Carol Azure and Lateet Olney had fought once before late last
year, going toe-to-toe in a close four round slugfest. The fight
was fast and fierce and ended in a draw. The local fight crowd
clamored to see these two fight again and last night on the
Corpuz Promotions Pro/Am card at the Toppenish Community Center
in Toppenish, Washington they got their wish.
The bout got off to a quick pace early once again as Olney
pressed the taller Azure, closing the distance and landing hard
looping shots on the inside and forcing an inside brawl, much
like she did in the first fight. But unlike the first fight,
Azure made an adjustment mid-way through the opening round.
Olney pressed, Azure began to counter with crisp straight rights
in between the wild advances of her shorter opponent. The
strategy paid off and by the end of the first round she was
landing at will with her right hand.
At the start of the second round Azure wasted no time, pressing
her visibly exhausted opponent. A few well placed right hands
was all it took for Onley to see this was not her night. One
minute into the round she motioned to the referee that she was
done, retiring from the fight, awarding Azure a second round TKO
and her first win as a pro. Azure looked sharp in the bout and
plans to return to the ring again in March.
The amateur undercard portion of the show featured two women's
In a three round match-up between two locals, Nakota Yallup
claimed a majority decision victory over Jasmine Wong. The bout
was fought at a slow pace for the first two rounds with both
fighters staying at a distance and stepping in close
sporadically. In the third Yallup stepped up her aggression
considerably, landing flush overhand rights.
Late in the round
the referee stepped in and issued a standing eight-count as Wong
took a series of unanswered punches. The bell sounded within
seconds of the count ending, saving Wong from any further
punishment. One judge scored the bout 28-28 with the other two
seeing it for Yallup at 29-27.
Brittany Aleck of Toppenish scored a first round stoppage over
Nikki Mangini. Mangini pressed early with a wild assault, but
Aleck was able to quickly deposit her on the canvas with a short
counter right. After the mandatory count Aleck swarmed, forcing
a standing eight count. The bout would only go a few seconds
more as Mangini was no longer defending herself, prompting the
referee to step in and end the bout, awarding Aleck the win.
The main event featured local fan favorite Randell Corpuz
scoring a second round TKO over Luis Anguiano. Anguiano gave a
good effort in the first, but the consistent body work of
Randell wore him down.
In the second round a thudding hook sent Anguiano reeling to the
ropes where Randell pounced, prompting the referee to step in
and administer a count. Immediately after the count Randell
ended matters with a series of unanswered blows, giving Randell
his second straight stoppage victory and his fourth win as a
The most vicious performance of the night certainly belonged to
Zillah, Washington's Juan Esquivel who needed only half a round
and a pair of well placed hooks to dispose of his opponent,
Toppenish's Blaine Wheeler. Wheeler, who was making his pro
debut, was out as soon as the second punch hit his chin. He fell
like a sack of bricks and lay motionless on the canvass for some
time as medical personnel worked to ensure he was OK, which he
was. Esquivel ups his record to 3-0 3KO's.
The rest of the amateur portion of the card featured two bouts
which ended with Diego Medina of Othello, WA scoring a first
round TKO of Yakima's Alex Sprenkle and Warm Springs, Oregon's
K.C. Jensen scoring a second round stoppage of Nate Washington.
An exciting, well matched exhibition bout between professional
fighters Tony Neal, of Toppenish, and Charon Spain, of Yakima,
rounded out the card.
The next show for Chris Corpuz and the Corpuz Promotions crew
will take place March 15th at the Toppenish Community center.