Derails Jose “Shibita” Flores' Comeback
By Carlos Cordoba
Photos: William Trillo
Robert Garcia made an
impressive statement in the main event of Ed Holmes’ All
Star Promotions boxing and mixed martial arts card
dubbed “All In”. The card was presented by All Star
Promotions in association with Budweiser and was held at
the Commerce Casino in Commerce, CA.
Friday night’s fight
card had all the elements for a great night of live
boxing and mixed martial arts that trilled the capacity
crowd at Commerce Casino. The fights were held on the
second level of the casino in the main ballroom. The
night began with four amateur MMA fights followed by a
mix of MMA and professional boxing bouts that culminated
with the main event of the night.
In the featured scrap, Robert “La Amenaza” Garcia 29-3,
21KO’s from Weslaco, TX was able to handedly win a
unanimous decision against seasoned veteran Jose
“Shibita” Flores 45-11, 26KO’s in an eight round
The fight was what this
writer expected from two very well seasoned vets. They
immediately began to exchange blows in the middle of the
ring at the outset of the fight. Both fighters seemingly
had the same strategy which was to begin the fight with
calculated body assaults.
Robert Garcia, 30, quickly made his presence felt as he
dug into his counterpart’s body to set up a straight
right that sent Flores against the ropes in round number
Jose “Shibita” Flores,
38, came into the bout the older and taller fighter.
Those two elements served to be his downfall on Friday
night. It was clear that by rounds three and four Garcia
had figured out that Flores was unable to seriously
cause any damage. With that mind set, Garcia pressed the
action and continued to dig into Flores midsection
causing him to retreat. Only problem was that when the
older boxer retreated he committed one of boxing
cardinal sins; he stood tall as he retreated. By
standing tall as he attempted to ward off Garcia’s
attack, he allowed the Texan to land his straight rights
and right hooks at will.
Robert Garcia continued
to force Flores to fight from the back of his heels as
he continued to press the action into the fifth round.
Flores just did not have the power or the wind to ward
off the younger and fresher pugilist. The latter was
vivid as Shibita attempted to connect with his stick as
he stood tall and retreated only to be met with one of
Garcia’s devastating straight right’s which floored him
in round number six. Garcia continued to pressure and
batter Flores for an additional two rounds but was
unable to finish the game Flores.
The three judges ring
side scored the bout 78-73, 77-74, 80-71 in favor of
Clevend Ishe vs. Ruben Rivera Instant Classic!
Watt’s Clevend Ishe 3-0,
1KO pulls of a split decision victory against Mexico’s
Ruben Rivera 5-2-1, 4KO’s in an electrifying four round
The young fighters gave the crowd their hearts and in
the process stole the show in four action packed rounds.
The more physically
gifted Clevend Ishe began the bout as careless as one
can be. He immediately began to impose his physical
strength by continuously connecting with looping left
and right hooks. Rivera’s right eye was noticeably
swollen midway through round one as the quicker Ishe
constantly beat him to the punch. Ishe was able to
connect with a flush looping left hook that sent his
opponent to the canvas at the end of round number one.
Rivera was able to continue and went into round number
two enduring the same punishment of the previous round.
Clevend Ishe continued
to stalk Ruben Rivera, connecting almost at will. It
seemed like an easy night for the Watt’s native as he
continued to press and batter Rivera who was the crowd
favorite. In the midst of his attack, Ishe caused an
incidental head bunt that opened a gash above the left
eye of Rivera close to the end of round number two. By
this point the Ishe was up 2 rounds on Rivera and it
seemed like he would finish him off in the next round.
There was only one problem, Ishe did not believe in
The next round began
with the crowd encouraging Ruben Rivera to scrap as he
was obviously suffering a brutal beating. An awakened
Rivera took advantage of his opponents’ careless defense
and landed a crisp left hook right on the button that
severely staggered Ishe and completely changed the
complexity of the fight. It was amazing!
Ishe did not fall to the
canvas but was badly hurt for the remainder of the bout.
Ruben Rivera continued to batter Ishe in round number
three. One had the perspective that Rivera had scored a
10-8 round due to the severity of the beating that he
unleashed on Clevend Ishe.
The pro-Mexican crowd
began to chant “Si se puede! Si se Puede!,” as the final
round began. Rivera continued to feed from the electric
crowd and battered the gutty Clevend Ishe for the
remainder of the round. Ishe was able to land some hooks
here and there, but they were not as effective as the
hooks that were landed in the first two assaults. The
decibel readings must have been of the charts as the
final bell rang. Most ringside spectators had declared
the match a draw; however, they were not scoring the
The three Judges
ringside scored the bout differently. One judge had the
four-round war tallied a 37-37draw, the other two scored
the bout 38-37 in favor of Clevend Ishe.
Promoter Ed Holmes immediately went into the ring to
congratulate both of the fighters who gave the crowd
their all. The announcer then followed by stating that
there will be a rematch at the Quiet Cannon in
Montebello on May 6th. Wow, I can’t wait!!!
Giovanni Sarran Sticks his way to a victory
What do you do when you
are fighting an opponent who outweighs you by 67lbs? You
stick and move. That’s just the strategy that South
Central Los Angeles native Giovanni “Bam Bam” Sarran 1-1
employed to earn a unanimous decision against East Los
Angeles Steve Fierro 5-4-3, 1KO.
Professional MMA Results
Pichel’s Remains Unblemished
The main attraction for
the mixed martial art fans on hand was between two
undefeated prospects. That meant that somebody had to
lose the “0.”
Team BJ-Muta’s Vinc Pichel
6-0 earned the most devastating knockout of the night
against PKG’s Matt Bahntge 3-1 in a scheduled three round
Pichel began to the fight as confident as ever but was
quickly cut below his right eye lid by a strike produced by
Matt Bahntge. The blood didn’t have any adverse affect on
the BJ-Muta fighter as he was able to close the fight with a
devastating knee that knocked-out Matt Bahntge who was out
cold as he leaned against the ropes. Pichel continued to
pour on the punishment before the referee stopped the bout
32 seconds into round number two.
Dave Weber Wins
BJ-Muta’s Dave Weber 5-2
pulled off a unanimous decision against Joe Condon 6-1
in a three round lightweight bout.
David Esquibel Improves to 2-0
Esquibel 2-0 earned a unanimous decision against East
Los Angeles Orlando Aspericuerta 2-3 in a three round
super featherweight bout.
Amateur MMA Results
Chris Golz wins Call-Out Belt
Pimpit’s Chris Golz 6-1
scores a split decision against Team Champkev’s Brock
Combs in a three round light heavyweight bout for the
All Star Call-Out Championship belt. As the owner of the
Call-Out belt, Golz now has to accept the challenge of
any amateur who is willing to call him out. He would
have to forfeit the belt if he refuses to fight the
challenger who calls him out. Pretty interesting!
Brandon Wilson Wins!
Team Black Mats Brandon
Wilson 3-0 TKO’d Mike Tomicelli’s BJJ Abraham Miranda
0-2 46 seconds into round number one of the welterweight
bout. The fight was originally scheduled for three
Mark Oganesyan Improves to 2-0
Main Event’s Sports Club
Mark Oganesyan 2-0 tapped out Pimpit’s Chris Reyes in 34
seconds. The welterweight scrap was originally scheduled
for three rounds.
Walter Downing downs Glen Ili
KOA Fighter’s Walter
Downing 2-1 TKO’d Millennia’s Glen Ili 15 seconds into
round number two due to strikes. The super heavyweight
fight was scheduled for three rounds.