Ruiz Suffers First Loss After Huge Knockout By Flores
By Barbara Pinnella
Photos: Marlene Marquez
Once again, we joined the Thompson Boxing Promotion fights
at the Doubletree Hotel for their show, Path to Glory. The
main event featured the undefeated Angel Ruiz (16-1, 12 KOs)
going up against Javier Flores (15-2, 13 KOs) in a
welterweight bout that was scheduled to go eight rounds.
The first round was pretty uneventful. The fighters were
testing each other out a bit, with Angel being a bit more
aggressive at this early stage. He liked to use combinations
quite a bit straight away as well. all that changed in the
second, when a quick and very hard right hand put Ruiz down
and out at 2:02 of the second round, handing Angel his first
Lightweights took to the ring as George Acosta (8-1, 1 KO)
stood across the ring from Roberto Almazan (9-13, 4 KOs), in
a fight scheduled to go six rounds. In the first three
minutes Acosta appeared to be the more skilled fighter and
put some leather on Almazan. Things were pretty much the
same in the second. Almazan shows quick hand speed at times,
but he doesnít always land those punches.
Acosta was getting off his punches at a rate of about five
or six to one compared to Almazan. At one point in the third
he had Roberto in the corner and was landing repeated body
shots on him. In the fourth George was still displaying his
superiority with combinations and accuracy. Acosta would
also smother Roberto with a barrage of punches, and all of
that continued into the fifth round.
We moved into the sixth and final. The domination of Roberto
continued. Still, we went to the scorecards. All three of
the judges saw the fight 60-54, all for Acosta.
In a bout that was scheduled to go four rounds in the super
lightweight division, Alec Zavala (4-0, 3 KOs) faced off
against Carlos Apodaca (3-14-2, 1 KO). It didnít need
anywhere near that much time however, as a hard and
well-placed body shot put Apodaca down and out at 1:02 of
that opening round.
Ivan Zarate made his professional debut against Nery Garcia
(1-9) in a super bantamweight fight that was scheduled for
four rounds. Before the half way point in round one, a huge
right hand by Ivan put Garcia on the canvas. He was able to
get up and finish out the round, however. In the second Nery
was able to land some shots on Zarate, something he should
not have been able to do. But Ivanís greenness showed on
Third round, and Zarate, while already having proved that he
has power, was excited and wild throughout a lot of the
fight, which allowed Garcia to hit him. The fourth round was
more of the same, and after a very low blow landed by Zarate
on Garcia took up some time, the fight came to a close and
we went to the scorecards. All three judges saw the fight
38-37, all for Zarate.
Starting off our evening we were in the lightweight
division, and we saw a battle of the Garciaís, as Golden
(11-0-2, 6 KOs) faced off against Hector (14-7-3, 8 KOs).
This fight was scheduled for six rounds. These two came out
strong, with both of them displaying many combinations.
Hector landed some hard body shots as well. In the second
round they were still just loading up on their punches with
a lot of back and forth action.
Nothing really changed in the third. Both of the fighters
were keeping up a strong pace and landing to the head and
body of each other. Just when it seemed as if Hector had the
upper hand, Golden would explode. This is a pretty good
little fight. Neither man has backed up and they continued
to land hard shots.
With two rounds to go, the slugfest never ended, as these
two warriors stood toe to toe and fought hard for all six
rounds. We went to the scorecards. All three judges saw the
fight the same, 57-57. Pretty unusual that all of the judges
would see a fight a draw, but this was absolutely a very,
very close fight.