With so few USA Amateur Boxing Shows on the docket, it was a foregone conclusion that the Legacy Training Center boxing card of February 16 would be loaded to the gills with boxers wanting to test their skills.
Without further ado, here are the results from Saturday.
In Bout #1, it was 11 year-old Gabriel Meza of Villegas Park (65.2 pounds) taking on 10 year-old Angel Barrientes of Pound for Pound, Las Vegas (61.8 pounds).
In Round #2, Meza became and remained the more dominate boxer after cornering Barrientes in his own corner and then going non-stop.
In Bout #2, it was 12 year-old Jose Chollet of Barrio Station (78.2 pounds) taking on 11 year-old Daniel Martinez of Grace (77.8 pounds).
Martinez, the shorter of the two, was busier but didn’t have the same pop that Chollet was exhibiting. Chollet was winding up with these thunderous shots to the head and body. He even aded some powerful uppercuts to his repertoire to secure the victory.
In Bout #3, it was 10 year-old Xavion Douglas of Rhino’s Boxing, Vista (69.2 pounds) taking on 9 year-old Demler Zamora of Pound for Pound, Las Vegas (70 pounds).
With his height and reach advantage, Zamora could land his blows from afar. Only on a rare occasion could Douglas get close enough to deliver his power shots.
In Bout #4, it was 13 year-old Ramon Gonzalez unattached (109.8 pounds) taking on 13 year-old Diego Molano of Coachella (112.2 pounds).
In Round #1, Gonzalez took center stage and dominated Molano who proved to be a slow starter. He wasn’t able to mount his comeback until the later stages of Round #2 when he started landing the more accurate shots to Gonzalez’s head, mostly off counters.
The slugfest that ensued in Round #3 made judging this contest difficult. In the end, the judges awarded the victory to Molano in a close match.
In Bout #5, it was 14 year-old Jordi Blancarte of Coachella (110 pounds) taking on 15 year-old Arnulfo Ramirez from Rhino’s Boxing, Vista, CA (107 pounds).
This one featured a lot of in-fighting as if they were boxing in a telephone booth. Every once in a while Blancarte would take a step back to get better leverage and this proved to be Ramirez’s undoing.
In Bout #6, it was 12 year-old Jojit Butgg-Filon of Bound Boxing (117.4 pounds) taking on 14 year-old Rommel Cabal lero of Coachella (114.2 pounds).
It was obvious Caballero had more experience and after landing the majority of the cleaner shots in Round #1, he became a bit cocky. His opponent, Butgg-Filon, demonstrated better defense and on occasion he matched Caballero punch for punch. Trying to catch up on the point totals proved too difficult as Caballero won this battle on the scorecards.
In Bout #7, it was 13 year-old Adrian Vega of Coachella Boxing (99 pounds) taking on 13 year-old Jovany Contreras of Barrio Station, San Diego (102.6 pounds).
Contreras, a sharp power puncher, scored well with the booming overhand rights and as a result he had Vega, bloody nose and all, backing up. By the end of Round #2 both boxers were running low on petrol. With both boxers almost completely spent, the third and final round could be considered a toss-up. In the end, Contreras had done more than enough in Rounds #1 and #2 to gain the victory.
In Bout #8, it was 15 year-old Sean Mondragon of 20th Street Boxing, Denver, Colorado (98 pounds) taking on 14 year-old Rodolfo Ortigoza of Penacho Boxing (97.8 pounds).
For some unexplained reason, Ortigoza continually allowed his opponent to pin him in the various corners and against the ropes. As a result, it appeared Mondragon was getting the best of the more accurate Ortigoza who spent three rounds firing off these straight punches.
The visitor from Denver was also penalized for losing his mouthpiece twice. In the end, the close decision went to Mondragon.
In Bout #9, it was 8 year-old Adrian Hernandez of United Boxing, Chula Vista, CA (57.4 pounds) taking on 8 year-old Phillip Veller, unattached (56.8 pounds).
Both boxers were extremely busy throughout and in my eyes this was the bout of the day. After a non-stop first round, Hernandez became the aggressor in Round #2. Halfway through the round, the skittish Veller fell backwards from an onslaught of blows. The knockdown was ruled a slip or trip. Though unhurt, it certainly came about from an accumulation of blows from Hernandez. That ruling could have turned the tide in this very close match.
Veller gained most of his points from his strong finish. To close out the final round, he landed three unanswered solid lefts.
In Bout #10, it was 19 year-old Raul Filimon of JSK Boxing (155 pounds) taking on 24 year-old Brian Nevarez of Rhinos Boxing, Vista (159 pounds).
From the age of 12 through 16, Sean Nevarez, now 24, trained to be a boxer. Then for the next seven years, he helped his father, Bernie Nevarez, train the large stable of boxers at the Rhino’s Boxing Gym in Vista. Even though he’s always had a passion to compete, the desire had to lay dormant for years while he helped others.
