By Reginald Murrill at ringside: Thompson Boxing Promotions put a twist on the venue for fans to watch boxing. The largest Harley Davidson dealership in the United States is located in San Diego, California, customers can purchase not only a ‘hog’ but any part and accessory needed to enjoy the experience of riding a Harley. Not only can you purchase a Harley, but you can get a haircut and a tattoo here. I asked Mr. Ken Thompson of Thompson Boxing Promotions why he choose this Harley Davidson dealership to put on this show. “The electricity, excitement and enthusiasm that is generated here is perfect for this event.” With a crowd of 1250 and the sound of the Harley’s engine roaring as the combatants are making their ring walk did lend to excitement of the night.
Now to the action inside the squared circle.
In the main event Giovani Santillan, 14-0, 8 KOs, San Diego, CA stalked Osenohad Vazquez, 7-2-1, 2 KOs, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. In the first round Santillan, looking for a weakness in Vazquez’s defense began to put pressure on Vazquez. As the round continued Santillian began to get closer to his opponent landing right hooks from the southpaw stance. As the second round got underway, Santillian has Vazquez backing up trying to find a answer for the aggressive pressure being applied by Santillan.
Each time Santillan threw his right hook he lands it with authority and precise accuracy, at this point in the fight Vazquez face is beginning to paint a picture of how the fight is going. Vazquez left eye is beginning to swell as a result of Santillan’s right hooks. Vazquez didn’t make the trip from Puerto Rico to southern California to lay down for Santillan, he is attempting to fight back, but Santillan is just too much for him.
The third round Santillan began to unleash head jerking left uppercuts followed by that right hook busting up Vazquez’s face even more. Santillan is dialed in on his target at this point and Vazquez is doing everything he can to the keep the pressing Santillan at bay….nothing is working for Vazquez. In the middle of the fifth round Vazquez corner has seen enough and throws in the white towel of surrender.
Santillan TKO 5th round
In the co-main event Chris Martin, 28-3-3, 9 KOs, San Diego, CA appeared a little tentative in throwing his punches. After the fight he told me it was due to ring rust. His last scheduled fight against Efrain Esquivias was canceled due to an illness Esquivias came down with at the last minute. Giovanni Caro, 24-15-4, 19KOs, Mexico City, Mexico was the busier of the two in the first few rounds. A digging shot to the body of Caro stops him in his tracks and seem to get Martin going. Martin began to put sharp combinations together, getting himself back into the fight.
The fifth round was a give and take round, Caro working the body of Martin when he lies on the ropes and Martin using his shoulder roll and counter from that defensive position. The sixth round Caro seemed to slow his attack and Martin begin to take advantage of this by picking up the pace of the fight. The seventh Caro has found his second wind and begin to press the attack, although Martin had his moments, but Caro carried the round with effective body punches.
In the eighth and final round, I had the fight even at this point and this round would determine the winner. Martin came out on his toes, catching Caro with leaping left hooks from the outside and moving before Caro could respond with a shot of his own. This round Martin boxed, he looked like the Martin that out boxed Chris Avalos in 2012. The eighth round clearly belonged to Martin with precise punching and elusive defense. Martin gets the nod from the judges 77-75.
Martin: Unanimous Decision
Danny Roman, 10-2-1, 4 KOs, Los Angeles, CA must have made plans for the evening and didn’t want to waste too much time getting there. Better yet, his opponent Pedro Melo, 9-6-2, 2 KOs, Mexico City, Mexico elected not to take any further punishment from the precise punching of Roman….I pick the latter. Roman came out in the first round throw pin point punches, Melo could not get out of the way of Roman’s punches.
Round two Roman picked up the pace of his attack, dropping Melo with a beautifully placed body shot that made Melo thankful it came at the end of the round. Before the bell sounded to start the third round, referee Jose Cobian was summoned to the corner of Melo where he was told Melo elected to not continue the bout.
Roman: second round TKO
Adrian Vargas, 10-0-1, 7KOs made quick work of Miguel Rico, 2-7-1, Mexicali, Mexico and I mean quick. Vargas did what was expected of him by dispatching Rico in an impressive manner. Vargas began the fight with bad intentions and to give his fans what they came out to see….he accomplished what he came to do. Vargas dropped Rico twice in the only round that would be fought. The end came at 1:15 of the 1st round when Rico made wise decision to be counted out by referee David Mendoza.
Vargas: KO 1:15 of the first round.
In what could be called the fight of the night, Jonathan Alcantara, 7-11-2, 1KO, Sonsonate, San Salvador won a hard, crowd pleasing fight against Heriberto Delgado, 11-1-6KOs, Tijuana, Mexico. This fight could have taken in a phone booth, Alcantara was in the chest of Delgado the entire six rounds, both fighters giving as good as they got. Alcantara was the aggressor and more effective puncher.
Alcantara: Unanimous Decision
Ulises Sierra, 6-0-2, 4KOs, San Diego, CA fought to a draw with Jas Phipps, 4-5-1, 1KO Los Angeles CA
In another early ending Antonio Arellano, 7-2-1, 3 KOs, Chula Vista, CA stopped Mario Hermosillo, 13-14-4, 2KOs, Tijuana, Mexico at 2:12 of the first round. Arellano caught Hermosillo with a neck snapping uppercut that Hermosillo couldn’t recover from.
Arellano: 1st round KO