La Amenaza Victorious In
Rematch Against Odom
By Carlos Cordoba
Robert “La Amenaza” Garcia earned his second consecutive
victory since dropping a unanimous decision against former
WBA Welterweight Champ Antonio Margarito in the main event
of Ed Holmes’ All Star Promotions boxing and mixed martial
arts card dubbed “Combat United”. The card was presented by
All Star Promotions in association with Vince Young and was
held at the Quite Cannon in Montebello, CA.
The last time we saw Robert Garcia 30-3, 21KOs he was
jubilantly celebrating his victory against Shibita Flores at
the Commerce Casino. He faced a seasoned veteran who was
taller and a little worn down on that occasion. Flores
challenge prepared him for his next opponent, someone whom
also entered the ring towering over him. Furthermore, Calvin
Odom had an additional advantage.
The Texan navigated through his first 13 professional bouts
with an unblemished record until he met the Angelino. Calvin
Odom 15-9, 11KO’s destroyed Garcia’s perfect record on April
29, 2003. On that night, Odom was able to pull out a
unanimous decision against in Texas. Weslaco’s Garcia
finally had the opportunity to avenge the first defeat of
his professional career eight years later.
The action began immediately as Robert Garcia opened and
closed round number one with two powerful overhand right.
Those blows would set the tone for the remainder of the
clash that Garcia controlled by utilizing his powerful
right. Knowing that he was fighting a taller opponent who
made the cardinal sin of fighting tall, Garcia pressed the
action and forced Odom to fight on his heels. Subsequently,
Odom was forced against the ropes where the shorter Garcia
connected on a savage overhand right that vividly hurt him.
Odom was able to survive the rest of the round; albeit,
after absorbing some clean powerful shots. The rest of the
bout Garcia would control with pure aggression.
The Texan did not think twice about taking his foot off the
gas pedal. He chased Odom for the entire fight and in the
process introduced his left hook. The left began to land
often and by the round number six Odom had no answer for
Garcia’s aggression. Odom became a stationary target for
Garcia who continued to work the body and follow through
with precise left hooks up stairs in round number seven and
The three judges ring side scored the bout 78-74, 80-72,
79-73 all in favor of the crowd favorite Roberto Garcia.
David Tabatadze batters Ruben Rivera
Ruben Rivera 5-3-1, 4KOs was in a war the last time that he
was in the ring against Watt’s native Cleven Ishe – a
talented new comer. His opponent this past Friday was no
different. Both fighters made their way into the ring with a
glaring confidence but only Rivera had the crowd’s support.
The problem was that the crowd could not help him in the
ring against the type of talent that David Tabatadze proved
David Tabatadze 7-1-1, KOs was obviously the more skilled
boxer of the two heading into this past Fridays clash. The
southpaw completely outclassed the rugged Rivera. From the
outset of the fight David established himself as the faster
and craftier fighter. Tabatadze had Ruben Rivera vividly
battered by the end of round number one. His opponent had no
answer for his left that came from all directions and at
times wowed the crowd. The first two rounds were all David
It became apparent that Ruben Rivera’s only chance was to
land one of his left hooks, like he had in his previous
fight against Cleven Ishe. He did so in round number three.
The left hook momentarily stunned Tabatadze and sent him
against the ropes. Momentarily is the key word as David
Tabatadze quickly recovered and was able to score a
knockdown by the end of the same round. The rest of the six
round Junior Middleweight fight was controlled by the
Ukraine’s left hook.
All three judges tallied the bout in favor of David Tabatdze
with one scoring the bout 59-54, and the two other judges
ringside scoring the bout 60-53.
Jonny Suarez Hands Mario Evangelista another Loss
In the opening professional boxing fight of the card,
Burbank’s Jonny Suarez 7-5-2, 4KOs earned a unanimous
decision against Mario Evangelista 3-9, 3KOs in a 6 round
Junior Middleweight bout. Suarez initiated the action from
the opening bell by concentrating his attack to the body of
Evangelista who seemed to be unfazed by his counterparts
punching power. The latter would later change. Suarez’s
continued to press the action forcing his counterpart back
against the ropes. He was then able to tee off on
Evangelista; albeit, while also taking two crisp uppercuts
in round number three. The fight continued as it had begun.
Evangelista’s only hope to win was by landing one forceful
punch that would down Suarez. He was able to connect with a
flush straight right in round number five which he hoped
would be the punch that would end the bout. It didn’t.
Suarez walked straight through the punch on his way to
victory number seven of his professional career. One judge
ringside scored the bout 60-54, and the remaining judges had
the bout scored 59-55 all in favor of Jonny Suarez.
MMA Professional Fights
In his pro MMA debut Los Angeles native Jon Chacon earned a
unanimous decision victory against Kevin Michel in a 3 round
Essen Tally earned a unanimous decision victory against
Julian Garcia in a 3 round amateur bout.
Middleweight division, Nicholas Navarro earned a split
decision victory against Pimp-It’s Kevin Boston in a three