By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña
Photos by Cynthia Saldaña
Friday night at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario, California, Thompson Boxing Promotions brought fight fans another edition of its “New Blood” fight series. On a special evening where the new WBA Super Bantamweight Champion Danny “The Baby Face Assassin” Roman was presented his title, fans in attendance or who tuned into Facebook live witnessed a good night of fights.
Headlining the action was Southern California fan favorite, Jose “El Gato” Roman (24-2-1, 16 KOs) of Garden Grove, as he put his 10-fight win streak on the line against Wilberth Lopez (19-8, 13 KOs) of Tucson, Arizona, in a scheduled 8-round junior welterweight bout. From the opening bell both fighters stood in the center of the ring landing heavy exchanges on each other. Early in the second round Lopez caught Roman with a hard over hand counter right that stunned Roman as he lunged in. Lopez continued to box scoring with counter shots throughout the middle rounds. Roman who seemed gun shy the entire fight never could seem to find a comfort level as the awkward fighting style Lopez frustrated “El Gato” and after 8-rounds of boxing it was the Lopez upsetting Roman by the scores of 79-73, 80-72, and 78-74.
In the co-main event undefeated featherweight prospect Ruben Villa (8-0, 4 KO’s) of Salinas, California faced Ernesto Guerrero (26-20, 18 KO’s) of Mexico in a 6-round bout. Villa, the talented southpaw who had a stellar amateur background entered the next phase of his professional career Friday night as he battled the tough veteran Guerrero. In the early rounds Villa boxed beautifully, sitting back countering Guerrero, and landing precise shots on his opponent. In the fourth round Villa stepped on the gas pedal applying pressure and hurting Guerrero with a solid uppercut. Villa finished the fight strong, displaying great overall skill and superior talent as he picked apart Guerrero. After 6-round of boxing all three judges were in agreement by the scores of 60-54 in favor of Villa.
Before the co-main event undefeated welterweight Juan Ruiz (20-0, 12 KOs) of Venezuela took on Mexico’s Erick Martinez (13-9-1, 7 KOs) in an 8-round bout. Ruiz who made his Thompson Boxing and U.S debut last October boxed a very technical fight utilizing a solid jab and quick pocket combinations at will on the out classed Martinez. The taller Ruiz used his reach to set the pace early as Martinez could never penetrate his guard. After 8 technical rounds of action, all three judges had the same score of 80-72 in favor if the undefeated Ruiz.
Friday night Thompson Boxing Promotions also showcased another highly touted prospect as junior lightweight Michael Dutchover (5-0, 4 KO’s) of Midland, Texas as entered the ring against Carlos Flores (4-5-1, 3 KO’s) of Mexico in a 4-round scrap. Dutchover the Texas native, who has relocated to the Los Angeles area and trains under the tutelage of Danny Zamora, stood toe to toe with Flores for all four rounds of the fight as he used his speed and overall ring generalship to outbox Flores. Throughout the exciting fight Dutchover landed heavy shots dropping Flores in the second round, and controlling the bout. After four solid rounds of boxing all three judges were in agreement with the scores of 40-35 for Michael Dutchover.
To kick off the the five-bout card is Ruben Torres (2-0, 2 KO) of Santa Monica, California made quick work of Ernest Knight (0-2) of Lincoln, Nebraska as Torres dropped Knight early in the first with a big four punch combination. Knight rose to his feet to beat the count, but Torres continued to attack and quickly ended the fight with a vicious right cross that left Knight flat on the canvas to end the fight.