Herrera Teaches Favela A Lesson
Report & Photos By Roy & Marlene Marquez
Herrera and hard-nosed veteran Cristian Favela headlined
Thompson Boxing Promotions Friday night fight series
“New Blood” at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. The
card also featured undefeated prospects Abraham Lopez
and Jonathan Arellano in action packed fights that
brought out the best in both young pugilists.
outpointed perennial runner-up Cristian Favela to win
their junior welterweight contest by unanimous decision.
Herrera (17-1) worked the jab to dictate the action in
the first. Favela (19-32-7) slept walked through the
opener content to give the round away. Favela woke up
between rounds and joined the fray though he didn’t do
enough to earn the frame.
Favela pressured Herrera
who ditched his jab in the third and paid. Herrera got
back on the stick in the fourth and had an easier time
in the stanza because of it. Favela upped his work rate
once again and backed Herrera to a corner where he
stayed most of round five. Herrera raced to center ring
to start round six. With room to operate Herrera landed
in combination while making Favela miss.
Herrera was on his
way to a clear cut seventh when Favela threw a hay maker
that buckled Herrera’s knees. Herrera shrugged it off
and regrouped immediately but was posterized
nevertheless. The punch seemed to strengthen Herrera’s
resolve who picked Favela apart over the final three
minutes of the contest. The judges scored the bout 79-73
& 80-72 twice.
Abraham Lopez earned
every penny of his paycheck in defeating Aaron Garcia by
majority decision over eight featherweight rounds.
Through two the fight was fairly even. Lopez (14-0)
pumped an occasional jab and did his best to fight from
the outside where his length and hand speed gave him the
Garcia (10-2-2) waded
his way into Lopez where the shorter-armed fighter could
fire his hooks at close range. The third started with a
30 second toe-to-toe exchange that was too close to
call. When it was said and done Lopez was the fighter
circling away from danger. The fourth ended as the third
began – with a lengthy toe-to-toe exchange.
This time Lopez backed
Garcia around the ring as he outworked his man from
start to finish. The fifth and sixth were fought in a
phone booth and both men were dialed in. The in-fighting
carried over to the seventh and both men hammered away
at the body. Both Lopez and Garcia were dead tired in
the eighth but fought for all three minutes of the
The crowd appreciated
their effort and rose to their feet to urge them to the
bell. Judge Vince Delgado saw the contest even (76-76).
Judge Danny Sandoval favored Lopez 78-74 and judge Pat
Connely scored the contest 77-75 for Lopez.
Aron Martinez bested
Albert Herrera over eight welterweight rounds to capture
a brutal, back-and-forth affair by majority decision.
The fighters traded hooks early in the second with
Martinez out-landing Herrera 3-1. A longer, more brutal
exchange occurred at the end of the round with Martinez
again getting the upper hand. By the third, the
continual clash of heads led to multiple cuts on Herrera
as well as multiple warnings from referee Mendoza.
The third was a
particularly ferocious round in a frenzied fight. At the
midpoint of the scrap Herrera remained the aggressor but
Martinez the sharper puncher. Another exchange of hooks
erupted in the sixth. This time Martinez added an
uppercut or two to cap the contest. At the conclusion of
eight the fight ended as it started; with a vicious
exchange that ran through to the bell.
Herrera had the faster
hands but was beaten to the punch. Martinez was more
compact with his punches as well as more varied with his
attack. Judge Delgado scored the bout 77-75 for Herrera
but was overruled by judges Sandoval and Connely who
scored the bout 77-75 & 77-74 respectively.
defeated Shawn Nichol by unanimous decision in a taunt,
six round bantamweight battle. Arellano (8-0-1) landed a
sharp counter hook to garner Nichol’s attention midway
through the first. Arellano’s left hook emerged as the
dominant punch of the early rounds but a Nichol uppercut
was the best punch of the third.
While Arellano was
landing one big punch at a time, Nichol was landing his
punches in combination. Nichol (5-4) outworked Arellano
in the fifth and landed several uppercut-right cross
combinations. Arellano stormed back in the final round
on the strength of his left hook. All three judges
scored the contest 58-56 for Arellano.
Jhon Ortega stopped
fellow junior welterweight Hector Garza in the first
with a right to the body that put the Texan on his
knees. Referee David Mendoza reached the count of ten
with Garza (3-2) alert but on one knee.
controlled the action while it lasted and was simply too
quick for Garza who had trouble with the speed of the
contest. The end came at 2:35 of the opener.