By Francisco Salazar
Boxing returns to the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California tonight with the continued comeback of a former world title challenger in the main event. Jose “Shibata” Flores will face Ishwar Amador in a six round Junior Middleweight bout at the Quiet Canon in Montebello, CA. The bout will headline a six-bout card, presented by All Star Promotions. Two MMA fights will precede the card.
Flores (44-10, 26 KOs) returned to the ring for the first time in over seven years in January, forcing the overmatched Roberto Valenzuela to quit after the second round. Coming from Los Angeles, CA by way of Navajoa, Sonora, Mexico, he had not fought since his December 2002 unanimous decision defeat to Verno Phillips.
The southpaw fighter is best known for his seventh round knockout loss to Fernando Vargas in September of 2001 in Las Vegas.
Fighting professionally since 1990, Flores has fought modest opposition throughout his career. Along the way, Flores won a few regional title belts. His significant victories were over Paul Vaden, Emmett Linton, and Pedro Ortega. His significant losses were to Raul Marquez, Vince Phillips, and Rodney Jones.
Amador, (11-7, 7 KO’s) from Riverside, CA, is fighting for the first time in five and half years. In that bout, he was stopped by New Mexican Joaquin Zamora.
Amador has been in fan-friendly fights, but his straight forward style has not paid dividends. Although he had won four bouts in a row at one point, Amador has been stopped by Miguel Espino twice and lost a split decision to Eduardo Sanchez.
His last victory was a third round knockout over Ramon Espinoza in February of 2005.
Another fighter who will be making his long-awaited return to the ring will be Robert Ortiz, who will be taking on Oscar Chinchilla in a four round Lightweight bout.
Ortiz, (7-3-1, 3 KO’s) from Simi Valley, CA, has not fought in almost six years, a second round technical knockout over Thomas Hensley in December of 2004.
Ortiz began his professional career unbeaten in his first six bouts. However, he has dropped three of his last five bouts. All of Ortiz’s victories have been against fighters with losing records.
Chinchilla, (2-1-1) from Pacoima, CA by way of Guatemala City, Guatemala, fought to a four round majority decision draw against Rene Lara in his last bout in March.
All of Chinchilla’s fights have been in Southern California. He represented Guatemala in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Heavyweights Alexander Flores (2-0, 2 KO’s) and Cornell Davis (3-12-2) will meet in a four round bout. Something has to give as Flores has fought beyond the second round and Davis has never been knocked out. This will be Davis’ first fight in over three years.
Featherweight Jonathan Alcantara (4-3-1) of Novato, CA hopes to snap a two-bout skid, as he faces Johnny Reyes in a four round bout. Reyes will be making his professional debut.
Middleweights Danny Perez (8-8-1, 5 KO’s) of San Pedro and West Covina’s George Moreno (4-11-1, 2 KO’s) will do battle in a four round bout. Moreno will be returning to the ring for the first time in over four years.
Alan Martinez (6-1-1, 4 KO’s) of Los Angeles, CA, will take on Martin Armenta (14-24-3, 10 KO’s) in a four round Super Bantamweight bout. Armenta, of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, has lost 22 of his last 25 bouts.
Tickets are on sale and could be purchased for as little as $50. Tickets could be purchased at the door or by calling (323) 816-6200 or (323) 781-4871.
Doors open at 6:30PM, with first bell scheduled for 7:30PM.
The Quiet Cannon is located at 901 Via San Clemente in Montebello, just south of the 60 Freeway.