Bout #6 featured 15 year-old Elias Gutierrez, unattached, facing 14 year-old Miguel Bracamonte of Escondido. Like Alvarado in the previous bout, Bracamonte went right on the offensive and smothered his opponent. Without taking the time to set up his punches, his powerful left hooks and overhand rights landed as if they were guided missiles. Before anyone knew it, the referee issued a standing eight count to Gutierrez. Surprisingly, Gutierrez made it out of round one. Soon after the bell sounded for round two, a second eight count was issued. Even when Gutierrez managed to get in close, he was foiled by the bigger opponent who tied him up.
Bout #7 featured 16 year-old Russell Rivera of Rhino Boxing going up against 16 year-old Luis Acosta of the Alliance Training Center of Chula Vista. Acosta towered over Rivera and used both his speed and leverage to land his formidable headshots. After it appeared that Acosta was having no problem landing his combinations and big overhand rights (at a four to one clip), the referee decided stop the bout.
Bout #8 featured 16 year-olds Joe Sanchez of Old School Boxing, a brawler, going up against Carlos Carrillo of Alliance Training Center who is more of a slick boxer type. After bull rushing Carrillo in the first and second rounds, Sanchez had built up a comfortable lead. To his credit Carrillo did gain momentum in the final round but by that time he could not overcome Sanchez’s advantage.
Bout #9 featured a 27 year-old lightweight by the name of Josue De La Sancha of City Boxing, facing a welterweight, 22 year-old Ryan Gerrard of the Boxing Club of Poway. Up until a short time ago, Gerrard was a student in college, and then took a semester off to give boxing a try.
From the outset, both men came out with guns a blazing. The action was so fierce it defies description. A knockdown or a knockout was inevitable. Sure enough, De La Sancha was caught and knocked off his feet. Another punch sent him floundering into the ropes. Soon after an eight count was issued. After all that had happened, it’s a mystery how De La Sancha got out of that first round.
When the second round began as the first did, everyone expected an early stoppage. Then halfway through the second round our college boy began to run out of gas. Despite the urging of his corner, he couldn’t finish his opponent off. When De La Sancha sensed the changing tide, he became the aggressor and surely won the final round. In the end, it was Ryan Gerrard winning his boxing debut.
Bout #10 featured 18 year-old Eduardo Herrera of Old School Boxing facing 17 year-old Xavier Gonzalez of the Boxing Club of Poway. As if the crowd hadn’t been entertained enough, along comes the final match to once again get everyone up on their feet. The exchanges between Gonzalez and Herrera had jaws dropping.
The crowd was so into the bout, you could hear the gasp as they sat between rounds. A teenager asked his pop, “Who do you think is going to win?” His dad broke everyone up when answering, “My guess, the guy with the black headgear!” Both boxers wore the very same headgear.”
Another statement that sounds odd: the boxer getting punished the most was the aggressor throughout. With his reddened face and nose bleeding, Herrera never stopped advancing or swinging for the fences. His problem was not only Gonzalez’s stiff jab and solid chin, but his own lack of defense.