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German’s Weekend Report! - Oct. 24, 2012

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

By German Villasenor

Ontario, CA- Steve Claggett Halts Ricky Duenas at the End of Four. It looked to be a short night’s work for welterweight Ricky Duenas. Using his southpaw stance, speed and punches in bunches, Duenas dropped Canada’s Steve Claggett, 15-1-1 (10), in the first round of the Thompson Boxing Promotions main event at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California Friday night.

Minutes later, in the second round, Duenas, 12-2 (6), would find himself on the canvas thanks to a right to the jaw. Duenas got up on unsteady legs and, unable to make the proper adjustments and defend adequately, allowed Claggett to find a home for repeated right hands upstairs for the remainder of the fight.

Throwing the shorter, harder and more compact shots, Claggett walked down the usually slippery Duenas who, perhaps due to his late-found power (stopping his last three opponents), believed he could stand toe-to-toe with the Canadian. During a heated exchange in the fourth, Duenas would get clocked once more hard on the face, going down again. The El Monte resident gamely rose and held on, tried to fight back with sporadic shots while getting clobbered against the ropes and barely escaped the disastrous round.
Having seen enough, Duenas’ corner did the right thing, signaling for referee Ray Corona to call the bout off between rounds.
Rising undefeated lightweight Alejandro Luna, 11-0 (8), was a step ahead at all times against the always game and very tough Adolfo “El Terror” Landeros, 22-29-2 (10). Luna’s best shots came via left hooks, finding the oncoming Landeros all night long. Shaken up early, Landeros adjusted to the shots well throughout the fight but was unable to match Luna’s speed en route to losing a unanimous decision (via identical scores of 60-54) at the end of six.
In other results, Shawn “Bones” Nichol, 7-12 (5), defeated Richard Contreras, 9-1-1 (8), in an all-out six-round barnburner. Taking turns battering each other throughout the fight had the full house on the edge of their seats as the fight went to the cards. Scores were 58-56 (twice) and an even card at 57-57, resulting in the majority decision upset for Nichol.
Riverside fan favorite Juan Ramon Reyes, 8-1-1 (1), threw what seemed like a billion punches, outworking Jose Angel Cota, 8-9-1 (6), to win a clear-cut unanimous decision at the end of six, with all three ringside judges in agreement with scores of 60-54.

Heavyweight Javier “Monstruo” Torres, 4-0 (2), beat up on a much taller Gary Cobia, 0-3, putting him down twice in the first round. As the taller man kept pulling back with his hands low, Torres landed a head shot for the first knockdown. A body attack and a one-two sent Cobia down once more later in the round.
Cobia’s corner had seen enough, calling for the stoppage at 2:05 of the first.


In a heavyweight bout, Matt Kadian (a.k.a. Mychajliv), 6-1-1 (4), and Avery Gibson, 0-1-2, fought to a four-round majority draw, although it seemed Gibson should have received the nod in this one.
Scores were 39-37 and 38-38 (twice)
Maywood’s popular punching machine, Lissette Medel, 8-1-1, completely outworked and landed all but the proverbial kitchen sink against a game Cynthia Munoz, 6-2 (3) in a six-round unanimous decision.
Scores were 60-54 on all three cards.
Vidal and Rivera Pick up FECARBOX Titles on Saturday Night
Bantamweight Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal,17-0 (9), halted Josean “El Tren” Figuroa, 8-3-1 (7), in the third round of the Telefutura main event on Saturday night at Coliseo Roger Mendoza in Caguas, Puerto Rico. With the win, Vidal also took home the WBC FECARBOX belt.
The action picked up midway into the second round after a tactical, feeling-out first round.
Vidal began to pound on Figuroa by the end of the second round, adding body shots to his right hands.
The end came in the third round as Vidal landed a wicked left to the head, shaking Figuroa badly. Vidal stayed on top of his opponent, landing nearly at will. As Figuroa was against the ropes getting hammered mercilessly, the referee stepped in to stop the bout at 2:51 of the round.
In the co-featured bout, strawweight Janiel Rivera, 8-0-2 (5), disposed of Omar “El Pastor” Soto, 15-8-1 (6), in the first round of their regional WBC title bout.
Soto went down twice in the first, once on a jab/straight left early on. Rivera pursued his opponent for the rest of the round and well-placed body shots put Soto down once more for good at 2:55. Referee Jose Hiram Rivera called off the fight immediately as Soto wriggled on the floor in clear pain. With the win, Rivera claimed the WBC FECARBOX minimumweight title.
In other results, super lightweight Kevin Nieves stopped Osvaldo Vazquez in three. The taller Nieves, 3-0 (2), used his quicker hands and range to keep the debuting and more compact Vazquez at bay through the first couple of rounds. Nieves’ right hand had his opponent’s left eye bruised by the end of the first frame.
The game Vazquez, throwing wide hooks, was caught with a Nieves right hand, stunned and sent against the ropes. A flurry of shots by Nieves with little in return forced the referee to halt the contest at 2:25 of the third round.
In a battle of fellow debuting lightweights, Carlos Acevedo dropped Miguel Castro in the first round with a left hook. Castro returned the favor in scandalous fashion by discombobulating and dropping his opponent moments later in the round. Castro followed up with a left hook to the temple and as Acevedo went down hard and out, the fight was immediately called off.
Bantamweight Starling Cordero, 5-0 (2), defeated Eduardo Melendez, 4-12 (1), in four.

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