When growing up, did you ever go out on a blind date and then at the close of the night, ask yourself, “Why did I ever agree to do that? Has any blind date ever turned out well? It has to be a very low percentage.
The week before this show, Amaris Quintana had to bow out. She was one of the featured attractions and surely worth the price of admission. Then, mysteriously, the match between Prince “Tiger” Smalls and Luis “Ace” Ventura was canceled even after the two appeared at Thursday’s weigh-ins.
Everyone in the fight game knew the welterweight match of Emmanuel "Renegade" Robles of Old School Boxing and Adolfo "Terror" Landeros (22-32-2, 10 KOs) was a walkover. It was the second time the gentlemen had met. In their first meeting, six months ago, it was a shutout as Robles took every round. This time around he did even better by adding a knockdown in Round #1. With the win, Robles improves to (9-0-1, 3 KOs) while Landeros sinks even deeper into the quagmire of being the guy who pads everyone else's record.
Now for the biggest farce of the night. Featured in the Co-main event was Francisco “Taz” Mireles from Agua Prieta, Mexico, a guy who looks like he’d be better suited for a pie eating contest. For his last fight, Taz, who stands only 5’10” tall, weighed 235 pounds which made him around 85 pounds overweight. While getting in shape for this fight, Taz put on an additional 49 pounds. On average an adult male Panda Bear weighs 250 pounds. That meant, at this point, with Mireles weighing 284 pounds, he outweighed most adult panda bears by 34 pounds.
Mireles' opponent, the 2012 Olympian, 6’2” Michael Hunter from Las Vegas, NV came ready to fight at a trim 210 pounds.
It now appears the matchmaker could have found a better and cheaper opponent if he had just canvassed our local pubs.
Mireles, who lasted just 59 seconds, finished the round where he started, in his own corner.
In a four rounder, 20 year-old Luis Ambrosio (2-0-0, 2 KOs) of Fresno, CA made quick work of Akeenz Zamani of New Orleans by way of Tanzania, East Africa who was making his pro-debut.
The trainer who taught Zamani the fundamentals of boxing, should have his license revoked. Zamani came out swinging but with his chin high in the air. When seeing this alluring target, Ambrosio’s eyes lit up. Only Zamani’s jitter bug style made the bout last as long as it did, two minutes and 48 seconds of the first round.
The only match that had a chance of being interesting also ended early. Super bantamweight Pablo Cupul of Lakeside, CA by way Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, known for being very competitive got caught early and repeatedly by the crushing left hand of the undefeated Carlos Carlson of Tijuana, B. C., Mexico.
It was Carlson’s fifth straight win by knockout as he improves to 11-0-0, with 8 KOs. Cupul’s record drops to 8-13-0, 5 KOs).
All told, the fans were treated to a total of 10 rounds of boxing. On the plus side, there were a great many celebrities on hand, the Ring Card Gals were exceptionally beautiful and after a problem with the microphone, patrons did a harmonious, easy on the ear rendition of our National Anthem.