By Miguel Maravilla
Boxing returned to the Commerce Casino in the “Model City” the City of Commerce, California on Friday night with a card featuring mostly local Southern California prospects. In the main evente, Colorado’s Robert Rodriguez (7-1, 3 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Ciudad Obreon’s Fernando Carcamo (10-4, 7 KOs).
From the opening bell, southpaw Rodriquez used his distance popping in the jab. Rodriquez later landed a one-two combination that rocked Carcamo’s head back, later in the round Carcamo landed a flush counter left that got Rodriquez’ attention. The following round, Rodriguez landed a counter right hook that stunned Carcamo backing him to the ropes the Colorado fighter continued working from the outside. However in round three, Rodriguez’ southpaw style continued to give Carmaco issues as he landed the counter right hook stunning Carmaco and backing him to the ropes. Referee Zach Young ruled it a knockdown after Carmaco’s glove touch the ropes forcing a standing eight count. Rodriguez then continued his attack and referee Zack Young stepped in to stop the contest at 1:40 as Robert Rodriguez scores a TKO.
In Jr. welterweight action, undefeated Garden Grove prospect Jessie Roman (12-0, 8 KOs) stopped Lawrence Hughes (4-4, 4 KOs) of St. Louis in round three. Both came out showing their hand speed in the first round as Roman also worked the jab. Roman counterpunched the fast-handed Hughes in round two also digging to the body. Continuing to counter in round three, Roman connected with a left hook that stunned Hughes backing him to the ropes as Roman attacked with a flurry. Shortly after Roman once again stunned Hughes backing him to the ropes as referee Raul Caiz Jr. stepped in and called a halt to the bout at 2:04 of round three.
Opening the night in the lightweight division, Oxnard’s Carlos Rodriguez (4-0, 1 KO), who trains out of the Robert Garcia Boxing Club, outpointed Ralph Prescott (2-6) of Union City, California. Rodriquez came out in the first round attacking the body working on the inside. In round two Rodriquez continued his attack as he mixed in the jab followed by his work on the inside landing solid left hooks to Prescott’s head and body. The Oxnard fighter was the busier fighter throughout the fight as he took control displaying more ring generalship as he cruised to a unanimous decision win as all three judges scored it 40-36.
Former Commerce Boxing Club amateur boxer, welterweight Jaime Fabian “Lil Rocko” Ocegueda, (7-0, 5 KOs) scored a third round stoppage of Phoenix’s Jose Martell (2-2-1, 2 KOs). Martell came out landing right hands as Ocegueda dropped his left leaving himself open. In the closing seconds of round one Martell once again connected with a right. In round two, both fighters picked up where they left off as they exchanged with Martell continuing to land the overhand right but later in the round Ocegueda landed a clean left hook that dropped Martell. Martell quickly got up but a left hook right hand combination prompted referee Raul Caiz Jr. to stop the contest at 2:39 of the third round.
Junior middleweight Jose Leon Jr. (2-1-1, 2 KOs) of Visalia made quick work of Glendale’s Hector Castro (0-3). Castro landed a crushing right in the opening seconds of the bout that got Leon’s attention, shortly after however a left hook by Jose Leon stunned Castro and Leon followed up with another devastating left hook that sent the Glendale fighter to the canvas as referee Raul Caiz Jr. quickly stopped the contest at 1:43.
Commerce Casino the World’s Largest Poker Club began in the boxing game back in January of 2003, the night the late Julio Gonzalez won a majority decision over the recently retired, Glen Johnson in a ten round thriller. Other notable fighters who have stepped into the ring there include undefeated rising stars Art Hovannisyan (15-0-2, 8 KOs), Sharif Bogere (23-0, 15 KOs) and Randy Caballero (15-0, 8 KOs), plus notables like former world title challenger’s Edner Cherry (30-6-2, 16 KOs), Jesse Feliciano (15-10-3, 9 KOs) and current IBF bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (20-0-1, 11 KOs).