Classic Borizteca Boxing show features Dolton over Tapia, Ramirez vs Ceseña draw

At the conclusion of Friday’s Main Event, we see referee Fernando Renteria raising the arm of the victorious Domonique Dolton who now improves to (20-2-1 with 11 KOs) after stopping the game Salvador Tapia (7-2, 6 KOs) in the fifth round.

In the Main Event of April 27, 2018, it didn’t take Domonique Dolton long before he had himself in complete control and had his opponent Salvador Tapia on the move trying to avoid Dolton’s powerful shots to the head and body. For the two boxers who had traveled the furthest for this show, Dolton’s 2,400 miles from Detroit, Michigan and Salvador Tapia’s 1,260 miles from Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico, this had to be a marathon of sorts and it had to take its toll on the two gallant fighters.


Headliners Domonique Dolton and Salvador Tapia meet in the center of the ring to receive last minute instructions from referee Fernando Renteria. All photos: Jim Wyatt

Remaining positive after the loss, Salvador Tapia (c) was joined by his coach, manager and a family member who all believe this is just a minor setback. Their hero will rebound.

Even though Tapia was in excellent shape, Dolton’s relentless power shots to Tapia’s head and body proved to be too much. By the fifth round, Tapia’s body had begun to break down and for self-preservation, he wisely took a knee. You couldn’t help but notice the pained expression on his face. At that point, he would have given anything to be able to continue. But on this day, Dolton was the better man. After the boxers weighed in on Thursday, it was Dolton who was able to become bigger and stronger after the proper rehydration. Add in the difference in their experience and skill levels, there could be no doubt this was a mismatch. It’s part of the sport. Only the phenoms like a Mike Tyson can deal with such a disparity in size. Tapia is an exceptional boxer but Dolton is the entire package, the technically sound boxer with the heavier hands and body of a champion. With this win, Dolton’s record improved to 20-2 with 11 KOs while Tapia now drops to 7-2 with 6 KOs.

In the opener, Bout #1, it was Breenan “B-Fly” Macias (1-0) of Goodyear, Arizona with the ginger-colored hair taking on the Mexican rapper Adriel Osuna (0-3-1) of Tijuana, B. C., Mexico wearing the Mexican colors of verde, blanco y rojo.

Bout #1 featured the more passionate 18-year-old Breenan Macias from Goodyear, Arizona, with his many years of USA Amateur Boxing experience, outboxing the 28-year-old Adriel Osuna who is a notable Mexican rapper. Lacking time to deliver any lyrics, even at his usual stunning speed, Osuna found himself in a real dogfight. Their toe to toe battle was like watching two boxers fighting in a telephone booth. In the clinches, Macias would land the harder, on target, chopping blows and short uppercuts. The one punch that would have dealt him his much sought after knockout, the fully leveraged right uppercut, was always just a hair off target. Plus, it always seemed to be telegraphed or not set up properly. Still, by landing the harder punches, and a lot more of them, Breenan was able to come away with the comfortable 39-37 and 40-36 (twice) unanimous decision victory.

In this photo, we see Gilbert “The Iberian Lynx” Garcia making his entrance for Bout #2. For its entertainment value, Garcia added the Lynx Skull with a Lynx Ears scarf and proclaimed he was about to slit his opponent’s throat.

However, if the Motion Picture Association of America were asked to rate the suitability of Garcia’s wardrobe, what rating do you suppose they would give? Rated G: General Audiences or Rated PG: Parental Guidance Suggested – some material may not be suitable for children. The translation of a remark overheard from one of Hernandez’s backers, “You better be able to back it up.”

Just prior to their bout starting, the two boxers, Gilbert Garcia (left) and Jose Hernandez (right) received final instructions from veteran referee Juan Manuel Morales Lee.

At the conclusion of their contest, we see referee Juan Morales Lee raising the arm of the victorious Gilbert Garcia (l) while Jose Hernandez appears content to just flex his bicep.

