Thompson Boxing Starts Year Out
With A Bang
Report & Photos By Roy & Marlene Marquez
Thompson Boxing Promotions ‘
New Blood fight series kicked off the new year in style with
a sold out show at the Ontario Doubletree. Left hooker Jose
Reynoso and veteran Santo Pakau headlined a talent laden
fight card featuring undefeated prospects Abraham Lopez,
Efrain Esquivias Jr. and Jonathan Arellano.
Jose Reynoso out-hooked
tough customer Santo Pakau on route to a brutal, eight
round junior welterweight win. Reynoso (14-3-1) landed
the only telling blows of the first; a right-left
combination that landed high on Pakau’s forehead. The
action picked up in the second though neither fighter
established dominance. Reynoso punctuated the round with
a left that sent Pakau into the ropes.
Reynoso whipped hooks
upstairs to start the third but nearly put Pakau on the
canvas with a hook to the mid section. A moment later
Reynoso landed a hook flush on the face and Pakau landed
on the seat of his pants. Reynoso punished Pakau to the
body throughout a dominant fourth round. Pakau (27-7-2)
changed to southpaw in the fifth but found no more
success from the switch.
The contestants traded
hooks and displays of machismo in a brutal round. Pakau
unleashed a four punch combination to the body early in
the sixth. Reynoso fired back with a four punch
combination that had Pakau reeling. From this exchange
it was clear Reynoso had the heavier hands. During a
brutal exchange at the start the seventh Reynoso’s hooks
to the body buckled Pakau’s knees.
As the round progressed
Pakau continued to trade hooks at his own peril. At one
point referee Jerry Cantu hovered over Pakau and
commanded him to “Show me something!” Reynoso closed the
show by pulverizing Pakau over the eighth. The final
score cards favored Reynoso by scores of 80-71, 80-71 &
Efrain Esquivias Jr. was
pushed for eight tough rounds before finally subduing
Shawn Nichol at 1:08 of the final round. Esquivias
(12-0) started slowly in the first, uncertain or unable
to land clean blows against the southpaw from Denver,
CO. A stiff right caused Nichol to bleed from the nose
early in the second. Nichol (5-3) fought through the
distraction and hung tough in a close round. Esquivias
finally got started in the third and raked Nichols with
lefts from the southpaw stance.
Esquivias started the
fourth in the conventional stance and countered Nichol
with rights. Nichol landed a pair of thumping hooks to
the belly in an effort to slow the surge. Esquivias
reverted to southpaw by round’s end where he apparently
felt more comfortable. Esquivias peppered Nichol with
rights early in the fifth. Nichol stood his ground and
fired his left. Nichol’s left lost some zip and was
increasingly countered by Esquivias. Though tired and
slowing, Nichol pinned Esquivias against the ropes and
lathered him with hooks to end the round.
Esquivias took control
of the sixth by landing clean, hard shots during
in-fighting. Nichol caught a second win in the seventh
and landed flush 1-2s. Esquivias rallied late and landed
several combinations in a great round of action. In the
eighth both fighters let it all hang out. The entire
round was a vicious exchange until referee Ray Corona
stepped between the fighters and closed out the bout.
The crowd jeered the stoppage believing Nichol deserved
to finish the contest on his feet.
Artemio Reyes hung a
hook on Francisco Rios Gil that dropped Gil for the
count in the first round of their junior welterweight
contest. Reyes (10-1) fired the left from distance and
planted it squarely on the solar plexus.
Gil (11-15) sunk to mat
and writhed in pain. Referee Jerry Cantu reached the
count of ten at 1:36 of the opening stanza.
Jonathan Arellano out-boxed Francis Ruiz over six rounds
and secured a business-like victory by unanimous
decision. In the first, the jab of Arellano (7-0-1) may
have been the best punch of the round. Both combatants
picked up the pace in the second but largely remained
out of reach. An Arellano right hand at the ten second
warning brought the crowd to their feet.
Arellano dictated both
tempo and distance in the third with a stiff jab. Ruiz
(9-3) amped up the aggression in the fourth round and
things got chippy. Arellano fired a nice check hook to
the cheek of the oncoming Ruiz. Ruiz remained aggressive
in the fifth and moved Arellano around the ring. Ruiz
landed a stiff body shot but failed to follow up.
A wicked exchange
erupted in the waning seconds of the round. The fight
ended as it began, with both fighters feeling their way
around the ring. The judges rewarded Arellano with
scores of 59-55, 60-54 & 60-54.
Lopez remained undefeated in his campaign as a
professional pugilist after defeating journeyman Felipe
Almanza by unanimous decision. After a cautious start to
the contest, the action heated up in the second. Lopez
(13-0) unleashed a torrent of punches but landed few and
inflicted little damage. When the exchange ended Almanza
motioned for more.
Almanza (19-22-3) threw
fewer punches but landed the best punch of the round.
The give and take continued in the third as both
fighters landed meaningful blows during toe to toe
exchanges. Lopez landed lead rights in an otherwise slow
fourth. Reminiscent of the second, Lopez trapped Almanza
against the ropes and reigned hooks to the body to start
Almanza countered off
the ropes as before, but with less zip on his punches. A
head butt opened a small cut along Lopez’ left eye early
in the sixth. The blood spewed but did not bother Lopez
who remained the aggressor to the bell. All three of the
judge’s scorecards tallied 60-54.
Jhon Ortega overwhelmed
fellow junior welterweight Rudy Gamez, dropping him
twice before stopping him in the third. Ortega (3-0-1)
jumped on Gamez to start the contest and the two traded
leather in the first. Ortega’s punches had more pop and
did more damage. Gamez (1-1) was game but outgunned from
the onset. Ortega (3-0-1) stayed in attack mode in the
second and delivered a right cross that sent Gamez to
Ortega beat referee Ray
Corona’s count as the round came to a close. Ortega
surged in the third and dropped Gamez with an uppercut.
Once again Gamez got to his feet but the end of the
round could not save him. As Ortega swarmed, Corona
stepped between the fighters and called off the bout at
1:19 of the third.