(OCT 30) On Thursday night at the
San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, in Highland, California, the
casino presented "Live Championship Boxing". The card was
promoted by Patrick Ortiz. Ortiz commented to me that he tries
very hard to make good, and even matches---and with this card he
succeeded without a doubt.
vs. Floyd Smith
In the first bout of the evening,
super bantamweight Sean Soliman, now 1-1-1, of Riverside,
California, won a split decision over Floyd Smith, 0-2, of Apple
Valley, CA. Smith was knocked down in the first round. Final
judges scores were 39-36 (Soliman) , 38-37 (Smith), and 40-35
vs. Blanca Raymundo
In the second bout
of the evening, Sindy Amador, 109, Riverside, CA, (She
spells her name Sindy - not Cindy), made her pro debut. They
call Amador the "Scorpion" in Spanish [alacrana] as her ring
name, but she fought more like a Tazmanian Devil!
In the first round, her opponent, Blanca Raymundo, 107.5, of
Highland, CA., a taller fighter than Amador didn't know what she
was in for. From the beginning of the bell in the first round,
Amador threw countless combinations, going after Raymundo, who
was more in "defensive mode" than offensive. Amador appeared to
be extremely hungry for a first round KO.
In rounds 2, 3, and 4, Raymundo raised the heat, and both of
them went toe-to-toe for the remainder of the fight. Amador won
the bout by a unanimous decision with all three judges scores of
vs. Martin Armenta
In bout 3, in a
men's bout, junior welterweight Dario Castillo, 140.5, now
6-10-1, of Pittsburg, CA., won a four-round unanimous decision
over Martin Armenta, 14-26-3 (10KO), of Los Mochis, Mexico. It
was a solid four-rounder on the card.
vs. Hector Alatorre
In bout 4, junior
welterweight Aris Ambriz, now 13-1-1 (8KO), of Duarte, CA., won
by a six-round unanimous decision over Hector Alatorre, 16-12-0,
(5KO), from Tulare, CA. The final judges scores were 60-54. Just
one minute or so left of the sixth round, Ambriz, unfortunately
received a substantial cut on his cheek bone, and requiring
stitches after the match. As the decision had been called out as
a unanimous decision for Ambriz, Alatorre kept repeating
in the ring to anyone who would listen, "It should have been a
draw, It should have been a draw....."
vs. Martin Vierra
In bout 5, Artemio
Reyes, now 7-1-0 (6KO), of Riverside, CA., KO'd his opponent
Martin Vierra, 5-4-1 (2KO), of Phoenix, Arizona. Reyes proved
again to be a powerful, quick, and heavy puncher when the fight
was stopped in the fourth round. In that last round, Reyes threw
a devastating body blow, that sent Vierra to the floor. It was a
great and even matchup up to that point. The fight was stopped
at 2:08 of the fourth round. The doctor came into the ring and
examined Vierra, who appeared to recover from the blow after the
Sue TL Fox
In the main event,
Rhonda Luna, 129, took on the tough New Yorker Ela "Bam Bam"
Nunez, 129, in a 10 rounder to fight for the GBU super
featherweight title. The bout was nothing short of a barnburner
in the first degree!
This fight was
changed to a title bout about one week prior due to a men's bout
that had fallen off the card.
It was obvious from the beginning that Luna has a huge fan base
in this area. From the very beginning of the first round, and
throughout the bout, her fans chanted many times.... "Luna,
Did those chants distract her out-of-town opponent? Well,
I can tell you firsthand that it did not. Nunez remained
very focused throughout this bout---regardless of what was
chanted from the audience.
In the first round---it appeared to me that Nunez was a tad bit
hungry for that GBU belt----and she came out quite strong in the
earlier rounds. But tides began to turn as the fight
progressed and Luna got her own artillery warmed up and
the battle was on.
The 10-round fight was an absolute action-packed bout from start
to finish with the eighth round being the biggest war for the
both of them. At times----boxing fans were off their seats at
the end of each round, and were in a frenzy as the two exchanged
powerful and exciting combinations.
I personally did not know how the final tally of the judges
scorecards would come out and if Luna or Nunez would be
announced the winner. But in the end, Luna won out as the
referee read out, "98-92, 96-94, and 97-93"---all for Luna.
The two women's bouts that were on this card did women's boxing
"proud" as we say in the USA. These four women boxers
were featured on this card are tremendously skilled boxers.
Many boxing fans,
including my own thoughts were that the Luna vs. Nunez fight WAS
the fight of the night. But with that said, the second
best fight on the card was none other than the female bout of
Amador vs. Raymundo.
Another nice side note to covering this fight ringside in
Highland, was the fact that I got to be ringside with world
champion Kaliesha "Wild Wild" West who was also a photographer
this night. Boxing fans will definitely be seeing a lot of West.
I look forward to seeing what she does in the sport throughout
her boxing career.
Another highlight of my visit in Highland, was to meet up with
Jolene Blackshear. She is a veteran boxer and world champion,
who has come back into the sport fighting as a junior flyweight.
I hope to see her in more fights, and being able to be active in
Lastly, I would like to thank Lori Steinhorst of "Bad Girls
Boxing" who picked me up from the airport and hauled me around
town! Steinhorst has been covering boxing events for WBAN
for a long time, and I am very appreciative how she has been
sending in fight reports and photos from the action at many of
these events. Also, I would like to thank her for making the
WBAN attire that I see boxers wear, and the attire she has made
for me---they are great additions to WBAN!
I am planning to be ringside at more of the boxing events in the
future. Going recently to New Mexico for the "All Women's
Boxing Card", and this card in Highland, California, has been a
great experience and I will try to be on hand in the future to
meet more of you in person.
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