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Report & Photos By Roy & Marlene Marquez
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.
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
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
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