Weigh-ins for Thursday’s fights at Four Points by Sheraton

It’s been a while since we’ve had a heavyweight clash in San Diego. On Thursday, June 28, 2012, Mark Ward (L) from Los Angeles will be making his pro-debut versus Larry Ward (R) of Sacramento, CA on the Bobby D Presents fight card at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel. Then, early Thursday morning, the promoter added a second heavyweight match.

After today’s weigh-ins, another Bobby D Presents Boxing Show is set to go Thursday night at the Four Points By Sheraton Hotel in San Diego.

Bout #1 has Greg Baca (L) going up against Jason Gonzalez (R). Photo: Jim Wyatt

Bout #1 features Greg Baca (0-1) of San Bernardino, CA going up against Jason Gonzalez (0-1) of Longbeach, CA in a four rounder.

In his debut on July 22, 2011, Baca, who is 26 years-old and stands 5’8” tall, lost an unanimous decision to Dushane Crooks at the Morongo Resort & Spa in Cabazon, CA. He was knocked down in Round one and had a point deducted in Round four for spitting out his mouthpiece.

The reason the mouthpiece came out? First off, his nose was broken and he was having difficulty breathing, and secondly, he was using one of those brand X mouthpieces, the type you get at a local Sporting Goods store.

According to ESPN’s Friday Night Fights commentators (July 22, 2011), Baca had 12 amateur bouts and he turned to boxing to help him address drug and alcohol use.

Featured in Bout #2, is Mark Ward (L), in his pro debut, taking on Larry Ward (R). Photo: Jim Wyatt

Bout #2 features heavyweights, Mark Ward of Los Angeles and Larry Ward of Sacramento, CA in four rounder.

Mark Ward, who recently signed with Bobby D Presents, is a 24 year-old, who stands 6’5” tall. He had a commendable Amateur career and is from the famed Maywood Gym, a gym that has a long history of producing boxing’s blue chippers.

I’d like to say something nice about Larry Ward and his boxing career but what can you say when a boxer has never gotten out of the second round. In his two fights, Larry Ward has been knocked out twice, once in the first round by Joshua Landers on April 22, 2011 and then in the second round by Rodney Hernandez at the 1:49 mark of the second round on November 5, 2011.

Bout #3, the veteran Adolfo Landeros (L) will face Pablo Cesar Garcia (R). Photo: Jim Wyatt

Bout #3 has 32 year-old veteran Adolfo “El Terror” Landeros of Hidalgo, Hidalgo, Mexico (21-25-2, 10 K0s) going up against a 23 year-old, southpaw by the name of Cesar Garcia (10-5, 4 KOs) who is from Ensenada, B. C., Mexico.

Garcia normally fights as a lightweight. Landeros has always fought as a featherweight. Whereas Landeros has fought the cream of the crop over his 12 plus years, everyone from Gary Russell Jr. to Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba, the majority of the people Garcia has fought are virtually unknowns. 

Gerardo Espinoza (R) poses for a photo. On Thursday night he’ll be taking on Jose Angel Cota at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in San Diego. Photo: Art Garcia

Jose Angel “Bocho” Cota appears at a recent weigh-in. On Thursday night, June 28, 2012, he’ll be taking on Gerardo Espinoza in Bout #4.

Bout #4 has Jose Angel “Bocho” Cota going up against Gerardo “Locomotora” Espinoza in a six rounder. Translation: “Bocho” means clever, “Locomotora” means locomotive.

Cota (12-7-2, 4 KOs) is from Mexicali, B. C., Mexico. He has lost six of his last seven bouts. One of those losses was to a local fighter by the name of Walter “School Boy” Sarnoi at the Pechanga Resort & Casino.

His opponent, Espinoza is 31 years old, stands 5’ 7” tall and is from Tijuana, B. C., Mexico. At one point he was the WBO NABO Bantamweight and later the NABO Super Bantamweight Champion. On August 10, 2002, Espinoza (28-13-1, 26 KOs) beat Omar Adorno (14-2-1) to win that title.

Now the downside: over a career that spans 15 years, Espinoza has only beaten three fighters with a winning record. If he were to win on Thursday night, it will be his first win in over eight years.

In the fifth bout, they have two debutants, Ulises Sierra from the Undisputed Fitness and Training Center in San Diego’s Downtown, going up against Omar Barefield from up north, San Jose, CA in a four rounder.

Since both boxers needed additional clearances/paperwork, they did not get weighed on Thursday. The California Athletic Commission administrator gave the them additional time. They will be weighed tomorrow with Espinoza and Cota who were also absent from today’s proceedings at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel.

Then, Thursday, early morning, came word that a heavyweight bout had been added: Razvan Andrei Cojanu of Las Vegas, NV 4-1 (1 KO) versus Granson Clark of Los Angeles, CA (0-1).

On February 24, 2011, Clark fought Enrique Lobatos at the San Manuel Indian Casino, Highland, California. At the time, Lobatos had a record of 1-2-1.  Clark was KO’d in the second round.

Cojanu just might be a special fighter. He stands 6’7½” tall and after losing his first fight, he reeled off four consecutive wins.

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