Quinones Promociones Boxing Show, a marathon of sorts

According to our boxing critic who has been to a great many boxing venues: Friday’s show at La Oficina Nite Club in Downtown Tijuana could benefit big time if the owners would consider making some changes. The following were suggested: more fresh air (from more than just one fan, or add air conditioning), an increase in their seating, plus better lighting and acoustics.

Your average boxing show consists of seven, eight, 10 bouts max. At this July 27, 2018 show at La Oficina Niteclub in Downtown Tijuana, the promoter was potentially asking his patrons to sit through what could have been an all-nighter. Initially, he had 19 matches scheduled but ended up canceling two. With the oppressive heat that evening and just one fan to cool the panting crowd, it was a blessing when the majority of the 17 bouts ended quickly. Otherwise, a few of the diehard patrons might have needed an assist to get home. It was one of those nights when your spouse or lady friend might have gotten abrasive and complained, “We’re leaving! Enough is enough!”

Like that night when you started watching The Walking Dead and then binged on it, episode after episode until you heard the rooster crow. Intoxication is when you love something to excess. After midnight, the remaining boxing fans at La Oficina must have felt intoxicated. Not exactly howling at the moon intoxicated but they did feel as though they had suddenly become experts on the sport and knew everything there was to know. As a result, these patrons wanted to pass on their new found knowledge to anyone who would listen.

After Bout #1 got started (well after the announced start time of 8 p.m.), it appeared the more composed, experienced boxer, the 23-year-old, super lightweight Mike “Misak” Melikyan (4-2-1, 2 KOs) from Hollywood, Calif. only had to bide his time while the wild swinging novice Ivan Pinto would eventually punch himself out. Then came this nasty gash alongside Pinto’s right eye and the blood came squirting out. Between rounds, Pinto’s cutman performed miracles on closing that cut but what to do to slow down the wild, exhausting, missing roundhouse swings was still an issue. With all the power and momentum behind these off-target punches, the wild one fell to the canvas (twice). The first slip cost Pinto a standing 8-count. Throughout this chaos, the heavy breathing Pinto exhibited amazing stamina, and never, ever let-up. By the final round, it had become clear, it was Pinto and not the more accomplished Melikyan, who had landed the majority of the damaging blows and the capacity crowd knew it. They had truly witnessed an amazing performance to open the show. What Pinto lacked in boxing skills, he made up for in true grit.

Before the start of Bout #1, Ivan Pinto (left) of Tijuana and his opponent Mike Melikyan of Hollywood, California received final instructions from veteran referee Juan Morales Lee.

On this night, Ivan Pinto’s reflexes were superb. For example: At the very instant the referee began to lift his left arm in victory, Pinto already had his right arm reaching for the sky.

What a memorable, Gladiatorial bout to start Friday’s show. After four extremely tough rounds, Ivan Pinto had a nasty gash alongside his right eye and an opponent Mike Melikyan with his own ominous welts under both eyes. Both had given the fans everything they had.

Bout #2 featured lightweights Jose Zamora Soto (9-0, 6 KOs) from Hawthorne, Calif. and Jose Iniquez (7-30-1) from Tijuana.

After receiving their final instructions from veteran referee Juan Morales Lee, Jose Iniquez (7-30-1) (left) and Jose Zamora Soto (9-0, 6 KOs) (right) from Hawthorne, Calif. the competitors took a final moment for a photo.

This bout was over in a flash after Jose Zamora Soto landed this well placed punch to Jose Iniquez’s midsection.

 

Lightweight Jose Zamora Soto has his arm raised in victory by referee Juan Morales Lee.

Pre-fight boxers for Bout #3 squared off, (l to r) 31-year-old Javier Rivera Meza (2-24-2) of San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico and 23-year-old, 6-foot-tall Devon “the Great” Jamar Lee (4-0, 4 KOs) of Sacramento, Calif.

This was an example of running the same reel again – Bout #3 ended almost, the same exact way as Bout #2. The shorter opponent, Javier Rivera Meza, was stopped in Round one by way of a body shot. The only difference, Meza was counted out in a different corner.

