Escobedo Victorious At Fantasy
Report & Photos By Roy & Marlene Marquez
Escobedo and Walter Estrada headlined the show but
sluggers Sharif Bogere and Mikael Zewski ruled the ring
at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, CA.
Former Olympian and lightweight contender Vicente
Escobedo defeated veteran Walter Estrada by unanimous
decision in the main event of the evening. Over rounds
one and two, Escobedo moved Estrada around the ring by
out-boxing the Colombian. Momentum swung in the third
when Estrada (38-14-1) walked Escobedo down behind a
right jab, left hand combination.
Both fighters stood
their ground in the fourth and fight broke out. In the
fifth, a clash of heads caused a cut in Escobedo’s
hairline. The butt bothered Escobedo who avoided contact
for most of the round. Estrada remained the aggressor in
the sixth, landing a number of meaningful straight lefts
to the belly.
The fight took
another turn in the seventh when Escobedo landed a
straight right hand on the button. Estrada folded onto
the canvas for the first knockdown of the contest.
Another right nearly sank Estrada a second time but the
veteran managed to hang on until the bell. Escobedo
suffered the most telling blow of the eighth when the
fighter’s heads came together. T
he clash opened a deep
cut over Escobedo’s right eye. The fight ended as it
began, with Escobedo out-boxing Estrada over the final
two rounds. The final score cards read 97-92, 97-92 &
featherweight Randy Caballero shut out Hugo Ramos over
six rounds to run his record to eight wins without a
loss. In the first, Caballero pounded away at Ramos’
body. Caballero (8-0) moved upstairs in the second and
raked Ramos with right hands.
Weary of the right,
Ramos (3-8-2) began running into Caballero’s left.
Caballero stalked Ramos over the remaining rounds in
search of the knockout that did not come. Caballero
punished Ramos but was unable to chop him down. Ramos
showed heart but bleed for his effort.
All three judges scored
the bout 60-54 for Caballero.
Sharif Bogere dropped journeyman Shamir Reyes twice in
the first round before referee Jerry Cantu stopped the
bout 2:37 into the contest.
Bogere (19-0) jumped on
Reyes at the opening bell and Reyes wilted under the
pressure. Back on his feet, Reyes (18-9-2) ran into a
Bogere right hand and fell a second time.
When the action resumed
Bogere finished the job.
welterweight Michael Finney pounded Joshua Beeman into
submission to win his seventh consecutive fight by
knockout. Finney (8-0) ripped Beeman with hooks and
uppercuts in rounds one through three but dropped Beeman
with an overhand right in the second.
Beeman (4-9-2) had his
best round of the fight in the fourth when he found a
home for his straight right hand. Beeman’s new found
fortune was short lived when Finney sunk a hook into his
ribs and dropped him to his knees. Unable to move,
Beeman was counted bout by referee Cantu 1:12 into round
Canadian Mikael Zewski
was simply too good for Mexico’s Gerardo Prieto who
retired in his corner following the third round of their
junior middleweight contest. Zewski (8-0) plastered
Prieto with right hands and had Prieto in trouble every
Prieto (6-11-1) braved
his way through three but smartly stayed on his stool
rather than answer the bell to start the fourth.
In the evening’s opener,
featherweight hopefuls Diego Madrigal and Juan Sandoval
fought to a 38-38 four round draw. Madrigal (1-0-1)
boxed his way through the first two rounds but gave way
to Sandoval over the final two.
Sandoval (2-6-1) slugged
his way into the fight and dropped Madrigal in the third
though referee Tony Krebs ruled it a slip.