Report & Photos By Roy & Marlene Marquez
It was fight night once
again in Southern California as Golden Boy Promotions,
in association with Roy Englebrecht Promotions brought
Fight Club OC to The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event
Center in Costa Mesa, CA.
In the main event of the evening, super bantamweight
Christopher Martin defeated Charles Huerta by unanimous
decision to run his unblemished record to 22-0-2. Huerta
(16-3) won a jabbing contest in the first though neither
fighter landed much of anything. Martin circled to his
left in an effort to stay out of range. In the second
Martin stood his ground and caught some leather for his
Huerta backed Martin
around the ring with a stiff jab in the third and again
in the fourth. Martin couldnít avoid the jab despite
near constant movement. Martinís best punch was an
uppercut when Huerta ventured in too close. Martin
outworked Huerta over the first half of the fifth but
gave way late in a very close round. In the sixth,
Huerta mixed in a number of hooks with his lead hand to
dominate the round.
Martin was able to land
a few hooks of his own but was on his heels for most of
the round. Martin had his best round of the fight in the
seventh. Huerta followed Martin around the ring and ran
into hooks and right hands. Both fighters had their
moments in tight eighth and ninth rounds.
Huerta closed the show
in the tenth by taking the fight to Martin. Referee Jose
Cobian scored the fight 99-91 and judges Tom Taylor and
Eddie Hernandez both had it 96-94. Pound4Pound saw a
different fight and scored the bout 97-93 for Huerta.
Ronnie Rios earned an
eight round unanimous decision victory over fellow
junior lightweight Georgi Kevlishvili. Rios (14-0)
pumped a steady jab in the opening round of the fight.
He paired the jab with an occasional right hand in the
second. A fight broke out in the third when both
fighters threw punches in combination. A Rios right
staggered Kevlishvili late in the round. Rios went back
to work when the bell sounded to start the fourth.
Rios painted Kevlishvili
with both hands until a cut along the left eyelid slowed
him. Inspired by the blood, Kevlishvili started the
fifth strong. Kevlishvili (12-2) stalked Rios and raked
him with right hands. Rios stood his ground late and
made the round close. Rios rebounded in the sixth by
taking the fight to Kevlishvili. Rios worked up and down
in a round he dominated from bell to bell.
Emboldened by his
success, Rios left himself vulnerable when he failed to
work behind the jab in the seventh. Kevlishvili timed
Rios with a stiff jab throughout the round. The fight
turned once again in the eighth when Rios backed
Kevlishvili around with ring with heavy hooks to the
body. The final scorecards tallied 78-74, 77-75 & 77-75.
Manuel Avila pitched a
near shut-out over four super bantamweight rounds in
defeating Jesse Padilla by scores of 39-37 and 40-36
twice. Avila (3-0) walked through Padilla, a southpaw
from Puerto Rico, with a steady diet of right hands.
Costa Mesaís own Bobby
Chavez bested Juan Luna in an entertaining four round
junior middleweight contest. After controlling the first
minute of the fight, Luna (0-2) hit the deck twice in a
wild first. From then on the fight belonged to the heavy
hands of Bobby Chavez (2-2). All three judges scored the
Livingston improved to four wins without a loss by
blanking journeyman Loren Myers over six rounds. A big
right hand followed by a short left jab put Myers down
in the opener a fraction before the 10 second bell.
After losing a point in the second for a low blow, Myers
toughed his way back into the third. Still, Livingston
won the round by landing clean, hard punches. Myers
(7-12-1) can take a punch, and did repeatedly throughout
the contest. Livingston (4-0) simply had too much hand
speed and athleticism for Myers to deal with.
In the opener, Joel Diaz
Jr. stopped Kendall Ward in the first round of their
junior lightweight bout to run his professional record
to four wins without a loss. Diaz (4-0) pounded Ward
with both hands before dropping him with a clubbing
right hand near the two minute mark. Referee Ray Corona
called a halt to the bout at 2: 11 of the round when he
determined Ward (0-3) was unable to defend himself.