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Aguiniga comeback continues

By Francisco Salazar

Boxing returns to Ventura County for the second time this year with a former world title contender hoping to return to prominence more than seven years ago. Unbeaten Jose Aguiniga will fight Eduardo Arcos in a scheduled 10 round super featherweight bout on Saturday night at the Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme, CA. The bout will headline an eight-bout “Commotion by the Ocean” card, presented by El Dorado Entertainment.

Aguiniga (32-0, 14 KOs) returned from a five-year hiatus from the ring on February 25th, when he won a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Juan Ruiz. Aguiniga, who resides in nearby Oxnard, stepped away from boxing in 2007 to deal with economic issues outside of the ring and weight issues.

Although he won his bout against Ruiz that night, Aguiniga weighed in at 138 pounds the day before during the weigh-in. Aguiniga wants to move on and prove that he could become a major player again in the featherweight or super featherweight divisions.

Joseph Janik, who trains Aguiniga, says that Aguiniga looks in better shape and has had over six weeks of preparation.

Arcos (16-6-1, 13 KOs) has lost his last four bouts in a row. However, Arcos, who hails from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, will have a distinct height and reach advantage that could give Aguiniga problems in the fight.

In his last fight on October 29th, Arcos was stopped by Andrey Klimov after the fourth round in Maywood, CA. Arcos was not able to continue after Klimov hurt him with a right hand to end the fourth round.

In the co-feature bout, Irving Garcia will fight Alejandro Artiaga in a scheduled four round lightweight bout. The bout will be a rematch of their November 2006 bout, when Artiaga stopped Garcia in the third round of a scheduled four round bout.

Garcia (6-1, 4 KOs) has won his last three bouts in a row since the loss to Artiaga. Garcia, who resides in Oxnard, knocked out Jalani Wilson in the third round of a scheduled four round bout on March 16th.

Artiaga (3-5, 1 KO) has not had the same success since the knockout victory over Garcia, as he has lost his last three bouts in a row. The Bakersfield, CA fighter lost a four round unanimous decision to Alexander Podrezov on April 20th.

In other bouts:

– Unbeaten super middleweight Roger Romo (5-0-2, 1 KO) will fight Lawrence Letuli in a scheduled four round bout. Romo is the younger brother of Fernando Vargas and trains at the KO Gym in Oxnard.

– Lightweight Crystal Morales (6-7-1, 1 KO) of Oxnard returns to the ring for the first time in almost five years on Saturday night. She fights Yolanda Ezell in a scheduled four round bout. Ezell is trained by Floyd Mayweather, Sr.

– Santa Paula, CA bantamweight Indian Banuelos (0-1) hopes to rebound from losing his professional debut in February, when he fights Brice Yeniki in a scheduled four round bout.

– Cruiserweight John Hernandez and 19 year old super featherweight Abraham Morales will make their professional debuts in separate four round bouts. One more bout will round out the card.

Tickets can be purchased at the Oceanview Pavilion box office only on Saturday. Tickets could also be purchased at the El Dorado restaurant (805-483-1919) in Oxnard.

Doors to the venue open at 4PM on Saturday, with the first bell scheduled for 5PM.

The Oceanview Pavilion is located at 575 East Surfside Drive in Port Hueneme. The Oceanview Pavilion is located across the street from the Hueneme Pier.

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