Ringside report from El Monte, California

By Raj Sharma @ ringside


Ringside report from El Monte, California

Ramon Espinoza KO1 Roberto Estrada...In El Monte, California on Friday, Ramon “El Killer” Espinoza foiled Roberto Estrada’s bid for revenge, knocking out the local fighter in the first round of their scheduled six-round middleweight rematch last night at the Florentine Gardens night club. Espinoza beat Estrada by split decision in a four round bout last year, but this time it took “El Killer” only a minute to get the better of his adversary. After hurting Estrada with a left hook set up by a jab, Espinoza exploded with a three punch combination that ended the fight. Estrada was kept on the canvas for a couple of minutes after the bout as a safety precaution. Espinoza, fighting out of San Fernando, improves to 9-7 with 4 KOs with the victory, while Estrada evens out at 4-4 with 2 KOs.

After the bout, Espinoza attributed his impressive win to greater confidence gained from better preparation. “I felt more secure,” he said. “I trained harder for this one.”

Espinoza praised trainer John Bray for helping him improve his training habits. His promoter Manny Cota has also been pushing the inconsistent fighter for greater dedication to the sport.

JJ McAllister TKO1 Erick Vega... The unbeaten record of 2004 Mexican Olympian Erick Vega was spoiled in the last bout of the evening, as J.J. McAllister of Long Beach steamrolled the former amateur standout in the first round of their cruiserweight bout. McAllister knocked down Vega within the first few seconds of the bout and didn’t let up after Vega arose, forcing the referee to intervene. It was the third consecutive first round KO for McAllister, who ups his record to 5-2 with 4 KOs. Vega is now 2-1-1 with 1 KO.

Luis A. Cervantes W4 Baladan Trevizo... In the only bout that went the distance on the four-bout show, Luis Alberto Cervantes won a split decision over Baladan Trevizo in a hard fought junior lightweight four rounder. The pace of the bout slowed down after a fast start, with Trevizo the more accurate puncher while Cervantes had the heavier hands. Two judges favored Cervantes by scores of 39-37, while the other official scored the bout for Trevizo by the same margin. Cervantes is now a purported 5-1-3 with 1 KO, Trevizo slips to 4-11-6 with 1 KO.

Eddie Brooks KO1 Galberto Gaxiola... First round knockouts were a recurring theme, with the opener lasting a mere twenty three seconds. Phoenix lightweight Eddie “Magic Man” Brooks came out of the gate fast against Walberto Gaxiola, quickly landing a left hook to the liver that ended the scheduled four rounder. Brooks is listed at 4-0 with 2 KOs, Gaxiola is now purportedly 2-2 with 1 KO.

Unbeaten welterweight Santiago Perez was slated to headline the card, but his bout was a late scrap. Co-promoters Right Cross Entertainment, OTC, and Ayala Promotions will offer a 50 percent discount on tickets for their next show to those with a ticket stub from the March 16th event. The ring announcer for the event was Joe “Are you ready” Martinez.