Packed house for Boxing’s glorious return to the Four Points By Sheraton Hotel


Before introducing you to the Friday, October 11, 2019 line-up at the Sheraton, we thought you’d like a rundown of the many smiling faces who were in attendance. (top, l to r) We have the Boxing insiders followed by a Hollywood starlet, the trio of Sr. Jorge Ruiz, boxers Jorge Ruiz Jr., and Emilio Bojorquez, followed by the show’s co-promoter Saul Rios with Canelo’s trainer/confidant Eddie Reynoso. Then, it’s ring announcer Pablo Flores with two charming Ring Card Gals, boxer Anthony Franco, blocks of supportive fans, followed by the heart of the sport, boxers Alan Sanchez, Alfredo Contreras, Flavio Martinez, and Jose Gomez.
Then, on both the right and left of Joe Stidman (2nd from the left), the owner of the Heartland Meat Co. are dear friends, invited guests. To be upfront with you, the goal of our clever photographer was to get a photo of the hotel owner Luci Burni (on the right, with her hands clasped under her chin). From the smile on her face, it appears he has been found out.

Before naming every single person who attended this show, which could take weeks, we should mention the evening’s special honorees: like Hall of Fame boxing judge Fritz Werner and official timekeeper Mike Millsap; next we have Hall of Fame trainer Joe Gomez (center), plus four representatives from the Bound Boxing Academy which includes (center) USA Amateur National Champion and 2020 Olympic hopeful Andrea Medina, (then left to right), we have Medina’s Mom, younger brother Juan “Johnny” Medina Jr., plus one of the gym’s assistant coach/assistant manager Cesar Arturo Vargas who is obviously in disguise.

A favorite of the local paparazzi has always been the jovial boxer/entertainer Emilio Bojorquez, shown here with one of the trainers, then the show’s promoter Bobby DePhilippis and his better half, Fabiola Laija, and finally Bojorquez’s family and friends.

Shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Friday, the Boxers’ dressing rooms at the Four Points By Sheraton Hotel were all abuzz as the boxers and their support staffs prepared for their evening of combat. With it now being 5 years, 4 months and 26 days since that last Pro Boxing Show in San Diego, imagine the excitement this event was generating in town and especially inside the Hotel Ballroom. The last local boxing show featured, among others, the 5’7″ tall Antonio Orozco (at the time 19-0 with 15 KOs) from the House of Boxing Gym in the Paradise Hills neighborhood of San Diego taking on the well respected 5’10 ½” tall veteran Martin Honorio (32-8-1, 16 KOs) from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico out at the Del Mar Fairgrounds battling for the Inaugural NABF Light welterweight title.

Back then, local boxing fans had gotten themselves whooped up since the outcome would surely concern Orozco’s prospects, especially if he could snatch this victory from the more accomplished veteran. Late in that contest, with Honorio behind on the scorecards, the veteran resulted to throwing a low blow to Orozco’s kidneys. Fortunately, Orozco was able to survive that flagrant foul and went on to win a unanimous decision. Officials working that event included referees Pat Russell and Jose Cobian plus judges Fritz Werner and Alejandro Rochin, and coincidentally all four would be present this evening, three working the show while the fourth, Hall of Fame Boxing Judge Fritz Werner, since retired would be sitting at ringside. Still, having three of the same officials officiating this event had to evoke feelings of nostalgia, déjà vu.

In the opener, Bout #1, they featured 23-year-old, 5’10” tall, 135 lb. lightweight James Earle (66-11 as an Amateur) from San Diego, Calif. by way of West Chester, Penna., who now trains at the Pacific Coast Training Center in Bird Rock, a small coastal community in La Jolla. Earle trains with Vince Parra (of Mighty Mo Hooker fame) and the gym’s owner Johnny Loco. Earle was making his Pro Debut against the 31-year-old, 5’5″ tall Edgar Ivan “El Profe” Garcia (7-20-1 with 2 KOs) from San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico who had the Quinones family in his corner.

During their skirmish, Earle controlled the bout with his stiff jab and on multiple occasions (four) sent Garcia to the canvas with his big overhand rights. All three judges scored the bout the same, 40-35 for Earle. On a positive note, Garcia (7-21-1, 2 KOs) did break his streak of 4-consecutive losses by stoppage, either TKO or KO.

Bout #2 featured the pro Debut of the 193 lb. cruiserweight, 6’1″ tall, 28-year-old Darnell Tyrone Price II born and raised right here in San Diego. The only time he spent away from home was when he was serving in the U. S. Marine Corps and representing the Marine Corps in their annual Armed Forces Boxing Tournament. To break down Price’s service career: He served 10 years in the Marines with 7 tours of duty, three of which were in combat areas.

Price’s opponent on Friday, the 6-foot tall, 24-year-old Nicholas “The Shadow” Gay (0-1) is from Houston, Texas. Gay had had just one boxing match but did fight 11 times as a Mixed Martial Artist in which he currently holds a record of 7 wins and 4 losses. On Friday evening when the boxers were introduced, they announced both Gay and Price as weighing 200 lbs. which would still qualify them as Cruiserweights. Those weights were corrected later after it was discovered that Price weighed 193 lbs. and Nicholas Gay weighed-in at 195 lbs. at the official weigh-in.

From opening bell on Friday, Gay spent the majority of his time either on the run or holding on for dear life. In other words, while someone was in this contest purely for the money, his opponent is taking the sport serious. It showed bigtime in their performance or lack thereof. Though it appeared Price was visibly upset by someone’s lack of competitiveness, it’s always nice to settle in and secure that first victory.

