Local boxers go 5-0 at the Big Punch Arena

In the most hotly contested bout of the evening, it was the 6’2″ tall Jorge Alberto “El Chihuas” Brito of Tijuana, doing battle with the even taller 6’4″ tall Juan De Jesus Angulo Gonzalez of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico.

Bout #1 featured another giant among men, the 6’1 1/2 inch tall, 28-year-old ex-Marine Darnell Price (3-0) (right) from San Diego (Global ID 898670) taking on the much shorter Brandon Acuna from Sonora, Mexico (Global ID 868304).

With Price’s height and reach advantage, you have to hand it to Brandon Acuna (0-2) for taking on such a formidable task of challenging Mr. Price who not only benefits from his Marine Training, multiple tours of duty in combat areas, plus he was a member of the All Armed Forces Boxing Team.

Clinching was one technique that slowed Acuna down from being effective.
And so it began, Brandon Acuna’s frequent visits to the canvas.
Maybe you’re right, this does seem like a lost cause.
“Once a Marine always a Marine” as we see Darnell Price point to his Marine insignia.
Here we see veteran referee Angel Mendez raising the arm of the victorious Darnell Price.
At the conclusion of the bout, the proud coaching staff of head trainer Vince Parra plus co-trainer Eddie Locco from the Pacific Training Center wanted a photo with their hero.
In Bout #2, it was Benjamin “Big Ben” Alvarez (right) from San Diego, Calif. by way of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, by way of San Antonio, Chile making his four round Pro-Boxing debut at 190 lbs. against fellow cruiserweight Jorge Luna (left) of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico also weighing in at 190 lbs., with a record of 0-1, Global ID 885858.
Unlike Alvarez, it appeared Jorge Luna (left) would have preferred a slower pace but Big Ben Alvarez would have none that and went hard and fast at his opponent who first took this knee in round one and then took a big left hook from Ben Alvarez in round two.
After a left hook to the body, we again saw Jorge Luna drop to the canvas.
After the stoppage which came at 2:06 mark of round 2, we see the jubilant Ben Alvarez, now (1-0, with 1 KO) as a Professional Boxer having his arm raised in victory.
It couldn’t possibly be the happiest moment in his life, but it appears it ranks up there.
Bout #3 was a Flyweight Bout featuring two 18-year-old, 112 pounders., 5’8″ tall Salvador Cervantes (Global ID 369354, record 1-0) (right) from the Black House Boxing Gym of East Los Angeles, Calif. facing the 5’5″ tall Rigo “RiguitoCruz Cebreros (left) (Global ID 861918, record 2-2 from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. Whereas Cervantes did mention that he had had 35 Amateur bouts, Mr. Cruz never mentioned his acting classes.
Here we see Rigo Cruz down on the canvas after being clobbered by the fast hands of Salvador Cervantes.
Referee Angel Mendez (center) awaits the announcement of Salvador Cervantes’ victory.
The very proud Team Cervantes gathers around their star boxer to celebrate his victory.
To honor basketball great Kobey Bryant, the 5’10” tall, 135 lb., 23-year-old James “Fresh Prince” Earle Global ID 899435 (3-0) of San Diego by way of West Chester, Penna., wore this impressive attire for his fight versus the 26-year-old Jesus Isidro “Apples” Gomez Global ID 894028 (0-3) from Sonora, Mexico, a victim of three straight stoppages.
James Earle shows his quickness as he goes on the attack against Jesus Isidro Gomez.
In Bout #4, Jesus Isidro “Apples” Gomez went down early (just 41 seconds into round #1) after the fireballer James “Fresh Prince” Earle landed a barrage of lethal punches.
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In this photo, Jesus Isidro Gomez still appears to be hurting after that blow to his chest.
James Earle is joined by his proud trainers Vince Parra (left) and Eddie Locco (right).
Bout #5 featured the highly thought of 18-year-old, 5’6″ tall, Jorge Villegas Jr. from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, Global ID 859718, who has manager extraordinaire Frank Espinoza of Los Angeles guiding his career. Villegas’ opponent, the 32-year-old Arcadio Salazar (11-24-3), Global ID 422010 is from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. With the difference in their age and size, the elusive Salazar, who is even shorter than Juan Carlos Morales Lee, the shortest ref in the sport, was not considered much of a challenge for the more polished Villegas.

