By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing
Thompson Boxing Promotions returned to the Inland Empire Friday night for its Path to Glory series at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Riverside’s Richard “El Terminador” Contreras (10-1-1, 9 KOs) returned to the ring as he took on Victor Sanchez (4-6-1, 1 KO) of Houston in the scheduled eight round featherweight main event. Sanchez and Contreras battled it out for six rounds as Victor Sanchez pulled the upset.
The Houston fighter Victor Sanchez wasted no time as he came out punching away at Richard Contreras in the opening round as a left by Sanchez sent Contreras to the canvas. Contreras quickly got up as Sanchez continued to attack.
Trading on the inside in round two a right hook by Sanchez rocked Contreras backing him to the ropes as the Texan had the better of the exchange as Contreras began to gush from the nose.
Continuing to work on the inside in round three both exchanged non-stop trading away with huge punches as they had the crowd on its feet.
The action picked up where it left off in round four as Sanchez and Contreras did not step back exchanging punches as Contreras landed the heavier punches despite the blood continuing to flow from his nose.
In round five the two continued to trade away as Contreras was landing the bigger punches and Sanchez was landing a series of punches.
Victor Sanchez backed Contreras to the ropes landing on the inside as blood continued to trickle from Contreras nose as referee Raul Caiz Sr. stops the contest at the end of round 6.
Victor Sanchez comes into Richard Contreras backyard and improves to 5-6-1, 2KOs. Richard Contreras fought a tough fight and falls to 10-2-1, 9KOs.
In the scheduled six-round junior welterweight co-main event San Diego’s Giovanni “El Gallo de Oro” Santillan (7-0, 5 KOs) and Jesus Mendez (3-3, 2 KOs) of Houston went the distance.
Giovanni Santillan outworked and handled the tough Jesus Mendez.
The southpaw Giovanni Santillan used his jab in the opening round, shortly after a one two combination rocked Mendez backing him to the ropes referee Ray Corona ruled it a knockdown as Mendez hands touched and head went through the ropes.
In round two Santillan boxed using the jab as he followed with straight lefts on the head of Mendez.
Santillan continued to box patient in round three as he used his jab maintaining his distance on the shorter Medina.
The Texan Medina complained to referee Ray Corona about Santillan head butting in round four as it drew boos from the crowd.
Beginning to bleed from his nose in round five was Medina as the San Diego fighter stalked Medina, shortly after Medina lost his mouthpiece as the action stopped momentarily. The action picked up shortly after as Santillan backed Medina with a huge left hand as Medina’s mouthpiece flew out of his mouth once again.
In the final round Medina spit out his mouthpiece for a third time as Santillan punched away. All three judges saw the bout the same as they scored it 60-53.
With the win Giovanni Santillan remains unbeaten and goes to 8-0, 5KOs
In the opening bout of the night Riverside’s Rafael Lopez (5-1, 5 KOs) worked Omar Barefield (0-3) in a scheduled four round super middleweight bout. Lopez landed the overhand right numerous times and boxed well in route to a unanimous decision win as all three judges scored it 40-36.
Rafael Lopez is the younger brother of welterweight Josesito Lopez as he improves to 6-1, 5KOs.
Junior featherweight Johnny Reyes (2-0, 1 KO) of Palmdale, California schooled Johnny Fraizier (3-15-3, 3KOs) for four rounds. The southpaw Johnny Reyes tagged Fraizier with straight lefts and switched his stance occasionally attacking with series of combinations, working the body to win a unanimous decision as all three judges scored the bout 40-36. Johnny Reyes improves to 3-0, 1KO in winning a unanimous decision.
2012 Ukrainian Olympic bronze medalist Taras Shelestyuk (2-0, 2 KOs) scored a second round knockout over Mario Angeles (1-3-1). The former Olympian knockdown Angeles in the second round with a one-two counter as Angeles came charging with punches. Shortly after, Shelestyuk landed a right hand followed by a left that dropped Angeles as referee Raul Caiz Sr. stopped the contest at 2:04 of round two.
The Ukrainian Taras Shelestyuk gets his third win as his record stands at 3-0, 3KOs. Shelestyuk trains out of the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood and is trained by Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach.
Among those in attendance Friday night at the Thompson Boxing Path to Glory series were Josesito Lopez supporting his brother and greeting fans, former world champion Israel Vasquez doing the commentating for Time Warner Cable Deportes, Hall of Fame Trainer Freddie Roach, former world champion Rodolfo Gonzalez, and Heavyweight fan-favorite Riverside’s Chris Arreola. Thompson Boxing Promotions returns to the Doubletree next month on Friday June 28.
“This was a fabulous card this is our thirteenth year at this hotel. We have a fan base that is incredible we always try to give what they look for exciting fighs. We have had several world champions start here, Timothy Bradley, Josesito Lopez, Yohnny Perez and Chris Arreola, Mauricio Herrera have fought many fights here. ” Promoter Ken Thompson told Fightnews.com
“So we have had a lot of successful fighters and we have got more coming without question.” Ken Thompson concluded.
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