|The Cyber Boxing Zone Newswire -- JULY 27:2001|
California fight report|
by Chris Strait
At the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, Thursday night, Sept. 27, the crowd displayed some atypical behavior. As opposed to the late-arriving, leaving after the main event behavior we've grown accustomed to in half the crowd, this paying audience, almost in its entirety, was in their seats before the first bout of the night. In another contrast, many had left prior to the main event. One needed to be there for the whole card this time, however. The only knockouts came in the first and last fights....... and the best action of the night, came in the middle bout.
Carlos "El Terror" Madrigal moved to 18-2 (13 KO's) with a second round stoppage of former WBC Continental Americas Bantamweight champion Osvaldo Guerrero, 27-11 (24 KO's). Madrigal, fighting out of Oxnard, CA's famed La Colonia Boxing Club (which produced world champions Fernando Vargas and Roberto Garcia), dropped Guerrero twice in the first round...... both on barrages that ended with body punches. Madrigal, however, may have forgotten his opponent could bang as well. When "El Terror" waded in to finish in the second round, he was caught by the hard-punching Mexico City native. Once reminded of his business, Madrigal again staggered Guerrero, and pinned him against the ropes, forcing the referree to call a halt to the action.
In undercard matches (the first six-bout undercard in Pond history), two of La Habra's hot prospects remained unbeaten in six-round decisions. Enrique Ornelas, 12-0 (6 KO's) took a unanimous decision over Robert Dasoyan, 11-6 (4 KO's). The judges all scored the fight five rounds to one for Ornelas, whcih did not do justice to the effort of the Las Vegas-trained Armenian. The crowd booed heavily, and justifiably.
Librado Andrade, 11-0 (7 KO's) scored a hard-fought ananimous decision over Texas native Ruben Perez, 8-4 (3 KO's). This was the action fight of the night, but Librado would do well to learn some defense before taking on bigger punchers. He just simply had too much firepower for his opponent tonight, however. The fact that it went the distance is testament to the heart of Perez.
In other action, Eddie Sanchez of San Diego, 6-3 (5 KO's) dropped a six-round split decision to Ruben Munoz of Mira Loma, CA, 6-1 (2 KO's). Munoz's rushes were not pretty, and involved wide punches, but they were effective in keeping Sanchez on his heels for the duration of the six rounds. The only mystery is how one judge had Sanchez ahead 58-56.
2000 Olympian, Semisi "The Tongan Warrior" Bloomfield turned pro with a unanimous four-round decision win over Harold Lowe 1-6 (1 KO). This fight got the loudest boos of the night.... for Bloomfield's posing, and Lowe's running. In women's action, Nicole "Mad Bird" Beard, 1-1, of San Fransisco, scored a split decision over Christine "The Golden Girl" Rodriguez".
Rodriguez was ahead after three rounds, but suffered a flash knockdown, which ultimately cost her the fight. And Arturo "Gonzo" Barraza opened the night, and his career, with a first round knockout of Leodegario Capilla (also in his debut). Capilla was dropped by a series of punches, then finished off with a beautiful right hand from Barraza.
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