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Martin defends state belt in San Diego

Ringside report and photos by Felipe Leon

The last time Oscar de la Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions was in San Diego with a nationally televised broadcast was back in 2005, with a fight card that was marred with controversy. The then-jr. middleweight contender Marco Antonio Rubio was scratched in the main event after failing an eye exam according to the California State Athletic Commission.

But, on Friday night Golden Boy returned once again but this time free of fuss as the teamed up with Don Chargin Productions, Bobby D. Presents and Jorge Marron Productions to present "Solo Boxeo Tecate", the weekly spanish language channel Telefutura's weekly boxing broadcast. Held at the Four Points Hotel by Sheraton, over 900 boxing fans witnessed local favorite Christopher "S.D. Kid" Martin (18-0-2, 5KOs) defend his California State super bantamweight title with an eight round unanimous decision over the much more experienced Adolfo Landeros (20-14-1, 9KOs) of Mexico City.

The bout began cautiously as both fighters tried to establish their range with jabs. Landeros seemed the busier of the two and was content to sit back against the ropes and let Martin score with quick two and three punch combos that did little to no damage. The second round brought a measured body attack from Martin as he landed hard left hooks to the body of Landeros every chance he had. Landeros, who seemed to be employing a type of rope-a-dope technique, hung back and let Martin score to the body only to counter punch with a hard right hand that got the attention of the "S.D. Kid" near the end of the round. Landeros' experience became evident as he was not fazed by anything that Martin was accomplishing and held on to counterpunching with big rights while Martin tried to score to the body.

Another hard right welcomed Martin to the fourth round. Martin kept plugging away at Landeros body as it became to push the smaller man against the ropes and attack. The fifth saw more of the same as Martin tried to score to the top by landing hooks from either fist around the high guard of Landeros. Landeros had no answer for the much faster, younger and more agile Martin but was game as he kept trying to land a right hand that would cause damage.

Martin started the sixth on his toes as he boxed around Landeros from a distance looking for an opening where he could score a telling combination to wow the local crowd which kept egging him on. Mid way thru the round Landeros pushed the action to close quarters in the middle of the ring and both fighters began exchanging short inside punches. With the fight slipping away from him, Landeros had his best round in the seventh when he amped up the pressure despite a small trickle of blood from his nose. Landeros began to land a series of punches which gave him the round although Martin kept up his attack to the body with left hooks to the liver. The best round of the fight of the night was the last as both fighters exchanged bombs from pillar to post finish off the bout strong.

At the end, judges Alejandro Rochin and Jose Cobian scored with a perfect 80-72 while Jerry Cantu had it 79-73, all for Martin.

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Grajeda remains unbeaten

In the six round semi main event, the highly touted welterweight Luis Grajeda (10-0, 7KOs) of Chihuahua, MX, kept his perfect record intact as he earned a workman-like unanimous decision over journeyman Christian "Filoso" Favela (18-26-6, 9KOs) of Sinaloa, Mexico.

Grajeda, who was on the Mexican Olympic Committee and was crowned an impressive ten times as a Mexican national champion in his extensive amateur career, began the bout fighting tall as he landed long jabs on the moving Favela. the experienced Favela is known as a tough out who neither Mercito Gesta, Luis Ramos, Danny Garcia, Vicente Escobedo or Steven Luevano among others were able to decipher, all going the distance against the tough Mexican. Favela showed his experience as he only smiled when Grajeda tried to score with a jab and a quick right behind it, showing the young fighter that he had seen it all before. In the second, Favela tried to move in quicker into the inside in hopes of controlling the up close real estate against his much taller opponent. Grajeda's answer was to tie up his opponent until seperated to keep the fight on the outside. Favela kept pressuring in the third but Grajeda was ready as he scored a hard left uppercut to the chin as "Filoso" trudged in.
Favela turned more into the aggressor in the second half of the fight as he kept stalking Grajeda. Grajeda's, who tends to still fight with a tinge of an amateur style, scored effectively with long punches from the outside, one at a time which led him to victory.

At the end, all three judges had it for Grajeda with scores of 60-54, 59-55 and 58-56.

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Orozco Batters Peralta

National City, CA's "Simple Man" Antonio Orozco (7-0, 5KOs) needed all six rounds to defeat the surprisingly tough Michael Peralta (4-5, 1KO) in a junior welterweight bout. Orozco pitched a perfect shut out with official scores were 60-54 three times.

Orozco needed just to hear the first bell to go after Peralta and exchange punches looking for an early night. The attack did not produce the desired effect of a knockout or at least a knockdown but Peralta of Carson City, NV, did begin to bleed from the mouth which bothered him for the rest of the contest. The second and third rounds became target practice for the much better skilled Orozco as he had no trouble walking down Peralta against the ropes and going after the body with abandon. Peralta fought back with counter punches which Orozco was able to slip the majority of. Peralta has some success to start off the fourth with a nice jab/straight right that caught Orozco flush which woke up the "Simple Man" and the crowd and again the fighter from nearby National City by way of Tecate, MX, attacked Peralta against the ropes.

THe bout followed the same pattern until the end with Orozco landing hard power shots to both sides of Peralta while the Nevada native scored sporadically with one punch counters and at times, two or three punches at a time.

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"Cubanito" Stays Undefeated

In a middleweight battle of southpaws, Cuban national Lester "Cubanito" Gonzalez (11-0-1, 6KOs), now living in San Diego, dropped the always tough Ibahiem "Almighty" King (7-3, 2KOs) in the fourth to earn a unanimous decision in six rounds. Despite almost a year of inactivity, Gonzalez had no trouble landing big left hands while King tried to establish his jab not only to the head by mid section of "Cubanito". After an unintentional head butt to start the second, Gonzalez suffered a gruesome gash over his right eye that although gushing blood like a gusher for the remainder of the fight, King was not able to make a factor in the decision. Gonzalez kept pushing forward closing the gap between the two and landing hard upper cuts in the inside.

In the fourth, Gonzalez landed another left hand that sent King stumbling down to the canvas. King recovered quickly and was up by the count of two from referee Pat Russell. Gonzalez gassed himself out to start the fifth as he attacked "Almighty" early in but King was able to survive the onslaught. It looked as if it was King's turn to take over the fight since it was obvious that the loss of blood and fatigue began to bother Gonzalez but the New York native was not able to turn the tide.

At the end, all three judges saw it for the still undefeated "Cubanito" with scores of 60-53, 59-54 and 58-55.

"Bronco" Wages War

Never in a dull fight, this time Pablo "Bronco" Armenta (2-0-1) stepped it up to take fight of the night honors as he survived a war against the game Rene Torres (0-2-1) of Pomona, CA. After a slow start by both fighters in which they felt each other out for the majority of two rounds, Armenta did not make it any easier on himself in the third as he decided to exchange heavy leather with Torres, receiving hard right hands and left hooks that made him take a step back. Once composed, Armenta went after his man as the crowd urged him on to finish the fight early and earn his first knock out win. Despite either fighter could have gone down in the fourth after the heavy artillery that was landed, they both finished the contest on their feet as well as the crowd around them.

After the scores were read, Armenta was announced the winner with scores of 40-36 and 39-37 twice.

Ringside Notes

-Former world champion Israel "Magnifico" Vazquez was in the house providing color commentary for the televised portion of the card by Telefutura.

-Newly minted WBO Youth lightweight champion Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta made his first public appearance in his adopted hometown of San Diego. Gesta captured the title when he stopped Oscar Meza last week in five rounds in Tampa, FL.

-The master of ceremonies was Joe Martinez.

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