October 12, 2013
The latest Golden Hands Boxing show featuring 11 competitive matches and sanctioned by USA Amateur Boxing, was held Saturday at the recently opened Intensity MMA & Fitness gym in South San Diego. Unlike the ticket prices of a boxing show costing anywhere from $50 all the way up to $2,500 at a local casino, the entrance fee for this exciting show was $10 without any extra gratuities or parking fees.
The results of the show you could have attended are as follows:
In Bout #1, it was 30 year-old Tin Bui of Art of Eight Training & Fitness Center, Kearny Mesa (137.6 pounds) gaining an unanimous decision victory over 19 year-old Arnulfo Carreon of the North County Gym in Escondido (139.6 pounds).
Bui used his full extension to land the more damaging head shots in both rounds #1 and #2. Carreon made a better accounting of himself in Round #3, but by that time Bui had built himself a substantial point lead.
In Bout #2, it was 14 year-old Ivan Guardado of the host gym Intensity MMA (102 pounds) getting the best of 14 year-old Rodolfo Ortigoza of the Legacy Training Center, Vista, CA (103.4 pounds).
According to his coach, it was Guardado’s 10th win against just one loss and his second win over Ortigoza. Plain and simple, he landed more punches with the majority of them being straight counters off of Ortigoza’s wider and less accurate punches.
In Bout #3, it was 10 year-old David Gutierrez of Golden Hands (76.8 pounds) going up against 10 year-old Julius Ballo of La Gente (73.8 pounds) of the Undisputed Fitness & Training Center in El Cajon.
Despite being much shorter, Ballo, the current CA State Champion and two-time National Champion, was masterful, especially on his defense and the way he was able to get in close enough to land his multitude of counters. Gutierrez’s foolhardy strategy involved landing that one big knockout blow which at times did reach it’s target but not often enough.
In Bout #4, it was 22 year-old Gilbert Lopez (153.2 pounds) going up against 17 year-old Hussein Fakhreddine of Old School Boxing (159.6 pounds).
Again, it was a matter of the better boxer, Fakhreddine, being patient and landing the counters, against the big puncher, Lopez, who was going for the knockout. Until Round #3, we had ourselves a most entertaining, action packed toe to toe battle with Fakhreddine ahead.
Early in round three, Lopez got caught by a flurry of three unanswered blows. The three unanswered blows preceded the five unanswered blows which led to the first of two standing 8-counts. By this time, Fakhreddine had the blueprint and started to dominate each exchange.
Then came this surprising left that really hurt Lopez, a gent who everyone thought was indestructible. Once referee Rick Ley saw the third onslaught in a row, he immediately felt compelled to stop the bout.
In Bout #5, it was 9 year-old Jonathan Flores of the Alliance Training Center, Chula Vista (68.2 pounds) going up against 9 year-old Diego Luna from Bound Boxing in Chula Vista (63.8 pounds) both making their debut.
After Flores landed the majority of punches in round #1, Luna seemed to take charge in Rounds #2 and #3 by way of landing the cleaner shots. In the end, the close decision went to the more accurate puncher, Luna.
In Bout #6, it was 21 year-old Pedro Bernal of Old School Boxing (123.6 pounds) getting the win over 17 year-old Fernando Franco of Intensity MMA (126 pounds).
Like most orthodox boxers, Franco had problems defensing Bernal’s troublesome left. To put it bluntly, he was helpless. For three straight rounds, the in-your-face Franco had to eat that punch.
In Bout #7, there were two more debutants, 20 year-old Ruben Valdovinos of North County Boxing (149.6 pounds) going up against 23 year-old Johnny Ballesteros of the Intensity MMA Gym, Chula Vista (149.6 pounds).
As far as experience, Ballesteros had been training for one year and two months while his opponent, Valdovinos, had only been training for four months. It’s also interesting to note, over the last four months, Valdovinos has lost 30 pounds.
From the outset, it was Valdovinos landing three punches to every one thrown by Ballesteros. This development had Ballesteros backpedaling, which gave Valdovinos an additional edge to gain an unanimous decision victory.
In Bout #8, it was 17 year-old Fabian Zarco from Barrio Logan (132.4 pounds) going up against the much taller, 18 year-old Daniel Morales of Bound Boxing (132.6 pounds).
Zarco’s in your face strategy surprised Morales who at first used his reach advantage to land the solid shots to the head and then circled away from Zarco’s in your grill advances. Once that pesky bee got inside Morales’ grill, Morales’ wider, looping punches Morales became less effective and that bee started stinging.
On and on it went, with Zarco either taking that first offering or ducking under it, to get inside were he was the most effective.
Bout #9 featured a rematch between two Marines, one active duty, 21 year-old Enrique Lopez (186 lbs.) of Pound 4 Pound and the other, now inactive, 25 year-old Joseph Berger (183 pounds) of the 858 Fight Shop on Miramar Road in San Diego (183 pounds).
At first the exchanges were pretty even. That all changed after Lopez saw his opening to land the straight left. The encouraging, affirmative narration of Lopez’s coach best describes the bout from that point on, “All day, there it is!”
On occasion Berger did land a straight right but not as often as Lopez landed his more powerful left. With the loss, Berger remains winless at 0-8.
As in Bout #9, Bout #10 was a rematch between 14 year-old Joseph O’Donnell of the Art of Eight Training & Fitness Center in the Kearny Mesa section of San Diego (135.6 pounds) and 15 year-old Noel Diaz of the Pinzon Boxing Club of Escondido, CA (130 pounds).
Even though O’Donnell did better this time, the result was the same. Diaz’s defense and offense were far superior and as a result he won his fourth straight without a defeat.
The final match of the day, Bout #11, was the highly anticipated, super middleweight clash between 22 year-old Christian Olivas of the host gym, Intensity MMA and 24 year-old Terrence Hendricks, a member of the infamous “Bomber Squad” at the Undisputed Fitness and Training Center in El Cajon, CA.
Back on December 16, 2012, at the annual Boxer’s for Christ National Tournament held at the San Diego Combat Academy in San Diego, Olivas managed to defeat Berlin Kerney IV, Hendricks’ uncle and coach. In the back of his mind, Hendricks, with Kerney his uncle in his corner, had to be thinking, ‘I must revenge my uncle’s defeat.”
In that 2012 tournament, Kerney faced Olivas in the finals of the 165 pound category. Unlike Kerney, a formidable KO artist and head boxing instructor for three plus years, Olivas had just begun to train and had only two bouts under his belt. For this reason Kerney may have felt a bit overconfident.
In that match, Olivas, like the Rock of Gibraltar, stood firm against Kerney’s heavy blows. In the end, one judge had Olivas winning. Another saw Kerney winning and the third judge scored it a draw. Anytime this occurs, the judges are asked to re-grade the boxers and add in a value for ring generalship. After doing so, the three judges ruled Olivas was their choice.
On Saturday, Hendricks wanted to leave no doubt. Even though he did get hit by several big shots himself, Hendricks’ defense was superior. He’d often duck under an Olivas offering, before rearing back to throw one of his power punches, projectiles with so much torsion they reminded you of those big rocks coming from a medieval catapult. How Olivas survived these blows is a mystery.
The next USA Amateur Boxing show is scheduled for Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Team Quest Gym in Encinitas, CA. You can always check out their upcoming schedule by going to: http://www.sportofboxing.com/usa-amateur-boxing-schedule-update