Pico Rivera Punch-Out
By Albert Castillo
Photos: William Trillo
Red Boxing continues to rock at the Pico Rivera Sports
Arena. Each show has been better than the last.
Organization, crowds, food and drink continue to improve
to a top notch boxing production. Everyone is friendly
and had a great time at this lively, exciting boxing
show. Unique to this venue is the small ring that
ensures each fight is going to be a slug out with every
fighter going toe to toe with his opponent.
In the main event Axel Aragon Vega (13-2-1, 8 KO’s) of
Ensenada, Mexico made short work of Kern County’s
Giovanni Noriega (2-5-2, 2 KO’s) winning by knockout.
Vega, at an even five feet tall is built like a Sherman
tank. In the second round he tagged Noriega with a
straight right, left hook combination that put Noriega
Noriega made the eight count but was on wobbly legs.
Almost immediately Vega connected again with the same
one-two combination and Noriega went down for good.
Vega wins by knockout at 1:21 of round two. Vega
demonstrates that he is ready to step up in class and we
look forward to seeing more of him in the future.
In the co-main event hot prospect Angel Flores (6-0, 4
KO’s) out of Buelton, CA, earned a unanimous decision
over tough Mexican warrior Roberto Almazan (9-12, 4
KO’s). Angel Flores is the best kept secret in boxing.
He is a murderous puncher with lightning fast hands.
The perfectly physiqued Latin assassin dropped Almazan
twice in the fourth round with devastating right hands.
Throughout the fight Flores demonstrated boxing skills
on a much higher level than his opponent who is a 20 -
With Jesus Soto-Karass in his corner Flores is a force
to be reckoned with. In this fight he demonstrated
patience and savvy as he strategically pursued his
opponent. In previous fights he had rushed his opponent
looking for an immediate knockout. Soto Karass has
obviously encouraged him to be more calculating and
deliberate in his offensive game. I predict that Flores
will be a contender for a title soon. Wishing him the
best of luck.
Daniel “El Cuetito” Cruz out of the Chino Boxing Club
clinched his third win (3-0, 1 KO) with a unanimous
decision over Cinci, Ohio’s Phillip Bounds (0-4). Cruz
demonstrated that he was in great shape using hair
trigger combinations for all four rounds.
At times Cruz taunted Bounds to draw him out before he
unleashed devastating hand speed in the face of Bounds.
Cruz totally outclassed Bounds on his way to his third
victory. Judges had it 40-36 across the board. Cruz is
definitely one to watch.
Undefeated prospect Steven Rodriguez (8-0, 5 KO’s) of
Anaheim, CA, overcame a third round headbutt that opened
a cut on his forehead to win a unanimous decision over
Las Vegas pugilist Ryan Picou (3-12-1).
Although Rodriguez dominated the fight Picou fought hard
and was no slouch. He got in his licks but Rodriguez is
in another league. After the headbutt in which blood
flowed downhis face, Rodriguez became more aggressive
and began to land thunderous blows. Picou staved him off
but just barely.
Judges had Rodriguez running away with the fight with
scores of 40-36 across the board. On a side note kudos
to Picou’s corner who gave him excellent advice
throughout the fight.
Andre “The Ninja” Marquez (2-1, 1 KO) made mincemeat of
Lousiana’s Alvin Brown (0-8) who probably has no
business anywhere near a boxing ring. At 1:00 of the
fourth round Marquez shook Brown with a left hook that
Later in the round Brown got caught again with a left
hook to the body which knocked the wind out him. Referee
checked with Brown who said he could not continue.
Marquez records his first knockout and second win at
1:40 of the fourth round. Brown was never in this fight
as Marquez controlled and dominated him from the opening
In the opening bout of the evening Rosemead’s Edgar
Nunez- Lopez (0-0-1) and Bradely Pena (0-0-1) out of
Bell Gardens made their debut. It was a non-stop
slugfest. Bradley Pena came out like a buzzsaw landing
body shots with huge left and right hooks.
Nunez covered up for his part and tried to respond but
didn't have a big enough punch to keep Pena off on him.
Pena continued in the second round with a barrage of
hooks but tired in the third and fourth and gave Nunez
the opportunity to land some straight right hands.
Judges score it even, 38-38 across the board.