(APR 21) Besides another sold out crowd
of 1,412 Thursday night at Roy Englebrecht’s Battle In The
Ballroom pro boxing show at the Irvine Marriott making it eight
sellouts in a row, another record was also set.
For the first time in the show’s 22 year
history, money was thrown into the ring after four of the six
fights. “This is part of the Battle In The Ballroom magic,” said
Englebrecht, as we almost always have at least one bout a show where
fans applaud the boxers efforts with cash. But never four times on
|Promoters might go years with no
fight outstanding enough to warrant money throw, and here it
happens four times in one night!”
Boxers photo, records, mpegs, and more!
The four money bouts started with the very first fight of the
evening, with Bakersfield’s William Bailey (1-1) earning his first
pro win with a unanimous decision over Ricardo Garcia (0-2).
Then the third bout saw a war between
lightweight’s Paula Cortez (1-0) earning her first pro win with a
win over pro debuter Luz Gonzalez.
This was followed by a great fight
between two outstanding amateurs in their debuts. Tustin’s Paul
Velarde lost a unanimous decision to Aarron Morgan of San Francisco,
but it was one of those bouts that could just as easily gone the
other way, as these were two skilled fighters, who both have solid
And if two fights in a row of cash
flying into the ring wasn’t enough, it was followed by the fight of
then night, as Miriam Nakamoto knocked down undefeated
Kina Malpartida four times, in winning a four round unanimous
decision. Nakamoto goes to 2-0, and Malpartida now is 6-1. Nearly
$200 was thrown into the ring after this fight.
In the two other bouts, Santa Ana’s Beto Ibarra finally won at the
Marriott, with a UD over Richard Alduenda. Ibarra is now 1-2 and the
game Alduenda falls to 1-5. In the six round featured bout, LA’s
Cleotis Pendarvis remained perfect at 5-0 with a unanimous decision
over 2-3 Ricardo Galindo.