Ramos In A Rumble; Kirkland
Report & Photos By Roy & Marlene Marquez
Over fifteen hundred
faithful OC fight fans packed the Orange County Fair &
Events Center to watch local hero Luis Ramos Jr. take on
tough- luck Texan Jose Hernandez in a junior
welterweight main event. And, in a super middleweight
attraction, James Kirkland was back in action less than
two weeks removed from his 34 second destruction of
Undefeated prospect Luis
Ramos Jr. escaped with a narrow, majority decision win
over snake-bitten Jose Hernandez of Fort Worth, TX.
Hernandez (10-5-1) was robbed of a decision in February
against Mickey Bey Jr. in NV. Hernandez can argue it
happened this night in CA. Ramos (18-0) and Hernandez
banged away at each other in an action packed opener. In
the second the fighters picked up where they left off,
ripping each other with heavy leather.
Hernandez carried the
round with right and left uppercuts. The southpaw Ramos
got back on track in the third by winging left hooks to
the body and head. The seesaw battle raged on in the
fourth when Hernandez raked Ramos with right hands. The
action was so furious the bell to end the round couldn’t
stop it. When the fifth started the fighters went right
back to work. Hernandez walked Ramos around the ring
working behind his left hand.
The sixth was a mirror
of the fifth with Hernandez leading and Ramos looking to
counter. The seventh was following suit when Ramos
turned the tide with a stiff left that put Hernandez on
his heels. Hernandez regrouped late and punctuated the
round with a big right at the bell. Looking for a
knockout in the final round, Ramos refused to give
ground in the eighth. The fighters stood toe to toe and
traded for the full three minutes of the round.
Judge Pat Connelly
scored the bout a 76-76 draw. Judges Alejandro Rochin
and Marty Denkin favored Ramos 79-73 and 77-75
Fighting for only the
second time since being released from prison earlier
this year, James Kirkland dismissed Jhon Berrio with a
glancing hook 1:05 into the second round of their super
At first it appeared
Berrio (15-9) came to fight as he landed several
straight rights in a competitive opening round. But
shortly after the bell to start the second, Berrio fell
down and stayed down following a series of hooks
Kirkland landed to the top of Berrio’s head.
Berrio showed no
interest in continuing so referee Pat Young was forced
to halt the fight.
Francisco Contreras continued his winning ways with an
easy, six round shut out of Mexico’s Adolfo Landeros.
Contreras (16-0) battered Landeros around the ring in
the opener, especially so when he trapped Landeros
against the ropes. Landeros, a veteran of 37
professional fights, fared better in the second but
still took a beating.
beautifully in the third and fourth, keeping Landeros
(19-18-1) on the end of his lengthy jab. The lanky
Dominican enjoyed a five to six inch height and reach
advantage over his Mexican opponent. Over the final two
rounds Contreras boxed and banged, mixing in hooks and
upper cuts with the jab. All three judges scored the
bout 60-54 for Contreras.
In the opening bout of
the evening, Humberto Zatarain overcame an early
knockdown to win his professional debut by unanimous
decision. Santa Ana south paw Jose Sanchez (3-2) dropped
Zatarain with a left hook to the chin late in the first.
Zatarain rose wobbly but survived the round. Zatarain
(1-0) bounced back quickly in the second, landing a
flurry of punches to open the round.
In the third the super
featherweights traded right hands and left hooks. The
back and forth continued in the fourth as both fighters
feigned defense in favor of firepower. Zatarain’s
superior work rate impressed the judges who awarded him
the fight by identical scores of 38-37.
San Diego’s Antonio
Orozco wasted little time in defeating fellow junior
welterweight Manuel Aguilar by KO at 1:42 of the first.
Orozco (9-0) swarmed Aguilar from the bell and refused
to let him breath. When Aguilar (5-2) retreated to the
corner Orozco tattooed him with a right hand followed by
a left hook that dropped Aguilar to his knees.
Referee Pat Young
counted to ten with Aguilar planted firmly on all fours.
In a contest of
debutants, Stephan Lugo’s right hand ended the evening
early for J.J. Ambrose who was stopped at 1:49 of the
third round. Lugo (1-0) took the fight to Ambrose in the
first, punctuating the round with a right hand at the
In a dominant second,
Lugo rocked Ambrose repeatedly with right hands. Ambrose
(0-1) had difficulty with Lugo’s height and length and
even more so with his right hand. Ambrose’s difficulty
continued into the third when he was flattened by, you
guessed it, Lugo’s right hand.
Bobby Chavez won for the first time by defeating Steven
Rubalcava by KO at 1:14 of the third. Chavez (1-2)
chased Rubalcava around the ring in the first and
pummeled Rubalcava when he caught him. The beating
continued in the second when Rubalcava (0-3) lingered
against the ropes.
Chavez bore down on
Rubalcava and let loose with both hands. Early in the
third Chavez floored Rubalcava with a hook to the body.
Not long after Rubalcava rose to his feet his corner
climbed the apron to stop the fight.