Esquivias, Reyes Victorious At
By Barbara Pinnella
It was time to journey once more to Ontario, California for
another Thompson Boxing Promotions event at the Doubletree
Hotel. As usual, the fans were there in mass. They really
love coming out to these shows, and are avid with their
support of their favorites.
The main event was a Super Bantamweight duel for the vacant
WBA Fedelatin Super Bantamweight title scheduled for eight
rounds between the undefeated Efrain Esquivias (13-0, 9
KO’s) and Jhon Alberto Molina (28-16-3, 19 KO’s), who took
this fight at the last minute when scheduled opponent
Sherali Dostiev pulled out. While Esquivias was trying to
protect his perfect record, Molina was coming off seven
losses in his last eight fights.
Round one was good for both fighters, and a pretty even
round. They both found their target with their punches in
the opener. The second round was a much more active one for
the two of them. Esquivias was landing combinations while
Molina chose to use his left more often.
In the third round Esquivias found the body of Jhon with a
hard left hand that dropped Molina. He never recovered from
that, and referee Jose Cobian waved the fight off at 1:35.
Efrain is now the WBA Fedelation Super Bantamweight
The fight that was billed as the co-main event of the
evening saw Artemio “King” Reyes (11-1, 10 KO’s) facing off
against Marcus Thompkins (5-3-1, 2 KO’s) in a Welterweight
match scheduled for six rounds. Reyes’ only loss came back
in 2008 against Mike Dallas, Jr. I remember that hard body
shot delivered by Artemio that dropped Francisco Rios Gil in
Reyes’ last fight a month ago – it hurt ME!
While both men were feeling each other out a bit in the
first round, they were also trying to connect. Reyes was
throwing a lot more punches than Thompkins, but Marcus was
slippery, and not quite as many connected that Artemio would
A much faster paced round two, with both men hitting their
targets much more. Round three was controlled by Reyes. He
would go to the head of Thompkins, but then go for his money
shot, the body, over and over. A good third round for
The fourth was also strong for Reyes. So strong in fact that
after hitting his opponent almost at will, the referee
called a halt to the fight and did not allow Marcus to come
out for the fifth round, giving Artemio a TKO victory. A
good showing by a consistent, steady fighter in Reyes, and I
am becoming a big fan of his.
In a Super Flyweight bout scheduled for four, unbeaten
Miguel Diaz (4-0, 3 KO’s) took on Daniel Modad (2-5, 1 KO).
As the fight began, a left hand landed flush on Modad, but
it took him a second or two to fold up and hit the canvas.
He made it to his feet before the count of 10, but the
inevitable happened later in the round when Diaz landed
lefts and rights on Daniel, and after two more quick lefts
the fight was waved off at 2:48, in that opening round,
giving Diaz the TKO.
Jose Antonio Vargas (5-0-2) went up against Ignacio Garcia
(4-3-2) in a scheduled four rounder in the Welterweight
division. The first was a very active round for both
fighters, which saw Garcia making great use of his left and
Vargas his right. Garcia was dropped early in round two, and
just a few seconds later a right hand sent him down again.
But if Vargas thought he would put him out he had another
think coming. Ignacio went ballistic on Jose, hitting him
with everything but the kitchen sink. What a round that saw
the fans on their feet cheering!
Garcia came out strong in the third as well, getting in hard
lefts and rights. Vargas came back in the final round,
bloodying the nose of Ignacio in the process. Both men
refused to quit and fought hard to the end. A great little
fight here. When the final bell sounded the fans were on
their feet again. The battle had to go to the scorecards,
which saw one judge scoring it 38-36 for Vargas, while the
other two judges saw it 37-37 for a majority draw. While
this might not have been the most popular decision, neither
fighter really deserved to lose this one either. They worked
as hard as two fighters could.
This showing by Vargas was made even more impressive when
you realize that he has not had a fight since 2000. Yes, you
read that right, it has been 11 years since he has been in a
ring competitively. Just what will he do when he shakes off
the ring rust?
Super Bantamweight Richard Contreras (5-0, 4 KO’s) matched
wits with Alfredo Birto (1-5) in a fight scheduled for six
rounds. Another short fight here, as a right hand by
Contreras sent Birto down and the fight was waved off.
Alfredo was really taking a beating before his trip to the
floor, and it was good that the referee waved it off at 2:13
of that first round.
The fight that started off the night was between Sergio
Nunez (1-0-1, 1 KO) facing off with Gerald Fischer, who was
making his professional debut. Well, not really, as his only
other fight was considered a no decision, as far as I can
tell, but they announced a record of 0-1 coming into this
night. This fight was scheduled for four rounds in the
The first round started off a bit slow, but Nunez starting
throwing his right hand effectively. Eventually it was a
good right to the body of Fischer followed up by a
combination that put Gerald down and out at 2:42 of the
first round. Sergio ups his record to 2-0-1, 2 KO’s while
Fischer drops to 0-2.
So another good night of boxing for Thompson Boxing
Promotions; Esquivias remained undefeated, Reyes showed his
tenacity, and what can be said about Garcia and Vargas?
Looking forward to next month and another fun card.
Be safe and God Bless,
Viva La Raza,