Story by Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Paul Gallegos
Professional boxing returned to “America’s Finest City”, San Diego, CA, Thursday night as this time Jorge Marron Productions took the reins together with Don Chargin Promotions and 2012 California Hall of Fame inductee Bobby D. Presents as they put together “New Boys on the Block”. The six bout fight card introduced to a humble but enthusiastic crowd the newest batch of talent in southern California. In the main event, undefeated lightweight Jonathan “Gallo de Oro” Garcia and Pedro Arcos of Tijuana put together one of the best rounds in San Diego boxing history in a scheduled six rounder.
Garcia of Watsonville, CA, a boxer/puncher with power in both fists who recently helped WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (who was in attendance) get ready for his next bout, looks much more mature and polished than his record show and in Arcos, Garcia faced a fighter with slightly better experience.
The slightly shorter Arcos looked confident as he took it to Garcia from the opening bell and soon dropped Garcia with a sneaky right hand. Garcia looked shaken as he reached his feet but tried to get back in the fight as Arcos smelled blood and tried to finish him off and pull the upset.
It looked like Garcia’s first loss was inevitable as Arcos scored again, this time with a left hook that dropped Garcia as he tried to clinch the Tijuana fighter. The visibly hurt Garcia reached his feet again and against conventional boxing wisdom decided to trade with Arcos who was looking to finish him once and for all.
As Arcos got in close and tried to land hard power punches to close the show, Garcia landed a perfect flush left hook to the chin that dropped Arcos in an awkward position. Surprisingly Arcos beat the count only to end up on the canvas seconds later due to a right hand. Referee Jose Cobian looked intently into Arcos’ eyes as he beat the count once again and allowed the fight to continue but not for long as Garcia again landed another right hand which did the trick prompting Cobian to waive off the contest without a count.
With the win the impressive Garcia remains undefeated and goes to 9-0 with seven wins before the distance while Arcos drops to 8-3, 6KOs.
Godoy Hands Hargraves First Loss
After a chess match for mostly the first round, Oscar Godoy (8-2, 3KOs) of Watsonville, CA, dropped San Francisco, CA’s Richard Hargraves (3-1-1, 2KOs) with a well placed over hand right which completely emptied the wind out of Hargraves’ sails. Hargraves’ kept trying to mount an offense but Godoy’s strategy of scoring and then smothering began to work as it frustrated Hargraves who had no chance to let his hands go.
Godoy welcomed Hargroves to the third round with a hard right hand that caught the northern California fighter’s attention. An accidental head butt caused a deep cut on the right eye lid of Hargraves. Needing a knock out to win, Hargraves went for broke in the last round and took control of the round but near the end Godoy scored again with an over hand right that hurt Hargraves and made his knees buckle.
It was no question who won the fight and at the end the scores were announced with Fritz Werner scoring it 40-35, Max DeLuca 39-36 and Alejandro Rochin 39-36.
Robles Dominates Orrantia
After a six-month hiatus, Imperial Beach, CA’s Emmanuel Robles (5-0-1, 2KOs) looked cool, calm and collected as he easily dismantled over matched veteran Jaime Orrantia (26-28-5, 14KOs) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, in a four round super lightweight contest to remain undefeated. Robles began the domination early as he landed a straight left from his southpaw stance almost at will. Orrantia stayed busy but in front of Robles which gave the local fighter plenty of opportunities to land uppercuts as well as the always there counter left. As the match went on, Robles just scored more as Orrantia’s face began to show the marks of the beating. In the fourth, Robles picked up the pace and was able to send Orrantia down in a flash knockdown. Orrantia tried to convince referee Jose Cobian it was a sleep but the veteran third man in the ring correctly administer the eight count. Although Robles went for the finish, Orrantia was able to survive until the end of the bout. Not surprising, all three judges saw it 40-35 for Robles.
“Lobito” Rivera Deals with Landeros
Super featherweight Eduardo “Lobito” Rivera (8-0-1, 3KOs) earned his best win on paper over war worn veteran Adolfo “Terror” Landeros (22-27-2, 10KOs) with a unanimous four round decision. Despite Landeros’ experience, Rivera was just quicker and more active while learning a lesson or two from the counter punching Mexico City fighter. Rivera of Calexico, CA, by way of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, was successful with solid punch combinations while Landeros looked to be going through the motions. At the end, all three judges, Max DeLuca, Alejandro Rochin and Fritz Werner, saw it 40-36 for the still undefeated Rivera.
Flyweight Fire Fight Charges Up Crowd
In a fast paced, high action flyweight four rounder, first timer Jesus Rojas (1-0) of Columbus, Ohio by way of Puebla, Mexico and fellow Mexican Christian Salgado (1-4) put on a display of power punches and guts that had the assembled crowd enjoying every minute of it. The fireworks began early as both fighters met in the middle of the ring and attacked with fast combination to the body and head. Rojas’ punches seemed to get there quicker and slightly harder but Salgado kept the pace. By the second, Salgado began to score a lead right hand more than once that got Rojas’ attention. Rojas remained calmed and opted to counter punch and make Salgado pay for some unnecessary risks. No quarter was given in the fourth and last round as both landed hard punches with Rojas being more effective in the inside with quick upper cuts through the middle. Near the end, Salgado landed a perfect flush left hook to the chin but it kept too late as by then the Ensenada fighter was spent. At the end, Judges Max DeLuca and Alejandro Rochin saw it 39-37 for Rojas while Fritz Werner scored it for Salgado 39-37.
Anderson Dominates Hurtado
In typical Mexican fashion, clearly overweight Jose Jesus “Gallito” Hurtado received about fifteen punches to land one on the southpaw, taller and very mobile Donald Anderson. Anderson (2-0, 1KO) of Columbus, Ohio, had no trouble landing a stiff jab followed with a straight left, uppercut and hooks to the mostly still head of San Ysidro, CA’s Hurtado (3-6, 3KOs). Hurtado kept moving and in the second was able to get through Anderson’s defense enough to land some effective shots. As Anderson kept landing shots, Hurtado kept moving forward and asking for more. As Anderson would circle to his right after landing a combination, Hurtado would try to score with a short straight right but it was not enough as Anderson did more and landed more throughout the four round lightweight bout. Judges Alejandro Rochin and Fritz Werner saw it a landslide 40-36 while Max DeLuca scored it 39-37.