By Felipe Leon
Photos: Paul Gallegos
Boxing truly was at its best Thursday night at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in San Diego when the city’s premier live boxing promoter Bobby D Presents showcased an all action five bout fight card for their seventh event of the year. A healthy fight crowd was present to witness the night which began with announcer Benny Ricardo’s passionate eulogy towards the late great Ken Norton who passed away last week. Norton is best known for breaking the jaw of Muhammad Ali en route to beating him at the San Diego Sports Arena in 1973. In the main event, undefeated super welterweight Brandon “Cannon” Adams (12-0, 8KOs) proved that he is ready for bigger and better things when he blasted out the much more experienced Francisco “Panchito” Rios Gil (18-20, 12KOs) in the second round of a scheduled six.
In a streak that began at the end of 2012, Adams scored his fifth knock out in a row after stopping Yair Aguiar at the Four Points and then ending Edgar Bojorquez, Rafael Ortiz and Daniel Yocupicio in Tijuana this year. It was all Adams from the opening bell as the difference in hand speed was clear. Adams began with quick jabs then followed with straight rights with Rios Gil’s only option was to try to get out of the way. Once the jab and right hand was established, Adams then went ahead to unleash a brutal body attack that proved to be the end for Rios Gil.
A hard right hook to the body in the mid-way through the first sent the “Panchito” of Yavaros, Mexico, to the canvas. Rios Gil reluctantly beat the count but Adams let him off the hook for the rest of the round as he looked to get in some rounds. Early in the second Adams took a side step and landed a devastating left hook to Rios Gil’s chin which marked the beginning of the end. Adams kept attacking and a hard right dropped Rios Gil to the canvas for the second time. This time referee Pat Russell did not see the need to administer a count. Official time was 1:58 of the second.
Griffin Survives Against Hooker
Dallas, Texas’ Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (12-0-1, 9KOs) hit veteran Rynell Griffin (7-18-2, 2KOs) with everything but the kitchen sink by the Las Vegas fighter by way of New Orleans was able to survive the whole six rounds in the light welterweight division. Hooker was coming off two straight wins by first round knockout and it seemed as the southpaw Griffin was going to meet the same fate as the tall and lanky but strong Hooker began to land long right hands to the face of his opponent as Griffin’s back was against the ropes. Griffin seemed ready to go but was able to survive until the bell to end the first purely on his wits.
Griffin tried to make it a fight in the second but that didn’t last long as Hooker, who was got ready for the fight with a two week camp at the Wild Card Gym sparring Miguel Cotto and Ruslan Provodnikov, began to counter punch Griffin’s left hook. Hooker also didn’t have a problem scoring a right hook that would go around Griffin’s high guard as well as a powerful body attack to the ribs.
Hooker kept banging away at Griffin while the Las Vegas strangely kept coming forward but with not much of an attack. Griffin scored his best punch in the third with a hard left hook but that was about it as “Mighty Mo” went for broke in the sixth and final round as he went for the knock out in the first half of the round but Griffin was able to weather the storm.
At the end, all three judges, Fritz Werner, Alejandro Rochin and Pat Russell, scored it all the same 60-54 for Hooker.
Barragan Beats Dumais in Fight of the Night
Local favorite super welterweight David Barragan (6-0-1, 3KOs) without question took the fight night as he went to war with game first timer Matt Dumais (0-1) of Los Angeles in a four rounder that had much of the assembled crowd on their feet for the duration of the battle. Barragan, one of the more popular local fighters in town, had not seen action since April but was more than ready to impress the large contingent of fans from his gym the House of Boxing. Dumais was no slouch who despite a five year hiatus from the sport was billed as a decorated amateur.
Dumais got a fitting welcome to the pro ranks as Barragan put him on the seat of his pants with a jab followed by a left hook and then a right. Dumais beat the count and went after Barragan trying to make up for lost ground. Barragan was warned for low blows a couple of times during the fight as he made it a point to go after Dumais body. Dumais had some success catching the aggressive Barragan with right hands as he came in to beat the body but Barragan was able to return the favor more than a couple of times.
Things got interesting in the third and fourth as the roles turned and Dumais was the hunter as Barragan began to dance. After moving around the perimeter for most of the third, Barragan, with the crowd chanting “David, David” and begging for the knockout, began to put his skills on display as he began to pot shot Dumais almost at will. Long jabs and over hand rights became the order of the round as Dumais kept pushing forward but not enough to convince the judges. Fritz Werner saw it a landslide 40-35 while Jose Cobian and Alejandro Rochin both scored it 39-36, all for Barragan.
Perez Shines Against Madrigal
Quite possibly San Diego’s best kept secret, super bantamweight “Smokin’” Joe Perez (4-0, 3KOs) was taken the distance for the first in his now hometown debut when Coachella, CA’s Alfredo Madrigal (1-2) gave him a fight for four complete rounds. Originally from Tyler, Texas, Perez had scored three straight knockout victories in Iowa last year but now fighting out of San Diego met a little bit stiffer competition in the tough Madrigal.
Madrigal began going to the body early and Perez followed suit but in the second “Smokin’” went for the finish but Madrigal was able to slip enough punches and score his right hand to slow down the San Diego fighter. Perez kept digging to the body while both scored big power punches in the third in their busiest round. Perez scored the better punches including heat seeking right hands as they fought until the last bell. All three judges scored it 39-37 for Perez giving him the unanimous decision.
Madrigal Stops Ventura
Alfredo’s brother, Diego Madrigal (2-0-1, 1KO) had better luck as he only needed twenty-one seconds of the second round to stop Tijuana’s Luis Ventura (0-2) in a scheduled four round lightweight bout.
The fireworks began early when both fighters went to town from the opening bell throwing and landing hard power punches to the body and head. A huge exchange of leather near the end of the first with Madrigal scoring the better punches and sending Ventura to his corner on wobbly legs.
Seconds into the second, Madrigal scores a devastasting right hand that drops Ventura to the canvas. Ventura beat the count but when given the once over by referee by the experienced Pat Russell, his glassy eyes gave him away and the referee decided to stop the bout. Official time was 21 seconds of the second round.