Thieves Steal Gloves At Fantasy Springs; Challengers Take
Titles On Golden Boy Card
By William Trillo
The only thing hotter than the Indio desert was the
fighter’s gloves that were stolen before the show began.
Cameras caught the criminals as they left the resort
with the tools of the trade in tow but they were long
gone before anyone realized what had happened.
Fortunately there is always an alternate set of gloves
chosen so the show would go on as scheduled. And oh what
a show it was.
In the main event NABF Middleweight Champ Jason Quigley
(16-1, 12 KO’s) took on the battle tested Tureano
Johnson (21-2-1, 14 KO’s) in a bout that could launch
the victor into some high profile showdowns. Both
fighters looked very confident as they squared off in
this barnburner to be.
In the early going Quigley looked sharp and was landing
some very accurate shots on Johnson who seemed to be
chasing The Irishman and having little luck landing any
significant leather. The first three rounds seemed to be
going the way of the champ.
But something changed dramatically in the ensuing
rounds. Johnson finally put some heavy thunder on
Quigley and suddenly the tide had turned. Now it was
Johnson who was the stalker, and he was relentless.
The confident look on Quigleys face was now one of
concern as he was getting beat to the punch over and
over again. Quigley was now in full retreat fighting
with his back to the ropes throughout most of the latter
At one point things were looking so bleak for Quigley
that the ref told him, “You gotta show me something
Jason!” Quigley quickly barked back at the ref telling
him he was doing just that. But it was clear Tureano had
brought Quigley out into deep waters and now he was
letting him sink.
In round nine Johnson was on a bombs away onslaught
throwing guided missiles that were landing flush over
and over again. Quigley was game but at this point he
was unable to do any damage to the challenger.
After the round Quigley slumped in his stool and to the
shock of no one at the advice of his corner the bout was
brought to a merciful and timely halt. Quigley would not
answer the bell for round 10.
For the Bahamian Johnson the victory was a minor upset
but the win makes him a major player in the 160 pound
"You don't know what I've been through," said Tureano
Johnson. "But soon you'll see why everything I went
through was worth it. I pay my respects to Jason
Quigley. He showed a lot of heart. I hit him with
everything but the kitchen sink, and he still didn't
quit. I'm here to get a big strap. I want a world
"I wish Tureano Johnson the best," said Jason Quigley.
"I have respect for you. I congratulate you on your
Super bantamweights Alberto Ezequiel Melian (5-1, 3
KO’s) and Leonardo Baez (16-2, 9 KO’s) put on a free
swinging affair that had the crowd cheering from
beginning to end in this NABA Super Bantam title
It was a classic matchup of Mexico vs. Argentina
fighters who wanted to prove who is truly the tougher
man. Melian gave it all he had but on this night it was
the challenger Baez who wanted it more as he snagged the
champs title with a unanimous decision 97-93 on all
"I feel excellent. This is my first time fighting in the
United States," said Leonardo Baez. "I want to thank
Golden Boy for the opportunity. I won because of my
heart. I threw the harder punches. I'll be honest, I
lost the last round, but I won this fight because of my
Flyweight Ricardo Rafael Sandoval (16-1, 11 KO’s) was
dropped in the first seconds of round one by Marco
Sustaita (12-2-1, 10 KO’s). To add insult to injury he
was dropped again in the same round but was able to
score a knockdown of his own. That’s three knockdowns in
the first round if you are counting.
No sooner said than done and Sandoval hit the deck again
in round two. Again he arose and over the next few
rounds this one was a war. Call it pedal to the metal or
balls to the wall, whatever it was it was a lot of fun
and highly entertaining.
It was in round five that Sandoval really opened up
leaving Sustaita in big trouble. He did not go down but
the ref and seen enough and stopped the fight before any
further damage could be done. With the stoppage at 1:16
of round five Sandoval retained his WBC Youth
"I faced a good opponent," said Ricardo Sandoval. "We
knew he was strong, so our plan was to box and take our
time. Little by little we found our rhythm. Hopefully,
Golden Boy can give me another opportunity."
Marlen Esparza (7-0, 1 KO) of Houston, Texas
successfully defended her NABO Flyweight Title via
eight-round unanimous decision against Sonia Osorio
(13-7-1, 3 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico. The judges
scored the fight 78-74, 79-73 and 79-73.
"I think I did okay," said Marlen Esparza. "I'm always
so hard on myself, though. She kept putting her head on
my chest, which I didn't like. The referee never stopped
her, which makes me think he was letting us fight.
That's good, but I also figured I had to take matters
into my own hands. So, I found my timing and started
landing the counter right hand. I want to beat Seniesa
Estrada's ass first, and then I want to fight for a
Super featherweight Charles Huerta (21-6, 12 KO’s) took
on a crafty if not dirty Recky Dulay (11-6, 8 KO’s) in a
fight that would end colored in crimson, (blood). For
Huerta this was his chance to get back on the winning
track after a tough unanimous decision loss in a title
shot with Jo Jo Diaz. Huerta seemed to be having some
problems with the awkward style of Dulay but he was
doing enough to put rounds in the bank.
In the mid-rounds Huerta was cut by an (intentional)
unintentional headbutt that opened a gash that was going
to bleed throughout the remainder of the fight. Huerta
fought through the cut and even seemed to gain momentum
in latter rounds. Another headbutt happened late, (now
we know why Dulay’s nickname is “The Terror”), but it
did not stop Huerta from pushing ahead.
The fight went the distance and when the tallies were
read it was Huerta who was given the nod 78-74 twice and
77-75 on the cards.
"I give my performance a C," said Charles Huerta. "I
think I could have hit the body more. His trying to land
headbutts played a big factor though, and he didn't get
warned until he actually headbutted me. We'll see what's
next for me. I'm going to get back in the gym soon, and
hopefully I get one more fight before the year ends."
Super bantamweight Anthony Reyes (7-0, 5 KO’s) had
little or no trouble disposing of Gilberto Duran (3-4, 3
KO’s). Before Duran knew what was happening he was
literally kissing the canvas.
Not letting the moment go Reyes was all over Duran until
he left his foe curled up like a ball in the corner.
Officially the fight was stopped at the 2:10 mark of
round one, but quite frankly this one was over before
the ink dried on the contract to fight.
"I like that I came out smart and strong," said Anthony
Reyes. "I worked hard to be able to go the distance and
fight all six rounds. But we got the knockout, which is
Lightweight Carlos Morales (19-4-3, 8 KO’s) looked in
top form as he dominated an extremely awkward Rosekie
Cristobal (15-5, 11 KO’s). From the moment the fight
started you could see Cristobal was about as an
unorthodox fighter as there could be.
But that must be why they call Morales “The Solution”.
It didn’t take him long to solve the problem and at the
1:08 mark of round two Cristobal was quivering on the
canvas after taking some KO medicine for Morales.
"The great Morales is back," said Carlos Morales. "I've
moved up to lightweight, and I plan to stay there. I
want to get into the top ten of the world and fight for