Saturday, it was the Boxing Club of Poway getting a chance to host the latest USA Boxing event. The show, aptly named “Sweet Science Madness,” had twenty talented boxers, ages 8 thru 27 competing and making certain the event lived up to its billing. The boxers, even those who lost, fought hard, punching even through exhaustion and often pushing their opponent into purely defensive stances. In the following bout wrap-ups, I’ll give you my impression of what transpired.
Bout #1 featured nine-year-old Joe Esquivel (unattached) going up against eight year-old Cesar Ruelas of Pinzon. Both boxers worried little about defense, as they wailed away at one another. You could count the body shots on one hand. In the end it was Ruelas who got the decision after landing the cleaner and more effective blows.
Bout #2 featured 11 year-old Adrian Hernandez of Pacific Coast Boxing in Vista versus his arch-rival 10 year-old Jason Rivera of the Rhino Boxing Club of Vista. You talk about two guys who know each other; the two sparred against one another, on average, three times a week for over a year when working out at the same gym. Just recently, Hernandez and his trainer moved on. The two renewed their rivalry last week when they boxed at the City Boxing tournament in San Diego, a bout won by Rivera. In Saturday’s contest, Hernandez turned the tables by using his jab more effectively, went to the head more often and was able to slip more punches.
Bout #3 featured 10 year-old Melano Diego of Rhino facing 12 year-old Brian Martinez of the National City Community Youth Athletic Center. Of the 10 bouts on the boxing card, this was the one that showed the widest variance in size and strength. Martinez, two years older, used his height and muscle to keep Diego on the outside. His stiff jabs prevented any type of advance. Diego, who showed a lot of heart, tried desperately to land some roundhouse punches but even when he did land, they had little effect on an opponent who scored repeatedly on three and sometimes four punch combinations.
Bout #4 featured 11 year-old Henry Facio of Pinzon going up against 11 year-old Oscar Hernandez of Rhino Boxing. After the first round ended, a gent in the crowd described the action succinctly when he yelled out: “Crazy, huh!” Facio and Hernandez were in an all out slugfest. Being that Facio was taller and able to use his reach advantage, he landed more punches and clearly won the first two rounds. However, by the third round, it was Hernandez who appeared to be more effective and gained the upper hand.
Bout #5 featured 15 year-old Carlos Geraldo of the National City CYAC in his second bout facing 14 year-old Tristan Alvarado of North County Boxing Club in Vista. Alvarado was making his debut. After watching Alvarado unleash his barrage of punches in the first round, I wondered if anything could have prepared Geraldo, a good boxer, for such an onslaught. It was one of those—run for the hills a madman is loose—assaults. Alvarado was smothering and relentless enough to cause three quick eight counts and eventually get the referee to call for an early stoppage.
For the rest of the results see USA Boxing “Sweet Science Madness” (Part 2)