Friday, March 14, 2014
Normally, when a boxing promoter has a show lined up, they want as much publicity as possible. For example, the promotion company for last Friday’s ESPN Friday Night Fights’ show at the Pala Resort & Casino hired themselves a local PR firm who at once printed up fight posters to be distributed throughout the county, arranged for TV interviews, scored more than a dozen articles on-line, plus they had several newspapers do feature articles.
In comparison, the Marconi Auto Museum Fight Night in Tustin, CA on Friday evening is an example of a promoter doing very little to attract attention to his event. They seemed to be downright secretive. So secretive they didn’t want to advertise their lowball price of $650 per ticket? And, for those patrons who were willing to dish out $25,000, they offered an elevated table with seating for 10 people plus they’d have a celebrity sit with you.
Among the celebrities in attendance they had Artemio Reyes, Sugar Ray Leonard, Ray “Boom-Boom” Mancini, Mia St. John and Israel Vazquez. Knowing my luck, if I were to attend such an event, I would be assigned a seat between Gilbert Gottfried and Roseanne Barr’s ex Tom Arnold.
For this show, not one media outlet was alerted or given access to the weigh-ins on Thursday or the event on Friday. At the weigh-ins, there was one gentleman from the California State Athletic Commission and he had the whole weigh-in process completed in 55 minutes.
On the eve of the show, it was discovered they were expecting 350 people which meant an approximate gross take for the dinner plus show in the range of $230,000 to $250,000.
Being inquisitive by nature, there were a great many questions which I felt needed answers. For instance, who was on this fight card? Perhaps a call to those intrusive folks of TMZ, the TV show that covers celebrity news and gossip, could shed some light.
Twenty-four hours after Friday night’s show, friends and family were still scrambling to get news of who fought whom and who won. We waited until St. Patty’s Day, Monday, March 17 to publish this article and still there was no mention anywhere of the fights taking place. Who were the referees? Who were the judges?
Who’s job is it to make certain the results from this California State Athletic Commission sanctioned boxing show are recorded? The people of BoxRec.com had no inkling that such an event took place. The results from a boxing show held that very same night in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Metal Sheet Workers Union Hall were much easier to track.
Only after much probing of our multiple inside sources were we able to gain the following data.
As far as we can tell Israel Arellano (now 7-2-0, 6 KOs), of Chula Vista and training at the House of Boxing in Paradise Hills, lost by an unanimous decision to a gentleman from Puerto Rico by the name of Ken Alvarez (6-0-1 with 3 KOs).
In this one, it was Alvarez’s strategy to simply outpoint Arellano by darting in and out to land his quick combinations. When the going got rough, Alvarez held or kept his distance. Twice Arellano had a shot at taking Alvarez down, but couldn’t connect with that one telling blow.
In the Main Event, they featured 20 year-old, welterweight Victor “Sina” Fonseca (8-2-1 with 6 KOs) of Tijuana going up against 23 year-old, Oscar Godoy (12-2-0, 6 KOs) from Watsonville, CA.
Godoy’s two losses were a four round split decision in his second fight to Anthony Wheaton in 2010 and a 7th round KO loss to Joshua Marks in 2012. At this point in his career Marks has KO’d eight of his opponents.
Fonseca has a similar background. He lost his first professional fight to the undefeated Felix Orozco and his second to the celebrated Levan “The Wolf” Ghvamichava (11-1, 8 KOs) from the republic of Georgia.
Without a doubt, the matchmaker had hit a home run when he matched up these two young stallions.
On Friday night, Godoy got off to a quick start and most assuredly took the first three rounds by outboxing Fonseca. By round four, Fonseca started to match Godoy’s output.
In rounds five through seven, Fonseca rallied and hurt Godoy with some heavy shots to the body and head. The mood in the Fonseca corner hit a peak after “Sina” had Godoy in trouble and before returning to his corner had his arms held high. Thoughts of a pending knockout were evident.
Back came the well conditioned Godoy in the final round to prove he wanted it more. He out-boxed Fonseca who by this time was tiring. Fonseca’s punches still had a lot of power but they were now wild and off the mark.
According to the judges, two had Godoy winning and the third judge saw the fight as a Draw. As a result, Godoy registered his 13th victory, this one by split decision.
Also on the docket they had Blanca Raymundo (1-10) of San Bernardino, CA who lost to Seniesa Estrada who now goes to 3-0. This was Estrada’s second victory over Raymundo. The bout ended with an early stoppage. The only person Raymundo has ever beaten was the 38 year-old Katarina De la Cruz (2-8-1) from Los Angeles on October 6, 2012.
The other female bout had Candice Williams in her pro debut battling Celene Roman of Chino, CA (3-1-1) to a draw. This is the same Roman who began her career as a super featherweight, then dropped down to featherweight and then moved back up to lightweight.
In her last fight, on December 21, 2013, the 25-year-old defeated Crystal “La Morenasa” Morales, the IFBA female lightweight world title holder in a non-title bout at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
The remaining bout, featured 25 year-old, 6’3”, heavyweight Javier “Monster” Torres (6-0-1 with 3 KOs), from Long Beach, CA and signed by the Thompson Boxing Group, battling 25 year-old Rodney Hernandez of Modesto, CA (5-1-0, 1 KO) to a draw.
On the Marconi website, they state: “The Marconi Automotive Museum and Foundation for Kids strives to reach its goal of helping to raise a million dollars a year for at risk youth in Orange County. A large percentage of the net proceeds generated from their special events and tours are donated to local children’s charities.”
It would be interesting to note how much money was actually raised for this most noble cause.