Early on, Jose Hernandez (0-7) from Ensenada was not in the least unnerved by Garcia’s theatrics and for the majority of the bout stood there toe to toe trying his best. To Garcia’s credit, 90% of his punches landed while only about a third of Hernandez’s punches hit their target. The only criticism levied on Garcia – where was his power? All three scorecards had Garcia winning every round to secure the Unanimous Decision. With the win, Garcia moves up to 3-0 while the durable Jose Hernandez drops to 0-8.

Prior to their bout, Brandon Cruz (left) and his opponent Victor Barraza (right) met in the center of the ring to receive last minute instructions from referee Juan Manuel Morales Lee.

In Bout #3, San Diego’s Brandon Cruz had his way with the wily, though ineffective Victor Barraza who flittered about like a praying mantis trying to stay out of range of a two-fisted fly swatter. Instead of wall to wall, Barraza went from rope to rope. Eventually, Cruz caught up with the gazelle, hit him with a left hook to the body and down he went at the 1:48 mark of round one.

The way Brandon Cruz lingered at the feet of Victor Barraza after knocking him down must have been a bit intimidating for his foe. He didn’t have to say it but his actions sure did: “You want some more of this?”

Uncertain of Brandon Cruz’s intentions, referee Juan Manuel Morales Lee moved in quickly to give the fallen Barraza his standing 8-count.

A short while later, Barraza discreetly dropped to one knee in his corner for another breather. “You got any bright ideas coach? Now would be a good time to share them.”

Now, take a gander at the following sequence of photos where we see Barraza’s trainer conversing at length with Barraza, then poking his head through the ropes to implore his boxer to get back in the fight.

Entering the field of play, Barraza’s coach passes along the vital instructions to turn the tide: “Okay, listen up! What I want you to do is coax him over this way and I’ll trip him.”

Fear factor with his opponent Victor Barraza didn’t work, but in the end, Brandon “2 Smooth” Cruz did convince the referee it was time to stop this one-sided fight.

After the three knockdowns in the first round, referee Juan Morales Lee finally decided it was time to call it quits, stop the bout and award Brandon Cruz his TKO victory.

Before beginning Bout #4, Rafael Ramirez (l) and Alejandro Alonso (r) received final instructions from veteran referee Fernando Renteria. Photos: Jim Wyatt

Bout #4 featured two crafty veterans, 38-year-old Rafael Ramirez (19-4-2, 4 KOs) going for Win #20 in his 26th bout with his stellar jab and two punch combinations. His opponent was the 39-year-old Alejandro Alonso (3-34-2) who was going for Win #4 in his 40th Bout. Ramirez, a former sparring partner for one of the greatest of all time, Floyd Mayweather Jr., put on a boxing clinic, a hit but don’t get hit boxing clinic, to gain his 20th victory.

(photo collage) Alejandro Alonso and Raphael Ramirez battled hard for the full six rounds and in between rounds a group of Mariachis put on a stellar performance.

(top, right) After the announcement of his 20th victory, Raphael Ramirez got so excited he just had to climb the ropes and acknowledge his loyal supporters. (bottom, left) Ramirez is congratulated by his proud coach Juan Medina Jr. from the Bound Boxing Academy

Before the start of Bout #5, we see referee Juan Manuel Morales Lee giving boxers Kevin Torres (left) and Fermin Torres (right) their final instructions.

In Bout #5 it was hammer time. From the opening bell, you could see it was just a matter of time before one of Kevin Torres’ bombs would land. Torres comes at his opponents with these powerful, well-leveraged and well-disguised time bombs. By the close of round two, at least a third of Torres’ scary punches had landed on target and you could see his opponent Fermin Canedo was beginning to think twice about continuing to absorb such punishment. 

(top, left) Kevin Torres awaits the bell to continue the onslaught of Fermin Canedo.

The way Fermin Canedo was getting bashed from pillar to post, mostly to the midsection, it was remarkable how long he was hanging tough. The end came at the 1:47 mark of round #3.

