Burgos Wins Lackluster
Main Event Over Sanchez Leon
By Barbara Pinnella
It was that time again to venture over to the Doubletree
Hotel in Ontario, California for a Thompson Boxing
Promotions fight card, “Path to Glory”. Once again playing
to a full house of loud and enthusiastic fans, this was a
good fight card, and while a lot of the fights didn’t go
their appointed distance, most of them were entertaining
none the less. A few of them were very exciting.
Unfortunately the main event was not one of them. We saw a
scheduled 10 round Featherweight bout between Juan Carlos
“Mini” Burgos (27-1, 19 KO’s) going up against Gilberto
Sanchez Leon (31-10-2, 11 KO’s). Burgos had a huge fan
following here, complete with air horns and lots of
An unremarkable first round, with the fighters testing the
waters a bit. They went to fighting in round two, and for a
quick second it looked as if Burgos hurt Sanchez Leon.
Gilberto recovered however and the bout continued.
The fight looked to be heating up as the rounds ticked by,
but that was short lived. The fighters would stay in really
close and hit behind the head or hold. In the fourth the
referee had to take a quick time out to warn the fighters
about listening to him, or not listening, as the case may
be. But this round also had Sanchez Leon having his best
round yet, scoring some shots on Burgos.
Rather than starting to build, this contest was going
downhill now. We saw more warnings from the referee in the
fifth. Burgos did not look sharp thus far, and Sanchez Leon
was trying to make the most of it. Not a lot to say about
the sixth. The fight had shown glimpses of excitement to
this point, but not what many were expecting. Even the
screaming girls had been silenced.
Toward the end of the seventh round the boos began. Burgos
was not fighting like a 26-1 fighter. He would show brief
moments of attack, but then back off and appear almost
intimidated – quite surprising. Gilberto was more on the
attack than his opponent, but Burgos connected more. This
was a very odd fight.
So we came to the tenth and final, and one could almost feel
relief among all those in attendance that this fight would
finally end. At the final bell neither fighter looked
pleased, nor did one raise their hand in victory. In fact,
no one in the ring looked satisfied. We had a unanimous
decision, with the scores being 98-92, 100-90, and 97-93 all
for Juan Carlos Burgos. It was amazing that one judge saw
all the rounds for Burgos, but none the less it was win
number 27 for Juan Carlos. The victory also put him seventh
in the WBC Lightweight standings…hmm.
The exciting Abraham Lopez (15-0, 11 KO’s) did not
disappoint when he faced off against Olvin Mejia (4-4-1, 4
KO’s). This fight was slated for eight rounds in the
Featherweight division. A very short fight here, as Lopez
went on the attack from the opening bell and never looked
back. He dropped Mejia in the first round, and than his
barrage of punches stopped the fight for good at 1:46 of the
opening round. Abraham keeps that “0” in his loss column.
Jhon Ortega (6-0-1, 6 KO’s) had a date with Jon David
Charles (7-3, 1 KO) in a Junior Welterweight fight scheduled
for six rounds. Ortega was the aggressor from the start,
with Charles doing very little work in the first.
The second was more of the same, but the fight is a bit
sloppy as well. Both men are lunging at the other in a
haphazard manner. In the third Ortega was warned about
grabbing and hitting behind the head. This was not the
prettiest of fights.
The end came in the fourth after a hard hit by the right
hand of Ortega started to put Charles away. As the referee
was moving in to stop it, Jhon connected with another shot
that absolutely finished the job. The time was 1:14 of round
four. Another win and knockout for the powerful Ortega.
Super Bantamweights were set to go a scheduled six rounds
when Jonathan “Lil’ Thund’r” Arellano (9-0-1, 2 KO) faced
off against Felipe Cordova (10-3, 4 KO’s). Arellano dropped
Cordova in the first with a quick little shot, and then went
to work to try to finish things off. He was unable to
though, and the fight went to the second.
That was all the time needed for Jonathan however, as he
just peppered Felipe with lefts and rights, making it
necessary for the fight to be stopped at 2:06 of the second
round. Arellano for another win.
We saw a Super Flyweight bout scheduled for four rounds
between Daniel Roman (2-1-1, 1 KO) and Takashi Okada (4-0-1,
1 KO). A good, active round for both men, with Okada
probably getting the best of things. He connected more and
controlled the ring a bit better.
Round two was even faster, with the two fighters throwing
more punches than they did in the first. Okada suffered a
cut over his left eye, I think by an accidental head butt.
But in the third his right eye was cut and quite swollen,
and his corner was working feverishly to keep the bleeding
In the fourth Okada was chasing Roman around the ring,
getting Daniel up against the ropes and pounding him. Roman
was able to throw back, but Takashi was the ring general in
round four. We went to the scorecards for this one and had a
split decision; 40-36 Okada, 39-37, roman, and 40-36 for
Okada, giving the fight to Takashi Okada.
Javier Albonica and Rigoberto Flores each were making their
professional debut in a Welterweight fight scheduled for
four rounds, in what turned out to be a really good little
fight. A right followed up by another right by Flores sent
Albonica to the deck in the first round. Quite an
These men never stopped in the second round. Both of them
threw hard punches and ate some as well, proving they could
take what they dished out. Both of them were absorbing a lot
of punishment. They understandably slowed down a bit in the
third, but were still throwing a lot of punches.
In the fourth and final we saw Javier taking it to Rigoberto,
so much so that the referee Raul Caiz, Jr. had to step in
and stop it to prevent injury to Flores at 1:34. Rigoberto
was quite upset, but he will fight another day and both men
made a super impression in their debuts.
In a scheduled six rounder in the Lightweight division,
undefeated invader from Columbia Darley Perez (22-0, 17
KO’s) facing off against Baudel Cardenas (19-22-3, 7 KO’s).
It might have been scheduled for six, but a huge right hand
to the body of Cardenas by Perez sent him to the canvas for
the 10 count at 1:08 of the very first round. That shot made
many cringe from some distance away – what power by Perez!
Put the name of Darley Perez on the contender list.
So while the main event might have been disappointing, the
card overall was a good one. We saw excellent performances
by Lopez, Okada and Arellano, that display of power from
Ortega, and men to watch in Perez and both debuting fighters
Albonica and Flores. In all a good night.
Be safe and God Bless,
Viva La Raza,