Prior to the opening bell for Bout #2, we see both sides looking across at one another. Nicholas Gay (left, blue corner) is with his able cutman Juan Ramirez and cornerman Gabriel Quinones, while Darnell Price (red corner) looks across at Gay offering nothing more than a menacing stare while his cutman/second Johnny Loco and trainer Vince Parra looked on.

Just seconds into Round one: this is when the trouble began for Nicholas “the Shadow” Gay.

This bout turned into a complete annihilation as far as the scores rendered by the judges. All three judges awarded the winner, Darnell Price, four 10-8 rounds, for a total of 40-32.
During round two, someone mentioned that Gay may have missed his calling, believing he would do better in the WWF, World Wrestling Federation. Or as he called it “rasslin.” Adding further insight: “All you need to do there, is learn how to kick out at the count of two.”
After the first knockdown came at 1:05 of round one. The second knockdown came at the 2:50 mark of the same round. Then, a third knockdown came at the 1:04 mark of Round 2 and a fourth knockdown came at the 1:10 mark of Round 3, Price had the temerity to ask his trainer Johnny Loco for advice: “You want my advice? Simple, just keep doing what you’re doing.”
At the conclusion of this one-sided affair, Darnell Price appeared to be looking out at his audience to inform them, “Hey boxing fans, remember my name.”

In Bout #3, it was 24-year-old, 146 lb., 5’7″ tall, orthodox boxer Adrian Gutierrez, Global ID# 779057, from Chula Vista, Calif., improving his record to (10-0-1, 4 KOs) after defeating fellow welterweight 26-year-old, 5’10” tall Carlos “Guerrero Indio” Huerta from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico by a unanimous decision with shutout scores of 60-54 on all three of the judges’ scorecards. The taller Huerta, standing 5’10” tall, Global ID# 578570, weighed the same 146 lbs. With this loss in their six-round welterweight match, Huerta’s record now drops to (6-4-2, 3 KOs).

Adrian Gutierrez (left) in the red corner and the three-inch taller Carlos Huerta (right) in the blue corner, make ready for the opening bell of Bout #3.
Soon enough, the boxers, Huerta (left) and Gutierrez (right) would face their moment of truth.
At the conclusion of this match, both boxers knew they had been in a war. Both men had been marked up severely, especially around the eyes. With this cut over Gutierrez’s left eye, the referee had to do some consulting with the fight doctor in order to make certain that Gutierrez could proceed.

The challenge within a challenge was to assist the boxers in keeping all that blood out of their eyes and make certain these cuts didn’t get any worse.

The matching punches were landing at such a high velocity.
Oh well, if this is the price of victory, so be it.
To the victor goes the smiles, so says Adrian Gutierrez who gets a thumbs up from his Dad.

In Bout #4 they had 25-year-old super lightweight Jorge Marron Jr. Global ID#762901 (142 lbs.), 1510, 5 KOs) from nearby Lakeside, Calif. coming away with a six-round, shutout victory (60-53 on all three scorecards) over the 31-year-old, 5’8” tall Gonzalo Carlos “El Malo” Dallera (142 lbs.) Global ID# 768896 from Ciudadela, Buenos Aires, Argentina. With the loss, Dallera’s record now drops to (6-6-0, 4 KOs). Marron, a lefty, had little if any problem controlling the bout with his commanding left lead which kept popping to add on the points, round after round, to a sizable lead in the punch stats.

Gonzalo Carlos Dallera wore this scary mask as he made his way to the ring for his six-round super lightweight bout with Lakeside, California’s very own Jorge Marron Jr.

Here we see Gonzalo Carlos Dallera being issued a stern warning from referee Angel Mendes Ramos for some dirty tactics.

At the conclusion of Bout #4 it was Jorge Marron Jr. having his arm raised after winning a unanimous decision victory over Gonzalo Carlos Dallera.
What better moment is there for a proud father than to be in the center of the ring celebrating your son’s 16th victory?

Bout #5, a six-round lightweight contest, had 26-year-old Ricardo “The Blessed” Valdovinos, now (8-1, 5 KOs) from San Diego, Calif. winning an oh so close split decision victory over 29-year-old, 5’6” tall Giovannie “King Gio” Gonzalez (9-4-0, 7 KOs) from Stockton, Calif. The scores in this extremely close bout were 57-56, 58-55 for Valdovinos and finally 55-58 for Gonzalez. With both men being at the crossroads of their career and having been 5-1 in their last six outings, this victory meant so very much. It would definitely put either’s career back in a positive light. This is why the difference in the scoring could be debated for years to come.

“Sure it’s a bad cut, patch me up!”

The devastating uppercut from Valdovinos…was it a clean punch or was it an illegal blow below the belt?

“How can I expect the ref to understand, he’s a local yo-cal too.”
He loves these right uppercuts so much, might as well give him another one.
I wonder if I’ll get credit for this maneuver – hitting an opponent with both of my hands at the same time?
This head to head in-fighting wears you out.
Now where’s he going, sneeky ….
Ricardo Valdovinos is overjoyed after the announcement of his favorable score from judge #3. His opponent appears incredulous that he didn’t get the majority decision.
Mrs. Cobian is not happy and she’s planning to send the two boxers a bill for all the scrubbing it took to get both fighters’ blood out of her husband’s shirt.

In Bout #6 we saw 5’7″ tall, 139 lb., super lightweight, Kevin “Diamond Boy” Torres control the action from the opening bell while spending all six rounds chasing after his opponent Andrew Rodgers as if it were a foot race instead of a boxing match. With his win, Torres now moves up to (15-1-1, KOs), while the elusive 140 lber., Rodgers, now drops to 4-8-2 after amazingly dodging the worst of the heavy blows. Being on the run for the full six rounds led to scores of 59-54 for Torres on all three scorecards.

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