“Wow! That didn’t take long!” That’s likely what people were saying when they saw Salazar drop to the canvas early in round one after getting clubbed by a counter left hook.

Then, in Round four, our hero was again on his back after getting clobbered on the top of his right shoulder. Yowza! This time, it appeared Salazar had himself a major injury to the shoulder, perhaps a broken collar bone. Such an injury involves severe pain and almost immediate swelling at the site of the fracture. The only good news? In most cases involving a broken collarbone, there are no limitations once that fracture heals.
Since no one could fully grasp the pain Salazar was experiencing, you had to admire the compassion of the fans who were watching this fighter twisting about in pain.
Soon one Doctor and two medics were on the scene assisting Salazar.
And just as you see in a New York theatrical production, Salazar got backup on his feet to make certain his opponent Jorge Villegas Jr., received his proper recognition for the victory.
So, there he was, the 32-year-old Arcadio Salazar, a 14 year veteran, patiently hanging around so as not to spoil/diminish the accomplishment of his younger rival.
Bout #6 had local favorite, 26-year-old welterweight, 5’10” tall Elias “Ingles” Diaz (right) of San Diego (6-0 with 4 KOs, Global ID 775459) taking on the 17-year-old Edwin “La Sombra” Salcido (left) from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mex. (3-1, 2 KOs, Global ID 871947).

Here we see the 17-year-old going down for a second time. This is a prime example of why the Boxing Commissions in the U.S. will not allow a boxer under the age of 18 to compete in the Professional ranks. Why? The great majority of teens of Salcido’s age have not fully developed.

Plan and simple, this match was ill-conceived and by the timekeeper’s clock only lasted until the 1:42 mark of round #2 when Salcido basically threw in the towel when he failed to get back up on his feet after a knockdown.

The bout officially goes down as a TKO victory by way of referee stoppage.
Before leaving the ring, Elias Diaz took time for a photo with three of his supporters, Juan Ramirez Cutman4Hire, his manager Jorge Marron and his father/trainer Greg Diaz.
Bout #7 had 24-year-old Jorge Alberto “El Chihuas” Brito (right), Global ID 730255, Record (13-1, 8 KOs) of Tijuana facing (for the very first time) a taller opponent in 6’3″ tall, 31-year-old Juan de Jesus Angulo “El Aguado” Gonzalez (left) Global ID 395065, (20-12, 13 KOs).
After Gonzalez went down for the first time, we all got to see his one of a kind mouthpiece, the color of which is banned in the U. S. because you can’t be certain if a boxer is bleeding.

After putting up a major challenge for Brito, Gonzalez was counted out at the 1:35 mark of Round 4. What made Gonzalez such a challenge for Brito? According to ex-boxer Chris Martin, who was one of the color commentators for the live streaming of this show on Best In Boxing, it was the way Gonzalez kept frustrating Brito with his clinching tactics and the way he threw his wide ranging (devastating at times) punches as if he were a pitcher in major league baseball. Truth be told, Brito was clobbered more than once by these punches that for Brito seemed to come out of nowhere.

At this point, the in-vogue, stylishly dressed ring announcer Pablo Flores along with the lovely show hostess/ring card gal came front and center to announce the stoppage which came at the 1:35 mark of Round #4

Just seconds after Gonzalez was counted out, we see the joyous Jorge Brito having his arm raised on high by referee Juan Morales Lee. It was finally time to celebrate.

