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Esquivias Defeats Ruiz in Ten

(Photo © German Villasenor)
(Photo © German Villasenor)

By German Villasenor at ringside


In Friday evening’s main event on a cool night at the Omega Center in Corona, California, Carson super bantamweight Efrain Esquivias went to war in a very entertaining ten-round bout against a very tough Juan Ruiz, 23-7 (7), with the NABF 122-pound title on the line (the title could only be won by Ruiz as Esquivias did not make weight the day before).
 
Esquivias would be in control and a step ahead in most of the rounds, chopping Ruiz with clean, short shots on the inside and displaying the cleaner and eye-catching shots from the outside. Ruiz showed he was game and proved a durable, tough challenge, never in deep trouble and in the fight for its duration.
 
Both men would slip on the center-ring advertising in the ninth round, getting up to finish the fight, going toe-to-toe for the majority of the round.
 
Scores were 97-93 and 99-91 (twice), all for Esquivias, whose record moved to a perfect 14-0 with 9 KOs.

In the co-featured bout, Colton, California’s Artemio “King” Reyes hammered journeyman Miguel Angel Munguia, 20-22-1 (17), to the ground twice, once at the end of the first and again in the second round, from which the fallen fighter failed to get back on his feet.
 
Reyes went to the body hard, as the awkward Munguia threw shots from odd angles managing to land sporadic shots on his own en route to the finish, called by referee Jerry Cantu at 2:58 of the second frame. With the win, Reyes’ record moved to 13-1 (11) and won the WBC Latino welterweight belt.
 
Super featherweight Richard Contreras, 6-0 (5), beat up on veteran Manuel Sarabia, 16-33-10 (10), through five rounds, nearly finishing him in the third with head shots. Contreras nearly punched himself out but regained his form to finish the job at 48 seconds of the fifth round as a series of unanswered blows forced referee Zac Young to step in and call off the fight.
 
Riverside, California’s Daniel Franco, 3-0-1 (1), did as he wished against the much shorter Mauro Brenes in a four-round featherweight outing.
 
Franco nailed the debuting Brenes with a hard counter left hook in the second round, nearly sending him to the canvas. Brenes hung on and fought as hard as his reach allowed, getting nailed at every turn for the rest of the fight.
 
Although finishing on his feet and sporting blood on his face, Brenes did manage to open a small cut under Franco’s right eye in the fourth and final round. Scores were 40-36 on all cards.
 
In a fast-paced super flyweight bout, Miguel Diaz remained undefeated by using sharp and accurate punches on the angle against Samuel Gutierrez, going on to win unanimously via scores of 40-36 on all cards. Gutierrez tried hard but would go home sporting bruising under his left eye for his efforts.
 
With the win, Diaz saw his record move to 6-0 with 3 KOs as Gutierrez dipped to 5-9-3.
 
Local welterweight Roberto Crespo defeated Javier Albonica via unanimous decision with all three scores at 39-37 in a four-rounder.
 
Crespo, 2-0, showed better speed and accuracy in the first couple of rounds, with the hard-charging Albonica, 1-1 (1), coming in and landing hard shots to the head, making the fight closer entering the fourth and final round.
 
Albonica let everything go in the final round, often rocking his foe, with Crespo coming on late Both fighters rocked each other with wide shots to the head en route to a furious finish to the bell.
 
In the first fight of the evening, super bantamweight Angel Aponte won his first pro bout by outpointing a game Cain Garcia via 40-36 on all cards.
 
Aponte used his height and reach well through the first three rounds, choosing to stick and move in the final round en route to handing Garcia his fourth loss against no wins.






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