TEMECULA, California (August 18. 2006) – La Habra’s Enrique Ornelas demolished Raul Munoz of Topeka, Kansas in what was supposed to be a ten-round middleweight bout. Munoz didn’t come in at top condition for the fight and paid a dear price for the lack of training. Ornelas came out tentative looking for his range from the very first round. Ornelas threw and landed a vicious left hook to the body that made Munoz drop to the canvas wincing in pain. He got up but was dropped again with a barrage of punches against the ropes that sent Munoz to one knee. Munoz again rose and was eventually trapped against the ropes once more where Ornelas landed numerous headshots that went unanswered prompting referee Raul Caiz Jr. to step in and stop the beating at 2:31 of the first round. Ornelas improves to (25-2, 15 KO’s). Munoz drops to (18-9-1, 14 KO’s). Ornelas was supposed to fight world title contender Sam “King” Soliman who dropped out of the bout due to an accident he suffered in his native Australia. “I’m not disappointed that my fight against Soliman didn’t happen. If he wants the November fourth date that’s open then I’d be happy to fight him then,” said Ornelas after the win.
Los Angeles’ Damian “Bolo” Wills took his first real heavyweight test against the tough Cisse Salif in the co-feature. With one of his biggest supporters in Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington urging him on, Wills was tested and passed by a convincing margin according to the judges. The first round was competitive as both men tried to gain position with fast, precise jabs with the advantage going to Salif. The second was more even as both men got in their licks with Salif landing some shots to the head of Wills on numerous occasions. Wills dictated the action in the third and won it with some quick combinations that Salif easily absorbed. The action picked up in the fifth as both men exchanged shots evenly. Salif was deducted a point for holding and hitting which seemed to energize him as he jumped on Wills and landed several hard left and rights at the end of the round. Wills was the more active fighter in the sixth as a tiring Salif mostly absorbed punishment. Two hard left hooks shook Salif in the seventh and he was now clearly drained and spent most of the round leaning on Wills. The eighth ended with both men landing wild shots at the end of the round. The scores were 78-73 and 77-74 (twice). All for Wills. “Bolo” keeps his undefeated record and is now (21-0, 15 KO’s). Salif drops to (18-7, 17 KO’s).
Joaquin Marquez of Madera, California took on Roderick Grajeda Jr. of Anaheim in middleweight action. Marquez came out fast with short, precise shots that momentarily stunned Grajeda. The fast action continued with Grajeda holding on and trying to make a fight of it but was met with hard right hooks instead. In the second, there was more fast-paced action as Marquez kept dishing out the punishment but a gritty and determined Grajeda had moments of success as he landed some nice uppercuts. The third played out like the second with Marquez starting off strong and Grajeda ending the round with some nice punches that rocked Marquez. The fourth was filled with more blistering action as both men exchanged combinations in what was an even round. The judges scored the bout 39-37 for Marquez and 38-38 (twice) in a majority draw for the two courageous fighters. Marquez is now 2-0-1. Grajeda is 6-4-2.
Jo D. Jonz from The Bronx took on Carlos Musquez from Sacramento in a lightweight bout. Jonz used his speed in the beginning of the fight to neutralize Musquez’s aggressiveness. In the third, Musquez landed several left hooks that dropped the tiring New Yorker who beat the count but was too groggy to continue. Musquez gets the come from behind win in a good matchup. The stoppage was called at 2:27 of the third round. Jonz loses his pro debut. Musquez wins and improves to 1-1, 1 KO.
Chula Vista’s Christopher Martin won a four round unanimous decision over Sal Santoyo of Brawley, California in a spirited Jr. Featherweight bout. Martin goes to 2-0 while Santoyo drops to 0-2.
Lightweight Carlos Cisneros of San Miguel, El Salvador and Hector Alatorre from Tulare, California mixed it up in a four-round lightweight bout. The results were 39-37 (twice) for Alatorre and 39-37 for Cisneros.
Jesus Rodriguez of Salinas, California won via fifth round TKO as his opponent Rafael Ortiz of Yucatan, Mexico was forced to remain on his seat on the advice of the ring doctor after taking and absorbing a beating throughout the fight. Rodriguez improves to (10-2, 5 KO’s). Ortiz drops one in a gutsy showing and is now (10-12-1, 6 KO’s).
The card was promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions and Ringside Ticket. The bouts were televised on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights.
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