By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Aron Martinez (19-2-1, 4KO) got back on the winning track with a solid majority decision victory over very tough Alberto Herrera (8-9-1, 5KO) in a scheduled eight round welterweight main event bout. Although one judge saw the fight a draw, Martinez was in control of the bout the entire way and Fightnews agreed with one of the judges who scored it 78-74 in favor of Martinez.
This was a rematch of their April 2011 fight that also went in favor of Martinez, a split decision victory. Also, it was the first fight for Martinez since his decision loss to undefeated contender Jessie Vargas last September.
With excellent counterpunching, great defense and a hard uppercut that landed frequently, Martinez proved to be the dominant fighter in this fight with Herrera usually a step behind. Herrera did have his moments in the bout and show plenty of heart but it was Martinez who seemed to stun Herrera on a couple occasions. Martinez was able to win the fight from the outside as well as on the inside where the two frequently battled toe to toe.
With the victory, Martinez climbs back up the ladder in the very stacked welterweight division.
SANTILLAN KO’S AGUIAR
In semi main event action, a scheduled 6 round welterweight contest, Giovanni Santillan (7-0, 5KO) walked through stepping stone Yair Aguiar (12-19, 5KO) winning by way of knockout at 2:20 in the second round. Aguiar did not put up much resistance against the aggressive yet awkward Santillan.
A left uppercut put Aguiar down for the first time about two minutes into the second round and just moments after Aguiar beat the count, Santillan battered him into the ground again prompting the referee to call an end to the bout in what was to be the only knockout of the evening.
AMADOR DECISIONS ALEGRIA
In a very entertaining woman’s light flyweight bout scheduled for six rounds, Sindy Amador (10-0, 1KO) kept her unbeaten streak alive, winning a slugfest over the very determined Adrienne Alegria (2-2-1). The two battled toe to toe for the entire six rounds and despite a bloodied nose, Amador earned the victory by way of unanimous decision. All three judges saw it as 60-54 in favor of Amador although it seemed slightly more competitive.
While Amador has had a nice start to her career, it will be interesting to see how she fares against a better boxer who does not engage in her “Rock Em Sock Em Robots” style of fighting.
ROMAN DECISIONS CAMACHO
A scheduled four round super bantamweight contest saw Danny Roman (5-1-1, 2KO) dominate the action against overmatched Francisco Jose Camacho (1-2, 1KO). Roman was simply the better and more aggressive fighter while Camacho never really made himself a factor in the fight.
Ringside judges were unanimous in each scoring the bout 60-54 in favor of Roman.
ACEVEDO AND SANTANA FIGHT TO A DRAW
In a scheduled four round super featherweight bout, Aaron Acevedo (2-1-2, 2KO) and Oscar Santana (3-1-1, 1KO) fought to a draw. Santana got off to an excellent start in the opening round but then faded by the second round, allowing Acevedo to get back into the fight. Neither fighter seemed overly willing to exchange and more content to box making it a difficult fight to score, although Santana had plenty of supporters in the crowd who were less than pleased with the scorecards (39-37 Acevedo, 38-38, and 39-37 Santana).
ALVAREZ DECISIONS CHAVEZ
A scheduled four round junior welterweight bout saw Ken Alvarez (4-0-1, 3KO) have to settle for a split decision victory despite what appeared to be a clear cut victory over brawler Joaquin Chavez (3-7-2, 2KO). Alvarez, hailing from Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, and fighting for the first time outside of Puerto Rico, demonstrated superior boxing skills and dropped Chavez at the end of the first round with a left hook / right cross combination.
Chavez had a very crowd pleasing super aggressive swing for the fences style, but he also ate two punches for each one he landed and the punches of Alvarez were certainly not lacking in crispness or power and had Chavez looking like a bobblehead at times.
Judges saw the bout 40-35 and 39-36 in favor of Alvarez with a dissenting and inexplicable 38-37 in favor of Chavez. Fightnews agreed with the 39-36 score in favor of Alvarez.
YOUNG DECISIONS MARTINEZ
In opening bout action, a scheduled four round featherweight contest, Stephen Young (4-0-1, 2KO) resembled a featherweight version of Adrien “The Problem” Broner and had little trouble in outboxing the winless Misael Martinez (0-8), although to his credit, Martinez may the best 0-8 fighter in existence and fought with plenty of heart until the very end. However, the southpaw Young was just too quick and crafty and was quick to retaliate whenever Martinez tried to get something going. Judges scored the bout 40-36, 39-37 and 40-36, all in favor of Young.
Promoter for “Locked N’ Loaded” was Thompson Boxing Promotions, matchmaker was Alex Camponovo and the venue was the Ontario Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. Thompson Boxing returns next Thursday, May 02nd, with an excellent card in Corona, CA, featuring the ESPN televised fights with a very attractive main event of Mauricio Herrera (18-3, 7KO) vs. Korean brawler, Ji-Hoon Kim (24-8, 18KO). Just two weeks later, on Friday, May 17th, the next installment of “Locked N’ Loaded” returns to the Ontario Doubletree. For ticket information, visit www.thompsonboxing.com or call (714) 935-0900.