By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In his toughest test so far in his career, super bantamweight Jonathan Arellano won an eight round unanimous decision over Jose Angel Beranza before a near-sellout crowd at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. Arellano was the quicker fighter of the two, utilizing his speed to his advantage in beating Beranza to the punch. Undaunted, Beranza did all e could to get close to Arellano, pressing the fight to close the gap between the two. Beranza had some success in the as the bout progressed, but his momentum would get thwarted web Arellano landed counter right crosses to the head. Both fighters had their moments in the final round, although Arellano finished strong. All three judges scored the fight in favor of Arellano, 77-75, 79-73, and an unbelievable 80-72. Fightnews.com scored the bout 78-74 in favor of Arellano, who hails from Ontario and goes to 13-0-1, 3 KOs. Beranza, from Mexico City, DF, Mexico, drops to 35-24-2, 27 KOs.
In a fight featuring two of the top young super featherweights in Southern California, Aalan Martinez stopped Ramon Valadez in the seventh round of a scheduled eight round bout. There were few exchanges in the first six rounds of the fight. Both looked to counter the other fighter. Valadez would score with occasional right hands, with Martinez attempting to gain rhythm during the middle rounds. In the seventh round, Martinez staggered Valadez with a left uppercut to the head. Martinez followed up with a barrage of punches until Valadez dropped to the canvas. Valadez beat the count, but referee David Mendoza waved the fight over at 1:09. Martinez, from East Los Angeles, CA, goes to 11-1-1, 6 KOs, while Valadez, from Ontario, drops to 11-2, 6 KOs. Entering the seventh round, judges had the fight scored 58-56, 58-56, and 59-55 in favor of Valadez.
In an all out super bantamweight brawl, Juan Reyes won a six round unanimous decision over Oscar Venegas. Reyes was able to repeatedly outland Venegas in the first two rounds of the fight. Venegas was able to close the distance and countered effectively in the third round. However, Reyes decisively controlled the second half of the fight. He could not miss when he threw counter right hands to the head. Reyes stunned Venegas on multiple occasions in the fourth and sixth rounds, forcing him to retreat at times. Both fighters traded punches until the final bell. All three judges scored the fight in favor of Reyes, 60-54, 59-55, and 58-56. Fightnews.com scored the bout 59-55 in favor of Reyes, who hails from nearby Riverside and improves to 6-1-1, 1 KO. Venegas, from Maywood, CA, falls to 3-1, 2 KOs.
Welterweight Artemio Reyes won a hard-fought, yet one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Enrique Gutierrez. It was Reyes’ first fight back since being knocked out by Alan Sanchez in the first round in April. Reyes worked from the center of the ring, mostly stalking Gutierrez around the ring. During a lot of the exchanges, Reyes landed the harder blows to the head. However, Gutierrez was able to land a counter right hand to the was of Reyes. Both fighters went at it in the sixth round, producing some of the eat action of the fight. Gutierrez looked tired at times, but Reyes did not attack the body as he should have. All three judges scored the bout 80-72 in favor of Reyes. Fightnews.com scored the bout 79-73 for Reyes, who hails from nearby Colton and improves to 16-2, 12 KOs. Gutierrez, from Santa Rosa, CA, falls to 10-5, 8 KOs.
In a battle of unbeaten flyweights, Takashi Okada won a six round unanimous decision over Oscar Vasquez. Okada dropped Vasquez with a counter right hand during the first round. Vasquez was able to rebound well in the second, landing potent punches to the head and body. After Okada controlled the third round, he hurt Vasquez in the fourth with a hard counter right hand to the head. The tempo slowed down in the final two rounds of the fight, where Okada was the busier and more effective fighter. All three judges scored the fight in favor of Okada, 58-55, 58-55, and 60-53. Fightnews.com scored the fight 59-54 in favor of Okada, who hails from Okayama, Japan and improves to 5-0-1, 1 KO. Vasquez, from Sun Valley, NV, falls to 2-1.
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- Thompson Boxing Promotions, which promoted the card, is scheduled to promote again at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario on July 20th. For tickets and information, contact Thompson Boxing at (714) 935-0900.
- Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola, lightweight contender Darley Perez, welterweight Aaron Martinez, unbeaten super welterweight Sammy Gonzalez, featherweight Charles Huerta, Colombian fighter Daulis Prescott, unbeaten super bantamweight Richard Contreras, and former world champion Rodolfo Gonzalez all took in the action from ringside.
- A 10-count was administered to those in boxing who recently passed.
- Ring announcer was Jimmy Lennon Jr.