By Felipe Leon
Photos: Paul Gallegos
As his motto suggests, “Boxing at its Best”, California boxing hall of fame promoter Bobby DePhilippis and his company Bobby D Presents strive to provide the San Diego boxing fans even, competitive fights. Last night it was no different as DePhilippis presented perhaps his best fight card of the year and quite possibly the best in town as five explosive fights went down at the Hanalei Conference Center of the Crowne Plaza Hotel located central San Diego. In the main event, a brutal Aaron “Gavilan” Garcia (13-3-2, 4KOs) o Vista, CA, scored his second devastating knock out of the year as he stopped the durable Kevin “Hostile” Hoskins (7-3, 5KOs) of Los Angeles in the fifth round of a scheduled super featherweight six. Nearly one thousand loyal Bobby D Presents patrons were on hand to see the war between Garcia and Hoskins as well as four more fights including local San Diego and Tijuana talent.
From the opening bell a determined Garcia went after Hoskins pushing his opponents against the ropes and digging hard to the body with hard body shots coupled with uppercuts on the inside. Hoskins began to have his moments in the second as he welcomed the inside fighting and began to score his own set of right hands and near the end of the round, uppercuts as both fighters exchanged heavy leather to finish the round.
By the third round Garcia began to turn up the heat as he darted in and out from Hoskins distance while still scoring left and right hooks to the body of the tattooed Los Angeles fighter. Hoskins still was able to score some more right hands over Garcia’s sporadic jab but his attack was making no effect on Garcia who just kept pushing.
After welcoming Hoskins to the fourth with a huge right hand, Garcia kept up the attack all the way into the fifth. Right before the round, the ringside doctor decided to check on Hoskins because of the punishment he was receiving which was a precursor to things to come because forty-three seconds into the round, Garcia scored with a barrage of punches as Hoskins pedaled which forced experienced referee Pat Russell to stop the beating.
“I felt great in there, I’m getting my rhythm back and early next year I will be ready for something big, now it’s just about going back to the gym and working out the kinks,” Garcia said minutes after his convincing win.
Barragan Makes Good in First Six
Popular local undefeated super welterweight David Barragan (7-0-1, 3KOs) scored a knockdown in the fifth on his way to a unanimous decision over experienced work horse Arthur Brambila (9-20-1, 4KOs) of Phoenix, AZ, in his first six rounder of his career. Barragan never looked in trouble as he brought the fight to Brambila who tried to keep the San Diego fighter at bay but his punches were to slow and too soft to stomp the charging bull coming towards him.
Barragan made it no secret his plan was going to push Brambila against the ropes and go to the body and that is what he did scoring with a good uppercut/left hook combo in the second and adding right hands in the fourth. By the fifth Brambila looked spent from the heavy body attack but Barragan didn’t let up and scored a knock down when he trapped Brambila against a neutral corner and ripped him with heavy hooks to the liver that sent the Phoenix fighter to take a knee. The tough Brambila beat the count but just hand nothing left but he still survived until the final bell. Judge Fritz Werner saw it 59-54 while Jose Cobian scored it 60-53 and Alejandro Rochin scored it 60-52.
Smalls Defeats Late Sub
After Prince “Tiger” Smalls’ (2-0-1) originally opponent did not show up for the weigh in, all involved scrambled to find him a respectable opponent and they did when “Tiger” of San Diego took on the game Pablo Cupul (8-15, 5KOs) of Lakeside, CA, by way of Merida, Yucatan, for four featherweight rounds.
The just above five foot Cupul had no luck in getting on the inside on the towering 6”1’ Smalls as “Tiger” pumped his jab from the outside. Soon he added a long right hand that began to find its mark on the face of Cupul that began to hurt the Mexican but in the second Cupul scored an over hand right that snapped Smalls’ head back.
Cupul tried to rough up Smalls in the third but it wasn’t enough as Smalls sent Cupul reeling against the ropes and almost sending him down. The tough Cupul was able to stay on his feet until the end. It was no surprise when all three judges, Fritz Werner, Pat Russell and Alejandro Rochin, saw the fight the same way with a 40-36, all for Smalls.
Ghvamichava Survives Fonseca
Three-time amateur world champion Levan “The Wolf” Ghvamichava (11-1, 8KOs) of Poti, Georgia, invaded San Diego but found himself in a back and forth battle against hardened twenty-year old Victor “Sina” Fonseca (6-2-1, 4KOs) in a welterweight six rounder. The bombs began early as both stood in the middle of the ring and exchanged punches with both landing and slipping each other’s attack.
The war of attrition continued in the second and for most of the fight until the fourth when Fonseca, who took the fight on three days’ notice, began to tire but not to throw punches although they weren’t as hard or as often. Ghvamichava made it a point to keep throwing the right hand which never seemed to miss his mark. Fonseca began to show the wear of the right hand on his face as his eyes began to slightly swell.
Fonseca kept looking for the way to score something but his attack began to get sloppier while Ghvamichava was able to keep his composure all the way to the end. The judges, Fritz Werner, Pat Russell and Alejandro Rochin, had it right when they turned in identical scores of 58-56 each for Ghvamichava while Fonseca received a loud ovation from the assembled crowd for his bravery.
Capaceta and Perez Draw in a War
In a super bantamweight four rounder, Tijuana’s Victor Capaceta (3-4-3, 2KOs) and San Diego’s “Smokin’” Joe Perez (4-0-1, 3KOs) went at it, each scoring with their full arsenal of punches, to go home with a justly scored draw that brought the crowd to their feet.
Perez took the first round as he scored a well-educated jab from the outside and penetrated the southpaw defense of Capaceta. The Tijuana fighter stepped on the gas in the second and scored with his own set of combinations and began the third well with a big left hook but Perez was able to take the round by beating Capaceta to the punch.
Capaceta took the last round with sheer aggression as he went after Perez, scoring three punch combinations more than once although he was seemingly tired. Perez was right there with him but Capaceta was able to edge out the round. Alejandro Rochin saw it 40-36 for Perez while Jose Cobian 39-37 for Capaceta, deciding judge Fritz Werner had it an even 38-38. Fightnews mirrored Werner’s score also with a 38-38.
Faces in the Crowd: Former heavyweight champion Chris Byrd, junior middleweight contender Alfredo “Perro” Angulo, light welterweight prospect Antonio Orozco, female title challenger Amaris Quintana and local fighters Israel and Antonio Arellano.