USA Amateur Boxing results at San Diego Combat Academy Part II

John Oge of the Poway Boxing Club is shown unloading a straight right hand square on the chin of Brajas Baltroz of Escondido in Bout #10, Saturday, at the USA Amateur Boxing Show in San Diego. Photo: Jim Wyatt

After intermission we continue with the results from Bouts 8 through 14 from the Saturday, May 28, 2011, USA Amateur Boxing Show at the San Diego Combat Academy in San Diego.

Featured in Bout #8 was 22 year-old super bantamweight Floro Mortante, currently unattached, going up against 25 year-old super-featherweight Jacob Sanchez from Rhino Boxing.

Jacob Sanchez (r) has his arm raised by referee Will White after defeating Floro Mortante in Bout #8. Photo: J. Wyatt

Despite Mortante’s aggressive style and vigorous attempts to work over the body, the well schooled Sanchez was able to weather the power shots and take over full command of the bout. Halfway through Round #3, with Mortante getting pummeled against the ropes, referee Will White stepped in to issue an eight count. Despite his physical prowess, the more seasoned boxer, Sanchez, prevailed.


Alfredo Rodriguez (r) has his arm raised in victory by referee Will White after defeating Johnny Quiroz in Bout #9. Photo: J Wyatt

Bout #9 featured 17-year-old Johnny Quiroz of Rhino Boxing in Vista, CA. facing 18 year-old Alfredo Rodriguez of the Alliance Training Center in Chula Vista.

Rodriguez clearly took round one with his amazing two and three punch combinations. Every time Quiroz landed a punch, Rodriguez made sure he received immediate payback.

With his adjustments in Round #2, it’s conceivable the judges awarded Quiroz the round. Unrelenting, he continued to bore in on the taller opponent to cut off the ring and use his shorter left and right crosses.

In the third round, Rodriguez returned to his earlier success of shooting in and out to land his punches from different angles and then countered beautifully over the Quiroz jab.

John Oge (l) has his arm raised in victory by referee Rick Ley after defeating Brajas Baltroz in Bout #10. Photo: Jim Wyatt


Bout #10 featured 22 year-old John Oge of Poway Boxing facing 21 year-old Brajas Baltroz of Escondido who was bigger and outweighed him by six pounds. Despite the good two way action, Oge clearly took Round one by being slicker and landing two magnificent overhand rights square on his opponent’s chin.

In Round #2, the better schooled and busier Oge continued his onslaught to win the round and bloody Baltroz’s nose. To his credit Baltroz came out strong to begin the final round but soon fizzled as both boxers ended up completely spent; they had left it all in the ring.




Winner of Bout #11, Terrence Hendricks (left) posed for a photo with coach Berlin Kerney and a mate from the El Cajon gym. Photo: J. Wyatt 


Bout #11 featured two 21 year-old power punching super-welterweights, Georgi Oliveria of Escondido and Terrence Hendricks of Undisputed El Cajon. Whereas the majority of bouts go the distance and can involve a lot of strategy, this one was over in a hurry. Why? Because the two very physical boxers were delivering cannon shots. The way they went after each other it was like watching the final two cars in a demolition derby.

One powerful pow right in the kisser was followed by another. Hendricks was first to touch the canvas – the slip was followed by a knockdown. Soon after each boxer scored an eight count. Then it was Oliveria’s turn to slip and fall.

The end came when Oliveria, pinned against the ropes, became the recipient of successive unanswered blows. Referee Rick Ley seized this opportunity to call an end to the high-risk bout.

Mohammed Fakhreddine (l) is about to have his arm raised in victory by referee Will White after he defeated Giosseppe Mejia (r). Photo J. Wyatt

Not unlike the preceding bout, Bout #12 featured two big guys, cruiserweights, 26 year-old Mohammed Fakhreddine of Old School Boxing going up against 23 year-old Giosseppe Mejia of Escondido.


Further along in his boxing skills, Fakhreddine took the game, roughhousing Mr. Mejia to school. Each time Mejia went to throw one of his wild looping punches, Fakhreddine was right there to deliver a straight right or counter left.






Jose Martinez (r) has his arm raised in victory by ref Will White after defeating Russell Rivera (l). Photo: J. Wyatt


Bout #13 featured 17 year-old Russell Rivera of Rhino Boxing going up against 18 year-old Jose Martinez of Barrio Station. From the outset, Martinez dished out the punishment.

When it comes to tough guys, no one is tougher that Russell Rivera but if it were me in his corner, I would have thrown the towel in early. Especially after I saw Rivera taking so many shots to the head. Right up to the final bell, Rivera’s supporters cheered their hero on despite the fact that he was getting clobbered.




Ed Sandler (left) lands another head snapping jab as Brady Rein (right) presses forward. Photo: Jim Wyatt


Bout #14 was set up to be the main event on the program. For over a month, the coaches of the two boxers had been exchanging heated words. Comments like, “Don’t you worry, we’ll be ready. And by the way, we got your surprise right here!” floated back and forth.

Brady Rein of the Poway Boxing Club and Ed Sandler of the San Diego Combat Academy trained hard for this old fashion donnybrook. Both were training as if it were a title fight.

Sandler clearly took Round #1 by slipping the majority of Rein’s punches and then landing some crowd pleasing combinations. In Round #2, Rein made up for his lack of scoring and most likely evened things up by being the aggressor throughout and landing the cleaner, harder shots.

With the scores even, that made Round #3 an all or nothing round and so their slugfest escalated. If you’re a fan of ring generalship and power, you’d agree with the three judges who scored the bout for Rein. If you witnessed how resilient, how cunning, how sharp were the punches from Sandler, than you’d be petitioning for a redress. All I got to say is both boxers fought like true champions and put on one heck of a show.  A great many professionals don’t look that good.

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