By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
When in comes to calling the round your knock out win will come, Louisville, Kentucky, and the world had one Muhammad Ali, “America’s Finest City”, San Diego, has super bantamweight Christopher Martin (27-2-3, 9KOs). Granted, Ali did it more than once but Martin did it this week when earlier he mentioned to Fightnews that he would stop his next opponent, Chihuahua, Mexico’s Raul Hidalgo (20-9, 16KOs), in the fifth round after struggling in the beginning of the bout. The eight round main event topped off another entertaining fight card presented by southern California’s premier club show level promoter Thompson Boxing at Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA.
Hidalgo was the aggressive one at the opening bell scoring well to the head with an over hand right that Martin had trouble catching up with. The tentative Martin looked to be finding his range in the first launching out some jabs and trying to find his slightly shorter opponent.
Hidalgo began to score to the body as well to the head in the second as Martin still looked to counter punch while staying in the pocket. Hidalgo ramped up the tempo, as he felt comfortable throwing and landing two punch combos, effectively scoring with a jab to the body followed with a right up top.
The whispers began in the third as it looked to be Hidalgo’s night as he kept scoring with well placed combinations, this time adding punches to his repertoire as Martin looked to counter with one punch at a time while falling behind on the score cards.
They exchanged right hands to start the fourth and seconds later it looked as if Hidalgo hurt Martin with a right hook as Martin shuffled his feet and twisted his ankle. Martin kept looking for an opening in-between Hidalgo’s attack but wasn’t having success finding it.
After a stern conversation from his trainer, Joe Vargas, Martin came out a new man in the fifth and went after Hidalgo to start the fifth. For the first time in the night, the San Diego began to put his punches together and score to the head of Hidalgo, hurting his opponent and making him retreat. A big right hand forced Hidalgo’s mouthpiece out his mouth as Martin kept attacking. Trapping Hidalgo against the ropes, Martin scored a hard body shot that sent Hidalgo to the canvas. Referee Jack Reiss’ count made it to ten at the 2:37 mark of the fifth round giving Martin his third stoppage win in his last four fights.
“I was little nervous in the beginning but warmed up by the third,” Martin stated in the locker room after the fight regarding his slow start. “I sensed by the rhythm and the work that we did in the gym that I was getting stronger as the fight went on and I was able to stop him.”
As far as the twenty-six year old Martin could challenge for a world title in the next twelve months, Alex Componovo, Operations Director for Thompson Boxing Promotions, answered, “I don’t see why not. He needs to keep winning, we need to keep him busy and I am sure the opportunity will come.”
Esquivias Come Back Cut Short
Ruled an accidental head butt that some ringside saw as intentional, the semi-main event of the night between popular local favorite Efrain Esquivias (16-2-1, 9KOs) of Carson, CA, and tough Texan Victor Sanchez (5-6-2, 2KOs) of Houston was cut short in the second round of a scheduled super featherweight eight. Esquivias, who usually fights eight pounds south at super bantamweight, was coming off two straight losses at the hands of former champion Rico Ramos and current IBF belt holder Jonathan Romero with his biggest win to date is a majority decision over Mexican veteran Fernando “Wary” Beltran in 2011. In his last bout, Sanchez pulled the upset and stopped Richard Contreras in six.
Esquivias scored first with a well-placed right hand to the jaw of the southpaw Sanchez but the Texan came back with his own attack in the form of a counter left hook. Sanchez had success in making Esquivias miss. Perhaps frustrated by Sanchez’s movement, it looked as if Esquivias turned his head towards Sanchez and a brutal cut developed over the fighter’s right eye constantly leaking blood as the second round began. As Sanchez’s face quickly became a mask of red, the Houston based fighter went after Esquivias at full tilt suspecting that the bout will be fight soon. Despite the pressure, Esquivias was able to move around the ring well and this time make his opponent miss but he made him pay for his mistakes, countering with straight punches to the cut. As suspected, the ringside doctor signaled towards referee Ray Corona and asked to take a look at the cut. After some consultation, they decided it was too dangerous for Sanchez to continue and stopped the bout.
