By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Paul Gallegos
After an emotive ten count for fallen local fighter Pablo “Bronco” Armenta who was murdered earlier this week in Tijuana, California Boxing Hall of Fame promoter Bobby DePhilippis and his outfit Bobby D Presents launched the latest installment of their “San Diego Fights” series last Friday night at the only home for San Diego boxing, the Four Points by Sheraton in the suburb of Kearny Mesa. After Tijuana featherweight Luis Ventura (0-1) failed a late MRI test and was deemed not able to participate in his scheduled four round bout against the popular Prince “Tiger” Smalls (1-0-1), the fight card became a four bout fight card. Despite of that, there were no complaints from the local San Diego fight crowd as they enjoyed another exciting fight night in on a balmy San Diego evening.
After female junior flyweight Amaris “Diamond Girl” Quintana accidentally slammed a window on her left hand and postponed her much awaited return to the ring after a year hiatus for a couple more months, the main event fell on the shoulders of undefeated junior welterweight Emmanuel “Renegade” Robles (9-0-1, 3KOs). He did not disappoint as he completely dominated the rough, tough and durable Adolfo “Terror” Landeros (22-33-2, 10KOs) for six rounds. The bout marked the second time these both fighters met with the first being back in February where Robles won a unanimous decision over six rounds.
The southpaw Robles had not stepped into the ring since last April when he stopped hard hitting Joshua Marks in four heats but did not show any ring rust as he went right after Landeros from the opening bell looking for the knock out. The San Diego fighter had no trouble pushing the smaller Landeros of Mexico City to the ropes and attacking the body with abandon. Landeros had no choice but to put his guard up and protect himself while he looked to sneak in an overhand right every once in a while.
It looked as if Robles was going to finish off the night early when near the end of the first while Landeros continued on the ropes, he scored with a hard straight right to the chin of the Mexico City veteran that sent Landeros reeling back and to the canvas. Landeros complained that Robles stepped on his foot but referee Tony Crebs still gave him the mandatory eight count.
In the third Landeros seemed to wake up as he began to score some meaningful right hands as Robles kept up the pressure. By the fifth Robles turned up the heat and continued to land hard hooks from either fist to the body of the almost defenseless Landeros. Despite of the non-stop pressure, the resilient Landeros will stay against the ropes and look for openings in between Robles’ attack. He didn’t find many but near the sixth and final round, he scored with a hard right that snapped Robles’ head back. Too little to late because at the end all three judges, Fritz Werner, Max DeLuca and Pat Russell, all scored it the same 60-53 for the San Diego fighter.
Carlson Stops Cupul in Two
Tijuana super bantamweight Carlos “Memin” Carlson (11-0, 8KOs) looked impressive while stopping the rugged Pablo Cupul (8-13, 5KOs) of Lakeside, CA, by way of Yucatan, in the second round of a scheduled six.
Carlson, who recently signed with southern California’s Thompson Boxing, was in his first fight in the United States after building up his record in Mexico. Carlson at first looked to have some trouble with Cupul’s pressure that began as soon as the first bell rang. Cupul was relentless in going to the body of his much taller and leaner opponent as Carlson looked to box his much more experienced opponent.
Carlson quickly got his footing and began to throw quick and potent combinations to the head and body. A hard right hand seemed to hurt Cupul near the end of the round but he came going after Carlson, not worrying much about defense.
He should have.
One minute into the second round as Cupul kept coming forward throwing wide looping punches, Carlson listened to his corner, took a step back and unleashed a perfect right hook to the chin of Cupul. Cupul never saw the punch coming and dropped straight down. He tried to get up but it was no use as he was clearly hurt as referee Jose Cobian got to ten. Official time was 1:09 of the second round.
Ambrosio Knocks Out Zamani
In a scheduled super bantamweight four, Luis Ambrosio (2-0, 2KOs) of Fresco, CA, earned his second knock out in as many fights by stopping first timer Akeenz Zamani (0-1) at the 2:48 mark of the first round.
Zamani moved well but kept his chin up high and it was only a matter of time that the more technical and aggressive Ambrosio would score a big punch. He did near the end of the first with a left uppercut to the chin and then a right one to the body of Zamani as the first timer was against the red corner. Zamani dropped to his knees and showed no indication that he would try to beat the count being administered by third man in the ring Jose Cobian.
Olympian Hunter Too Much for Mireles
2012 heavyweight Michael Hunter (2-0, 2KOs) of Las Vegas, NV, proved to quick and to strong for twenty-two fight veteran Francisco “Taz” Mireles (15-8, 4KOs) of Agua Prieta, Mexico. Hunter, son of former fringe heavyweight contender Michael “The Bounty Hunter” Hunter, made quick work of his clearly out of shape opponent as he attacked the body while Mireles never thought of attacking but only retreating into a rather big shell.
Hunter, 210 lbs. versus 284 lbs. of Mireles, unleashed quick combinations of hooks and uppercuts as Mireles quickly found himself against the ropes. He took a knee almost immediately after the first punches landed and another one seconds later after Hunter punched his flabby body. Referee Tony Crebs didn’t even bother to give a count, as it was obvious that Mireles did not want to continue.