By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Boxing returned to the Quiet Cannon Country Club Friday night in Montebello, California for Ed Holmes All Star Boxing’s “Battle of the Rising Stars” series featuring Southern California’s up and coming talent. Super middleweight Mike Guy (7-1-1, 3 KOs) of Sacramento won a six round majority decision over Jose Hernandez (6-2-1, 3 KOs) of Lancaster, California.
The two started off testing the jab in the opening round. However Hernandez began to let his hands loose as Guy also mixed it up in round two. In the third round Hernandez began to trickle blood from his nose as Guy smothered and went to the body. Guy connected with a huge left hook in round four staggering Hernandez to the ropes as Guy continued to work. The fifth round saw Guy continuing to go at Hernandez firing away combinations. The two were tired going into the sixth and final round. Guy let his hands loose as a bloodied Hernandez chased with 1-2 combinations. In the end the judges scored it 57-57, 59-55, and 58-56 as Mike Guy took a majority decision.
Unbeaten middleweight Aaron Coley (8-0-1, 5 KOs) of Hayward, California and John Hays (4-1-4) of Northridge fought to a six round draw. The two started off on the inside as Coley ripped the body with combinations, the taller Hays landed left hooks to the body. In round two Coley tagged with combinations but Hays pressed as they continued to work inside. Hays stalked as Coley went to the body in round three using combinations to tag Hays. Continuing to work on the inside Coley landed uppercuts but that did not keep Hays off of him as he continued to stay on top of Coley. Exchanging on the inside in round four the two fought at close quarters in round five. The sixth and final round Coley sticked and moved as Hays continued the pressure sensing the urgency landing a huge left hook in the closing seconds of the fight. Scores were 59-55 for Coley, 58-56 for Hays, and one judge scored it even 57-57.
In what was a record breaking female heavyweight showdown, LA’s Keela Byars and Bridgette Davis of Washington, D.C. squared off in a scheduled four round bout. Byers jabbed in round one as she used her height to keep the aggressive Davis away. In round two Byers continued to box as Davis appeared to be tired. Sticking and moving in round three Byers continued to pepper Davis with the jab but Davis began to close the gap. The fourth and final round seemed like the “Thrilla in Manila” with Byers sticking and moving as Davis threw wide punches that landed. In the end one judge scored the bout 40-36, and the two other judges scored the bout 39-37. Byers became the oldest female professional boxer at the age of 59, as she goes to 1-0. Davis became heaviest female boxer on record, scaling in at 295 pounds. Her record is now 0-1.
Bell, California’s Adam Munguilla (2-0) was too much for Osman Rivera (2-7-1) of Highland, California. Munguilla wasted no time as he landed big punches in the opening round. In round two Munguilla continued to pressure Rivera with power punches backing him to the ropes. The straight right hands continued to land for Munguilla through round three as Rivera fought on. The fourth and final round Munguilla attacked continuing to land thudding blows as Rivera made it to the final bell. All three judges scored the bout 40-36.
Local heavyweights Holden Read of Covina and Inglewood’s Tamis Long made their professional debuts as they went the distance in a scheuled four rounder. Long boxed and circled in the opening round countering the aggressive Read as he chased with power punches. The elusive Long frustrated Read most of the fight as he countered, let his hands loose tying up Read. All three judges scored the bout 40-36 as Tamis Long wins a unanimous decision. Long wins his professional debut as he now stands at 1-0. Read goes to 0-1.
in the opening bout, Luis Diaz made his pro debut with a majority decision win over Long Beach’s Davonte Donaldson in a four round lightweight bout. The taller Diaz pressured and stalked Donaldson using the jab following up with the right hand throughout the fight in route to a decision win as one judge scored the bout even 38-38, but he was overruled as the two other judges scored the bout 39-37. Diaz wins his pro debut as he now stands at 1-0, Donaldson drops to 1-6.
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