Ringside For Solo Boxeo:
Quillin Stops Sharpe
By Dave Murphy
A boisterous crowd provided the backdrop for a second
successful locally flavored Card in just six weeks at the
Fairfield, Ca. Civic Center as Paco Promotions in
association with Golden Boy/Don Chargin presented an
abbreviated but still largely enjoyable five fight Bill.
Headlining the Event was transplanted New Yorker Peter “Kid
Chocolate” Quillin who turned in a workman-like performance
in disposing of once prospect now turned “opponent” Dennis
Sharpe at 1:54 of the fourth round.
From the opening bell, it was clear that hand speed would
prove to be the difference in the fight and Quillin was
simply too quick for his overmatched but game opponent. The
stoppage by Ref Marcos Rosales following a burst of energy
from Quillin in the 4th brought little protest from those in
attendance as the die appeared to be cast from the opening
moments of the fight. In fact, a willingness on his part to
pick up the pace in the 4th appeared to do nothing but
hasten Sharpe’s demise.
After the fight, Quillin threw miniature Totsie Rolls in the
crowd, but just like against Sharpe, nothing too sweet was
being returned his way. He’s not nor has he ever been a good
facsimile of his namesake from Cuba, the original Kid
Chocolate (Quillin‘s father is Cuban), and this win did
little to establish that he can ever get beyond the
mid-level range, especially in the ultra-talented Super
Middleweight Division, IMO he needs to focus lower. Quillin
improves to 23-0(17 Ko’s) while Sharpe drops his sixth in a
row to fall to 17-6-3(3 Ko’s).
In a spirited co-feature, Alan Sanchez scored two knockdowns
and a slightly wider than warranted decision win over
previously unbeaten (but against suspect opposition) John
Strangely, neither fighter seemed overly concerned with
anything remotely resembling a body attack. Sanchez’s early
movement allowed him to capture the first couple rounds, but
he appeared to be slightly depleted after attempting to
finish Grimaldo off in the third following a cracking left
hook that dropped the Colorado native and had him wobbled,
blooded, and on the edge of defeat. A good rally by the
tough Grimaldo in rds 4-6 made the fight somewhat
interesting, but a 8th Round knockdown left little doubt
about the decision. The popular Sanchez improved to 7-2-1(2
Ko’s) while Grimaldo dropped to 6-1(0 Ko’s).
In the best performance of the night, Cameron Dunkin’s
newest star Fidel Maldonado Jr. had little trouble with
hapless Carlos Hernandez, who had apparently never faced a
southpaw before, or at least not one this good. Two
knockdowns in the 1st Rd, including one in which Hernandez
struggling to pick up his mouthpiece and barely beat the
count in an attempt to prevent the inevitable. A opening
barrage at the start of the second left Ref Ed Collantes
mercifully calling a halt to the bout. Maldonado Jr.
improved to 8-0 (7 KO’s) while Hernandez falls to 3-5-2(4
Ko’s) and hopefully into a new line of work.
The vocal Vaccaville contingent turned out in full force for
native son and former amateur star Manuel Avila as he
outclassed winless Jose Garcia before ending matters with a
left hook as time ran out toward the end of the 4th and
final round. Some definite work to be done, his speed might
not be able to overcome some defense flaws when he faces a
higher caliber opponent…..but until that time, he’ll remain
a real fan favorite and provide good support to Northern
California Cards. Avila impoves to 2-0 (1 Ko) while Garcia
loses for the third time in as many fights.
In the opener, another local product Guy Robb of Sacramento,
with his vociferous Trainer Repo Rick in tow, cruised
through a four rounder against overmatched Omar Sanchez,
scoring knockdowns in both the 3rd and 4th rounds to claim
his 2nd Professional win in as many fights while Sanchez
takes his second professional loss. All in all, another good
night of boxing for Northern California's best new venue.