By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Melissa Jewel
Boxing returned to the Pechanga Resort and Casino for Emanuel Steward’s Kronk Boxing in association with Roy Englebrecht promotions for “Friday Night Boxing” from Temecula, California as rising undefeated Kronk’s knockout artist Tony Harrison (9-0, 8 KOs) heard the final bell for the first time after a harder than expected eight round unanimous decision over Calvin Odom (15-12, 11 KOs) of Inglewood, California in the jr. middleweight main event.
Harrison came out jabbing early setting up the punches downstairs that bothered Odom, continuing to measure Harrison worked the jab as he followed with straight rights. Working off the jab Harrison stalked Odom and boxed patiently in round two. In round three, Odom came alive as he landed a looping right hand that appeared to knock down Harrison but the referee ruled it a slip, drawing some boos from the crowd. Later in the round Odom landed a solid left uppercut. The roles changed in round four as Odom appeared to be getting tired Harrison continued to box using the jab. Continuing to work his jab in round five Tony Harrison boxed effectively dictating the fight. Going into the sixth round Harrison was still in control as he was picking his shots and landing effective from the outside. The seventh round Harrison began to pick it up as he began landing heavy shots but at the end of the round Odom landed a solid left hook that staggered Harrison. In final round, Odom began to bring it as he landed a solid right. Harrison boxed and used the ring to his advantage to complete his unanimous decision victory. Judges scored it 80-72, 80-72 , and 79-73.
In a scheduled six round welterweight bout local favorite Hector Serrano (15-3, 6 KOs) of Perris, CA took out Phoenix’s Arturo Brambila (9-17, 4 KOs) in one round with a crushing over hand right at 1:39 as the referee Tony Crebs quickly waived the action after Brambila hit the canvas.
In what was a six round action packed fight from the opening to closing bell in the super bantamweight division, Walter “School Boy” Sarnoi (10-4, 5 KOs) of Monterrey Park lost a controversial decision to Tijuana’s Christian Bojorquez (8-0, 1 KO). The action began as Bojorquez came out of the corner without his mouthpiece the referee momentarily stopped the action as both began the fight boxing testing the jab. In the second round Bojorquez boxed well using the jab as keeping Sarnoi away, later in the round Bojorquez landed a counter right as Sarnoi charged, knocking him down. The following round Sarnoi returned the favor as he landed a crushing overhand right knocking down Bojorquez. After exchanging knockdowns the last two rounds both boxed but moments later Sarnoi landed a low blow as the Mexican fighter took time to recover shortly after the referee Jose Cobian deducted a point without warning. In the fifth round referee Jose Cobian warned Sarnoi for another low blow however the overhand right landed once again for Sarnoi as he scored a knockdown. Bojorquez quickly got up as he began to bleed from his nose. The sixth and final round Bojorquez scored a controversial knockdown as Sarnoi appeared to have slipped but Referee Jose Cobian ruled it a knockdown. The point deduction and controversial knockdown were costly for Sarnoi and made the difference as the judges scored it 55-54, 55-54, 55-54 in favor of Christian Bojorquez.
Opening the action from the Pechanga ballroom in a four round Jr. Welterweight bout Luis Hernandez (1-0, 1 KO) of San Bernandino made his professional debut taking on Riversides Rashad Hughes (0-23-1) . The bout began as both began the first round exchanging the southpaw Hughes was fast boxing well as Hernandez began to swell below is left eye, Hernandez however began shooting the right hand as they closed the with a good exchange. Hernandez is left eye was completely shut as Hughes boxed in round two but there was no quitting in Hernandez as he continued landing the right. In round three Hernandez began to wear down Hughes with left hooks to the body working well on the inside shortly after a left hook the body followed by a straight right knocking down Hughes as referee Tony Crebs counted out Hughes at 1:56.
In welterweight action, William McElroy (2-0) of Detroit, Michigan out of the Kronk Gym won a majority decision over Victorville’s Moses Alvizo (1-4) . McElroy began boxing well as he easily picking the wild swinging Alvizo in the closing seconds McElroy landed a solid right staggering Alvizo. In round two Alvizo followed the elusive McElroy as he continued to stick and move. The Mexican fighter continued to press in round three as he landed some solid right hands on the elusive McElroy. In the final round Alvizo pressed as the Detroit fighter continued to box, and after four rounds judges scored it 39-37, 39-37, 38-38.
In another four round welterweight bout,, Kronk’s Jacob Bonas (2-0, 1 KO) took on Saul Benitez (1-2) of Phoenix. Benitez began boxing well using the jab maintaining his distance however Jacob Bonas smothered Benitez into the ropes and in the closing seconds Bonas landed a right that appeared to hurt Benitez. In round two the Kronk based fighter boxed well as he countered Benitez. Saul Benitez continued to work from the outside as Bonas countered. In the closing round Benitez sensed the urgency as he began to press Bonas boxed well controlling the fight as he boxed and countered en route to a unanimous decision victory as one judge scored it 40-36 while the two other judges had it 39-37.
In attendance meeting and greeting with fans was legendary trainer Emanuel Steward. “I am very excited and thank all you for being here and I look forward to watching Tony Harrison,” said Emanuel, “he is a very special fighter.”
This is the third edition this year Roy Englebrecht and the legendary trainer have teamed up in bringing Kronk Boxing action to Pechanga. January kicked off the series, then boxing returned to the Temecula Valley in May as Tony Harrison scored a knockout that night. Attendance for Friday night’s event was 1,519 and seated at ringside was HBO’s Jim Lampley and WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (23-0, 20 KOs).