Los Angeles Matadors Clinch
By Carlos Cordoba
The Avalon in Hollywood, CA was host to the Los Angeles
Matadors of the World Series of Boxing as they made their
final home stand. The Matadors went toe-to-toe with their
conference rivals the Mexico City Guerreros in week 11 of
the inaugural season. Both squads were tied in the team
standings leading into Monday’s bouts and where literally
fighting for a birth into the WSOB playoffs.
The World Series of Boxing teams are compromised by amateurs
that earn a salary but are able to retain their amateur
status; thus, giving each boxer the opportunity to compete
for a chance to box in the 2012 Olympic games in London.
It’s a new global boxing competition from the International
Boxing Association (AIBA). The league is gives promising
amateurs the exposure and ring experience of professional
boxing without hindering their ability to compete as
The card dubbed “The Battle of the Americas: The Brawl to
Settle it All,” drew an electric crowd which included
several celebrities. Amongst the more notable where
legendary former Heavyweight Champ Evander Holyfield, boxing
aficionado Lou Ferrigno, former IBF welterweight champion
Pauli Malignagi, and Daniel Ponce De Leon. Moday’s card was
to benefit the Generation Rescue foundation. This event will
air on the Versus network on March 19, 2011 at 2:00pm (EST).
The main event of the night saw Los Angeles Matador David
“The Dream Catcher” Imoesiri systematically destroy his game
opponent in former 2010 Mexican National Olympic gold
medalist Mario Hereida. The scrap was a highly entertaining
heavyweight fight that went the scheduled five rounds. David
Imoesiri began the fight by landing his signature straight
right almost at will. He was masterful in using his stiff
left jab to set up his signature straight right. It was
quite impressive to observe the faster and much bigger
Imoesiri in action.
Mexico City’s Mario Hereida (58-10) found his counterparts
agility troubling and was only able to connect when David
Imoesiri (87-14) tired. It was clear that Imoesiri was in
control of the fight as both fighters walked to their
corners at the end of the fourth round, even after Hereida
was able to connect with a crisp right uppercut that was
followed by a left hook.
The fight became explosive in the fifth and final round as
both fighters began to exchange in the middle of the ring,
to the detriment of Mexico City’s pugilist who was caught
with a flush straight right that severely stunned him. Mario
Hereida was able to finish the fight on two feet, but not
without taking some severe blows from his counterpart. The
bout ended with two judges scoring the bout 50-45, and the
other scoring the bout 50-44 in favor of David “The Dream
Catcher” Imoesiri who improved his WSOB record to 2-0.
Rau’Shee “Baby Pit” Warren out-guns Braulio Availa
Two-time United State Olympian Rau’Shee “Baby Pit” Warren
(309-11) pulled out a vivid unanimous decision victory
against a brave Braulio Avila (73-18) in a five round
Bantamweight clash. Warren began the fight by using his
superior hand speed to connect on several right hooks. He
continued to use his innate ability to box and penetrated
his opponents guard to land a flush left hook in round
number two. The rest of the fight saw much of the same as
Rau’Shee Warren continued to connect at will, landing
combinations to the body followed by remarkable blows
The Guerreros’ Braulio Avila was successful in penetrating
Warren’s guard. He was able to land a left hook that
produced a small cut above the right eye of Warren in round
number four; albeit, his left hook was met by a multiple
punch barrage. The judges scored the bout 50-45 in favor of
the Los Angeles Matador’s team captain.
“I went in there pretty confident knowing that I was going
to beat him with my speed,” said Rau’Shee Warren after his
victory. “I was able to turn him around and catch him, and
land the big shots.”
Chris “Sweet Pea” Pearson Survives the Storm
In other action, Los Angeles Matador Chris “Sweet Pea”
Pearson (92-8) earned a split decision victory against
Mexico City’s Yamaguchi Florentino (110-41) in a five round
middleweight bout. The first round was uneventful but for a
Florentino straight right that caught the quicker Pearson
coming in and briefly staggered him. The Guerrero’s fighter
established himself with a more aggressive attack in round
number two but quickly tired.
Chris Pearson took advantage of his opponent’s lack of wind
and was able gain control of the bout in round number three.
He continued to use his superior speed and defensive
presence to slow the game Yamaguchi Florentino who seemed to
be back in the fight as round four began.
Yamaguchi Florentino was deducted a point for a blow behind
the Pearson’s head; however, he was able to score a knock
down with an awkward right hook that connected as Pearson
was retreating in the same round to nullify the point that
was taken from him. When it was all said and done one judge
scored the bout 48-45 for Florentino, while the other two
judges scored the bout 48-45 and 47-45 in favor of Chris
Pierson. This fight was by far the toughest fight to score
of the entire card.
“I knew coming in that it was going to be a tough fight, he
was the top guy in our weight class,” said Chris Pearson
after his victory. “I knew that he was more experienced (in
the WSOB), I just felt like if I bent down and try to take
it at the end I would be able to get it.”
Chris Pearson Improved his World Series of Boxing record to
2-0, while Yamaguchi Florentino’s dropped to 4-2.
Katende defeats Shabranshyy
Mexico City Guerrero Kennedy Katende (108-30) defeated the
Los Angeles Matador’s Vyacheslav (180-20) in a five round
light heavyweight bout. The unanimous decision victory was
Mexico City’s only team victory of the night.
Kennedy Katende began the bout by immediately landing
several left hooks as his taller opponent stalked his every
move. This was the story of the fight as the valiant
Shabranshyy pressed the action, only to be met by Katende’s
left hooks. Those left hooks did not hurt the taller
Vyacheslav Shabranshyy, but they did do enough to impress
the three judges at ringside. They all scored the bout 48-46
in favor of Ketende.
Vyacheslav Shabranshyy suffered his first WSOB defeat 4-1,
while Kennedy Katante improved his record to 2-1.
The opening bout was a duel between Los Angeles Matador Eric
“Ny Quil” Flores (62-18) and Mexico City’s Juan Pablo Romero
(171-9). Both fighters began the night by letting go of
everything they had, with Flores landing the most effective
blows. The action was halted in the second round due to an
incidental head bunt that opened a gash above Romero’s right
Per World Series of Boxing rules, because the fight was
stopped after the first round, it was then able to go to the
score cards. All three judges scored the bout 20-18 in favor
of Eric Flores who improved his WSOB record to 1-1.