Tecate’s “Noche de Invictos” featured 4 KOs two surprising upsets

In Saturday night’s Main Event of fight nights in Tecate, it was Francisco Lopez (L) facing Carlos Carlson (R) at the Eufrasio Santana Gymnasium in downtown. Photo: Jim Wyatt

Saturday, October 28, 2012, Promociones Quinones/Ocean’s Promotions of San Diego staged their second in a series of fight nights at the Eufrasio Santana Gymnasium in Tecate, B. C., Mexico. The promoters of “Noche de Invictos,” translation “Night of the Undefeated” promised nonstop action, and that’s just what the boxers  delivered with four exciting knockouts plus two unexpected, unimaginable upsets.

In Saturday night’s opening bout between Felix Rubio and Angel Ramos, many observers felt referee Juan Morales Lee’s quick stoppage was in error. Photo: Jim Wyatt

After getting the KO win over Felix Rubio in the opening bout on Saturday night, Angel Ramos (L) has his arm raised in victory by referee Juan Morles Lee. All photos: Jim Wyatt

Bout #1 was a four round flyweight match between Angel “Diablito” Ramos of Ensenada, B. C., Mexico, making his pro debut against Felix Rubio (0-1-1) of Tijuana.

In the furious first round, either boxer could have gone down with the all or nothing frantic pace. Both fighters, especially Rubio, were landing clean, powerful shots to the head and dishing out tremendous punishment.

It didn’t take long before Ramos was living up to his nickname of “Diablito” and Rubio had been the victim of three low blows. After receiving a warning for the first two, referee Juan Morales Lee penalized Ramos for the third with a point deduction.

Then, still in the second round, an oddball occurrence happened. The boxers, caught up in a regular cadence of alternating big blows to the head, usually in combinations, got themselves spinning in a half moon. At that point, Ramos unloaded this solid right cross to Rubio’s head. Rubio tried to cushion the blow by ducking down and away. In the act of dodging that blow, he fell to his knees. Not seeing it as a defensive move, referee Juan Morales Lee thought Rubio was cowering and had taken enough punishment. As Rubio got up, Lee quickly grabbed him from behind to prevent any further fisticuffs.

As a result, Lee did not issue Rubio a 10 count or a standing eight count. He went straight away to the stoppage. Of course Rubio and his corner argued vociferously until they were blue in the face. Was Rubio hurt? There weren’t many who would agree with the referee.

In Bout #2, it was Daniel Roman gaining an unanimous decision over Juan Gomez.

Bout #2

In a four round lightweight contest Daniel “Danny” Roman (4-1-1, 2 KOs) of Garden Grove, CA in a very workmanlike fashion reaped an unanimous decision victory by dominating Juan Gomez Torres (2-3-0, 1 KO) for four straight rounds.

At first, Saul Hernandez went down after getting hit by a nasty low blow. Hernandez then took almost the full five minutes to recover, but recover he did.

Soon after it was Rigoberto Casillas who was in trouble after taking several devastating shots to the head.

There was absolutely no way for Rigoberto Casillas to get back on his feet.

Saul Hernandez has his arm raised in victory by referee Juan Morales Lee.

After his victory over Rigoberto Casillas, Saul Hernandez was hoisted up on the shoulders of fellow boxer Victor Calderas and cheered by his large support group which included Luis Lorenzano (R) and Miguel Maikito Martinez, Hernandez’s coach. All photos: Jim Wyatt

Bout #3

In a four round Flyweight match, it was Rigoberto “Planchitas” Casillas (8-7-1, 6 KOs) of Tijuana, B.C., a 26 year-old, going full bore against the youngster Saul “Bebe” Hernandez (1-3-0). You talk about a fight with a lot of excitement. At first both boxers appeared to be going for an early knockout and the fists were flying with utter abandonment.

The taller, thinner Hernandez’s saving grace was having Casillas walk right into punches, especially the straight left. Then Hernandez became the victim of a low blow; a blow that had bending over and finally going down on both knees; a blow so nasty, it took a considerable amount of time to recover.

After taking the majority of the five minutes allotted for recovery, Hernandez delivered his payback when he sent Casillas down on the canvas with a well placed left hook to the chin.

