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  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 referee.

Richard Contreras 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 forward.

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 estate.

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.


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