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  Fists Fly At Fantasy Springs

Report & Photos By Roy & Marlene Marquez


Undefeated prospects Randy Caballero, Frankie Gomez and Antonio Orozco converged in Indio, CA to ply their trade before a capacity crowd at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. In the main event, Gomez was put to the test against Kadaphi Proctor in a junior welterweight bout scheduled for eight. And in the co-feature, Caballero and upstart Alexis Santiago fought for the vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental Super Bantamweight belt.

Undefeated junior welterweight Frankie Gomez plastered Kadaphi Proctor with right hands leading to a TKO at 2:25 of the fourth. Per Gomez, “He was already slowing down in the third and fourth. If the referee didn’t stop the fight I would have ended it.”

After two ugly rounds, a fight finally erupted in the third when the fighters exchanged hooks early in the round. Moments later Proctor (7-6-1) ate a Gomez right hand, took two steps backward and then sunk to the canvas. When the action resumed Gomez (10-0) jumped on Proctor and busted him up for the balance of the round.

Gomez stuck to the game plan in the fourth and raked Proctor with right hand after right hand until referee Eddie Hernandez stepped in to stop the fight.

Rising prospect Randy Caballero methodically boxed his way past Alexis Santiago to capture the vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental title. Following two slow rounds to start the contest, the fight picked up steam in the third.

Caballero (12-0) brought the fight to Santiago who used superior hand speed to thwart Caballero’s charge. Caballero dictated the pace in the fourth when Santiago (7-1-1) fought flat footed throughout the round.

But Caballero had his best round of the fight in the fifth when he caught Santiago with a number of left hooks that put Santiago on his heels and the crowd on its feet. Caballero caught Santiago with another left hook late in the seventh.

Santiago buckled but regrouped and fought to the bell. Santiago refused to go gently and opened the eighth like a man possessed. Caballero weathered the early storm and fought his way back into the round. Two judges scored the bout 80-72 and the third favored Caballero 79-73.

Juan Sandoval outslugged Eduardo Vasquez over six scintillating rounds to win their junior lightweight bout by unanimous decision. Vasquez (4-1) and Sandoval stood toe-to-toe and traded hooks for the first full six minutes of the fight. After the sizzling start, the action finally slowed in the third. But one round off was enough for Sandoval who ramped up the action again in the fourth.

Sandoval (5-6-1) shook Vasquez with hooks to the body on route to a dominant round. Sandoval followed a big fourth with a bigger fifth when he dropped Vasquez with a right hand on the button. Vasquez roared back in the sixth but got rocked late and was nearly out on his feet when the fight ended. The judges awarded the fight to Sandoval by scores of 59-54, 58-55 & 58-55.

Guadalupe Salcido stoned Stephen Rubalcava to win his professional debut by a landslide. Salcido (1-0) nearly ended the fight in the first when he rocked Rubalcava with right hands. Referee Eddie Hernandez leaned in for a long look but decided the let the contest continue.

Rubalcava (0-5) took a beating in the third but stayed on his feet and made it through the round. With both fighters dead tired, the action slowed in the fourth and the fight went to the scorecards. Salcido won the bout by three scores of 40-36.

Welterweight Antonio Orozco remained undefeated but had to get off the mat to keep his unblemished record intact. After dropping Joshua Beeman (4-10-2) early in the first, Orozco got caught at the bell and was deposited onto the canvas. Orozco (11-0) dominated the second and readied Beeman for the kill.

The kill came 2:03 later when Beeman was counted out on his knees in the third. The fight lasted less than three rounds and featured a total of four knockdowns; three by Orozco and one by Beeman.

In a four round, all-action fight, Seniesa Estrada defeated fellow flyweight Blanca Raymundo by unanimous decision. Estrada (2-0) took the fight to Raymundo and outworked her throughout.

Raymundo countered effectively and was in every round but came up short on the scorecards 40-36, 40-36, 40-36.


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