By Felipe Leon
Photos: Jim Wyatt
In many ways boxing is a game of chance. Doesn’t matter how much you prepare, some times events don’t go as planned. That never showed true for southern California promoter Bobby D. Presents this past Friday when two of their six fights planned fell out the week of the event. First, the opponent for local junior flyweight Amaris Quintana, Susana Uribe, went by the wayside when her trainer suffered a stroke on travel day. The second was when a fighter who was to face off against the popular Adrian Vargas did not pass one of his medical exams and was ruled unable to participate. Despite the streak of bad luck on one show, the worst suffered in thirty years by California boxing hall of fame promoter Bobby DePhilippis, the show still must go on. It did with four all-action bouts that kept the respectable crowd inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Diego’s Mission Valley on the edge of their seats for most of the night. In the six-round main event, Tijuana’s Victor Capaceta (4-6-3, 2KO) took a razor thin split decision over the valiant “Smoking” Joe Perez (4-1-1, 3KO) of Chula Vista, CA, who suffered his first defeat. The bout was fought in the featherweight division. The all-out brawl was a rematch of their first war in November of last year in which they walked away with a draw.
Perez had sat out since November with this being his fight back while Capaceta had dropped two in a row back in December and in February.
Capaceta gave no step back in the first and looked sharper as he was able to slip Perez more educated combinations and counter punch with straight lefts that bothered Perez. In the second, Perez settled down a bit and boxed well as he controlled the action. Perez really started to catch Capaceta with the right hand as the Tijuana fighter never moved his head and Perez took advantage with a lazer-like right that almost never missed.
Perez was cruising as he was ou-boxing Capeceta and making him miss. When it looked as if Perez was in full control and cruising to hard earned win, Capaceta threw and landed the perfect right hook to the chin and dropped “Smoking” Joe.
Capaceta, inspired by the knockdown he scored in the previous round, looked determined to finish the job in the fifth and went after Perez. Capaceta kept scoring well with his straight left forcing its way through Perez’s guard. Perez wasn’t left behind and scored with his own series of straight punches that snapped Capaceta’s head back. Perez continued the strategy in the sixth and final round, scoring his right hand while Capaceta just couldn’t get away from it. The leather exchange was heavy and often all the way to the final bell.
After some tense minutes, announcer Benny Ricardo gave the final tallies with judges Pat Russell and Tom Taylor scoring it 57-56 and 58-55 for Capaceta while Tony Crebs saw it for Perez with a score of 57-56.
Sierra Defeats Gordon
Popular San Diego super middleweight Ulises Sierra (7-0-1, 5KO) remained undefeated and passed a tough test in veteran Cromwell Gordon (4-10, 4KO) of Los Angeles via four round unanimous scores. Judges Tony Crebs and Pat Russell saw it 39-37 for Sierra while Tom Taylor scored it a shut out with 40-36.
The much shorter Gordon crowded Sierra early on and scored hard punches to the body of the San Diego fighter. Once Sierra got his footing and created distance, he scored a nice combination of a jab followed with the hard right and then a right upper cut straight through the middle. Sierra continued to paw out his jab looking to find his range but Gordon was effective in crowding him.
Sierra continued to look to score the right hand but the much shorter Gordon ducked well under it and then scored with his own looping right. By the third Sierra was able to deal with Gordon’s constant holding by escaping and then turning Gordon against the ropes and going to the body with hooks and then following up with uppercuts down the middle. Gordon kept holding into the fourth but succeeding in forcing Sierra fight on the inside and proved to be not Sierra’s strong suit. When referee Jose Cobian was able to disengage them, Sierra did well from the outside and unfurled long straight punches that found their mark taking him to the unanimous decision win.
Montgomery Wins in Pro Debut
“Rowdy” Brahmabigi Montgomery (1-0) made his pro debut a good one as he took a unanimous decision over San Diego’s Guillermo “Memo” Castillo (1-1) over four middleweight rounds. Montgomery, who was introduced only as “Rowdy”, easily out-boxed Castillo who was never able to find his range and missed considerably by only looking for the head of Montgomery.
By the third Montgomery added a heavy body attack to his onslaught featuring a right hook to the side. “Rowdy” began to catch Castillo with quick short hooks on the inside and hurt him close to the ropes as Castillo holds to survive. In the last round Montgomery went for the knockout using a pin-point right hand to keep Castillo at bay. At the end Casillo looked tired and with nothing left.
Fuentes Shocks Bojorquez
In a surprise ending, out of town Fernando Fuentes (4-2) of Hemet, CA, came to town and handed Tijuana amateur standout Christian “Huevo” Bojorquez (11-1, 2KO) his first loss as professional with a unanimous decision.
From the opening bell Fuentes took advantage that “Huevo” had not fought in almost a year due to a hand injury and forced the fight on Bojorquez, pushing him against the ropes and digging to the body with hooks from either fist. Bojorquez, a veteran of over 150 amateur fights, used his experience to turn Fuentes around score his own set of combinations. Fuentes never stopped digging to the body as inched himself inside the long arms of “Huevo” and scored with hooks to the liver but Bojorquez was not afraid to mix it up and exchanged with Fuentes every chance he had. Unfortunately for Bojorquez during one of those up close exchanges he suffered a cut over his right due to an accidental head butt. Fuentes closes the round catching Bojorquez with a right uppercut as “Huevo” came in close.
“Huevo” gave up the third by holding for most of the round as he pushed Fuentes against the ropes and instead of going to work, held him there and allowed for the visitor to score at times with very short punches. Bojorquez still had his moments with left hooks to the body and then the head and they closed the round with a heated exchanges in which Fuentes score the better punches.
The fourth and final round was the most competitive as neither fighter gave no quarter and hardly clinched as they were too busy throwing heavy leather at each other. Bojorquez was the quicker with Fuentes the more accurate as they fought all the way to the final bell.
Surprisingly, all three judges scored it for Fuentes with Jose Cobian and Tom Taylor turning in cards of 40-36 each and with Tony Crebs having it 39-37.