By Felipe Leon
Photos: Paul Gallegos
A good solid turn out made their way to the Mission Tower Facility of the famed Del Mar Fairgrounds in the north county of San Diego to take in the first fight card of the season. “Ringside at Del Mar” was presented by Paco Promotions in association with Jorge Marron Productions and A&T Gym. In the main event, Tijuana’s Fernando “Cuervito” Garcia (19-6-2, 11KOs) made his way back into the ring after four months to take a hard earned split decision over journeyman Adolfo “Tepito” Landeros (22-34-2, 10KOs) over six lightweight rounds.
Landeros of Mexico City by way of Lakeside, CA, took early by pressuring Garcia as the Tijuana fighter baited his time and looked to counter. By the second the action began to heat up as they inched in close to each other and unleashed a series of power punches. Garcia’s began to land quicker and harder by the third with hard left hooks to the body and uppercuts with the same fist that would pierce through the high guard of Landeros.
Instead of slowing down the two experienced fighters turned up the pace in the fourth as Garcia kept scoring the better and more effective shots but the tough Landeros right there with him but at a slightly slower clip. The quick rhythm of the previous round might have taken its toll on both since the clinching steadily increased in the last couple of rounds from both.
Landeros put in a last ditch effort in the sixth as he chased Garcia around the ring as “Cuervito” boxed from the outside but it wasn’t enough as judges Jose Cobian and Max DeLuca saw it both for Garcia with scores of 59-55 and 58-56 respectively while Alejandro Rochin scored it inexplicably for Landeros with a 58-56.
“Bolillo” Covielles Upsets Quiroz
In a super flyweight four round war, Oxnard, CA’s Daniel “Bolillo” Covielles (2-0, 1KO) came into town to rip a win from the local Johnathan “Johnny Boy” Quiroz (5-2, 1KO) with a steady and aggressive brawling style. Quiroz tried to keep Covielles at bay with a series of straight punches through the middle by it seemed as Covielles was made of granite as he took anything “Johnny Boy” threw his way.
It was no secret that Covielles’ style was only one way and that was forward throwing wild but hard overhand punches. Quiroz tried to keep away and pot shot his opponent but with a bloody nose since early in the first didn’t help. Despite Quiroz having more facets to his game like defense and more technique, Covielles’ sheer aggression made all that null and void.
The much shorter Covielles looked for the knockout in the last round as he threw everything but the corner stool but the hard-headed Quiroz was not going to go down. At the end, suprisingly a majority decision was announced with Patt Russell seeing it even with a 38-38 while Max DeLuca and Alejandro Rochin scoring it the right way with a 40-36. Fightnews saw it 39-37 for the exciting “Bolillo”.
“Rocky” Ramos Gets the Nod
Escondido, CA’s Roque “Rocky” Ramos (3-0-1, 1KO) got the nod in a close four round super featherweight contest over Thomas “Animal” Herrera (3-9-1, 1KO) with a majority decision. After Ramos took the first round with a bit more activity, Herrera began to control the action with mostly jabs and then quick bursts of combinations with not much on them but scoring. Ramos took over for about half a minute mid-way through the round but Herrera was able to close the round.
Herrera kept the momentum going in the third as he didn’t allow Ramos to set himself and score. Herrera was able to make Ramos miss by slipping punches with his waist and footwork. Ramos had to settle on scoring at one punch at a time as Herrera was able to neutralize for the majority of the ninety seconds.
Ramos was able to right the ship in the fourth and final round as he countered Herrera well. Herrera tried to establish his jab once again but Ramos hurt him with a straight right which wobbled the “Animal”. Ramos went on to score with straight lead rights as he took the round with his steady attack.
Fightnews had it an even 38-38 as official judge Alejandro Rochin did but Max DeLuca and Jose Cobian both scored it 40-36 each for Ramos awarding him the win.
After suffering his first loss last year, Jorge “Tito” Ruiz (5-1, 2KOs) returned home to score a run-of-the-mill unanimous decision over Tijuana’s Luis Silva (0-3) in a super featherweight four rounder. Silva had his moments but Ruiz was able to neutralize him with distance and good defense. Scores were 40-36 twice and 39-37.
After exchanging knockdowns and suffering a bad cut over his left eye from a head butt in the first, Merida, Mexico’s Elias Espadas (5-1, 3KOs) closed the left eye of Omar Barefield (1-5) of Los Angeles en route to a 4th round TKO win in a middleweight contest. Official time was :10 of the fourth and final round.
In a great comeback, first timer Manuel Ceballos (1-0, 1KO) met the canvas in the first from a stiff right hand only to pick up the pace and drop Jerome Buchanan (0-1) twice in the scheduled light heavyweight four to score an exciting TKO. Buchanan of Kalamazoo, MI, looked to score an early night as he clearly sat Ceballos down in the opening seconds of the first. Ceballos of Merida, Mexico, looked more embarrassed than hurt but waited for the second round to exact his revenge. A slew of straight rights from a distance and short compact hooks up close put Buchanan in a bad situation and anohter straight right dropped him the first time. He beat the count but only to take a barrage of more punches that sent him to the canvas again. Buchanan beat the count but following some inspection from referee Jose Cobian the fight was stopped at the 2:39 of the second round.
In an entertaining four round welterweight scrap, Rey Mena (1-0) of Los Angeles should have been given the win but instead had to settle for a majority draw as he battered the game but overmatched Francisco “Sparky” Ramirez (0-2) for the majority of the bout. Mena, known as “El Rayo”, scored with quick power punches to the body and head and a devastating lead right that quickly bloodied the nose of Ramirez from Riverside, CA. When it looked like Mena was en route to an easy wins, the scores were read with Alejandro Rochin and Max DeLuca seeing it an even 38-38 while Jose Cobian gave it to Mena with a 38-38.