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Under a cloudless night in Southern CA, Efrain Esquivias Jr. boxed his way past a determined Juan Ruiz to win the main event at Omega Products International in Corona, CA. From the opening bell, Ruiz (23-7) smothered Esquivias looking to negate his hand and foot speed advantages.

The pressure paid dividends as Ruiz backed Esquivias (14-0) around the ring and prevented him from letting his hands go. Esquivias countered with an occasional uppercut but was unable to back Ruiz off. From a crouched position Ruiz flung blind haymakers over the top.

Esquivias adjusted by the fourth and created some punching room by stepping to the side and shooting right hands to the head or left hooks to the body. Ruiz kept the pressure up but threw fewer punches as the rounds wore on. In the seventh, Esquivias bloodied Ruiz with sharp right hands to the face and side of his head. The fight settled into a pattern through the ninth but reverted to its original form in the tenth.

Ruiz mugged Esquivias in the final round and turned a boxing contest into a wrestling match. Esquivias won by scores of 97-93, 99-91 and 99-91 but did not leave with NABF Super Bantamweight belt. Because Esquivias weighed in over the limit only Ruiz was eligible to win the title.

Artemio Reyes Jr. made quick work of Miguel Angel Munguia in their WBC Latino Welterweight Championship fight. Reyes (13-1) dropped Munguia with a body shot to end the first and finished him off in the second with a left hook to the chops.

Munguia was on his knees but unwilling to continue when referee Jerry Cantu reached the count of ten at 2:15. Munguia was out of shape and offered little resistance.

With 57 fights under his belt, Manuel Sarabia had more fights than Richard Contreras fought rounds. It mattered not as Contreras (6-0) stopped Sarabria 48 seconds into the fifth round to win their super featherweight fight by TKO. From the start, Contreras walked Sarabia (16-32-10) down behind head movement and heavy hands.

Body shots hurt Sarabria in the third, lowering his hands and exposing his head to the same thunderous hooks. Sarabria had a decent fourth when Contreras slowed and followed Sarabria around the ring. But Contreras roared back in the fifth and pummeled Sarabria until referee Zac Young stepped in to halt the bout.

Featherweight hopeful Daniel Franco shut out debutant Mauro Brenes over four rounds. Poised beyond his years, Franco (3-0) patiently picked Brenes (0-1) apart. In the second, a Franco left drove Brenes into the ropes and could have been scored a knock down.

Brenes remained upright but survived to the bell on unsteady legs. When the action resumed, Franco blistered Brenes with stiff right hands in a punishing third round. All three judges favored Franco 40-36.

Mikey Diaz did just about everything he wanted to do in the ring to dominate Mexican super flyweight Samuel Gutierrez. Diaz (6-0) fired three and four punch combinations to the body and head.

Gutierrez (5-9-1) didnít get deterred, but couldnít compete with the fluid athleticism of Diaz. Diaz earned all four rounds on all three score cards to win by identical scores of 40-36.

Roberto Crespo dug deep to defeat Javier Albonica by three scores of 39-37 in a close welterweight fight. Crespo (2-0) started fast, working smartly behind a rangy jab in the first and second. But Albonica (2-0) picked it up in the third and took the fight the Crespo. Albonica came out winging to start the fourth but got countered late and ended the round on his heels. Crespo fought to the bell to earn the round and the contest.

In the opener, southpaw Angel Aponte made the most of his professional debut by defeating Cain Garcia over four super bantamweight rounds. Aponte (1-0) used his length and movement to keep Garcia (0-4) on the end of his punches. All three judges scored the bout 40-36 for the man fighting out of Allentown, PA.


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