ONTARIO, Calif. – Replacement fighters can sometimes surprise even the best of boxers, but not against Enrique Gutierrez on Monday night.
Gutierrez (8-0) faced a last-minute replacement in San Diego’s Terry Wright at the Doubletree Hotel but figured him out quick with a right uppercut at the end of the first round. It was easy from there.
With Wright (5-7-1) teetering in the first round, Santa Rosa’s Gutierrez methodically worked his opponent into a position where could unleash another uppercut, then an opening occurred and he fired a half dozen hard blows that forced referee Jose Cobian to halt the fight at 1:41 of the second round of the junior middleweight bout.
In the most interesting bout of the evening, Tijuana’s Felipe Campana (2-3-3) took the fight but asked if he could fight in the earliest bout. The reason: he had to go to work at 4 a.m.
“He asked me if he could cash his check right after the fight,” said Alex Camponovo, who coordinated the fights for the night. “He works for a demolition crew in San Diego. He has to get home in time for work.”
Campana entered the bout against Mira Loma’s Carlos Martinez, a hard-hitting southpaw who learned his craft under the guidance of Armando Velardez and Mira Loma’s Willy Silva. Both trainers believe offense is defense.
Martinez (1-0-1) blew out his first opponent a month ago in his pro debut and looked to do the same thing against Campana. A left hand poleaxed Campana against the ropes and he looked like he was getting his wish to leave early. But he survived the onslaught and fired a right hand that stunned Martinez.
The fight was on.
Martinez tried to regain the momentum but Campana found his right hand had a deadly effect on the Mira Loma fighter who failed to move his head. Once the round ended, his trainer gave him needed advice.
In the next two rounds, Martinez took the fight inside despite the two-inch size advantage he had over the Tijuana tough guy. It proved to be a good strategy as Campana could not land another effective right hand. One other thing developed from the inside game, Martinez’s head clashing against Campana’s caused two cuts on the Mexican junior welterweight.
The third round found both boxers attempting to gain an advantage. Martinez worked his combinations then moved out of range, while Campana looked to land the big right hand. Martinez looked a bit more effective, but it was close.
Another clash of heads forced a gush of blood on Campana’s forehead, referee Ray Corona looked at the pair of gashes and called the fight off. According to California Athletic Commission rules, the fight was declared a draw because it did not go the scheduled four rounds.
Camponovo said both fighters agreed to fight again in the near future.
In other bouts
Flyweights Manuel Roman and Jose Luis Cardenas (5-6-2) traded knockdowns in an entertaining four round fight. It was Cardenas who scored a knockdown first with a right hook at the end of the first round.
“It was a flash knockdown,” insisted Roman (7-0-1) of Los Angeles who was making his second appearance in a Thompson Promotion. “It was another tough fight for me. He had a lot of experience.”
A three-punch combination punctuated by a right hand dropped Cardenas of Santa Ana in the third round. From there on Roman used his mobility and tighter combinations to out-score his opponent in gaining a unanimous decision 38-36 by all three judges.
In the quickest bout of the evening, Juan Montes de Oca of Las Vegas and Pomona’s Gus Torrales (4-2) traded bombs as soon as the bell rang. Torrales hurt Montes de Oca first with a right hand then received a number of blows in return. Montes de Oca dropped him with a two-punch combination with two minutes left in the round. Then another combination forced referee Ray Corona to stop the fight at 1:42 into the first round for a technical knockout victory for Montes de Oca (7-9)
Super middleweights Ivan Stovall (4-1) of Pomona and East LA’s Juan Parra (5-6-2) battled all four rounds with Stovall taking the decision 39-37 by all three judges.
La Habra’s Jorge Perez (7-2) won a unanimous decision against Costa Rica’s Anthony Martinez (20-21-3) in a six-round junior lightweight bout Perez’s longer reach and speed proved the difference in gaining the judges favor 60-54 twice and 59-55.