By Francisco Salazar and Felipe Leon at ringside
In an important clash of heavyweight contenders, Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KOs) showed he belongs in the heavyweight division with a twelve round majority decision over Chris Arreola (28-2, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California. Arreola, who outweighed Adamek by 33 pounds, had difficulty connecting on the former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion, who was far busier early on. Both fighters landed big shots in the fourth round. Arreola’s size and strength became more of a factor as the fight progressed but Adamek changed his tactics and fought at his pace from rounds seven to nine. Arreola picked up the pressure in the tenth round. Both fighters landed good shots in the eleventh round. Adamek spent the final round pot-shotting a frustrated Arreola from the outside. Scores were 114-114, 115-113, 117-111.
In an intriguing clash of big-punching junior middleweights, WBO interim champion Alfredo Angulo (18-1, 15 KOs) KO’d Joel Julio (35-4, 31 KOs) in the eleventh round. Boxing from the outside, Julio outworked Angulo for the first third of the fight. Angulo’s pressure, however, began to break Julio down and he finished him with a big right hand in the eleventh. Time was 1:39.
Jr. Featherweight Rico “Suavecito” Ramos (16-0, 9 KOs) stayed undefeated as he earned a workmanlike unanimous decision over Reynaldo Lopez (28-9-2, 21 KOs) over eight rounds. At times it seemed as if Lopez was fighting two men inside the ring as referee Jerry Cantu ruled two knockdowns against him which seemed slips to not only Lopez but to much of the house. Official scores were 80-70, 79-71 and 78-72.
Heavyweight Nate James (3-0, 1 KOs) earned a split decision over the game Alvaro Morales (4-7-5) in a four round bout. The much taller James tried to keep Morales at the end of his jab for most of the bout but the Mazatlan, MX native kept charging in in hopes of making it a fight. It came close to just that as Morales let his hands go more in the fourth and scored with counter punches to the head of James. Despite the late surge, James was still awarded the decision.
Unbeaten Bantamweight Chris Avalos was declared the winner after John Molina (27-13-3, 18 KO’s) did not want to continue after the second round of a scheduled 10 round bout. Avalos (16-0, 13 KO’s) hurt Molina numerous times in the second round. With the victory, Avalos win the NABO Bantamweight title.
Lightweight John Molina knocked out Jose Antonio Izquierdo at the end of the second round of a scheduled eight round bout. Izquierdo (17-6-1, 14 KO’s) hurt Molina in the first half of the opening round. As Izquierdo moved in, Molina dropped him with an overhand right hand to the head. Both fighters had their moments in the second round until another overhand right by Molina (19-1, 15 KO’s) dropped Izquierdo to the canvas. Referee Jerry Cantu immediately stopped the bout at 2:55 of the round, despite protests by Izquierdo.
Junior Middleweights Marquise Bruce and Raul Rodriguez fought to a four round majority draw. Rodriguez (3-4-1, 2 KO’s) was effective in the opening part of the bout, particularly with his awkward style. However, he started to slow down. Bruce, who was making his professional debut, was busier down the stretch. One judge scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Bruce, while the other two judges scored it 38-38.
Heavyweight Natu Visinia (4-0, 3 KO’s) won a four round technical decision over Geovanni Sarran, who was making his professional debut. All three judges scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Visinia. The bout was stopped at 24 seconds of the fourth round when Sarran suffered a cut over his right eye from an accidental headbutt.