In Round #2, Hernandez finished Casillas off with a matching left hook – right on the button. No matter how hard Casillas tried to get up, his legs were too wobbly.  With the win Hernandez improves to (2-3-0, 1 KO) while Casillas drops to (8-8-1, 6 KOs). After winning his first five matches, Casillas has now lost five of his last six.

On hand for show II in the Tecate Boxing series, were (L to R) veteran referee Juan Morales Lee, WBC supervisor/judge Benjamin Rendon, WBC supervisor Rudy Telez, who only last week was inducted in the California Boxing Hall of Fame, Dr. Joseph Noreiga, former President of the World Boxing Hall of Fame, a 2006 Hall of Fame inductee and now on the WBC Advisory Board, WBC Advisor for Marketing Rudy Martinez plus veteran referee Juan Jose Ramirez. Photo: Jim Wyatt

Boxers Rene Ruiz (L) and Daniel Hernandez (R) are formerly introduced prior to Bout #4.

In Bout #4 there were two lightweights going at it, Daniel “Travieso” Hernandez (11-0-0, 6 KOs) of South Gate, CA and Rene “La Rana” Ruiz (8-8, 3 KOs) of Ensenada, B. C. This was one of the big upsets. Hernandez’ handlers were given several options from whom they could face and this was their choice. After all Ruiz, in his 16 professional fights, had eight losses and only beaten one boxer, Luis Viedas, with a winning record. But as they say, some guys don’t match up well against other fighters and on Saturday, Ruiz gave Hernandez plenty of trouble.

Should the decision have gone against Hernandez? That’s an entirely different matter because several ringside observers felt Hernandez demonstrated he had better ring generalship throughout and also felt he had landed more of the telling blows.

Prior to their bout, boxers Victor Ruiz (R) and Bernardino Guevara (L) were introduced to the patrons. Photo: Jim Wyatt

In addition to the regular introductions, these four young ladies came front and center to do their own introduction for their favorite Victor Ruiz.

Bernardino Guevara is shown being helped back to his feet after getting ko’d by Victor Ruiz in Bout #5, Saturday night, October 27, 2012 at the Eufrasio Santana Gymnasium in Tecate.

Bout #5 was a scheduled six round flyweight matchup between Victor “Pelon” Ruiz (8-1-0, 5 KOs) of Tijuana, B.C. going up against Bernardino “Viejito” Guevara (0-4) of Tijuana, B.C. This was one of those slam-bam, thank-you Ma’am matches that had no chance of getting out of the first round. That makes it six of nine knockouts for Ruiz and time for him to move up to the next level of competition.

In Saturday night’s Main Event, Francisco Lopez became the fourth knockout victim of the night after getting hit by Carlos Carlson early in the second round. Referee Juan Jose Ramirez is shown kneeling to assist Lopez. Photo: Jim Wyatt

At the conclusion of his slugfest with Francisco Lopez, Carlos Carlson (R) has his arm raised in victory.

In the evening’s Main Event, Bout #6, it was Carlos “Memin” Carlson (6-0, 3 KOs) of Tijuana, B.C. scheduled to go 6 rounds in a bantamweight clash with Francisco “Micky” Lopez (3-2-0, 1 KO) of Tijuana, B.C. In this one, both Carlson and Lopez wasted little time and were soon swing for the fences. Carlson connected first and over the fence went Lopez for an early second round knockout.

Just like referee Juan Morales Lee, the gentlemen in the audience really enjoyed the eye candy provided by one of Tecate’s popular Sports Bars – El Bunker Sports Bar.

Only last week, Ken Thompson of Thompson Boxing Promotions of Orange, CA donated this sturdy, top grade canvas to Imdete, the Municipal Sports Institute of Tecate for their local boxing gym and future shows.

Notables in attendance included: Javier Vazquez Abril, the Director of the Municipal Sports Institute of Tecate (IMEDETE), boxing brothers Emilio and Christian Bojorquez, well known boxing trainer Mando Huerta from the Maywood, CA gym, WBC supervisor/judge Benjamin Rendon, WBC supervisor Rudy Telez, who only last week was inducted in the California Boxing Hall of Fame, WBC Advisor for Marketing Rudy Martinez, plus Dr. Joseph Noreiga, former President of the World Boxing Hall of Fame and now on the WBC Advisory Board. Noriega was inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006.

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