At the conclusion of Bout #3, we see Devon Jamar Lee having his arm raised in victory by referee Juan Morales Lee after he stopped Javier Rivera Meza in round one.

Contestants in Bout #4, Maurice “Ambitious” Lamar Lee (r) from Van Nuys, Los Angeles, Calif. (8-1, 4 KOs) and Odilon “Odi” Rivera Meza (l) from San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico (5-34-4, 3 KOs) pose for a photo just before the start of their four round super welterweight match.

Believing Odi Rivera had already taken far too many unanswered blows to the head, the much concerned referee Juan Morales Lee stepped in to stop the carnage.

Up goes the arm of the winner by TKO, Maurice Lamar Lee, who had absolutely no problem putting a hurt on Odilon Rivera Meza.

Bout #5 featured two big cruiserweights, both over six foot tall, 22-year-old Francisco “Frankie” Lopez (10-1, 8 KOs) from North Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif. going up against Jesus Beltran (1-2) from Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico.

Unlike the preceding three matches, Bout #5 was quite competitive and it took a solid well-delivered punch from“Frankie” Lopez to stop the game Jesus Beltran.

After the stoppage, up went the arm of the victorious Frankie Lopez who now improves to 11-1, 9 KOs. With the loss, Jesus Beltran dropped to 1-3.

In Bout #6 they had 21-year-old super featherweight Brandon Mendoza (3-0) from Panorama City, CA. (r) facing the 24-year-old, winless Isaac Galindo (0-9) from Tijuana (l). 

In almost total obscurity, Isaac Galindo went down from a combination of blows and then failed to get up before referee Alberto “Cookie” Ramos had reached the count of 10.

After the early stoppage, up went the arm of the victorious Brandon Mendoza (r) who now improves to 4-0, with 4 KOs while Isaac Galindo continues along on his winless streak.

(left to right) Combatants in Bout #7, 26-year-old, welterweight Terry Stevenson (1-0, 1 KO) from Los Angeles, Calif. by way of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and Armando Gonzalez (0-1) from Tijuana along with their coaches met at center ring to receive last minute instructions from veteran referee Alberto “Cookie” Ramos.

At the conclusion of their hard-fought battle, up went the arm of the victorious Terry Stevenson who no doubt outworked the game Armando Gonzalez to win himself a unanimous decision victory and improve his record to (2-0, 1 KO).

Before the start of Bout #8, welterweights 25-year-old Mylik “King Malik” Birdsong (r) from Los Angeles, Calif. (5-0, 4 KOs) and 21-year-old Antonio “Moho” Zamorano (0-3) met at center ring for some last minute instructions from referee Alberto Ramos.

It certainly didn’t take that long before Moho Zamorano had gone down on the canvass.

After Antonio Zamorano (l) was counted out, up went the arm of the victorious Mylik “King Malik” Birdsong who improved his record to 6-0 with 5 KOs.

Prior to the start of Bout #9, we see it’s combatants (l to r) 29-year-old welterweight Carlos Bacasegua Luzania (l) from Bacobampo, Sonora, Mexico (7-59-1, 1 KO), a victim of 32 knockouts) and Stan “The Man” Martyniouk (17-2, 3 KOs) from San Carlos, Calif. come to center ring to receive final instructions from referee Alberto “Cookie” Ramos.

The game Carlos Bacasegua and his corner people were simply overwhelmed by the power behind each and every punch thrown by the veteran Stan Martyniouk.

The fight ended with Carlos Bacasegua trying to protect his sore ribs and his corner people refusing to allow their fighter to come out for another one-sided round.

Bout #10 featured the two grizzled veterans, 36-year-old Keon “Special K” Johnson (23-10-1, 14 KOs) from Indianapolis, Indiana and 39-year-old Joel “Dinamita” Juarez (32-30-2, 28 KOs) from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.

Whether it was, the extreme heat and high humidity or the constant pummeling by the taller Keon Johnson, tough guy Joel Juarez finally had to take a knee.

