By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Featherweight Ronny Rios won by fourth round knockout over Leivi Brea in a scheduled six round bout at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA. Rios (12-0, 6 KO’s) was getting the better of the exchanges early in the fight, but was deducted a point after he landed a low blow in the second round. Brea came on late in the second and third, but Rios began to get to Brea (17-9-3, 9 KO’s) with hard shots to the body. In the fourth round, Rios landed a right hand to the body that dropped Brea to one knee. Brea got up, but was dropped again to one knee by another right hand to the beltline. Brea remained on one knee, complaining that the punch was low as referee Jose Cobian counted him out at 2:59.
Full Report: Most young fighters tend to shy away from going to the body after being warned for a low blow or being deducted a point for that matter. Not Featherweight Ronny Rios, whose constant body attack on Leivi Brea was the key to earning an impressive victory. Rios knocked out Brea in the fourth round of a scheduled six round bout before an almost sellout crowd at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA.
The bout headlined a six-bout “Fight Night Club” card, presented by Golden Boy Promotions.
Rios was coming off a hard-fought six round unanimous decision over Guadalupe De Leon in his last bout in May. Prior to the De Leon bout, Rios scored an impressive fifth round knockout of Andres Ledesma in March.
Brea had won two bouts in a row prior to his bout against Rios. However, both fighters Brea faced do not have a victory between them in 21 bouts. Brea had lost six bouts in a row before his brief two-bout winning streak.
From the opening ball, Rios cautiously worked behind his jab, hoping to follow up with strong right hands. The southpaw Brea kept his distance from Rios, although he would at times move in and out of Rios’ range to throw one or two punches.
Rios began to attack the body often in the second round. However, a right hand to the body landed just below Brea’s beltline. Brea went down to the canvas on both knees, although the punch did not look as though it did that much sufficient damage. When Brea was ready to continue, referee Jose Cobian deducted a point from Rios.
“I knew he was kind of faking it,” said Rios, who has now fought four times at Club Nokia. “Even though I had a point deducted, why go outside of the game plan?”
The low blow seemed to spur Brea, as he became more aggressive against Rios. Brea pressed the action, throwing multiple punches, with a few landing to the head and body of Rios.
However, Rios maintained his disciplined by not trading with Brea. Rios went back to the body, throwing and landing left hooks. Brea began to slow down, keeping his distance from Rios.
A hard right hand just above the beltline of Brea in the fourth round dropped Brea to one knee. After standing up, Brea did what he could to fend Rios off of him. Another right hand to the body dropped him again a second time. Brea complained that the punch was low, but television replays showed the punch was on the beltline. Referee Cobian counted Brea out at 2:59 as Brea remained on one knee.
“He was strong early in the fight,” said Rios, acknowledging that he worked more on cardio for this fight. “He started fading by the end of the third round. I felt like I was hurting him to the body, so I just tried to take my time. The left hooks were there for me, but the straight rights is what worked for me.”
Rios, from Santa Ana, CA, improves to 12-0, 6 KO’s. Brea, from Miami, FL, by way of Constanza, Dominican Republic, falls to 17-9-3, 9 KO’s.
In the co-feature, Welterweight Antonio Orozco remained unbeaten with a hard-fought six round unanimous decision over Humberto Tapia.
Although Orozco won by unanimous decision, the scores did not reflect the competitiveness of the fight. Orozco used his quickness early in the fight, scoring with left hooks to the head. The veteran Tapia attempted to counter with right hands to the head.
Tapia pressed the action in the third round. He was rewarded by scoring with multiple right hands and the occasional left hook. Orozco took the punches well, even returning more left hooks to the head.
Orozco used more movement and lateral movement in the second half of the fight. Orozco landed straight right hands to the head, followed by left hooks. Although he possessed superior hand speed than Tapia, he did not trade with Tapia.
Undaunted, Tapia had his moments. He would catch Orozco with an occasional right hand, but was beaten to the punch whenever he left himself open. Tapia gave a good account of himself, as he has done often with prospects or contenders he has faced. However, Orozco was the more effective fighter from start to finish.
All three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Orozco.
Orozco, from San Diego, CA, improves to 8-0, 5 KO’s. Tapia, from Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, drops to 15-15-1, 8 KO’s.
Rios successful in debut
Welterweight Salvador Rios, the older brother of Ronny Rios, was successful in his professional debut, stopping Stephen Ruvalcaba in the second round of a scheduled four round bout.
From the beginning, Rios was accurate with his punches, landing with left hooks to the body or hard right hands to the head. Ruvalcaba felt the effects of the punches and either held on or backed away from Rios.
In the second round, Ruvalcaba attempted to mount an offense, but his punches had little effect on Rios, who continued to score impressively to the head. A hard right hand to the head by Rios sent Ruvalcaba’s mouthpiece flying out. That prompted referee Jose Cobian to step in and stop the bout at 1:35.
Ruvalcaba, from Exeter, CA, falls to 0-2.
Dorantes overwhelms De La Torre
In the walkout bout of the evening, Welterweight Armando Dorantes stopped Sergio De La Torre in the first round of a scheduled four round bout.
Within the first 30 seconds, Dorantes dropped De La Torre with a left hand to the head. De La Torre stood up, but was dropped again by a hard left hook to the head. Referee Raul Caiz, Sr. immediately stepped in and stopped the bout at 1:06.
Dorantes, from East Los Angeles, CA, goes to 8-2, 2 KO’s. De La Torre, from Escondido, CA, falls to 11-15-3, 1 KO.
Samir stops Alvarez
Middleweight Bastie Samir stopped Jacob Alvarez in the first round of a scheduled four round bout.
After a competitive first half of the round, Samir landed a series of hard right hands to the head of the southpaw Alvarez. After Alvarez backed up against a corner, Samir landed a hard right hand to the head of Alvarez that dropped him to one knee. Referee Raul Caiz, Sr. stepped in and stopped the bout at 2:37.
Samir, from Accra, Ghana, improves to 4-0, 4 KO’s. Alvarez, from Victor Valley, CA, drops to 0-2.
Bobadilla decisions Figueroa
Jonathan Bobadilla won a sloppy unanimous decision over Juan Alfonso Figueroa in a four round Junior Welterweight bout.
Throughout the bout, Figueroa would move forward and throw wild punches at Bobadilla. It did not help that, at times, Bobadilla would hold or back away from Figueroa.
However, halfway through the fight, Bobadilla began to counter with straight right hands to the head of Figueroa. Although Figueroa may have landed a punch on the inside, Bobadilla was busier and landed the more effective punches.
The action began to turn dirty in the fourth round. Figueroa landed two punches that were very below the waist of Bobadilla. On the second occurrence, both fighters inadvertently butted heads. Figueroa went down from the butt and a cut was open on the right side of the face. After the fourth round ended, Figueroa threw a sucker punch to the back of Bobadilla.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Bobadilla, with scores of 39-36, 39-36, and 38-37. Fightnews.com scored the bout 39-36 in favor of Bobadilla.
Bobadilla goes to 5-3, while Figueroa drops to 6-8-1, 3 KO’s. Both fighters were announced that they reside in Los Angeles, CA.