By Felipe Leon at ringside, Photos: Paul Gallegos
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A near capacity crowd invaded the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in San Diego, CA, to witness a “Night of Prospects” presented by Bobby D. Presents in association with Jorge Marron Productions on Thursday night. The six bout fight card showcased a series of local San Diego up and comers, with the majority of them making their pro debut. In the main event, jr. welterweight Antonio Orozco stopped Antonio Soria in round round three.
From the get go, Orozco of National City, CA, by way of Tecate, MX, took the fight to his opponent landing power shots to the head and body of the plodding Soria. Soria of Blythe, CA, was game as he took his beating holding his guard up and looking for an opportunity to counter punch the “Simple Man” that never came. In the second Orozco measured his distance better and began to land three and four punch combinations with the stiff jab leading the way. The southpaw Soria seemed to have trouble revving up his engine as he tried to muster his counter attack to no avail. Near the end of the round Soria began to have little success with a series of hooks to the body of Orozco as the local fighter backed into a neutral corner.
More of the same in the third as the impressive Orozco used his distance to try to establish an assault on the obviously over matched Soria. Although Orozco was landing a barrage of punches they seemed to make no effect on Soria until the last seconds of the round when Orozco landed a multiple punch combination that prompted the referee Pat Russell to catch Soria and call an end to the bout. Official time was 3:00 of the third round.
With the win, Orozco who as of last week was sparring with the NABO lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco stays undefeated with a ledger of 3-0, 3KO while Soria travels back to the desert with a record of 2-5, 2KO.
In the semi main event, San Diego flyweight Amaris “Reyna” Quintana (1-0-1) took on professional soccer player turned boxer Melissa McMarrow (2-1-1) of San Francisco in a scheduled four round fight. Both ladies began brawling as soon as bell sounded to welcome the first round as both landed quick short punches in the inside with Quintana darting in and out from McMorrow’s reach. Quintana scored quickly with quick left hooks to the head of McMorrow as the former soccer mid fielder continued to move forward. The second was an all out brawl as both quick fisted fighters landed punches at will with the hometown favorite getting the best of the exchanges landing the harder power punches.
As Quintana scored effectively with a quick jab followed with an even quicker stiff right hand, Quintana found herself engaged in an unnecessary brawl that McMorrow took advantage of by the end of the round as she trapped Quintana against the ropes and unleashed a barrage of punches until the end of the stanza.
The final round was a total give and take as neither fighter wanted to give an inch and threw punches for the full two minute round as they circled thru every inch of the ring.
At the end of the bout, the judges saw a majority draw with Fritz Warner and Alejandro Rochin scoring 38-38 while Jose Cobian seeing it 39-37 for Quintana.
San Diego jr. welterweight Jesse Isias just had to much with Alan Sanchez of Fairfield, CA, as the out of towner used an effective one-two punch that found its home square in the face of Isias through out the four round bout. Half way through the fourth round, Sanchez landed a hard right hand straight to the chin of the hometown favorite that sent Isais straight to the canvas. Near the end of the round, both fighters engaged in a heavy handed exchanged all the way to the sound of the last bell. Sanchez earns a tough fought first win seeing his record go to 1-0 while Isias tastes defeat for the first time seeing his record go to 1-1. Official scores were 40-33 three times.
In a raging jr. welterweight brawl, the all guts Pablo Armenta of Chula Vista, CA, made his pro debut a good one as he beat Faifield, CA’s Danny Pantoja from pillar to post for four rounds but the judges saw a majority draw with scores of 38-38 twice and 40-36 for Pantoja. Both fighters go to 0-0-1 in their first professional fight.
In a close welterweight bout, Mario Anjeles (1-1-1) and Steven Macomber (2-3-0) fought to a four round split draw. Judge Alejandro Rochin scored it 39-37 for Macomber while Jose Cobian scored it the same for Anjeles. Fritz Warner scored it an even 38-38.
In a give and take four round brawl, Davis Ryan of Long Beach, CA, dropped Blythe, CA’s pro debuter Lamont Williams in the first round with a stiff right hand only to be dropped himself in the third and fourth to lose the bout by scores of 38-35 three times.
Wiliams goes to 1-0 while Ryan searches for his first win with a record of 0-4.
Faces in the crowd: Hall of Famer “Terrible” Terry Norris, junior welterweight Ernest Johnson Jr. and heavyweight top contender Chris “Nightmare” Arreola.