The Main Event of the Evening

Next up, Bout #8, was the Main Event of the evening featuring the 23-year-old, 5’7″ tall, Global ID 775110 Kevin “Diamond Boy” Torres (15-1-1, 13 KOs) from Bellingham, Washington, facing late replacement 23-year-old, 5’10 1/2″ tall, Global ID 805941 Alejandro Almada “Peso” Franco (3-10, 2 KOs) from Tijuana, B. C., Mexico who hadn’t fought since 12-21-18. Watching this bout reminded you of a gardener mowing lawn in early spring. Almost effortlessly, the cool Mr. Torres went back and forth mowing his opponent down.
After just one (3:00 minute) round and an additional one minute and 45 seconds into round #2, we saw Alejandro Almada Franco suddenly turn his back on his opponent and walk over to his corner. After feeling the awesome power of his opponent’s blows, especially to the midsection, Alejandro Almada Franco required time to ponder his fate. What was he mulling over in his mind as he rest his head on the top ring rope? Most likely: ‘This guy is way out of my league. Even if I had a year to prepare, I couldn’t possibly be ready to go six rounds with the likes of a power puncher like Kevin “Diamond Boy” Torres.’
After getting no response from Mr. Franco, referee Juan Morales Lee had no other choice but to stop the fight and declare Torres the winner.
After the referee signaled for Franco (left) to join him in the center of the ring for the announcement of Kevin Torres’ victory, he did so like a true gentleman.

With his present notoriety, it has become more and more difficult for Kevin Torres’ management team to find someone, anyone, to face him in the ring. With the official time of the stoppage coming at 1:55 of round #2, Torres improved his record to 16-1-1, with 14 KOs.

Bout #9, a super featherweight clash, had 20 year-old, 5’6″ tall, southpaw Japhethlee Llamido Global ID 861680, who weighed in at 126 lbs. (right) listed as coming from Norwalk, Calif., with a record of 1-0 (even though he had recently defeated a gentleman by the name of Miguel Villalobos back on February 7, 2020 at this same venue, the Big Punch Arena in Tijuana, on a promotion presented by War Boxing Promotions run by Ernesto Neri. His opponent tonight (February 28, 2020) is the 31-year-old Jonathan Eduardo Gonzalez Hernandez (left) who has a record 0-2 and weighed in at 127.8 lbs., Global ID 701797. Originally from Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico, Gonzalez stated he now resides in Tijuana, B. C., Mexico.

To say Japhethlee Llamido is special might be a bit premature but he certainly has a ton of credentials from the Amateur ranks and looked quite impressive against Gonzalez while doing a fair amount of showboating, reminiscent of Roy Jones Jr.
You can be sure, there was no lack of action in this bout with the knockout of Jonathan Eduardo Gonzalez Hernandez coming at the 2:59 mark of the final round, Round 4.
Being that this was the very first time anyone had ever taken a photo of the future World Champion and his entourage (Yuk, yuk!) this photo shoot went on for a while.

In the final bout of the evening, Bout #10, we saw the 5’6″ tall Adrian Alvarado (1-0) Global ID#863490 (right in above photo) from East Los Angeles, Calif. facing Guadalupe Garcia (0-4) Global ID 775746 from where else, Sonora, Mexico. who recently had a successful Pro debut back on February 7, 2020 at the very same venue: the Big Punch Arena against a gentleman by the name of Claudio Duarte Global ID# 916354 on a fight card promoted by War Boxing Promotions under the management of Ernesto Neri.

As of today, Wednesday, March 4, 2020, the results of both that former show and now this show of February 28, 2020 have yet to be posted. You as well as the boxers involved might be asking why? We will be keep you posted.

At this point in the evening, one can only imagine what one or both of these boxers are thinking: “Alright already, let’s get this show on the road.”
And so their concerns of safety begin as referee Angel Mendez discusses Guadalupe Garcia’s first of many slips/falls to the canvas.

From the looks of this photo, it appears Guadalupe Garcia has every intention of fighting this bout on one knee. Thank goodness referee Angel Mendez was quick to react to this slip.

This fall to the canvas by Guadalupe Garcia after a punch was not considered a slip.
This action photo which we had hoped would be in focus, wasn’t. Here we have Adrian Alvarado a millimeter of a second too late after he pulled back his right hand after hitting Guadalupe Garcia with an on-point right uppercut which landed squarely on Garcia’s chin.
From that above punch, Guadalupe Garcia became dazed and went down on the canvas.

Guadalupe Garcia tried but couldn’t regain his full faculties in time to prevent the stoppage by referee Angel Mendez.

After Guadalupe Garcia regained consciousness and returned to his feet, ring announcer Pablo Flores proceeded with the acknowledgement of Adrian Alvarado’s KO victory.

And look at him now! It seems like only yesterday when the youngster Adrian Alvarado began to show his skills in USA Amateur Boxing’s LBC 33.

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