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  Esquivias, Reyes Victorious At Doubletree

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 Champion.

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 have liked.

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 Artemio.

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 Lightweight division.

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,


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