USA Amateur Boxing results, Lakeside, September 4, 2010

Saturday morning, prior to the USA Amateur Boxing Show, the boxers and their coaching staffs prepare for the competition ahead.

Two hundred and fifty plus patrons were on hand to see the latest USA Amateur Boxing show held Saturday at the Marron Boxing Camp in Lakeside, Ca. Representatives came from Alliance Training Center and the Chula Vista Boxing Gyms of Chula Vista, R & R, Pacific Coast Boxing and Rhino Boxing of Vista, the National City CYAC, Genesis, El Centro, the Heber Boxing Club, La Gente, City Boxing Downtown, North County Boxing, Escondido Boxing, Pinzon, the Black Tiger Gym and of course the host facility, the Marron Boxing Camp.

Even though the ring was covered by a large canvas awning, the desert heat, in the mid-90’s that day, made boxers feel like they were competing in a sauna. So even though some may have felt they were more talented than their foe, they had to keep in mind they were dealing with a added impediment, one that added even more drama to their matches.

“I easily lost six pounds,” was a comment I heard from one boxer after competing.

Referee Rick Lea raises the arms of the two boxers, Cesar Ruelas (right) and Carlos Sanchez (left) who competed in Bout #1.

Bout #1 featured eight year-olds Carlos Sanchez of Alliance and Cesar Ruelas, Unattached. From the looks of his boxing skills Ruelas must be a direct descendant of the two former champions, Gabriel and Rafael Ruelas.

Sanchez may have looked impressive at the outset when using his stiff jab to neutralize his opponent, but within a short time Ruelas had the distance measured. After he got Sanchez back-peddling, he started landing his shots from every angle. By round three the onslaught resulted in an eight count followed by a second eight count just before the final bell.

Aaron Blanco has his arm raised in victory after defeating Jonathan Espino in Bout #2.

Bout #2 was another action filled bout between middleweights, 20 year-old Jonathan Espino of North County and Aaron Blanco of City Boxing, one a boxer, the other a brawler. Blanco won the match by being busier and thus outpointing Espino. It appeared Espino was intent on landing that one big knock out blow and kept trying to land these powerful right uppercuts. it proved to be his failing.

Bout #3 featured 13 year olds, Maria Bonillas of El Centro and Maria Franco of Pacific Coast Boxing. Even though Franco benefitted from a height and five pound weight advantage, it was clear Bonillas was the more accomplished boxer. After Franco would throw one of her wild punches Bonillas came inside and countered.

After being awarded the decision, Maria Franco (right) has her arm raised in victory after defeating Maria Bonillas.

Throughout round one Bonillas landed two punches for every one that Franco landed. Things changed in round two with Franco putting on even more pressure, charging at Bonillas, shoving her and beginning to land more solid blows. At one point both boxers almost went through the ropes simultaneously.

The third round decided the match as both young ladies gave it all they had right up until the final bell. As they say in the USA Amateur Boxing ranks: “Someone has to win.” This time they awarded the decision to Franco.

Bout #4 featured 10 year-olds Robert Arias of La Gente

Standing side by side, Roberto Arias (right) and Jesus Laguna (left), it's easy to see the difference in their heights.

going up against Jesus Laguna of the National City CYAC. This was your typical Vitali Klitschko versus Chris Arreola match-up. Laguna is very tall for his age and Arias is short. How short? When he sat on the stool, his feet didn’t even reach the floor. All Laguna had to do was jab, jab, throw his overhand right and then step either to his right or left. Unable to cut off the ring, Arias made several futile attempts to get inside but it was all for naught.

Bout #5 featured 14 year-old Angel Rojas of the Heber Boxing Club in just his second bout going up against 15 year-old Carlos Geraldo of the National City CYAC, a more seasoned boxer who also benefitted from a four pound weight advantage. After being hit by several stunning left hooks and an overhand right, Rojas was issued his initial standing eight count in. After Rojas got in trouble a second time, the referee stepped in to stop the bout.

Carlos Geraldo (right) of the National City CYAC has his arm raised in victory after defeating Juan Garcia of the Heber Boxing Club.

Bout #6 featured 12 year old Juan Garcia of Heber Boxing Club going up against 11 year-old Alberto Calarez of Escondido. With neither boxer making a big impression in round one, Garcia may have stolen the round with a late flurry. After finding his range, the much shorter Calarez came back strong to take round two. Since round three turned into an equally divided slugfest, the decision was left in the hands of the judges who gave Garcia the nod.

Juan Garcia (left) was the more patient of the two boxers and gained his victory over Alberto Calarez (right) with the more accurate counter punching.

Bout #7 featured 13 year-old Brandon Venegas of the Heber Boxing Club going up against 14 year-old Juan Vazquez of the Chula Vista Boxing Club who was making his debut. In round one Venegas clearly landed more punches and proved that he was the more accomplished boxer. By round two the roles reversed as Vazquez surpassed Venegas’ intensity. He gave the impression he wanted it more. In their final round, the boxers pushed each other to the limit with Venegas barely holding on at the end. In the end, the judges awarded the close decision to Venegas.

Brandon Venegas (left) has his arm raised after defeating Juan Vazquez in Bout #7.

Bout #8 featured 15 year-old Alex Vargas of the Heber Boxing Club in an all out battle with 16 year-old Russell Rivera of Rhino Boxing. Even though Rivera was in attack mode throughout, it was Vargas who landed the majority of the punches early and did most of the scoring. After an early flurry Rivera was issued a standing eight count. Seconds later, Rivera was right back swinging for the fences and just missed catching the unsuspecting referee with a haymaker.

What Rivera lacked in boxing skills he made up for in courage and stamina. By the end of the second round, it was clear Rivera’s relentless wrestling, brawling style was proving too much for Vargas who started to show cracks in the armor.

Russell Rivera (right) and Alex Vargas (left) await the judges decision.

Rivera finished the bout strong with left, right combinations and several blows that landed square to earn the decision.

Bout #9 featured 13 year-old Durarte Vasquez of Pacific Coast Boxing going up against 12 year-old Bryan Pinzon of Pinzon Boxing. This was one of the most highly contested bouts of the day with the first two rounds basically a toss-up. In the third round, Vasquez took over and started catching Pinzon with some brilliant counters that bloodied his opponent’s nose and caused two stoppages.

Durarto Vasquez (right) has his arm raised in victory after defeating Bryan Pinzon in one of the most hotly contested matches of the day.

Bout #10 featured 17 year-old Armando Ramirez of La Gente who weighs 141.6 still developing pounds facing 28 year-old Frederico Martiz of Marron Boxing who weighs 143 granite hard pounds.

This was one of those bouts where you’d say, “What was the matchmaker thinking?” Ramirez, a novice, facing the more experienced Martiz who has a body that screams NFL linebacker.

When it comes to experience level in the Amateur boxing ranks, the 28 year-old Federico Martiz is a man amongst boys.

Miraculously, Ramirez survived round one with only a standing eight count and one knockdown. Halfway through round two, with his nose all bloody, Ramirez’s corner decided to throw in the towel.

Intermission: see USA Amateur Boxing Results, Lakeside, Part II

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