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  Herrera Beats An Overmatched Favela In Ontario

By Barbara Pinnella

The Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California held its monthly fight card for Thompson Boxing Promotions this past Friday night called “New Blood”.

It was Mauricio Herrera (16-1, 7 KO’s) who was pitted against Cristian Favela (28-33-7, 18 KO’s) in a scheduled eight round fight in the Welterweight division. This fight was the main event of the evening, and it had a lot to live up to. We had seen some really good fights leading up to this one.

In the opening round it seemed as if the fighters were thinking and planning their attack. But about halfway into it they began to just swing at each other. Herrera got the best of that deal, as Favela took big swings, but didn’t connect with many.

It was much the same in the second as the first, but Favela hands were finding their target at times now. No damage being done mind you, but he would at least hit something. In the third he was connecting more often, but Herrera was still on the winning end of any effective punching.

Round four, and Mauricio was still the much more accurate player. He would throw quick combinations while working in close. In contrast, Favela would lean back and throw from a distance. As the rounds went on, it became a stroke of luck when one of Cristian’s wild punches would find any part of their opponent.

The eighth and final once again saw all of the work in Herrera’s favor. Favela, as he had in some other rounds, did hit him occasionally, but it was not really due to skill. Decision time, and it was a unanimous one – 79-73, and 80-72 twice, not surprisingly for Mauricio Herrera.

Featherweights battled as Abraham Lopez (14-0, 10 KO’s) went a scheduled eight rounds against Aaron Garcia (10-2-2, 2 KO’s). Other than the knockout ratio here, this fight appeared to be a well-matched one and had all the makings of a good fight. And that’s just what it was.

Lopez was the more active fighter in round one. The second round saw Garcia coming back, but it was still Abraham who was firing on an almost two-to-one ratio.

Round three saw Aaron really trying to take it to Lopez, but Abraham was still too quick for him. That was also the case in most of the fourth, but Garcia did get in some good punches that Lopez had to feel. The men continued to take it to each other in the fifth, with Garcia able to get some leather between the gloves of Lopez. But Abraham would counter with combinations.

Garcia was really trying to score the points in the sixth, as he was also able to hit with combinations of his own, most of them to the body. Round seven saw both of the fighters connecting with combinations and body punches. The eighth and final found Lopez going for the knockout right from the opening bell. But Garcia would not let that happen. When it looked as if he might knuckle under the pressure, he would come back at Lopez. So we had to go to the scorecards and saw a majority decision; 76-76, 78-74 and 77-75 for Abraham Lopez.

Garcia was not short of fans during this fight, however. Whenever his glove even touched Lopez a loud group would holler and cheer. And there were quite a few in attendance who felt he should have been on the other end of the decision, and not just the backers of Garcia. A few made mention that it was because he had to fight out of the red corner, and I’ve heard that before. A friend of mine new to boxing, after attending just a handful of events there, said that the ones in the blue corner always win. I’ll just leave that there for the moment.

Alberto Herrera (7-3-1, 5 KO’s) faced off against Aaron Martinez (14-1-1, 3 KO’s) in a Welterweight bout that was also scheduled for eight. The first round saw the fighters feeling each other out a bit. Neither was willing to commit yet, as they tested the waters. A completely different round two, as they both came out like bulls and just built from there. The last few seconds of the fight saw them each trying to take the others’ head off..

The third saw the same as the second. They continued to blast away at each other, and I don’t envy the punch counter. They were just wailing on each other. From the second round, Herrera was bleeding on the left side of his face. I was never sure if it was a head butt or punches.

One could say that the pace slowed down a bit during round four, but it was slight. The tide did turn a little though, as it had been Martinez showing the way, but Herrera made his presence known. The rhythm picked back up in the fifth. These two were involved in an absolute brawl.

I wish I could say something different, but I really can’t. With two rounds left to go, this was war. I’m not sure how these athletes were able to keep up the pace, but round eight was just like round two, aggressive and tough. These men would need to fight in a lower weight class after the energy they expended. A very courageous showing by both fighters, and it went to the scorecards. We had a split decision; 77-75 for Herrera, 77-75, and 77-74 both for Martinez. A great win for Aaron, and such a hard loss for Alberto. In hindsight and after seeing all of the matches, this was your main event.

The name of the event, “New Blood”, proved to be just that in one fight, as the scheduled opponent for Jonathon “Lil’ Thund’r” Arellano (8-0-1, 1 KO), Ernie Marquez, was injured at work. His new partner was Shawn “Bones” Nichol, (5-4, 5 KO’s). This Bantamweight fight was scheduled for six rounds.

Good first round here, with most of the advantage going to Arellano. More action in the second, with Nichol also contributing to the punches. The fighters were getting stronger, as round three was a very active one. It was also the best for Shawn, as he was putting the pressure on Arellano.

Round four saw no slowing down from the fighters, as they continued to keep coming. Again, both men were getting in some shots and doing some damage. Nichol started off strong in round five, but Arellano would have none of that, and came back with a vengeance.

The final round was much of the same, as neither man was willing to give to the other. They stood and battled in the center of the ring the whole time. This was a really good, lively fight. It went to the scorecards and it was a unanimous decision, with the same score from all three judges; 58-56, all for the winner, Jonathon Arellano. But a good showing from Nichol, filling in for the injured Marquez.

The fight that started it all off was the one between Jhon Ortega (4-0-1, 4 KO’s) tried to keep that win streak going when he found himself in the ring with Hector Garza (3-2, 3 KO’s). This fight was in the Welterweight division and was to go a scheduled four rounds.

A hard right to the body put Garza down in the first round, and the fight was waved off after the count of ten at 2:35 of that very first round. Ortega kept both of his streaks alive, remaining undefeated and winning all of his fights by knockout.

It was brought to our attention that just the previous day Ortega was sitting poolside in his street clothes when a nine-year old boy fell into the pool. With no one else around to help, Jhon jumped into the pool and saved the child’s’ life. Kind words of course to Jhon, for his life-saving actions.

So out of these five fights there were three fighters trying to keep that “0” under that loss column, and at the end of the night all of them, Lopez, Arellano, and Ortega, did so.

As always, an enthusiastic crowd was in attendance, and once again there was standing room only. Quite a few did leave either before or during the main event, but overall the fans remained animated for most of the event. If you haven’t gone to one of these fights you should – they provide a fun time for those who enjoy exciting fights.

Be safe and God Bless,
Viva La Raza,


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