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  Punch Out In Pico Rivera

By Albert Castillo
Photos: William Trillo


And the party continued in Pico Rivera last Saturday night with Red Boxing Promotions hosting a number of fights for up and comers. These young fighters did not disappoint as they came ready to slug it out to climb the proverbial ladder to stardom.

In the main event Featherweight Adan (Temo) Ochoa (10-1, 4 KO’s) out of Compton, CA outlasted Pacoima’s Roger Gutierrez (8-4-2, 5 KO’s) in a tough battle that went the distance. This one was a rough combat between two warriors that refused to give in to one another.

One judge saw it for Gutierrez 59-55; while the other two had it 58-56 and 59-55 for Ochoa giving him the win by split decision.

Pablo (The Shark) Rubio Jr. (11-0, 4 KO’s) out of Whittier, CA made short work of Mexican pugilist Jorge Luis Santos Guzman (5-4-1, 2 KO’s) by knocking him out at 2:31 of the first round.

Rubio pummeled his opponent from the start and did not let up until Guzman went down.

When Guzman got up he was on wobbly legs. And then he actually fell into the arms of the referee. It was at that point the fight was called. Rubio garnered the win by knockout.

The girls mixed it up in this four round super flyweight bout. Undefeated Los Angeles fighter, Adelaida “La Cobra” Ruiz (8-0, 4 KO’s) maintained her perfect record winning a unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Myrka Aguayo (2-1).

Ruiz being the bigger, stronger girl chased the petite Tijuana lassie cornering her several times attempting to get a knockout. The slick Aguayo escaped harm on at least five occasions spinning and slipping away from Ruiz.

In the fifth round Aguayo elbowed Ruiz which caused a huge mouse to appear under her eye. Nevertheless, Aguayo could not get off and Ruiz still dominated the fight. All judges had it 60-54 for La Cobra Ruiz.

In this lady match up Lorraine Villalobos out of Whittier, CA destroyed Fort Collins, CO. pugilist Danielle Saldanha (2-3, 1 KO) with a devastating left hook that dropped Saldanha right on her back.

Saldanha barely made the count of ten but signaled to the referee that she could not continue. Villalobos by knockout at 1:21 of the third round.

Featherweight up and comer Eric Mondragon (2-0, 1 KO) out of Maywood, CA hammered out a unanimous decision over Corcoran, CA fighter Eduardo Sanchez (1-2). Mondragon demonstrated tremendous potential periodically over the fight.

He is a powerful hitter who attacked Sanchez mercilessly at times with a machine gun barrage of combinations. His defense was solid as he parried Sanchez’ jabs and blocked rights and hooks expertly.

Mondragon’s only knock is that he didn't let his hands go often enough. He still ran away with decision on all judges’ scorecards, 40-36, 40-36, 40-36.

In probably the most exciting fight of the night Pablo Melgar out of Los Angeles battled Haitian born Lucnor Diserne (0-4) to a split draw. It was a back and forth battle from the outset.

In the second round Diserne dropped Melgar who got up on wobbly legs. The referee Ed Hernandez Sr. missed the punch and called it a slip. The bell saved Melgar from further punishment. However, Melgar recovered and resumed combat.

One judge had it for Diserne, 39-37, second judge had it for Melgar, 39-37, and the last judge had it 38-38 which resulted in the split draw.

Aggressive puncher Austin Gudino (3-0, 3 KO’s) out of West Covina CA stopped Oregon scrapper Derek Bartlemay (1-9-2) with a multiple combination attack.

Referee Hedgepeth called an end to the bout when Bartlemay could no longer defend himself. Gudino wins by knockout at 1:21 of the third round.

Inglewood’s Eduardo “El Torito” Diaz spoiled the debut of San Jose’s Juan Yanez Barrera pro-debut. Both warriors battled it out connecting with power punches galore but neither could rock the other.

Diaz had the edge in each round in which the judges concluded unanimous scores of 40-36, 40-36, and 40-36 all for Diaz.

Featherweights Anthony Casillas (8-1, 4 KO’s) and Ivan Varela (3-2, 1 KO) engaged in a four round war that was a real crowd pleaser. Both fighters connected on a multitude of shots.

Most entertaining was Casillas periodic attacks of rat-a tat-tat combinations for which Varela had no answer.

However, the fight was extremely close evidenced by the scores of 39-37, 39-37, 39-37, all for Casillas who got the unanimous decision win.

In the final bout of the night Pico Rivera hero and hot prospect Angel Israel Rodriguez (3-0, 1 KO) had his hands full with James Stewart (1-4) out of Pomona, CA.

The chiseled Stewart came in with fast hands and a good punch. He attempted to pressure Rodriguez from the outset looking for a quick knockout. However, Rodriguez remained calm under pressure and picked apart Stewart round by round.

One judge saw it as a draw 38-38 but the other two judges had it correctly 40-36, and 39-37 for Rodriguez. A big W for the Pico Rivera native by majority decision.


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