Story and photos by Francisco Salazar at ringside
Irving Garcia won a one-sided four round unanimous decision over Roberto Rios before an almost sellout crowd at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, CA. Both fighters, who weighed in at 131 pounds the day before, pawed each other with jabs in the opening round, although Garcia attempted to follow up those jabs with right hands to the head. Garcia was able to drop Rios with a overhand right hand to the head in the second round. Rios was going to drop face-first, but held himself up with his gloves. Rios, who was cut over his left eye, tried to back away from an advancing Garcia, who attempted to time Rios with another right hand to the head. There was little action in the third round as Rios mostly moved around the ring. However, Rios was able to land a few punches to Garcia to start the fourth round. However, the rally was short-lived as Garcia landed a hard right hand that almost dropped Rios. Following the punch, Rios went into survival mode, doing as little as he could to engage with Garcia. The plan worked as he was able to make it to the final bell. All three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 40-35. Garcia, from Oxnard, CA, goes to 8-1, 5 KOs. Rios, from Bell Gardens by way of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, drops to 4-1, 3 KOs.
In an all-out war between unbeaten flyweights, Abigail Castaneda and Adrienne Alegria fought to a four round split decision draw. Castaneda was quicker to the punch in the opening round, landing repeated right hands to the head. Alegria scored well in the second round, landing more to the head of Castaneda. After a close third round, both fighters threw and landed exchanges in a competitive fourth round. However, Castaneda finished strong in the final minute of the round, landing counter left hooks and right crosses to the head. One judge each had Castaneda and Alegria winning the fight 39-37, while the third judge scored the bout 38-38. Fightnews.com scored the bout 39-37 in favor of Castaneda, who hails from Santa Ana, CA and goes to 3-0-1. Alegria, from nearby Rowland Heights, goes to 2-0-1.
Lightweights Luis Hernandez and Alejandro Ochoa fought to a four round split decision draw. Ochoa started well in the opening round, but Hernandez began dictating the action by attacking the body over the next two rounds. Ochoa began slowing down as Hernandez pursued him around the ring in the third. However, Ochoa came on in the final round, becoming busier and more aggressive throughout the round while Hernandez connected with counter right hands to the head. One judge each had Hernandez and Ochoa winning the fight 39-37, while the third judge had the bout scored a draw. Fightnews.com scored the bout 39-37 in favor of Hernandez, who resides in San Bernardino, CA and goes to 1-2-1. Ochoa, from Anaheim, CA, goes to 1-1-1.
Louis Rose won a four round majority decision over Jason Gonzalez in middleweight action. Rose was the more-accurate puncher throughout most of the bout. However, he was not busy at times, waiting for the southpaw Gonzalez to initiate exchanges. When he was busy, Rose landed at will, especially with right hands to the head. Rose stunned Gonzalez towards the end of the fourth round, but the bell sounded to save Gonzalez. One judge scored the bout 38-38, while the other two judges scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Rose. Fightnews.com scored the bout 39-37 in favor of Rose, who hails from nearby Lynwood and improves to 3-0. Gonzalez, from Long Beach, CA, drops to 1-2, 1 KO.
- Super bantamweight contender Rico Ramos caught the action from ringside.
- Garcia trains at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard.
- Next All Star Boxing Promotions fight card will take place at the Bonaventure Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles on August 18th. For tickets and information, contact All Star Boxing Promotions at (323) 816-6200 or (323) 781-4871.
- Ring announcer was Jim Fitzgerald.