After Juarez was unable to continue, we see referee Juan Morales Lee lifting the arm of the victorious Keon “Special K” Johnson who now improves to 24-10-1, with 15 KOs.

Bout #11 featured 20-year-old Steven Rodriguez (1-0, 1 KO) (right) taking on 18-year-old Raul “Roly” Torres of Tijuana who was making his Pro Debut.

Before long, the ferocious, big league punching of Steven Rodriguez had Raul Torres pinned in his corner and bent over grimacing from the extremely hard body shots.

The bout ended early to ensure that Raul Torres wouldn’t get hurt, hurt seriously.

Having a support group like this is the key to his success, so says Steven Rodriguez.

There was a bit of a popularity contest as these two gentlemen made their way to the ring for Bout #12. Both Elias Contreras (l) and Julio “Sexy Boy” Robles (r) are from Tijuana.

Things only got worse for Elias Contreras after he got caught by this right uppercut that had his head spinning in the opposite direction. In the end, Contreras coach threw in the towel.

Enough said, Julio Robles (r) earns the stoppage victory over the mighty mite Elias Contreras.

At the conclusion of his bout, Robles was joined for a photo by the lovely ring card gals, his manager/promoter Gabriel Quinones and long-time coach/step-dad Victor Manuel Godoy.

All business: prior to the start of Bout #13, 19-year-old Edgardo Velazquez of Tijuana (7-0 with 7 KOs) looks over at his opponent Hector Corral (0-4) from Etchojba, Sonora, Mexico.

Veteran referee Juan Morales Lee raises the arm of the victorious Edgardo “Zurdo” Velazquez (right) after his quick, first round stoppage of Hector Corral (left).

Pride works both ways. Boxer being proud of his coach & coach proud of his prize athlete.

We must never forget Edgardo Velazquez’s strong support group. A family like this makes it a lot easier for Edgar to be able to succeed in the demanding world of professional boxing.

Prior to the start of Bout #14, 20-year-old Bryan Christopher Garcia 0-5 (left) and 17-year-old Manuel Tapia 3-0, 1 KO (right) pose for a photo with the ring card gal, their trainers, and referee Alberto Ramos. From this point on, Tapia worked his magic on the inside while Garcia with his longer reach tried to score from the outside.

At the conclusion of Bout#14, a unanimous decision victory that went to Manuel Tapia, Tapia moved up to 4-0, while his opponent Bryan Christopher Garcia dropped to 0-6.

Before the start of Bout #15, boxers Samuel Armenta (l) and Marcos Muniz (r) plus their coaches met at center-ring with referee Alberto Ramos for a photo and final instructions.

After the quick as a flash stoppage in Bout #15, it was a case of the unhappy, Samuel Armenta (l) losing his second straight and the happy Marcos Muniz winning #11 in a row.

At the conclusion of Bout #15, it was the sweet smell of success for Marcos Muniz.

Bout #16 featured the big boys, 37-year-old, super heavyweight Esteban “King Kong” Sosa (2-12) and heavyweight Luis David Rodriguez (4-18-2) both from Tijuana.

Over the course of this four rounder, Luis David Rodriguez (r) made certain to leave no doubt that he had been the busier of the two boxers to ensure a unanimous decision victory.

Prior to the start of Bout #17, the final bout of the evening, the 33-year-old Christian Louis Thomas (blue trunks) from California and 20-year-old Pedro Avalos (black trunks) from Tijuana posed for a quick photo with their coaches and referee Alberto Ramos.

By the time the final bout of the evening rolled around, the patrons were likely comatose. Still, it was a fine performance from both fighters until Christian Louis Thomas unexpectedly caught his opponent with a big overhand right and it was nite-nite. “I don’t understand it. I turned out the lights. Where was the cheering section?”

At the conclusion of Friday night’s show, we see that Pedro Avalos did indeed return to his feet after that surprising, vicious knockout and the 33-year-old Christian “Liger” Thomas had his arm raised in victory by referee Alberto Ramos. And so ends Quinones Promociones’ marathon of pro boxing which featured 17 bouts with thirty-four boxers.

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