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  Escobedo Victorious At Fantasy Springs

Report & Photos By Roy & Marlene Marquez


Lightweights Vicente 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 & 96-93.

Rising young 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.

Undefeated lightweight 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.

Heavy handed 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 five.

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 round.

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.


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