By Felipe Leon
Photos: Paul Gallegos
In the first fight card of the San Diego season, Bobby D. Presents along with Jorge Marron Productions and A&T Gym presented a full night of professional boxing that featured an array of local fighters as well as some from as far away as Dominican Republic, Philippines and southern Mexico. With a near sellout crowd jammed into the Four Points Sheraton in Kearny Mesa, a suburb of San Diego, light welterweight Emmanuel “Renegade” Robles (7-0-1, 2KOs) of Imperial Beach, CA, won a lopsided six round unanimous decision over Adolfo “Terror” Landeros (22-30-2, 10KOs) in the main event.
It was all Robles all the way as he completely controlled the action, from the outside or in the inside, Robles was simply the quicker but more importantly, the bigger guy against the career 122-126 lbs. Landeros. The tough “Terror”, originally of the Tepito neighborhood of Mexico City, tried to pressure Robles as he has done against all his opponents but Landeros had never fought north of 130 pounds. To his credit, Landeros lasted all the fights despite being hurt on different occasions against Robles who landed quick combinations to the head of the shorter Landeros.
Along with a huge heart, Landeros carries a wealth of experience and with that he was able to mount an offensive in the second half of the fight and with sneaky left hooks and pressure was able to make Robles take a step back on more than one occasion. One thing that can be said about Landeros, despite his losing record and tag of “opponent”, he truly came to fight with intensity and true grit.
After six rounds, it was identical scores of 60-54 three times that awarded the unanimous decision to the “Renegade” Robles.
Hoskins Upsets Rivera
In an upset, Los Angeles, CA’s Kevin “Hostile One” Hoskins (7-1, 3KOs) traveled south to send previously unbeaten Eduardo Rivera (9-1-1, 3KOs) to the canvas at 1:14 of the first round of a scheduled light welterweight six. No time was wasted as Rivera from Yucatan but fighting out of nearby Lakeside, CA, let the shorter Hoskins make his fight and exchanged with the Los Angeles fighter. Both were getting as good as they were giving but Hoskins’ straight right followed by a straight right got there quicker and hurt Rivera. Rivera, disconnected from his senses, fell to the canvas hard. As referee Tony Crebs administered the count, Rivera got to his feet at nine but after a serious look from Crebs, the action was stopped. Official time was 1:14.
Rubillar shocks “Chocolate” Nieves
In an international flyweight match up, what seemed like target practice for the much quicker and fresher Basilio “Chocolate” Nieves (10-2, 3KOs) as he easily out boxed veteran Juanito Rubillar (49-18-7, 24KOs) for the majority of the bout, finished with an odd turn of events giving the Filipino fighter the win. The fight followed a usual pattern of Nieves darting in and out, scoring with mainly straight rights through the southpaw stance of Rubillar. After every punch landed, Rubillar would ask for more but had trouble trying to mount an offensive on the always moving Nieves. In the fourth, Rubillar began to close the gap better and was able to manhandle Nieves to the ropes and score punches to the body but as soon as the action was taken to the middle of the ring, it was all Nieves and his much quicker reflexes.
In a strange change of events and with Nieves winning easily, Rubillar landed a punch on the belt that bruised Nieves’ left hip. Nieves walked to his corner and at first it seemed that there was a malfunction with his cup but it was later revealed Nieves did not wish to continue due to the pain. The end was ruled a TKO win for Rubillar at the 1:00 mark of the fifth round of a scheduled six.
Barragan Survives Knockdown to Win
Big-time local favorite David Barragan (4-0-1, 2KOs) survived an early scare to remain undefeated with a unanimous decision over very late sub Jose Martell (2-6, 1KO) of Phoenix, Arizona. Barragan of nearby National City was visibly the better technical fighter as he put together his crisp combinations much better than the wild Martell. Martell, who took the fight with 24-hour notice, caught an unbalanced Barragan early in the second with a straight left that sent the local fighter down. Clearly a flash knockdown, Barragan was back on his feet and took the round back charging Martell against the ropes. Despite scoring the knockdown, Martell’s wind was out of his sails as he was content in taking Barragan’s punishment. With a left hook that could tenderize a chuck wagon steak into filet mignon, Barragan went to the body with abandon as he tried to give his fan base the knockdown they were shouting for.
Martell scored early in the fourth as it seemed that he was conserving his energy for the last round but Barragan easily shut down the Arizona fighter with applied pressure. At the end, all three judges, Alejandro Rochin, Tony Crebs and Fritz Werner, had it an identical 38-37 for Barragan.
Fonseca Takes Taylor’s ‘0’
Victor Fonseca (3-1-1, 1KO) of Tijuana came up north and gave local James “Hollywood” Taylor (2-1) all he could handle on his way to a unanimous decision in a four round welterweight four. Taylor was quicker of hand of feet but Fonseca clearly hit harder as he hurt the San Diego fighter with right hands in all kinds of different angles. An overhand right wobbled Taylor against the ropes in the second and then Fonseca welcomed Taylor in the third with a perfect right hand. Surprisingly Taylor remained on his feet and tried to brawl with Fonseca but the Tijuana fighter was just too strong. The fourth and final round was all Fonseca as he landed everything on Taylor making his opponent’s head snap back with at times wild hooks from both fists. Taylor tried to keep up but was overwhelmed by the grinder from Tijuana. Scores were 40-36 each by Fritz Werner and Tony Crebs while Alejandro Rochin saw it 39-37.
Quiroz Puts a Hurting on First-Timer Sandoval
No quarrel was given between flyweights Jonathan Quiroz (3-1) of Oceanside, CA, and San Bernardino’s Jesus Sandoval (0-1) in the opening four rounder. After an even first round where both fighters weren’t shy in throwing hard power punches, Quiroz began pushing forward and began to land a thundering left hook that never missed its mark to the southpaw Sandoval’s chin. Sandoval looked ready to go by the end of the round, especially after Quiroz put the icing on the pain cake with a perfectly thrown right uppercut. Sandoval was able to survive the round and in the second was able to establish himself more as the aggressor. Quiroz had no problem letting Sandoval dictate the action but he scored the better punches as he would catch Sandoval coming in with sneaky over hand rights or straight crosses to the mid-section. Sandoval kept trying to make it a brawl but Quiroz was just better and ruined Sandoval’s coming out party. Veteran judges Fritz Werner and Jose Cobian saw it 40-36 while Alejandro Rochin gave one round to Sandoval with a score of 39-37.