Toney Plods To Victory Over
Reed At San Manuel
By Barbara Pinnella
Photos: William Trillo
San Manuel Indian Casino
in San Bernardino, California was the host of the Empire
Sports and Entertainment event this past Thursday night.
The main event of the evening was James “Lights Out”
Toney (72-6-3, 44 KO’s) going up against Damon
“Dangerous” Reed (45-14-0, 32 KO’s). This fight was for
the IBA Heavyweight title. The 42-year-old Toney gave
away only three years to his opponent – two veterans
with 140 fights between them going in a scheduled 10
Round one found the men feeling each other out. At the
same time it appeared that Toney was just playing with
Reed throughout the first round. James came out with a
bit more intensity for round two. Just looking at his
face is intimidating, then have him throw the punches at
his opponent and it escalates.
In round three Toney was
more active yet, moving in, scoring one or two hard body
shots, then moving back out again. He was a very
illusive target for Reed to find. James kept up the
pressure in the fourth round. He was in total control,
landing his punches whenever he chose. He was so
comfortable that on his way to his corner after the
round he did a bit of dancing.
It was all Toney once again in the fifth, until Damon
came on in the last 10 seconds. Other than that, Toney
continued to do the chasing and landing the punches. His
right hand body shots were brutal.
Reed made some contact
in the sixth, but for the most part James would flick
away anything sent his way as if he would a gnat. In the
seventh, Toney changed it up a bit – he hit his opponent
with a few solid left hands. At the end of the round we
saw Damon get in some solid punches on James. Still, all
Toney here so far.
Not too much to say after the eighth. Even though Reed
was trying, James was still in control. Ninth, same
stuff, different round. Round 10…if Toney came into the
fight a bit heavy, which he did, he lost weight tonight.
He spent the entire time chasing his opponent around the
ring. I was surprised at how well he was able to do that
after 30 minutes.
A desperation move by
Damon in the tenth, as he really tried to go for the
kill, but there was no way that was going to happen. All
the judges saw the fight the same; 100-90, 100-90, and
100-90, all for Toney, who was easily able to keep his
IBA Heavyweight belt.
There were four other
fights on the card. Jorge “The Truth” Teron (25-2-1, 17
KO’s) went up against Jose Soto Karass (21-16-1, 19
KO’s) in a Lightweight fight scheduled for six rounds.
The first round was a
bit unremarkable, but Teron was showing more early on
than was Karass. In the second Teron scored with a few
good right hands to control the fight.
The fight was waved off before the start of the third
round, when a cut over the eye of Soto Karass made it
impossible for him to fight. Since Jose could not see
out of the eye, Teron got the TKO victory.
A fight scheduled for
four rounds was a Light Welterweight fight that saw
Edther Arvizu (1-1, 1 KO) going up against Shawn Wate
(1-5). Arvizu had the better punches in the first round,
with Wate staying much more on the defensive. In the
second both men ended up on the canvas together amid the
boos of the crowd.
More boos from the fans
as the men hit the ground together once again in the
third. Quite a sloppy fight that saw Arvizu scoring most
often, but sad to say that was not hard to do. The men
fell down together again in the fourth round, but this
time Wate stayed there. The doctor had to go in the ring
to check him out, which resulted in the fight being
The most interesting thing about this fight was the
ending – a DQ against Arvizu (who had obviously won the
fight), for continuing to throw Wate to the ground,
giving Wate his first victory. An interesting finish to
a lackluster fight. Also must note here that Shawn could
not make it out under his own power, and after helping
him from the ring he had to be carted out of the
A Junior Welterweight
bout that was scheduled for four rounds was between
Angel Estrada (5-1 2 KO’s) and Alfredo Rivera (1-7). On
paper this fight looked to be quite a mismatch – an
undefeated fighter against one who has not won a
professional fight. But nobody pointed that out to
Rivera on this night. In the first round Rivera came out
swinging. More than that, he was connecting. While many
punches missed by both fighters, Alfredo had the most
hits. Estrada was cut by his right eye from a head butt.
Estrada fought back in the second, but Rivera was still
trying to win. While quite wild, he continued to connect
with his punches on several occasions. Round three was
more of the same. Both men got hit with hard shots, and
both men had obvious misses. An interesting fight here.
These men left nothing in the ring. Round four saw some
tired fighters, but they continued to slug it out.
Alfredo really came to win tonight and tried his heart
out. I was exhausted after watching the four rounds! At
the end of the slugfest the judges saw it 38-38, 39-37,
39-37, the majority decision went to Rivera. Win number
one for him, and deservedly so! What an exciting fight.
Michael Ruiz, Jr.
(7-0-1, 3 KO’s) faced off against Diego Mojac (2-4-1) in
a Bantamweight contest in another scheduled four
rounder. A good first round from both fighters, with
Ruiz pressing the action, but Mojac answering back. Ruiz
scored more in the second, but Diego was nothing if not
In the third Mojac was getting hit with lefts and
rights, but he also continued to make his presence
known. He was able to pepper Ruiz, probably a lot more
than Michael expected. The fourth round was more of the
same – hard shots given by Ruiz, but a lot of comeback
try on the part of Mojac. In the end it was a unanimous
decision; 40-36, 39-37, 40-36, all for Ruiz, Jr. But
Mojac had nothing to be ashamed of, he definitely made
his mark tonight.
In the first fight of
the night, Enrique Lobatos (2-2-1) faced off against
Granson Clark, who was making his professional debut.
This was a Heavyweight fight scheduled for four rounds.
A pretty active first round for these heavyweights,
which saw both men getting in some good shots. In the
second round is looked as if Clark was going to have the
upper hand when suddenly a little series of punches by
Lobatos sent Ganson to a knee from which he never
recovered, and the fight was waved off after the 10
count at :55 seconds of round number two, handing Clark
his first pro loss.
It turned out to be an entertaining evening, once you
got past the metal detectors and all the security
guards. Some surprisingly good fights – in all an
Be safe and God Bless,
Viva La Raza,