By Francisco Salazar
Photo by Big Joe Miranda
Back in January, Ariz Ambriz and Jose Reynoso fought to a spirited, yet disputed split-decision draw. On Friday night, Reynoso took the initiative in their rematch, working hard to have his arm raised in victory as opposed to both fighters’ arms five months prior. Reynoso was able to control the middle rounds and was the more effective fighter in the end, winning an eight round majority decision before a boisterous crowd of about 1,400 at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. The bout headlined a five-bout “New Blood 2” card, presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions.
Their bout five months ago and one county over at the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino in January saw each fighter get the nod on a judge’s scorecard, with the third judge seeing the bout even. With local bragging rights and the opportunity to move forward beyond bring considered a prospect on the line, both fighters jumped at the opportunity of a rematch.
Ambriz started well, landing lead or counter straight right hands to the head of Reynoso. As Ambriz attempted to land lead right hands, the southpaw Reynoso tried to counter or would use angles in an attempted to land wild right hooks.
Reynoso let his hands go more starting in the third round. He pressed the action, forcing Ambriz to stop moving forward, but at times to back up.
Reynoso had a solid fifth round as he was able to land hooks and crosses behind his jab. He was able to time Ambriz more, not allowing Ambriz to do much countering. Because of Reynoso’s awkward style, Ambriz did not take initiative as in the early rounds of the fight.
Ambriz came on in the seventh round, pressing the action. He was rewarded as he was able to land right hands to the head of Reynoso. However, Reynoso was able to come back strong in the eighth and final round. He was much busier, pressing the action and landing the more effective punches to finish the round.
One judge scored the bout 76-76, while the remaining two judges scored the bout 79-73 and 78-74 in favor of Reynoso. Fightnews.com scored the bout 76-76.
“He was jabbing more in this fight, but my jab was more effective,” said Reynoso, who has lost only once in his last 10 bouts. “He was more defensive in this fight and I wanted to throw more punches. I did not want to see him win this fight, so I had to let my hands go more.”
Reynoso, from Riverside, CA by way of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, improves to (12-3-1, 3 KOs). Ambriz, from Azusa, CA, drops to (13-1-1, 8 KOs).
Martinez decisions Miranda
In the co-feature bout of the evening, welterweight Aron Martinez won an eight round unanimous decision over Pavel Miranda.
Martinez was busier fighter throughout most of the bout, landing the more telling punches. As Miranda came forward, Martinez was a step too quick for Miranda, landing hooks to the head and body.
In the third round, Martinez was cut over his right eye from an accidental head butt. Both fighters would accidentally bump heads, then pointing at one another as if they were to blame. Referee David Denkin correctly admonished the fighter who would lead with their head during numerous points in the fight.
Miranda had one of his best rounds in the fifth, landing hard right hands to the head of Martinez. However, Miranda did not do much to follow up, as Martinez went back to dictating the pace and landing the harder punches of the two.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Martinez, with scores of 78-74, 79-73, and 80-72. Fightnews.com scored the bout 78-74 in favor of Martinez.
Martinez, from East Los Angeles, CA by way of Michoacan, Mexico, improves to (13-1-1, 3 KOs). Miranda, from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, drops to (16-5-1, 8 KOs).
Reyes wins war over Sanchez
In an all-out war between junior welterweight prospects, Artemio Reyes won a close six round split decision victory over Alan Sanchez.
The hard-hitting Reyes was able to connect from the start with hard overhand right hands to the head of Sanchez. However, Sanchez came on aggressively in the second round, landing one-two punch combinations to the head of Reyes.
Reyes was able to control the middle rounds by applying pressure eventually throwing hard left hooks and right hands to the body. Although Sanchez did not land at a workmanlike rate as Reyes, he was able to counter with a hard right hand to the head of Reyes.
Sanchez stunned Reyes in the early part of the fifth round. He was able to follow up with more right hands to the head. However, Reyes battle back, eventually leading to both fighters trading vicious shots. One would outdo the other with hard right hands until the bell sounded to end the round.
Both fighters went right at one another in the sixth round. Both again landed vicious head and body shots on one another. However, Reyes’ punches looked as though they had more impact, especially towards the end of the fight. After the bell sounded, the crowd deservedly gave both fighters a standing ovation.
One judge scored the bout 58-56 in favor of Sanchez, while the other two judges scored the bout 59-55 and 58-56 for Reyes. Fightnews.com scored the bout 58-56 for Reyes.
Reyes, from Colton, CA, goes to (6-1, 5 KOs). Sanchez, from Fairfield, CA, falls to (5-2, 2 KOs).
Garcia batters game Castillo
Junior middleweight Eric Garcia stopped Daniel Castillo in the first round of a scheduled four round bout.
Garcia came out aggressively over the shorter Castillo, landing repeated right hands to the head. As his face was reddening, Castillo was very game, landing a fair amount of left hooks to the head of Garcia.
An accumulation of punches wobbled Castillo, causing him to hold onto Garcia. Another series of hard punches rained down on Castillo, prompting referee David Denkin to step in and stop the bout at 2:34.
Garcia, from Rancho Cucamonga, CA, goes to (5-1-1, 2 KOs). Castillo, from Pittsburgh, CA, drops to (2-6-1, 1 KO).
Ishe stops Moya
In a battle of junior middleweights making their professional debuts, Cleveland Ishe stopped Antonio Moya in the second round of a scheduled four round bout.
Ishe dropped the taller Moya, from Pomona, CA, twice in the first round, both with counter left hooks to the head. The final knockdown occurred right before the end of the first round, as Moya got up at the count of nine after the bell sounded.
Ishe, from Long Beach, CA, dropped Moya again with another left hook to the head to start the second round. Referee Ray Corona immediately waved the fight over at 28 seconds to spare Moya from further punishment.
– Interim world titleholder Alfredo Angulo, Featherweight contender Daniel Ponce De Leon, junior welterweight contender Josesito Lopez, nantamweight contender Kaleisha West, super featherweight Dominic Salcido, unbeaten super bantamweight Efrain Esquivias, lightweight Daniel Hernandez, promoter Benny Giorgino, and trainer Jack Mosley took in the action from ringside.
– During the third round of the Martinez-Miranda bout, temporary lights surrounding the ring from the ceiling went out, resulting in the venue being in total darkness. After about 10-15 seconds of darkness, the ballroom lights were turned on until the end of a round. The temporary lights were fixed and turned on at the start of the next round.
– Fox Sports Net en Espanol taped the card for a future broadcast. Check local listings in your area.
– Ring announcer was Michael Vale.