Since the fight did not go the required minimum four rounds, the contest was officially deemed a technical draw. Official time was 2:22 of the second round.
Santillan Impresses Against Ealoms
In a six round light welterweight contest, San Diego, CA’s Giovanni “Gallo de Oro” Santillan (9-0, 5KOs) kept his undefeated record intact by defeating fellow southpaw Adam Ealoms (3-4-3, 1KO) via a shut out unanimous decision with scores of 60-54 three times. Although Ealoms was game, shooting to the body with power shots and scoring with a quick jab, Santillan did all that and more, as he was able to score with his own artillery and tire out Ealoms. Both fighters went to the body early with Santillan scoring the harder punches and more frequently. Ealoms kept up with the San Diego native but Santillan was able to score the better punches with slightly quicker hands including a beautiful left hook to the body followed by a right one and then punctuated with a left hook to the chin that stun Ealoms slightly. By the fifth Ealoms was huffing and puffing as he was visibly affected by the work Santillan did to his body in the early rounds. Never hurt, Ealoms did seem to have his best round in the fifth as he was able to push forward and in the sixth he did enough to possible take the round but not in the eyes of the three ringside judges, Carla Caiz, Marty Denkin and Max DeLuca. Fightnews saw it 59-55 for Santillan.
Goslee Earns First Win
In what once was the glamour division of boxing, dirty 6’9″ Justin “Big Daddy Kane” Goslee (1-0, 1KO) of Los Angeles, CA, hammered his way to his first pro win as he did quick work of the shorter 6’1″ Jose “Joey” Hermosillo (0-1) of Canoga Park, CA, stopping him in the first round of a scheduled four. Goslee had no trouble scoring his jab down on Hermosillo and able to go over his opponent’s high guard. Soon, Goslee added an unbalanced right hand but hard enough to damage Hermosillo down three times. The problem was that Goslee would keep punching despite Hermosillo being on his knees on the canvas. After the second time, referee Ray Corona took a point off but it was a mute point since seconds later Goslee scored another combination that sent Hermosillo down to the canvas for the final time of the night. Corona waived off the bout at the 2:14 mark of the first with out a count.
Roman Takes Care of Ruvalcaba
After a good solid round and a half of back and forth action, Daniel “Danny” Roman (6-1-1, 2KOs) took a hard earned four round unanimous decision over game Manuel “El Terco” Ruvalcaba (1-5) of Laredo, Texas. Roman of Garden Grove, CA, scored early and often as his superior hand speed allowed him to counter punch the non-stop attack of Ruvalcaba. Ruvalcaba had success early as he was able to score with an over hand right to the chin of Roman but in the second, the local favorite scored with a body shot that hurt Ruvalcaba and sent him to the canvas. Ruvalcaba beat the count but wasn’t the same after that as he protected his sides against Roman’s body shots. Ruvalcaba was still able to survive to the final bell but only to hear the identical scores of 40-35 three times turned in by Carla Caiz, Max DeLuca and Marty Denkin.
Conley Blows Away Lara
It took San Bernardino, CA, middleweight Joshua “Young Gun” Conley (7-0, 6KOs) only 1:47 to score a devastating right hook to the body to stop perennial loser Roberto Lara (0-4) from Laredo, Texas, in the first round of a scheduled four. From the opening bell it was evident that Lara bit off more than he could chew as Conley as quicker, bigger and better as he scored quick combinations of jabs and right hands to the face of the Texas fighter. Lara did not even score a punch and at nearly second minute of the round, Conley trapped Lara against the ropes and scored with a right hook to the body of Lara. Lara crumpled to the ground and as referee Ray Corona was administering his count, Lara was already signaling that he wasn’t going to continue.