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
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
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
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.