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‘Waldo’ Rojas Demolishes Phillips in Two Rounds at the Warm Springs Community Center

by on Jun.30, 2014, under Boxing News

Story and Photos by Ricardo Ibarra

 

Rojas, at right, stalks his opponent.

Rojas, at right, stalks his opponent.

WARM SPRINGS, OR — Portland, Oregon’s Osvaldo “Waldo” Rojas has been around for years, giving Northwest fight fans many memorable nights. Slowly he has built a following for his unrelenting style and willingness to put himself out there, giving fans great fights time and time again. Though that style has put him on the receiving end of a few losses, it is that disregard for safety that makes people want to see him fight.

This past Saturday at the Warm Springs Community Center in Warm Springs, Oregon, Rojas shook off a year long lay-off and gave fans another exciting night, stopping Toppenish, Washington’s Ryan Phillips inside two rounds. The bout was the headliner of a sixteen bout Pro-Am show promoted by Warm Springs Nation Boxing and put on as part of the weekend long annual Pi-Ume-Sha Treaty Days celebration. It was also one of two first ever professionally sanctioned fights to take place in Warm Springs and left the crowd very satisfied with the show.

From the outset Rojas (8-3, 3KOs, 150lbs.) set out to make the fight, pressing forward behind his jab and firing hard shots to the head and body. Though many were expecting to see some loss in his step due to the lay-off and the fact that he was coming off a defeat at the hands of up and coming prospect Michael Finney in Las Vegas last year, he quickly dispelled those concerns in the first thirty seconds of the fight. A hard right landed square on the jaw and seemed to stagger Phillips momentarily. Phillips (0-2, 151lbs.) fired back, but his punches were wide and looping, allowing plenty of room for Rojas to land his counter shots. A precise right hand dropped Philips and appeared to put him in serious trouble. After the mandatory count Rojas pressed, seemingly wanting to end the fight in the first round. He was met by a game Phillips who, although not as skilled, displayed a big heart, firing back, giving fans a few exciting flurries of action. By the end of the round, though, Rojas was firmly in control, pressing methodically and controlling the distance with his jab.

Rojas ends it.

Rojas ends it.

As the second round got underway it was obvious the end was near. Rojas began to unload early and often, teeing off with hard, accurate shots in close, while Phillips on the other hand looked spent. Mid-way through the round Rojas found success, hurting his opponent with a jab to the head followed by hard shots to the body. Phillips grimaced every time he ate that combination. With thirty seconds left to go in the round a vicious right to the chin put Phillips down hard. The referee immediately and wisely stepped in and called an end to the bout, giving Rojas the TKO win.

Rojas, who had a section full of supporters, made quite a few new fans as the crowd left abuzz over his performance. They may get to see him again in Warm Springs in either September or October.

Esquivel works the body in close.

Esquivel works the body in close.

In the only other pro sanctioned fight on the card, Zillah, Washington’s Juan Esquivel added his fourth straight win after his opponent Arnold Aleck quit on his stool at the start of the third round. Esquivel easily took the first two rounds, working well behind his jab and following up with a busy pace in close. Towards the end of the the second round a hard right to the chin seemed to hurt Aleck. Apparently that was all it took as Aleck refused to come out for the third, giving Esquivel his fourth TKO win. Esquivel, who took this fight on very short notice, looked like his skills are improving. He’s been working with a new trainer and the difference was evident. Now hopes are that he can stay busy and fight better opposition.

The most impressive performance on the amateur undercard belonged to Medford, Oregon’s Marco Arroyo. The young lightweight scored a devastating second round knockout over Nathan Youngman of Warm Springs. Arroyo looked slick in the first round and easily controlled it with quick hands, good lateral movement and a crisp jab. Youngman was in the fight early on, fighting back gamely and landing his fair share of leather, but Arroyo was the more accurate and dominant fighter. In the second round Arroyo landed a thunderous straight right to the chin dropping Youngman hard. The referee did not bother to count and immediately waved the fight off as Youngman began to go into convulsions. Thankfully medical personal were quick to get in the ring and tend to the fallen fighter. Arroyo kneeled with his trainer as they waited, clearly concerned for the safety of his opponent. After a few minutes Youngman made it to his feet and appeared to be ok. Arroyo showed a lot of skill in the fight and a lot of class after the fight by waiting to celebrate until after he knew his opponent was safe.

In a women’s amateur bout, local fan favorite Siagigi Hintsatake stopped Post Falls, Idaho’s Wintersky Erickson in the first round. Hintsatake got off to a very quick start, pushing her opponent back with a barrage of punches. Erickson, who had fought earlier in the night, tried to fight back, but was seemingly overwhelmed by the number of punches being thrown. Thirty seconds into the fight the ref stepped in to issue a standing eight-count. After the count the pace intensified and, after seeing that Wintersky was not responding, the referee stepped in. The always relentless Hintsatake adds another win to her record.

Medford, Oregon’s Hector Alvarez stopped Yakima’s Norman Schuster in an exciting lightweight bout. Schuster boxed well in the first round, using his jab to control the distance and rack up points from the outside. While Schuster was the busier and more accurate fighter in that first stanza, Alvarez remained aggressive, pushing forward and looking for ways to cut the distance and get in close enough to be effective. In the second round Alvarez began to find his rhythm, cutting off the ring and working the body in close. By the third round the unrelenting body attack had slowed Schuster down considerably, giving Alvarez the openings he needed. A hard right hand to the chin staggered Schuster, forcing the referee to issue a standing 8-count. After the count Alvarez rushed in and quickly found his mark with a flush right hand, sending Schuster crashing to the canvas. The referee called it right as the bell was sounding to end the round, giving Alvarez the TKO win.

Javin Diminick of Warm Springs and Medford’s Michah Maldonado gave fans a close and exciting three round bout. Diminick was effective from the outside, using a long jab and lateral movement to set up his power shots. Maldonado, meanwhile, found success when he was able to close the distance and land in close. The flow of the fight changed repeatedly with both fighter having their moments. In the end two of the three judges favored the outside work of Diminick, giving him the three round split decision.

Wintersky Erickson, who would later compete again and lose, had a more successful match against Toppenish’s Lateet Olney. The two had a good spurt of back and forth action early in the first round, but after a straight right landed square on the nose, Olney retired, citing a possible broken nose.

In other amateur action Adam Garcia stopped Xalius Bill in the first round. Daniel Gregg and Rylee Corpuz fought to a draw. Zentry Bill took a first round stoppage over Linoge Leclare. Joshua Dave teed off early to force a stoppage over Cory Dwyer. Kyle Sampson outworked Jonah Gaudy for three rounds before the referee called it.

The evening also featured a number of exhibition bouts between youngsters just starting out. In those bouts Damien Wolfe took on Lamore Lafour, Serena Corpuz squared off with Tabitha Shoulderblade, and Rylee Corpuz fought two exciting matches against Dante Stevens.

The crowd left happy, having gotten their money’s worth with almost four hours of solid boxing action. Austin Smith and Warm Springs Nation Boxing did an excellent job putting the event together. Plans are underway to possibly have another show sometime in September or October.

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