Report and photos by Felipe Leon
After more than three decades of presenting professional boxing in “America’s Finest City” San Diego, CA, 2012 California Hall of Fame promoter Bobby DePhilippis has never cancelled a show. He wasn’t going to start now. After the original main event, an attractive matchup between junior welterweights Silverio “Chamaco” Ortiz and Emilio Bojorquez fell to the wayside last week because of an Ortiz hand injury and potential replacement Pavel Miranda was considered a little too tough for Emilio by Team Bojorquez, Bobby D. along with matchmaker Jorge Marron and Event Director Gabriel Barron scraped together a five bout fight card witnessed understandably by a sparse crowd but worthy of mention. In the new main event, Tijuana veteran warrior Gerardo “Soldado” Espinoza (28-13-2, 26KOs) and Mexicali, Mexico’s Jose Cota (12-7-3, 4KOs) battled to a majority draw in a super featherweight six rounder.
The action got hot and heavy from the opening bell as Espinoza landed the slicker combinations while Cota stalked forward. Cota turned up the heat in the second as the pace was brisk but Espinoza took the round by counter punching to the body with hooks to the mid-section. By then Cota’s began to show the wear of Espinoza’s jab and counter right hands as both of his eyes began to swell.
Espinoza really took control in the third as he used lateral, waist and head movement to slip Cota’s punches and then make him pay as he continued to counter attack Cota’s wide looping punches. Cota took the fourth and fifth round as Espinoza, coming in as a replacement, began to slow down the clip due to fatigue. Espinoza was still able to put on an offensive but was getting caught against the ropes where Cota was most effective more often.
Espinoza saved up enough energy to make the sixth and final round his as he continued to box Cota and score some telling shots that gave him the round. Despite Espinoza clearly being the better and seemingly busier fighter, judges Tony Crebs and Alejandro Rochin saw it even with scores of 57-57 while Fritz Werner had it for Espinoza with 60-54 deeming the bout a majority draw. Fightnews scored it a close 58-56 for Espinoza.
Sierra Makes Pro Debut
San Diego’s own Ulises Sierra (1-0) made his pro debut a good one as cruised to a unanimous decision over fellow first timer Omar Barefield (0-1) of San Jose, CA, in a super middleweight four rounder. Sierra looked poised as he unleashed his entire arsenal of a stiff jab and power punches to the body to wear down Barefield who tried as he might was never able to get in the fight. For the most part, Barefield barreled down and tried to force Sierra against the ropes but Sierra was able to hold him off and put his own work in. Sierra drew loud cheers from the crowd as he tried to finish off Barefield with a KO in the fourth and final round, scoring big power punches that turned the head of the Bay Area fighter but Barefield was able to hold on until the end. All three judges, Alejandro Rochin, Fritz Werner and Tony Crebs, scored it 40-36.
Ward Ruins Party for Ward
Dressed in a feathered boa, cowboy hat, dark glasses and dancing to the tune of “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” by disco duo McFadden & Whitehead, southpaw heavyweight Larry “Psycho” Ward (1-2) came in to ruin the party when he was awarded a unanimous decision over first-timer Marc Ward (no relation) in a four round clash. In typical big man fashion, the punch count was low as neither fighter wanted to take the initiative. The southpaw Larry would mostly wait for Marc (0-1) to throw out his jab and do his best to counterpunch to the head. Larry did focus more to the body as it was wide open due to Marc’s open guard. Marc of Los Angeles didn’t really offer any offense so judges Tony Crebs and Fritz Werner had no other choice to score it 40-36 while Alejandro Rochin saw 39-37, all for Larry Ward of Sacramento, CA.
Landeros Toughs Out Win over Garcia
A fight broke out in a battle of opponents when Mexico City’s Adolfo “Terror” Landeros (21-25-1, 10KOs) and Cesar “Mayu” Garcia (4-11-1, 1KO) of Ensenada, Mexico, met in a four round lightweight bout. Usually fighting in the 122-126 lbs. range, Landeros went up to face the much bigger Garcia but gave a good account of him as he forced the action with the crisper combinations. Garcia was the brawler as he pressured Landeros against the ropes where he was the most effective as he punished the body of his shorter opponent. Landeros scored a flash knockdown in the first when both fighters threw hooks and his got to Garcia’s chin slightly faster and harder. Despite Landeros having to go up more in weight, his experience and conditioning proved at the end as a clearly winded “Mayu” huffed and puffed to the end of the four rounder. All three judges, Alejandro Rochin, Tony Crebs and Fritz Werner saw it for Landeros with scores of 40-35 in a much closer fight.
Gonzalez Earns First Win
“Big” Jason Gonzalez (1-1, 1KO) earned his first win over the game but over matched Greg Baca (0-2) of San Bernardino, CA. The southpaw Gonzalez scored early with straight lefts coupled with a sneaky upper cut from the same fist that landed almost at will on the face of Baca. Soon after the first bell Baca’s face was a mask of red as his nose began to bleed profusely from an internal wound that his corner was never ever to control. Gonzalez kept scoring while the relentless Baca tried to get on the inside of his much taller opponent but Gonzalez of Long Beach, CA, was able to control the action with his long jab. The end came at the 1:54 mark of the fourth when after Gonzalez scored another hard straight left, Baca began to turn his body in retreat and referee Jose Cobian stopped the action giving Gonzalez the TKO win.