Lopez decisions Brown
Ringside by Rocco Morales
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
Before a sold-out crowd at the Ontario Doubletree Hotel, in an eight-round jr. welterweight main event, contender Patrick “El Elegante” Lopez looked to add a big name to his record with 41 year old, four-time world title challenger, John “The Eastern Beast” Brown.
Brown, despite his credentials, is only 1-7-2 since last challenging for a world title. Meanwhile, the Venezuelan born Lopez entered the ring the winner in six of his last seven bouts.
It was slow going in the opening rounds and not even a healthy stream of boos from the audience was enough to motivate either fighter into battle for the majority of the fight. Instead, Brown chose to display the defensive tactics reminiscent of Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whittaker, but with none of the offensive arsenal. Lopez, meanwhile, seemed mesmerized and only fought in short spurts.
Brown, trained by retired light heavyweight king Virgil “Quicksilver” Hill, did not earn the admiration of neither the crowd nor, likely, the matchmaker, for his unorthodox style that was key in producing the least entertaining fight of the evening, leading many spectators to leave halfway through the main event.
Lopez did his best to press the action and finally caught the cutesy Brown with a vicious body shot with a minute remaining final round, dropping Brown for a nine-count and very nearly knocking him out, attacking until the very last second.
In the end, it was Lopez prevailing by Unanimous Decision to improve to 18-2 (12 KOs) while Brown drops to 24-17-2 (11 KOs). Scores were 79-72, 80-71 and 80-71.
Hernandez TKOs Cardenas
The semi main event, a six-round lightweight affair, saw undefeated Daniel “El Travieso” Hernandez take on veteran Baudel Cardenas.
Hernandez punished Cardenas with thumping body shots, first dropping Cardenas in round four and then early in round five, finishing him off with a digging left hook to the body.
By way of a TKO at 0:31 of round five, Hernandez improves his perfect record to 9-0 (5 KOs).
Cardenas drops to 18-20-2 (6 KOs).
Serrano decisions Favela
In a six-round jr. welterweight contest, undefeated Hector “Teco” Serrano took on veteran Cristian Favela.
In a lackluster fight, Serrano did enough to secure the victory but little more. By way of unanimous decision victory, Serrano keeps his perfect record intact and moves to 11-0 (3 KOs) while Favela drops to 17-24-6 (10 KOs).
Esquivias stops Arrellin
In a six-round featherweight affair, undefeated Efrain Esquivias met Randy Arrellin.
Esquivas pummeled Arrellin, forcing him to take a knee in each rounds four and five. In the final round, despite Arrellin being down by at least seven points, and showing no signs of being able to turn things around, continued to take a beating, getting no help from his corner who would have been wise to throw in the towel.
Instead, with 20 seconds remaining, the referee finally intervened and stopped the fight at 2:40 of round six to give Esquivas the victory. By way of TKO, Esquivas improves to 7-0 (5 KOs) while Arrellin falls to 2-2 (1 KO).
Herrera decisions Lopez
In other supporting action, a six-round jr. middlweight fight, undefeated Alberto “Baby Dynamite” Herrera met Hilario “La Cobra” Lopez.
Herrera proved too fast and too powerful for the game but overmatched Lopez. Unanimously, by scores of 60-54, Herrera emerged the winner and with the victory stays perfect and improves to 7-0 (5 KOs) while Lopez drops to 11-9 (8 KOs).
Garcia wins by split decision
In opening action, a four-round jr. welterweight contest, debuting Anthony “The Poison” Reyes met debuting Jonathon “El Gallo Del Oro” Garcia. In an all-action fight, judges scored the fight a split decision with scores of 38-37, 37-38, 39-36, in favor of Garcia.
Reyes was down in the first round courtesy of a Garcia left hook but recovered well enough to press the action the remainder of the fight. With the victory, Garcia improves to 1-0, while Reyes drops to 0-1.
In attendance were WBO Jr. Welterweight Champion, Timothy Bradley, IBF Bantamweight Champion Yohnny Perez,, five-time former light heavyweight champion Virgil Hill, and No. 5 ranked heavyweight contender Chris Arreola. Announcer for the event was Jimmy Lennon, Jr. Promoter for the event was Thompson Boxing Promotions.