Runs Over “Locomotora” Espinoza
By Barbara Pinnella
Photo: Linda Peterson
Promotions’ “Path to Glory” took place at the Doubletree
Hotel in Ontario, Calif. this past Friday night. As is
the norm for these monthly events, the enthusiastic fans
made it standing room only. The crowd was particularly
enthusiastic on this night, and that along with the
entertaining fights we saw made for an electric evening.
In the main event, Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez (16-0, 12
KOs) and Gerardo “Locomotora” Espinoza (28-12, 26 KOs)
faced off against each other in a featherweight bout
that was scheduled for eight rounds. On paper this was a
very interesting fight. Espinoza has been out of the
ring since 2006, and was trying to renew his career.
In contrast, this was the fourth time this year that
Lopez walked to the ring. In his last fight, he made
very short work of Olvin Meija and causing the stoppage
at 1.46 of the very first round. Before that however, he
had to work his way through eight hard rounds to gain
A feeling out first round, with both men having leather
touch skin, but with no damage done to either fighter.
In the second a fast left put Espinoza down near the end
of the round. About the last 30 seconds of the third the
fighters exchanged hard blows that bothered each
opponent. This round was the best one on the part of
each man, as they both absorbed blows.
In the fourth however, Lopez threw another good left
hook, and Espinoza went down and out. This shot really
rang his bell it was obvious he was hurt. Gerardo spent
a bit of time on the canvas before he could get up and
walk off. The fight was stopped at .43 seconds of round
number four. This was another impressive showing for
Lopez, who continues to impress.
The co-main event was between Thompson’s newly signed
super bantamweight Richard Contreras (8-0, 7 KOs) going
up against Angel Torres (2-7-2, 1 KO). This fight was
scheduled for six. But the bout didn’t go any where near
that, as Contreras knocked Torres down in the early
seconds of the first round, then finished him off at
1:11 of that initial round with a three-punch
combination. This was a good way for Richard to continue
his Thompson boxing career.
Alberto Herrera (8-3-1, 5 KOs) tried to break that
three-fight losing streak when he went toe to toe with
Marcus Robinson (4-1) in a scheduled six rounder in the
welterweight division. Most of the first round was spent
holding by both fighters, showing very little punching.
A lack-luster first round. In the second they decided
that this was a fight and not a dance competition and
began to throw punches instead of hugging. It was not a
very decisive round, but it did at least show some
Round three, and up to this point it was hard to even
begin to find a winner. In the third however, Herrera
seemed to start scoring some more points. Much the same
story in the fourth, as Alberto’s hands found the face
or body of Robinson more than the other way around. So
far this was a disappointing showing for an undefeated
In the fifth, after many warnings about hitting behind
the head, referee Ray Corona took a point away from
Robinson. At the same time, Marcus got in his best punch
of the fight during this round. Even so, it seemed as if
the fight was still going Alberto’s way.
The final round showed more action than the other five
rounds, but all in all the performances did nothing to
really showcase either fighter. We went to the
scorecards; 59-54, 58-56, 60-53, all for Herrera.
Welterweights Roberto Crespo (2-1) and Rigoberto Flores
(2-1) faced off in a fight scheduled for four rounds.
Flores does one better than coming out to his entrance
music, he has his own singer who sings a song in the
ring as Rigoberto makes his way out.
In what has to be in contention for the best fight of
the night, Flores came out strong, but Crespo went on
the attack mid-way through the round. In the final 10
seconds, Rigoberto came back again, seemingly angered by
the aggression of Crespo. Both men were tough and
determined in the second, and both got in some good,
hard shots. A good combination here of strength, power
and skills, with each of them doing a good job.
Round three found Flores doing the chasing, giving
Crespo no chance to set up and fight. Rigoberto was
always on the attack, and Roberto seemed to not know
what to do with that style. Round four saw the same
aggression from Flores. He fought a super fight on this
night, leaving the usually skilled Crespo looking
completely lost. We went to the scorecards; 39-37,
39-37, and 40-36, all for Flores. It might be only his
third bout, but he fought the fight of his life tonight
in an awesome and well-deserved upset.
Juan Reyes (4-0-1) and Alejandro Ochoa (1-1, 1 KO)
locked horns in a featherweight bout that was scheduled
to go four rounds. The first round was full of action,
as both men looked to be trying to end the fight early.
They kept up that pace for the entire three minutes. I
would like to say they slowed down in the second, but
other than having to wait for a blown mouthpiece to be
rinsed off and put back, it was another non-stop round.
Still the same thing in the third, but accuracy and
power was all in the favor of Reyes in this round. He
was almost landing at will on Ochoa, but Alejandro would
not give in and kept trying to come back.
For most of the fourth Ochoa was Juan’s punching bag.
Both of Alejandro’s eyes were very swollen and he took
some really hard shots throughout the entire round. But
he kept coming back, and showed a ton of grit. We went
to the scorecards; 39-37, 40-36, 40-35, all for Reyes.
Two fighters made their professional debut as Isaac
Zarate entered the ring against Anthony Briones. This
was a bantamweight fight scheduled for four rounds, the
third four-rounder of the evening. It was Zarate that
scored first blood, as he put Briones down in the first.
Anthony came out with more aggression in the second, but
for the most part his punches did not have a lot of
effect on Isaac.
The third saw Briones come back a bit, but Zarate was
still the harder puncher. Isaac was in complete control
in the fourth and final, and just pounded away on
Anthony. Briones was saved by the bell and the fight
went to the scorecards; 40- 35, 40-34, and 40-35, all
for Zarate. Isaac gets his first victory as a pro.
So another Thompson Boxing Promotion event is in the
books. Tonight was a really strong card, with all but
one fight highly entertaining. Lopez is definitely one
to continue to watch, Contreras is a little powerhouse,
and Flores was just awesome. I’m looking forward to the
Be safe and God Bless,
Viva La Raza,