This year, all the stars were aligned, and he was ready to train in earnest to show not only his father and brother Johnny (a professional boxer) but all his students, that he could do more than just talk boxing.
I’m certain Filimon, Nevarez’s opponent on Saturday, had no inkling concerning Nevarez’s background. He certainly picked the wrong opponent at the wrong time.
From the opening bell, Nevarez was like a lumberjack, swinging hard, mostly body shots, the ones that make even a bystander cringe. After Filimon sustained two 8-counts in the first round, it seemed it was only a matter of time before the referee would stop the bout. Early in the second round, Filimon was on his back. He later said, “What can I tell you. He knocked the air out of me.”
In Bout #11, it was 11 year-old Remeses Williams of Pound for Pound (80.4 pounds) taking on 11 year-old Jabin Chollet of Barrio Station (76.4 pounds).
This was another of the most entertaining bouts of the show. With the bout’s many momentum swings, Chollet and Williams fought three solid rounds. In the end, the decision victory went to Williams, the visitor from Las Vegas.
In Bout #12, 11 year-old Alfred Vargas of Barrio Station, San Diego (76 pounds) took on 11 year-old Ivan Padilla (76.4 pounds) of the Legacy Training Center in Vista, CA. This bout was a judges’ nightmare. In the end, Padilla won the very close match which featured an incredibly high number of punches and hardly any defense.
In Bout #13, it was 17 year-old Antonio Lopez of the Legacy Training Center (135.2 pounds) taking on 17 year-old Favian Zanco from Barrio Station, San Diego (133.8 pounds).
In the furious first Round, Lopez was issued an eight count. An additional two 8-counts followed in Round #2. Zanco’s accuracy and persistence proved too much for Lopez who became overwhelmed by Zanco’s toughness.
Bout #14 saw 17 year-old Guillermo Garcia of the National City CYAC (129.2 pounds) taking on 16 year-old Daniel Ruiz of the Legacy Training Center (133.6 pounds).
From the outset, Ruiz, a righty, demonstrated he would have no problem with Garcia, a southpaw. Early in Round #2, with Ruiz landing punches at a 3-1 clip, it wasn’t long before an 8-count was issued to Garcia in Round #2. Early in Round #3, the referee called for a halt to the action and had the fight doctor look over Garcia’s bloody nose.
In Bout #15, two 15 year-olds faced off, Jehmon Norris of City Boxing (135.6 pounds) and Luis Enriquez of the National City CYAC (139 pounds). The seasoned sharpshooters unloaded on each other for the full three rounds. On this day, it was Norris winning over the judges by landing more blows and avoiding the wider looping punches thrown by Enriguez.
Bout #16 featured 21 year-old Francisco Valdovinos unattached (131.4 pounds) going up against 23 year-old Ahmad Noori of the Black Tiger Gym on Miramar Road, in San Diego (131.2 pounds).
In round one, Valdovinos gave it everything he had and before long Noori was in trouble and issued an 8-count. The match appeared to be a walkover and if Noori had less resolve, it would have been.
Then halfway through Round #2, Noori began to counter off each Valdovinos miss and these counters went from one punch to multiple punches, from combinations to extended flurries. Several times, Noori had Valdovinos in trouble and his domination continued until the final bell to secure the victory.
In Bout #17, it was 13 year-old Andrew Tinajero of Villegas Park (95.2 pounds) taking on 13 year-old Alex Calaya of USIAA (93.2 pounds).
Early on, Tinajero was the busier boxer and he showed better head movement. Then, after a serious tongue lashing from his coach, Calaya came on strong late in the bout. Apparently the early lead was too much to overcome.
In Bout #18, it was 9 year-old Daniel Morales of
The House of Boxing (71.2 pounds) taking on 9 year-old Andrew Ibarra of the host gym, Legacy Training Center, Vista, CA (66.8 pounds).
The coaching staff at the House of Boxing couldn’t be more pleased with Morales’ development. They’re calling him a natural, a gifted boxer/puncher. On Saturday, it showed and he was all over Ibarra from the opening bell.
Ibarra, no slouch himself, showed his toughness by getting up off the mat three times. After the fourth stoppage, a standing 8-count, referee Hondo Fontan felt it was time to call a halt to the match.
In Bout #19, it was 23 year-old Kyle Olson of City Boxing (153 pounds) taking on 28 year-old Jason Tipalda of The Arena MMA in Point Loma (158.4 pounds).
It was your classic match-up between the solid ex-football jock with muscles galore but slower hand speed going up against the more wiry, more seasoned, slick boxer in Olson. Olson controlled the match by being elusive and yet deadly accurate with his counters when cornered.
As usually happens, the boxer, Olson, won over the judges by controlling the bout and punishing Tipalda with quick combinations.
The next event is scheduled for March 9, 2013 at the Rock Church in Point Loma, San Diego, CA 92106. As far as upcoming USA Amateur Boxing shows, you can always check in with us. The upcoming schedule is updated daily.