Esquivias Closes The Season
Strong For Thompson As He Wins The NABF Title
By Barbara Pinnella
Photos: William Trillo
For the last time this
year, Thompson Boxing Promotions held their event called
“New Blood” at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, and had
a stellar cast of characters. All of the fighters in the
blue corner were undefeated when they walked to the
ring, except for one fighter who was making his
professional debut, and that man won his bout. And even
though the main event was the only split decision of the
night, they all remained undefeated.
That strong main event saw a bantamweight NABF title
fight scheduled for 10 rounds between Efrain Esquivias
(15-0, 9 KOs) going up against Fernando Beltran, Jr.
(35-7-1, 19 KOs). Beltran came out strong in the opener,
and actually was the aggressor. Esquivias threw punches,
but Fernando seemed the most effective.
Beltran still strong in the second, but Efrain was much
stronger here than in the first. Both men made their
punches count, in what seemed to be an even round.
Esquivias came out a lot tougher in the third, but
Fernando wouldn’t let Efrain walk all over him, and
really held his own. A good fight going on here.
Round four and Beltran was really trying to get the win.
Efrain was extremely effective with that powerful right
hand of his when he could fight in close, but Fernando
was really trying to keep his opponent at a distance.
Same in the fifth. Some head butting going on, but so
far no harm. Esquivias was still the stronger puncher
but Beltran is the aggressor, by far.
Sixth round and the same
action. This was a good battle, with neither man backing
down. The power shots were probably going to Efrain, but
everything else should go Fernando’s way. Nothing
changed in the seventh, and these men were giving their
Early into the eighth round a sharp right by Esquivias
dropped Beltran. Efrain tasted blood and went in for the
kill. He was not able to finish him off however, and we
went into round nine. Same action here, with Esquivias
making his shots count. Fernando was still game and
going for all the glory. I have to say again that this
was a very good fight.
The tenth and final saw the same non-stop action. Nobody
rested during this fight, as both men pushed the
envelope in their quest to win. We went to the
scorecards and got a split decision in this hard-fought
contest; 97-92 for Esquivias, 95-94 for Beltran, and
96-93 for Esquivias, making Efrain the new NABF
Miguel Diaz (7-0, 3 KOs)
was set to battle Felipe Castaneda (6-3-1, 3 KOs) in a
super flyweight match scheduled for six rounds. A good
first round here from two tough fighters. The action
continued for round two. Just when Diaz looked to be
controlling the fight, Castaneda would answer back with
some shots to the head of Miguel.
Round three was all Diaz, as he spent his time teeing
off on Felipe. A very strong round for Miguel. In the
fourth Castaneda was able to get in a few more shots.
The only problem was that Diaz continued to land his
blows as well, and at a faster rate.
The work rate did not slow down much in the fifth round.
Both fighters were throwing punches, but Diaz was still
the more efficient. In the sixth and final, the punches
slowed down a bit from both fighters, but they had kept
up a strong pace and were no doubt getting a little
tired. We had to go to the scorecards, and the judges
saw it 59-55, 59-55, and 58-56, giving the unanimous
decision to Diaz.
The women took to the ring in a junior flyweight fight
scheduled for four two-minute rounds as Sindy Amador
(6-0, 1 KO) went up against Blanca Raymundo (0-5). Yes,
it looked really one-sided on paper, but both women came
out strong. Raymundo suffered a cut in the aggressive
first round due to an accidental head butt.
Round two continued to see action from both fighters. In
the third however, Amador took control of the fight
completely. She was getting in most of her punches,
dishing out a boxing lesson to Blanco..
In the fourth Amador suffered a small cut, but continued
her onslaught. Raymundo finished strongly at the end of
round four, but it was not enough to stop Sindy. We went
to the scorecards, and the judges saw it 40-36, 40-36
and 39-37 all for Amador.
Nunez (4-0-1, 2 KOs) faced Robert Ortiz (7-4-1, 3 KOs).
This was scheduled for four rounds. Round one was full
of action, as both men came out fighting, and continued
to throw punches throughout the round.
It was the same in the second, as the two fighters kept
up the pace, exchanging blows almost the entire three
minutes. Ortiz’ nickname is “Scrappy” and he was living
up to that. In round three Nunez was getting in the
better punches, but Ortiz was game and really tried to
The fight did go the distance, and even though Sergio
was the more accomplished fighter, Robert never gave up.
He proved to be a tough little warrior. We went to the
scorecards; 39-37, 39-37, and 40-36 all for Nunez. But
make no mistake, Ortiz has nothing to be ashamed of, he
fought a good fight.
Two welterweights were
making their professional debut, as Joshua Conley went
up against Eduardo Hernandez in a fight scheduled for
four rounds. Conley looked to be the much more relaxed
fighter in the first, and because of that he was able to
find his target a lot more.
Round two saw Joshua keep connecting and Eduardo keep
coming like a bull dog. Hernandez would not back up,
even though he was taking some punishment. In the third
a wicked right hook by Conley put Hernandez down and out
at :40 of round three. Put that one in the win column
The first fight of the
night was scheduled for four rounds in the middleweight
division, and was between Brandon Adams (4-0, 2 KO),
matching wits with Raymundo Inda (0-3-1). Adams started
off with some good left-handed body shots, and continued
to connect with those throughout. His right hand would
then find Inda’s head.
Round two was a bit better round for Inda. By that I
mean he did connect with some punches. Make no mistake,
Adams was still the more effective fighter. The third
showed even more action from Raymundo. In what at first
looked like and easy win, Inda was now making Brandon
work for it.
Adams came back strong in the final round. After blazing
through most of round four, a right hand by Brandon put
Inda down on one knee, and the fight was waved off by
referee David Denkin at 2:00 of that last round, giving
Adams the victory.
So we closed the door on the 2011 season at the
Doubletree for Thompson Boxing Promotions, and did so
with a bang. The main event was super, with Esquivias
having to really work for his win and Beltran giving a
great account of himself. As Ken Thompson told me later,
his stock just went up.
Keep and eye on Ortiz. While his record is not stellar,
his nickname says it all. He is “Scrappy” and is
exciting to watch. Conley was impressive in his pro
debut and I expect a lot more from him.
Next Thompson Boxing Promotions fight in Ontario is in
February. Do plan to attend.
Be safe and God Bless,
Viva La Raza,