By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Thompson Boxing Promotions returned Friday night to the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California for its New Blood Series in its season finale. Local welterweight Colton’s Artemio “King” Reyes took on Francisco Reza of Torreon, Mexico in the scheduled eight round main event in closing 2013 Thompson Boxing season. It was a quick night as Reyes took Reza out in two rounds. Reyes started off slow as he landed the jab and kept his distance from Reza in the opening round. But in round two, a crunching left hook to the body sent Reza to the canvas. When he got up Reyes continued his attack once again landing another left hook to the body as referee Jack Reiss stopped the contest at 1:15. With the win Artemio “King” Reyes improves his mark to 21-2, 17 KOs, while Francisco Reza drops to 12-8, 9 KOs.
In the welterweight co-main event, Giovanni Santillan of San Diego battered Hawaii’s Michael Balasi in a scheduled eight round bout. Santillan was relaxed as he boxed and jabbed in round one as Balasi came straight at him throwing punches. In the second round Balasi continued his aggression punching away as Santillan worked with the jab circling the ring, however a left hook to the body staggered Balasi as Santillan followed up with a barrage of punches as referee Pat Russell stepped in to stop the contest at 2:41. Giovanni Santillan remains unbeaten as he now stands at 11-0, 7 KOs. Michael Balasi falls to 10-3, 7 KOs.
Garden Grove’s Jose Roman returned to the ring to decision Hector Miguel Zuniga of Tijuana, Mexico in a six round lightweight bout. Roman circled the ring using the jab on the aggressive Zuniga as he attacked the body to start it off in round one. Continuing to box in round two Roman worked the jab and countered but Zuniga continued to press forward backing Roman to the ropes landing the right hand numerous times. The Mexican fighter continued to chase connecting on the inside as Roman circled and jabbed but the two finished the round exchanging going toe to toe as the bell rang to end the round. Midway through the fight in round four Zuniga continued to press forward as Roman countered the aggressiveness of the Mexican fighter moments later a combination dropped Zuniga in the closing seconds. In round five a straight right by Roman momentarily staggered Zuniga but finished the round strong exchanging with Roman. The sixth and final round saw the two fighters punching away as Zuniga kept coming at Roman with the rights, Roman countering big on the inside. Two judges scored the bout 60-54 while one judge scored it 58-55 as Jose Roman bounces back improving his record to 15-1-1, 12 KOs. Hector Miguel Zuniga falls to 13-4, 8KOs.
In the first bout of the evening Colombian welterweight Oscar Torres made his professional debut against Cory Muldrew of Chandler, Arizona, in a four rounder. The Columbian Torres was too much as he outworked the Arizona fighter in going the distance. Torres connected with combination that rocked Muldrew in round three en route to a unanimous decision win as two judges scored the bout 39-37 and one judge scored the bout 40-36. Oscar Torres now stands at 1-0, 1 KO as Carlos Herrera falls to 0-3.
In heavyweight action Burbank’s Justin Goslee and Justin Davenport of Lake Arrowhead, California slugged it out while it lasted in a scheduled four rounder. The big guys came out punching away in the opening round but a huge straight left by Davenport knocked down the bigger Goslee to the corner as referee Pat Russell reached a ten count at 2:00 minutes. Davenport gets his first professional win as he goes to 1-0-1, 1 KO, Justin Goslee now stands at 2-1, 2KOs.
In a welterweight clash, Watsonville’s Oscar Godoy and Ricky Duenas of El Monte dished it out for eight rounds.
Godoy and Duenas started off in the opening round as the southpaw Duenas came forward as Godoy used his distance with the jab. Duenas worked his way inside as he digged to the body, Godoy pressed forward with the jab. Boxing patiently behind the jab in round three Godoy kept Duenas at a distance following up with big punches. Godoy countered effectively in round four off the jab as Duenas made his way inside. Halfway through the bout in round five Godoy continued to counter as he caught Duenas with a right uppercut, moments later Godoy landed a solid right hand but Duenas continued to fight on. In round six Duenas pressured behind the jab as Godoy boxed shooting the right. Duenas worked effective on the inside but Godoy also mixed it up in round seven as the two fighters sensed the urgency late in the fight. The eighth and final round Duenas pressed forward working on the inside as Godoy threw the jab followed with straight rights but in the closing seconds Duenas backed Godoy to the corner as he appeared staggered as the final bell rang. In the end the judges two judges scored the bout split 77-75 and one judge had a sweeping 80-72 in favor of Godoy as he wins a split decision. Oscar Godoy improves his record to 12-2, 6 KOs as Ricky Duenas goes to 12-3, 6 KOs.
Heavyweight Javier Torres of Long Beach outworked Kevin Howard of Alabama in a scheduled four round bout. Torres came out boxing in the opening round as he used the jab on Howard following up with a straight right. In round two Torres began to pick up the pace landing combinations followed up with the left hook to the body chopping down Howard. Things got messy in the third round as Torres used a maneuver as Howard tumbled to the canvas. The two exchanged in the final round as they pressed forward and continued throwing after the final bell. In the end all three judges scored the bout 39-37 as Javier Torres remains unbeaten at 6-0-1, 3 KOs as his opponent Kevin Howard falls to 3-12-1, 1 KO.
In attendance and at ringside were super bantamweight Efrain Esquivias, welterweight Josesito Lopez, heavyweight Chris Arreola, and former world champion Israel Vasquez. Thompson Boxing Promotions returns February to the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario to start off the 2014 season.
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