By Felipe Leon
Photos: Renzo Novara
With an enthusiastic nearly sold out Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, 2012 California Hall of fame promoter Bobby DePhilippis put on the latest edition of his long running series “Champions of Tomorrow” on Friday, April 19th, with a five-bout fight card that had the crowd of around one thousand San Diego fight fans on their feet for most of the show. After a much talked about sparring match last year where things heated, hometown hero Emmanuel “Renegade” Robles (8-0-1, 4KOs) survived rough seas to remain undefeated by stopping the hard hitting Joshua “Superman” Marks (8-5, 8KOs) in the fourth round of a scheduled light welterweight six.
Kept busy by Bobby D. Presents, Robles was coming off an easy unanimous decision over the much more experienced Adolfo Landeros last February while cut up Marks, who after tipping the scale at 140.5 lbs. the day before at the weigh-in, mentioned that only three months ago walked around a whopping 215 pounds was coming off a tough loss to Aaron Martinez in Ontario a year ago.
The southpaw Marks of El Centro, CA, by way of Grand Junction, CO, did not hesitate as he rushed Robles at the opening bell and began to pump a stiff jab in his opponent’s face. The jab was followed by hard lefts that did not miss their mark and quickly got the attention of Robles. Every punch thrown by Marks was with bad intentions as he looked to keep his streak alive of winning every one of his fights by knock out. Robles remained on the outside and only got in range when attacking the body of Marks after setting up his distance with the jab. Marks counterpunched well and caught Robles more than once with his own set of jab and straight left to the head.
In the second, Robles turned up the head and began to throw more punches and also as able to muscle Marks around the ring, pushing him towards the ropes. By the third, Robles seemed to be taking the momentum as he scored well from the outside to the body and head and at times catching Marks with quick punches flush to the face that snapped his opponent’s head back. Marks was still game as he looked to score with big left but now Robles was able to take advantage of Marks’ aggressiveness.
The end came quick half-way through the fourth round as Robles again caught Marks with a huge uppercut that hurt the man from El Centro. Marks took several steps back until his back was against the ropes. Robles began to punish him with a barrage of punches as Marks moved towards a neutral corner. With referee David Mendoza intently watching the action and his hometown crowd cheering him on, Robles continued to hurt Marks and scored a couple of more hard uppercuts while Marks’ hands were down. With that, Mendoza had seen enough and he jumped in to stop the action at the 2:35 mark of the fourth round.
“I’m ready for the next level, I think I proved my mettle with this fight, Joshua was very tough but I proved that I can deal with these kinds of fighters,” an elated Robles stated minutes after the best win of his career. “I know my promoter Bobby D. Presents will know what road to take next and whichever it is, I am ready.”
Barragan Bludgeons Alvizio
Scoring the best knock out of the night, the popular super welterweight David Barragan (5-0-1, 3KOs) of National City, CA, kept his crowd happy impressively knocking out Moses Alvizio (1-6) of Nogales, AZ, by way of Guadalajara, Mexico. Barragan began the fight solidly with an effective jab followed with a hard left hook the body. Alvizio, although not as skilled as his opponent, made good midway through the round with a wild overhand right that hurt Barragan and made him wobbly enough to force him to clinch. After being separated by referee Jose Cobian, both fighters began an exchange that ended with Barragan landing a very low blow. Alvizio, visibly hurt, asked Cobian for a five-minute rest to recuperate but only used about two, which the referee granted and also used to deduct Barragan a point for the foul.
With a large contingent of his fans chanting his name, a composed Barragan went after his prey once the action resumed and only seconds later scored a crushing left hook to the chin of Alvizio that dropped the man from Guadalajara to the canvas. Alvizio beat the count but was visibly hurt and Cobian stopped the action. Official time was 2:35 of the first round of a scheduled four.
Tinoco Boxes to Pro Debut Win
In a female super flyweight four rounder, first timer Aracely Tinoco (1-0) boxed herself to her first win with a majority decision over the also somewhat skillful Guadalupe “Lupita” Gutierrez (1-4) of Temecula, CA, by way of Mexico City. Gutierrez scored first with a straight right hand in the opening seconds of the bout but Tinoco of nearby Ramona, CA, quickly grabbed the momentum with mostly a set of multiple jabs while circling to her left.
Gutierrez seemed to land the harder punches but Tinoco was the busier of the two, mixing in her combinations to the head and body. In the second, Tinoco scored her own right but hers wobbled the Mexico City native. The pace slowed down in the third but picked up again in the fourth and final round with both going for the win with some heavy exchanges with Tinoco scoring the better punches as Gutierrez came in.
At the end, judges Tony Crebs and Fritz Werner saw it 39-37 and 40-36 respectively for Tinoco while Jose Cobian had it an even 38-38 thus awarding Tinoco the majority decision.
Quiroz Comes Back with Killer Finish
The always-exciting Jonathan Quiroz (4-1, 1KO) came from behind to score his first stoppage win over the game Javier Barragan (2-2, 2KOs) of Indio, CA, in a scrappy four round flyweight war.
After going down in the first from a short left hook, Quiroz of nearby Oceanside, CA, Quiroz stepped on the gas pedal and never looked back. Barragan, who had former title challenger Antonio Diaz in his corner, kept up with Quiroz, with both fighters throwing technique out the window and just landing huge bombs. Quiroz took over in the third by going to the body and hurting Barragan. Once he noticed that his man was in pain, Quiroz went for the finish, landing with everything but the corner stool. Quiroz seemed to have no quit in him as he scored with power punches to the body and jolted Barragan’s head back with hard uppercuts. Barragan looked like he was ready to go down when the bell to end the third round saved him from anymore punishment. Once with his corner, Barragan decided not to come out for the fourth and immediately waived over referee Jose Cobian and stopped the fight.
Featherweight Erick Ituarte (5-0, 1KO) of Los Angeles, CA, by way of Durango, Mexico, took a unanimous decision over Pablo Batres (4-5-1) of Nogales, Sonora. Scores were 39-36 twice and 38-37.
Faces in the Crowd:
World-Ranked super bantamweight Christopher Martin, the “Third Generation” Leon Spinks III, son of the legendary Archie Moore, Billy Moore, 2012 Olympic heavyweight Michael Hunter, amateur standout now pro Aaron Garcia and trainer Vince Parra.