Before a vocal crowd of 1,072 boxing fans at the Mc Dermont Field House in Lindsay, California, area boxing star Paul Mendez scored a hard fought unanimous decision over a game Mario Ortiz in the featured bout of the inaugural melee at the McDermont boxing show co-promoted by Fernando Vargas’s Vargas Entertainment Promotions an Roy Englebrecht Promotions.
Mendez (5-1, 2 KOs) is from Delano, California which is just 15 miles from Lindsay, and recently signed a management contract with Jack and Jaime Lipeles, stood toe to toe with Ortiz in this middleweight match-up. Ortiz who came into the fight with a 9-9 record with 8 knockouts, showed his power in spots but was never able to seriously hurt Mendez.
In other action, and fight of the night, went to Long Beach welterweight Anthony Wheaton earned a split decision win over (1-0) Oscar Godoy. Four rounds of non stop action had the crowd on it’s feet, as Wheaton evened his record at (2-2).
Two local Lindsay prospects, both making their pro debuts didn’t fair as well as they wanted. Lindsay middleweight Rigo Espinoza sustained a large gash on his forehead in the first round and the bout was stopped, and ruled a no contest with Cesar Flores. Stephan Rubalcava also a Lindsay native lost a unanimous decision to Adolfo Gonzalez also debuting. Espinoza who had no amateur fights just did not have the experience to deal with Gonsalez, thought he fought with heart each and every round.
In a nice rebound after a loss on Englebrecht’s Battle In The Ballroom show in April, top amateur star David Clark got back on the winning side with a slick win over Jose Garcia. Clark, out of San Diego, is co managed by Freddie Roach and Steven Federer, and upped his record to (2-1).
Nearly 50 fans, making the three hour drive from Salinas, were not disappointed as they saw their favorite Jose Leon make his pro debut a winning one with a UD win over Hesperia’s Jacob Alvarez.
Both Vargas and Englebrecht were happy with the turnout that include Lindsay mayor Ed Fowler, City Manager Scott Anderson, and several city councilman.
“We are looking at our second Melee at McDermont show to be in October,” said Englebrecht. The buzz will really happen after this show, and when you sell out 16 VIP Suites in 10 days you know you could have a very excited market.”