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Rios remains unbeaten

Ringside report by Felipe Leon
Photos by Paul Gallegos

Golden Boy Promotions and Telefutura's "Solo Boxeo Tecate" returned to "America's Finest City," San Diego, in association with Don Chargin Promotions and Jorge Marron Productions, for the fourth time this year to present their weekly boxing series on Friday night from the Four Points Sheraton.

In the main event, unbeaten featherweight Ronny Rios (13-0, 6 KOs) remained as such when he earned a workman-like unanimous decision over the opponent du jour in San Diego, Adolfo "Terror" Landeros (20-17-1, 9 KOs) in eight rounds. Local favorite Christopher Martin was originally slated to be featured in the main event against former Mexican champion Nicky Benz but was forced to take a back seat to Rios of the famed Espinoza Boxing Club when Benz unexpectedly pulled out of the affair and was replaced by unheralded Yogli Herrera of Colombia.

Landeros has been a tough out for both Christopher Martin and Michael Franco this year in San Diego and proved to be the same for Rios despite the San Ana native closing out the night strong against the tough Landeros.

Rios showed his speed in the first round as he landed numerous right hands to the heart of the stomach of Landeros early. Landeros tried to time Rios' quick punches but was troubled with the speed and his nose began to bleed midway through the round from the steady jab of Rios. When in close, Landeros landed a right hook and then an uppercut from the same fist only to be hurt by a popping counter left hook to the body from Rios to end the round.

In the second, Rios began the round just as he ended the first, quick and busy with jabs to the head followed with straight rights to the stomach. Later, Landeros closed the gap and began to force the action to the inside where he began to see results as Rios made the fight tougher for himself by staying in the pocket with the experienced Landeros. By the third, Landeros nose bleed was stopped and Rios began to box from the outside again landing two long hard right hooks to the body of Landeros. Rios confidence grew as he began to throw and land quick three punch combos but the tough Landeros never took a step back.

The fireworks began in the fourth as both fighters began to exchange power punches to the body in the center of the ring. Landeros worked well off the ropes as he escaped Rios attack with his own as he continued to throw punches despite begin trapped. Rios was not deterred and he continued to go after the body of Landeros and also landed a series of uppercuts through the Mexico City native's guard.

The fighters went forehead to forehead in the fifth as Rios displayed an impressive inside game as he unveiled a bag of tricks despite having a little more than a quarter of professional fights than Landeros. In spite of being on the losing side of the exchanges, Landeros was game and kept pressuring the the twenty-year-old in hopes of teaching him a lesson. Unfortunately for "Terror," Rios wasn't listening.

For the last three rounds, Rios stayed in the middle of the ring and allowed Landeros to circle around him as he fought whichever way Landeros wanted, boxing from the outside or landing hard combinations to the body and head in the inside. Landeros, as was expected, kept coming forward and took his monthly beating but earned his paycheck.

Official scores were a landslide with 80-72 three times.

Martin Gets by Herrera

In the semi-main event, Chula Vista, CA's own Christopher Martin (21-0-2, 6 KOs), who has had a spectacular 2010 with wins over Ruben Lopez, Adolfo Landeros, the highly touted Chris Avalos and Jose Luis Araiza, squeaked by late sub Yogli Herrera (22-14, 15 KOs) with a unanimous decision in the featherweight division that was a lot closer than the judges' scores reflected.

Martin looked lackadasical and unfocused as he waited for the last two rounds to show the boxing skills that helped him achieve a minor upset over the hard hitting Avalos earlier this year on Showtime. As for Herrera, he tried as he might to reverse his bad fortune as he has dropped eleven straight fights.

Martin looked tentative in the first round as he fainted often but did not throw punches. Herrera, sensing that the hometown favorite was not going to attack, took the initiative and lunged forward and scored against a retreating Martin near the end of the round. Herrera kept Martin at bay in the second with a constant jab which kept the "SD Kid" from establishing a strategy. When Martin got closed enough to score, Herrera quickly escaped the ropes with Martin only landing one punch at a time.

Martin closed the gap in the third and landed more punches, left hooks to the liver in the inside and quick jabs from the outside, but Herrera kept counterpunching and scoring although Martin won the round.

Herrera made it his round in the fourth as he constantly pressured Martin through out the three minutes. Every time Martin tried to attack, Herrera was right there to counter punch and put in his case for the stanza.

More of the same from Herrera in the fifth until the middle of the round when Martin began to turn in on and land a hard body attack as he trapped Herrera against the ropes.

Herrera seemed to have his last hurrah in the sixth as he went after Martin with his same attack as before but Martin turned it on in the seventh and began to land his right hand on Herrera's face almost at will. Herrera began to hold and throw punches back but Martin was able to stay the assault and continue to punish the south American. The Christopher Martin of old showed up in the eighth round as he put together crisp combinations that made the journey man Herrera retreat when he could and clinch when he couldn't all the way to the final bell.

Surprisingly, judges Alejandro Rochin and Fritz Warner saw the fight 80-72 while Lou Moret scored it a much more accurate 78-74.

Other Results:

MMA fighter turned professional boxer Rolando Perez (1-0, 1KO) earned a KO win in his first bout over Federico Martinez (0-2) in the second round of a light welterweight four. The first round was even as both fighters threw enough punches to claim the stanza with Perez of Chula Vista, CA, being the slightly more aggressive fighter. To much surprise, Ensenada, MX's Martinez began the second round with a fast growing mouse under his right eye coupled with a cut from the jabs of Perez which increasingly got worse in the next three minutes. With an injured fighter in front of him, Perez began to land more and more punches to the body and head of Perez forcing Martinez's corner to waive off the fight.

In a junior lightweight slugfest, Ronald Hurley took his record to 5-5-2 as he was awarded a unanimous decision over the Big Apple's Angel Torres (2-4-2, 1KOs) by scores of 40-36 twice and 39-37. In what turned out to be the best fight of the night, both fighters threw caution to the wind and just slugged it out for much of the twelve minutes they faced each other with neither one hardly throwing a jab. By the end, the taller Hurley of San Jacinto, CA, had scored enough damage to leave Torres with cuts over both eyes.

A welterweight six rounder between undefeated Anthony Martinez (6-0, 5KOs) and Jaime Orrantia (13-27-5, 4KOs) was scratched.

In the crowd: UFC light heavyweight Brandon Vera, up and comer light welterweight Antonio Orozco, undefeated lightweight Luis Ramos and featherweight Gary Russell Jr.

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