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  Reynoso & Reyes Rack Up Wins

By Roy & Marlene Marquez


Junior welterweights Jose Reynoso and Esteban Almaraz headlined Thompson Boxing Promotions Locked ‘N Loaded fight card Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. Reynoso (15-2-1, 2 KOs) got the party started late in the second when he staggered Almaraz with a stiff left. Unfortunately the fireworks didn’t last long and the fight settled into rough, but unspectacular, affair.

Reynoso pressed the action from his southpaw stance and out-muscled Almaraz around the ring. Almaraz (9-4, 4 KOs) fought in spurts but was unable to sustain a meaningful offense. The result was an ugly 78-74, 76-76, 77-75 majority decision victory for Reynoso.

Artemio Reyes outclassed light punching welterweight “Classy” Chris Gray on route to an eight round unanimous decision victory. In rounds one through three Reyes (12-1, 10 KOs) put in a workman like performance in what appeared to be little more than a spirited sparring session.

That all changed in the fourth when Reyes found an opening and dropped Gray (13-16, 1K KO) with a chopping right hand mid way through the round. Reyes pressed his advantage in the fifth but was unable to send Gray on a return trip to the mat. Reyes looked for the knockout over the final three minutes but had to settle for a 60-53, 60-53, 60-53 shutout.

Colombian featherweight Jonathan Romero survived a scare but regrouped to route Mexican veteran Cecilio Santos over six rounds. Romero (18-0) is taller, longer, faster and more athletic than Santos and used every advantage to perfection in the first and second. Romero fought tall, used his jab, and moved Santos (25-20-3) around the ring.

But things got interesting early in the third when Santos dropped Romero with a sweeping left hook to the chin. Romero regained his footing but remained unsteady for the balance of the round. Romero reestablished his dominance in the fourth and cruised past Santos in the fifth and sixth rounds. The scorecards tallied 58-55, 58-55 & 59-55 in favor of Romero.

Sindy Amador flurried her way past Cristina Fuentes in a four round junior flyweight fight. The ladies set an impossible pace in an opening round that featured non-stop action for the full two minutes. Amador (4-0) outworked Fuentes in the second, but Fuentes countered effectively and bloodied Amador in the third.

Amador pushed the pace in the fourth and Fuentes (1-1-2) faded down the stretch. Amador won the contest by scores of 39-37, 39-37 & 40-35.

Roberto Crespo rocked the house with a four round shellacking of fellow welterweight John Montes. The fight became easy for Crespo (1-0) in the second when he worked the right hand off the jab.

With his confidence soaring, Crespo blistered Montes (1-1) with right hands and counter left hooks throughout the third and fourth rounds. Crespo won his professional debut by scores of 40-36, 40-36 & 39-37.


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