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  Double(Tree) Your Pleasure

By Barb Pinella


This Friday night the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California hosted one of the many fights each year for Thompson Boxing Promotions. While it was cold and raining outside, the standing room only crowd was excited and ready for all the action to come.

In the main event we saw a fight scheduled for eight rounds in the Light Welterweight division between Jose Reynoso (14-3-1, 2 KOs) going up against Santos Pakau (27-7-2, 10 KOs). This fight was for the WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) Light Welterweight title.

Not the most active first round, as the men traded some punches, but spent a lot of time gauging each other. Round two was a total opposite, as they both came out to make a statement. But it was Reynoso who got in the most punishment, and at the end of the round he almost put Pakau down.

Both men did some damage with left hooks in the third, but it was a swooping right that caught Santos and nearly put him through the ropes. He got up, and the bell came just in time.

Pakau came back in the fourth trying to make up for that 10-8 round he had just come out of. Unfortunately for him, Jose had different ideas, and while Santos was able to connect, Reynoso wore him down with hard hits to the body.

A very hard hitting fifth round from both men. Santos was able to land several hard punches on his opponent. But Jose was not to be denied, and he continued his assault with body shots. The sixth round saw the same physicality, as the two men continued to punish each other.

In the seventh Pakua was really rocked by a left hand and Reynoso kept trying to finish it off. But Santos was just too stubborn to go down. The eighth and final round saw Santos trying to attack. These two fought to the finish. Pakua refused to give Jose an early evening, and looking at the faces of both men you could see they were in a war.

In the end it went to the scorecards. The judges saw it 79-72, 80-71, and 80-71, all for the winner Reynoso. A good fight for the main event, and a good showing by both men.

Efrain Esquivias (12-0, 8 KOs) took it up with Shawn Nichol (5-3, 5 KOs) in an eight round dance in the Super Bantamweight division. This looked interesting on paper, since Esquivias put his undefeated record on the line, and Nichol had all of his wins via knockout. Freddie Roach was in the corner of Esquivias, and he was introduced before this fight.

The first round saw Efrain eating a few lefts, but as the round progressed he began his own attack. A decent round for both men. Esquivias came out strong in the second, but Nichol made a quick adjustment and was able to connect often. At the end of the round Efrain came back again.

Things heated up in the third. Efrain peppered Shawn with punches, and rocked him a couple of different times. Nichol held his own, but a very strong round for Esquivias. The next round saw Efrain really using his combinations, only to have Nichol come back at him later in the round. But so far Efrain had been able to roll under those knockout punches that have given Shawn all his victories.

Efrain had things go his way in round five. Nichol took several hard rights and once again appeared to be at his end, but managed to stay in the game. Round six was more of the same, with Efrain continuing to connect with those combinations of his.

The seventh round found both men once again getting off some good shots. While Shawn had looked tired for the last several rounds he still managed to hang in there. But when Nichol took one hard right hand too many the referee jumped in and stopped the contest at 1:07 of the eighth and final round, with the crowd loudly booing in protest. After the fight Shawn got up on the ropes and received huge applause, along with many rematch chants.

In a Welterweight fight scheduled for six rounds, Artemio Reyes (10-1, 9 KOs) went up against Francisco Rios Gil (17-16, 12 KOs). If you had gone to get a drink you would have missed this one. Reyes hit Rios with such a hard left to the body that he folded like a cheap chair. What a hit by Reyes! At 1:36 of that first round referee Jerry Cantu reached the 10 count.

Bantamweights Jonathan Arrellano (7-0, 1 KO) and Francis Ruiz (9-3, 4 KOs) faced off in a fight scheduled for six. As the local boy from right here in Ontario, the undefeated Arrellano got a huge cheer from the crowd when introduced.

A fairly unremarkable first round which saw the men testing each other a bit, but nothing too aggressive. In the next couple of rounds that followed there were some punches that connected, a lot of swings and misses, and almost as much ring traveling.

Round four found both Jonathan and Ruiz connecting a bit more, as the pace started to pick up. Round five saw more action, and Ruiz was doing more of the chasing now. This was by far the best round for Ruiz.

The sixth and final round saw both men doing their job, but still another good round for Ruiz. While I might have thought it might be a hard fight to call the judges did not. It was a unanimous decision, 59-55, 60-54, 60-54, all for Arrellano. His undefeated record remains intact.

Abraham Lopez (13-0, 10 KOs) went toe to toe with Felipe Almanza (18-22-4, 9 KOs) in a scheduled six-rounder in the Featherweight division. The first round was controlled by Lopez. In round two there was a slugfest to start off the round, and that occurred twice more. While no nearly as polished or controlled as Lopez, Almanza was able to land hard punches on Abraham.

The pace slowed down a bit in the third, with Lopez once again maintaining the advantage. In the fourth, Lopez was scoring at a rate of five and six to one, but just when it looked as if Almanza was finished, hed come back with a punch or two.

Felipe had always liked to dance around the ring, but as the rounds went on he was doing it more and more, eliciting boos from the crowd in round five. Lopez was still the aggressor and the more skillful puncher. The same was the case in the final round, and all the judges saw the fight the same at 60-54 for Lopez. I cant help but wonder if Abraham was a bit disappointed that he could never actually put Felipe away, but a win is a win.

The fight that started off the evening was one between Jhon Ortega (3-0-1, 3 KOs), who had to face Rudy Gamez (1-1) in the Light Welterweight division scheduled for four rounds. Really hard-hitting action in the first round from both men, with each of them handing out shots to the head and the body. Ortega dished out a lot of punishment throughout the entire second round, culminating with Gamez going down from a well-placed right just before the bell.

After surviving that second round, Rudy went down again from a right uppercut. He continued to absorb punishment until the fight was waved off at 1:19, giving the powerful Ortega the victory.

So we had many constants here at the Doubletree; loud fans, a full house, and good fights. Congratulations to all the winners and to Thompson Boxing Promotions for another good event.


Be safe and God Bless,
Viva La Raza,
Barb.



 

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