(top right) Early in round #3, we see referee Juan Morales Lee stopping the bout. (photos below) Top prospect, Kevin “Diamond Boy” Torres, gets his recognition. With the win, Torres’ improves to (8-0-1, 7 KOs) while Canedo drops to 3-27-1. Statistically, 78% of Torres’ opponents are unable to go the distance.

To his credit, Canedo, who does keep himself in terrific shape, did take this fight on short notice. He was called on Thursday afternoon to see if he was available for this fight on Friday evening.

During the broadcast, color commentator/Pro Boxer Chris “The San Diego Kid” Martin made some very insightful observations in regards to the gloves that Kevin Torres was using, the Everlast MX Gloves (puncher gloves), and noted there was a big difference in the amount of padding between his gloves and the gloves worn by Fermin Canedo. 

Prior to the start of Bout #6, super featherweight Mario “Guero” Ramirez (left) from Camulu, Ensenada, Mexico and Ramiro Ceseña (r) from Mexicali, B. C., Mexico received final instructions from referee Fernando Renteria.

No doubt Bout #6 between Ramiro Ceseña (left) and Mario Ramirez (right) had to be “The Bout of the Night.” It’s funny how the mind plays tricks on a Boxing Fan. If you were a Ramiro Ceseña fan on Friday night, your guy was definitely the winner. If you were a Mario Ramirez fan on Friday, your guy definitely won. It was that close.

This was a crucial point in the final round when Mario Ramirez had to take a knee after getting hit in the kidneys. A recovering Ramirez concentrated on taking the full nine seconds to recover. When referee Fernando Renteria reached nine, Ramirez stood up immediately. For someone who wasn’t even sure he could stand up, it was a joyous, out of body experience. With Ramirez able to finish that final round, the three judges at ringside were right back to scratching their heads as to how to score this very close fight and especially that final round.

No doubt about it, Bout #6 was a thriller. This six-round back and forth struggle had so many lead changes. Mario Ramirez would be ahead and then back came Ramiro Ceseña responding with his own three-punch combinations. Then, just when you thought Ramirez had taken control and Ceseña had this point deducted, Ramirez went down on one knee. After the scores were tabulated one judge, Francisco Pacheco scored the bout a draw 56-56, while the other judges Max Zuniga and Sergio Lechuga were on opposite sides 55-57 and 57-55. End result – their bout was ruled a Mixed Decision Draw.

After the announcement of the scores, referee Fernando Renteria raises both Ramiro Ceseña and Mario Ramirez’s arms to show their bout was a draw.

One by one, sportscaster/boxing analyst Marcos Villegas interviewed both of the fighters.

Then it was Mario Ramirez’s turn to express his thoughts.

Within seconds of that announcement, the boxers were being interviewed and asked their thoughts concerning the Draw and a possible rematch. The one major setback in this proposal, Ramiro Ceseña claimed he had far too much trouble cutting weight, “Yes, I would like a rematch, because I felt I had won. I threw and landed more of the stronger, harder punches. But it has to be at Lightweight, 130-135 lbs.”

The same question was put to Mario Ramirez who disagreed and stated he thought he won. “I felt I won. I threw and landed far more punches.” To the proposal of going up to a higher weight class. “I am a Super Featherweight, not a Lightweight. I too would like a rematch but it has to be at either Featherweight or Super Featherweight.”

Ramiro Ceseña never mentioned that he had just spent the entire fight struggling with that ridiculous orange mouthpiece. The one that was restricting not only his breathing but was too cumbersome (an understatement). At one point he left his corner without this orange monstrosity and then figured it was a bad idea and ended up asking the referee for time to retrieve it. He then managed to wedge it back into his mouth. Sometimes the littlest things can be your biggest distraction.

Manager and coach join their hero, Ramiro Cesena, after his exceptional performance.

As they say, “In the house.” Representing The Arena Gym in Point Loma, San Diego, Calif. were boxers Dewayne Beamon, Anthony Franco, Jason Meza, Bryan Figueroa. Not shown are Mike Liera, The Arena’s General Manager and Joe Vargas, the Arena’s Head Boxing Coach.

On Friday night, there were glamorous people everywhere to include these gorgeous ladies.

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