By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Thompson Boxing Promotions returned to the Inland Empire Friday night hosting its New Blood series from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. In the main event, Canadian Steve Claggett (15-1-1, 10 KOs) surprised local favorite Ricky Duenas (12-2, 6 KOs) with a fourth round TKO. This one was good while it lasted. In round one Duenas landed a right hand that stunned Claggett, Duenas followedwith another crushing right hand knocking down Claggett. Managing to survive the first round knockdown, Claggett landed a right hand in round two that got Duenas’ attention and closing the round Claggett knocked down Duenas as he landed another right hand and Duenas was saved by the bell. The Canadian continued landing right hands in round three and floored Duenas again in round four with a short right. Duenas survived the round but that would be all as his corner asked referee Ray Corona to stop the contest at the end of the fourth round.
There was another upset in the co-main event as awkward featherweight Shawn Nichols (7-12, 5 KOs) of Denver won a six round majority decision over previously unbeaten Richard “Terminator” Contreras (9-1-1, 8 KOs) of Riverside.
The southpaw Nichols used the ring sticking and moving in the opening round as Contreras chased landing the more effective punches landing a solid right that backed up Nichols. In round two Contreras appeared to be cut on the forehead as Nichols landed solidly with straight lefts but Contreras landed with solid hooks and uppercuts on inside. The southpaw kept popping the jab beginning to frustrate Contreras as he began swinging wildly landing some in the process. Contreras however continued to land the harder punches as Nichols stood in front of Contreras displaying his elusiveness and countering in round four. Nichols landed a flurry of punches that backed up Contreras to the ropes, later in the round Nichols landed another flurry that stunned Contreras as Nichols continued to punch Contreras would be saved by the bell in closing round five. Sensing the urgency both traded in the sixth and final round as Contreras continued to land with the uppercuts. In the end Shawn Nichols proved to be tough awkward giving Richard Contreras the first blemish of his career as one judge scored it 57-57 while the two other judges scored it 58-56 as Shawn Nichols wins a majority decision.
In the opening bout of the evening the heavyweights started off the action as Canadian heavyweight Matt Kadian (6-1-1, 4 KO’s) took on Lancaster’s Avery Gibson (0-1-2). The two came out exchanging in the opening round shooting one-two combinations, Gibson later landed a one two combination followed by a solid left hook in the closing seconds of the round. Kadian began to box in round two as Gibson displayed his awkwardness punching and smothering. Round three both picked up the pace as they traded Gibson countered Kadian with a solid left hook closing the round. The fourth and final round Gibson came out landing heavy punches continuing to land with the left hook on the inside but the Canadian was there to fight as they closed out exchanging with the crowd on their feet. In the end one judge scored it 39-37, as the two other judges scored the bout even 38-38 declaring it a draw.
In women’s action Lissette Medel (8-1-1) of Maywood took on Mexico City’s Cynthia Munoz (6-2, 3 KO’s) in a four round junior lightweight bout. Medel came out popping the jab boxing smoothly following through with one two combinations. The second round Medel continuing to box worked her way inside landing left hooks to the body. Continuing to work behind the jab Medel boxed patiently in round three as Munoz pressed fighting from the outside. In round five Medel began to counter punch the taller Munoz on the inside. Going into the sixth and final round Medel smothered Munoz as she landed a solid left hook rocking Munoz head back but Munoz displayed her toughness as she mixed it up with Medel as once again the crowd was on their feet at the end of the fight. In the end Lissete Medel displayed more ring generalship over her tough opponent as all three judges scored it 60-54 for Medel.
In more heavyweight action Javier “Monster” Torres (4-0, 2 KOs) of Long Beach returned to the Doubletree scoring a knockout over Utah’s Gary Cobia (0-3). Torres landed a solid left hook in the opening seconds that knockdown Cobia, referee Ray Corona counted, Cobia quickly got up. Later in the round a one two combination to the body once again sent Cobia to the canvas as referee Ray Corona stopped the contest at 2:05 of the first round.
Junior featherweight Juan “Pochito” Reyes (8-1-1, 1KO) of Riverside dominated Mexicali’s Jose Angel Cota (15-9-1, 11 KOs) for six six rouns. From the opening bell both fighters came out swinging but Reyes landed effectively on the inside with left hooks to the body followed by right hands as he began backing up Cota. In round two Reyes started off where he left off continuing to pressure landing a solid right that backed up Cota to the ropes. Reyes began to box and counter, the aggressive Cota in round three. Juan Reyes boxed well in round four beginning to pick apart the fading Cota as he began to tire. Reyes began to tee off on Cota popping him with the jab following through with combinations as Cota appeared to be tired. Reyes was the more superior fighter as he clearly out boxed and outworked the always tough Cota as they closed the bout exchanging with the crowd on its feet once again. Reyes cruises to a unanimous decision win as all three judges scored the bout 60-54.
Junior lightweight sensation Alejandro Luna (11-0, 9 KOs) of Whittier took on Adolfo Landeros (21-29-2, 10KOs). Luna boxed patiently in the opening round as he used his jab and being selective with his punches. Using his distance in round two Luna measured Landeros with the jab as he followed through with a solid left hook that broke Landeros guard. In round three Luna began to work inside throwing the left hook to the head and body mixing in uppercuts. Luna went back to boxing in round four as he began to use the ring keeping his distance from Landeros jabbing away. Once again Luna worked inside landing effectively as he backed Landeros to the ropes in round five, later in the round Luna landed a solid right that stunned Landeros as he would be saved by the bell. Alejandro Luna clearly outworked Landeros as he mixed up all night working from the inside and outside as he cruised his way to a unanimous decision win as all three judges scored it 60-54