Update of local San Diego County fighters

Lester "El Cubanito" Gonzalez of the Black Tiger Gym in San Diego, Ca. Photo: Jim Wyatt

At Buffalo Bill’s Star Arena, Primm, Nevada

San Diego home boy, middleweight Lester “El Cubanito” Gonzalez of the Black Tiger Gym on Miramar Road improved to 12-3-2, 6 KOs) after giving Alfredo “Galan” Contreras (11-10-1) a boxing lesson. Contreras of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, who usually fights at super-middleweight and stands 6’2,” was knocked down in the second round and according to the scorecards, Gonzalez took every round from the bigger man.

Heavyweight Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell of Brandywine, Maryland (22-0-1,16 KOs) ko’ed Evans Quin of Miami, Florida by way of Nicaragua (20-6-1,18 KOs) at 2:38 of the first round of a scheduled 10 rounder.


A right hand sent Quinn back into the ropes in the final minute of Round 1. A followup barrage that lacked a clear knockout punch sent Quinn down onto his knees, where he remained until referee Joe Cortez reached the count of ten.

In the 10 rounder for the vacant WBO NABO lightweight title, Shariff Bogere (20-0-0, 13 KOs) was awarded an unanimous decision victory 97-93, 96-94, 96-94 over Raymundo Beltran (24-5-0).

In this one Bogere threw more pitter-patter punches while Raymundo was clearly the more effective and doing the most damage. Patrons, mostly Mexican, booed for a very long time after the decision was announced. What really irked the attendees was the way the referee, Robert Byrd, kept stepping in to break up the exchanges when Bogere was getting the worst of it. At one point, it looked like Beltran was about to score a knockdown, but when Bogere was falling he tackled Beltran so that both boxers went down. If Beltran had been awarded the knockdown, like he should have, then the fight would have ended in a draw.

Lamont Williams

Heavyweight Alvaro Morales of Las Vegas, Nevada (7-9-6) fought Lamont Williams of Blythe, CA, another local fighter who formerly trained at the Marron Boxing Camp in Lakeside, CA. to a draw. The first judge had Williams winning 39-37 while the others scored it 38-38.

Light middleweight Alantez Fox (3-0-0, 3 KOs) knocked out Warren Snapp of Las Vegas, Nevada (in his debut) in the third round of their four rounder.





At the Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, CA

Former top ranked welterweight Kendall Holt (27-4-0, 15 KOs) of Paterson, New Jersey came to town and knocked off Julio “The Kidd” Diaz (38-7-0, 27 KOs) of Coachella, CA.

First round action featured a pair of solid overhand rights by Holt which awakened what was a measured opening round. In the final moments of the round an accidental clash of heads opened a cut on the outside of Diaz’s left eye that streamed blood down the side of his face. In Round 2, Diaz continued to press the action with the attention of working over Holt’s body and was the more active of the two. Holt moved about the ring occasionally setting and firing the right hand or a left hook with mixed results. In Round 3, Diaz connected and temporarily sent Holt back and off balance. As Diaz pressed forward, Holt shot a left hook to the body and a left hook on the button that sent Diaz crashing to the mat. Using the ropes to steady himself, Diaz made it to his feet at the count of seven. With Diaz clearly dazed, the referee waved an end to the bout.

At ringside was a familiar face, Argentinian middleweight world champion Sergio Gabriel “Maravilla” Martinez who now resides in Oxnard, CA.

On the undercard, it took seven rounds but 21 year-old light middleweight sensation Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (13-0-0, 13 KOs) of Puerto Rico got his thirteenth straight stoppage when the corner of Rudy Cisneros of Chicago, Illinois (12-3-0, 11 KOs) waved the white flag at 1:50 in the seventh round of their eight rounder.

Gonzalez had a big sixth round hurting Cisneros and pouring it on as the latter was against the ropes. In that round, a small cut developed above Cisneros’s left eye. Gonzalez continued to be the stronger fighter in the seventh, landing a right hand that split the guard of Cisneros and then began to connect with combinations. With Cisneros clearly hurt from the body shots, his corner came up on the ring apron to stop the fight.

Light heavyweight Anthony Dirrell of Flint, Michigan (21-0-0-18) continued his winning ways by stopping Alberto Mercedes of West Allis, Wisconsin by way of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (14-18-1, 10 KOs) in the third round of their eight rounder.

After six hard fought rounds light middleweight Julian Williams of Philadelphia, Penna. (6-0-1, 4 KOs) and Francisco Santana of Santa Barbara, CA (12-2-1, 6 KOs) fought to a draw.

Super featherweight Rufino Serrano of Santa Maria, CA. (9-3-0) won an unanimous decision victory over Ramon Flores of Wilmington, CA by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico who now drops to (3-12-2).

Welterweight Jhon Ortega (5-0-1, 5 KOs) KOed Marcus Thompkins in the fourth round of their six rounder. Ortega now drops to (5-4-1)

In her debut, local flyweight Seniesa Estrada won an unanimous decision victory over winless Maria Ruiz of Houston, Texas (0-3-2).

Bantamweight Daniel Roman of Garden Grove, CA. (2-0-1, 1 KO) won an unanimous decision victory over Alfredo Madrigal of Indio, CA. (1-0-0).

Also, on Saturday, May 14, there’s the 1on1 Fight Co. Grand Opening in El Cajon, CA. They’re having a meet and greet free barbecue  to celebrate their newly opened gym at 1238 Greenfield Road, El Cajon, CA. 92021. The facility will have the full compliment of Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing, Fitness and programs for the kids. The affair runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

One of the masterminds behind the new venture is MMA combatant Ken Sells who competes in the Epic Fighting Series.


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