang.
An action-packed fourth round saw both of the fighters
trying to finish off the other and close the show. That
didn’t happen, but this was a good round. They continued
their attack on each other in the fifth.
The sixth and final, and what a round it was! Just when
Viramontes had Ortega in trouble on the ropes, Jhon came
back. Then Alex took over again. This continued
throughout the entire round. We again went to the
scorecards and were told that it was 58-55, 57-56,
57-56, all for the winner…Alex Viramontes! This was
quite an upset, and one that Ortega apparently had a
hard time swallowing. He was not a happy man after
suffering his first loss. But many kudos to Veramontes.
He fought a good fight and obviously proved to be a much
tougher opponent that most thought. This fight should
boast his confidence a bit.
A scheduled four round Bantamweight fight saw both
fighters making their professional debut, as Joshua
Berrelleza faced off against Albert Tovar. Both fighters
looked a little anxious in the first round of their
debuts, but they were both able to connect with some
punches as well. In round two there was a lot more
holding, and the fighters were a bit wilder than in the
first, as demonstrated by an accidental head butt
suffered by Tovar.
The holding continued in the third. When there were
punches thrown it was a definite back and forth effort.
A much more active final round. Joshua really tried to
jump on Tovar to avoid all the holding, and was
successful at it. There was barely any holding and a lot
of punches thrown. By far the best round of the four.
The fight went to the scorecards; 39-37 twice for
Berrelleza and 38-38, making the winner Berrelleza by
majority decision and giving him his first pro win.
Someone was going to put a win on their record on this
night, as Rashad Hughes (0-2) went up against Rigoberto
Flores (1-1) in a scheduled four-rounder in the
Welterweight division. Both men were exhibiting power
here, albeit a little wild. A left hand by Hughes
dropped Flores roughly 20 seconds from the bell in round
That just seemed to rile Flores up. He came out in round
two like a beast, and took it to Hughes. After dropping
him with a barrage of punches, the fight briefly
continued. That was shirt lived, however, as Rigoberto
went on the attack again and put Rashad down and out at
1:47 of the second round.
In the first fight of the evening, Fernando Rojas made
his professional debut against Maurco Brenes (0-2). This
fight was to for a scheduled four rounds in the
Lightweight division. An active first round for both
fighters, with Rojas doing a good job for his first
three minutes as a pro. In round two Brenes got in a
good left and then right that staggered Rojas a bit, but
as the fight went on Rojas came back strong. His left
did some damage, and Maurco looked hurt at the end of
Back and forth round in the third, with both fighters
getting in some hits. Rojas seemed to do the most damage
when he connected, however. The fourth and final saw
both men taking to the other. This was a very physical
fight for the four rounds, and these two gave their all.
We went to the scorecards, and the judges saw it 39-37,
40-36, and 39-37, all for Rojas. He puts up his first
stat, and it is a 1 in that win column.
Some things are consistent when one attends a Thompson
Boxing Promotion fight in Ontario. You know the fans
will be geared up, the fighters will play to a full
house, and the fights will be entertaining. A fun
evening at the Doubletree!
Be safe and God Bless,
Viva La Raza,