Esquivias On Path To Glory
Report & Photos By Roy & Marlene Marquez
Efrain Esquivias Jr.
stopped John Albert Molina in the main event of Thompson
Boxing Promotions’ Friday night fight series, Path to
Glory. Esquivias and Molina headlined a night of first
round knockdowns and a four round war at the DoubleTree
Hotel in Ontario Ca. “I knew I was going to have to use
my speed because he is a veteran and was going to try to
break me down”, said Esquivias following the fight.
Esquivias (13-0) started
fast, jumping in and out while firing both hands. Molina
(27-16-3) fought on even terms until an Esquivias hook
buckled his knees late in the first. Molina, a veteran
and former title contender, stayed in the pocket in the
second choosing to trade with Esquivias. The strategy
proved faulty as Esquivias used his superior hand speed
to pepper Molina to the head and body.
When Molina continued
the strategy into the third it proved fatal. Esquivias
dug a hook into Molina that sent him to the mat. Molina
struggled to his feet to beat the count but was deemed
unable to continue by referee Jose Cobian. The end of
the contest came at 1:35 of the third.
Artemio Reyes earned
another TKO when referee David Denkins stopped his bout
with Marcus Thompkins following the fourth round of
their scheduled six round bout. Reyes (11-1) had his way
with Thompkins in the first, landing just about
everything he threw.
Thompkins (5-3-1) hung
in but was tentative and on the defensive. Thompkins was
a bit more aggressive in the second but paid the price.
Reyes found openings and bloodied Thompkins mid way
through the round. As the fight pressed into the third,
Reyes continued to pick Thompkins apart. Thompkins made
himself an easy target by backing to the ropes rather
than moving his feet.
By the fourth Reyes knew
he had his man in trouble and staged a full frontal
assault. Thompkins was fighting less and less and was in
jeopardy of being stopped by either Reyes or the
knocked Alfredo Birto through the ropes to end their
bantamweight contest at 2:13 of the opening round. From
the start Birto (1-5) lowered his head and rushed
Contreras (5-0) stymied
Birto with uppercuts fired from both hands. With his
head buried deep in his chest, Birto never saw the punch
that sent him head first through the ropes. Referee Jose
Cobian didn’t bother with the count.
Miguel Diaz pounded
Daniel Modad into submission at 2:48 of the first round
to win their super flyweight bout by TKO. Diaz (4-0) and
Modad (2-5) traded hooks over the first minute and a
half of the round before Modad slowly sank to a knee for
the first knockdown of the fight.
When the action resumed
Diaz went after Modad and sunk several hooks into his
ribs. Modad folded along the ropes and forced referee
David Denkins to step in and save him.
In a furious, four round
fight Ignacio Garcia and Jose Antonio Vargas slugged
their way to an unpopular majority decision draw. From
the opening bell the fighters jumped on each other and
duked it out in an evenly fought first. When the bell
sounded to start the second the fighters charged one
another. At center ring they traded hooks but Vargas’s
arrived first and Garcia hit the deck.
Up by the count of
eight, Garcia went after Vargas and walked into another
right hand. Down for a second time and on unsteady legs,
Garcia opted not to hold or dance. Instead, Garcia
(4-4-1) took the fight to Vargas and stunned Vargas
moments before the bell. The third started where the
second ended, with Garcia looking to put Vargas on his
back. Garcia rocked Vargas multiple times but couldn’t
put him down.
Vargas (6-0-1) stormed
back in the fourth and bloodied Garcia in a bruising
final round. Judge Raul Caiz Jr. scored the bout 38-36
for Vargas, but was overruled by judges Jonny Davis and
Max Deluca who scored the fight a 37-37 draw.
Pound4Pound agreed with the scoring of judge Caiz Jr.
Lightweight Sergio Nunez
knocked out Gerald Fisher with a right hand at 2:42 of
the first round to up his record to two wins and a draw
without a loss. Fisher (0-2) tried his best to stay out
of range in the opener but eventually ran out of real
Nunez (2-0-1) trapped
Fisher in the corner where he landed a right to the body
and the fight ending right to the head.