SAN DIEGO-Some of the most competitive and exciting fights you’ll never hear about happen in small boxing venues scattered across the country.
They may not always have big names or make big money, but when well matched opponents collide, action is the outcome.
Such was the case Friday night at The Gonzalez Sports Academy in Eastlake, a suburb of San Diego. The event which was put on by Bobby D Presents, in conjunction with San Diego Fights, had the 1,000 plus fans riveted at times.
In the main event, welterweights Joshua Marks (8-3, 8 KO's) and Oscar Godoy (4-2, 2 KO's) fought an exciting back and forth battle with Marks’ athleticism and conditioning being the deciding factor as he stopped Godoy in the seventh round of a scheduled eight rounder.
In the first round, Marks came out the aggressor and immediately landed a hard shot to the body. He seemed to be in full control when he was surprisingly dropped by an uppercut from Godoy. Marks got up and fought on but seemed rattled.
In the second round, the fast and athletic Marks made use of his speed and footwork and landed some quick combinations. Godoy couldn't keep up but was trying to time Marks as he came in.
Marks worked the body effectively in the third as Godoy timed him and landed an occasional hook.
Marks walked Godoy down in the fourth and paid the price as his opponent landed several punches that forced him to tangle up. As Godoy tired, Marks dominated the rest of the round with an assortment of combinations.
It was in the sixth that Marks’ bodywork paid dividends as Godoy, now weakening, fell to his knees. Godoy got up but was jumped on by Marks. Godoy dropped again and rose only to be saved by the bell.
Godoy made it to the seventh round but was dropped once more after Marks landed to the body again. In a dramatic turnaround, Godoy rose to his feet and almost pulled off the hail-Mary as he landed a brutal punch that made Marks do the funky chicken momentarily. Seeing his opponent hurt, Godoy unleashed a barrage of punches to the delight of the crowd that had Marks in serious trouble. It seemed like Godoy might pull off the win.
But it was not to be.
Godoy eventually punched himself out and Marks took advantage as he recuperated. The end came one second before the seventh as Pat Russell stepped in and stopped the barrage of punches being landed on Godoy.
Vargas and Robles fight to a draw
San Diegan Adrian Vargas (6-0-1, 3 KO's) and Emmanuel Robles (4-0-1, 2 KO’s) fought an intense four round super lightweight bout in the semi-main event. Both men were undefeated and battled hard to keep their record intact.
The first round was tentative with Robles getting off first. Robles landed from the outside and picked his shots as Vargas tried to close the distance and countered.
In the second round, a right hand by Vargas momentarily stunned Robles. Robles came back with a good overhand right. Another forceful right backed Robles up and a small mouse developed under his eye. A head-butt opened a cut over Vargas' forehead which only infuriated him as he charged forward and several exciting exchanges ensued.
More rumbling occurred in the third as both men met in the middle of the ring. Vargas' work-rate decreased and Robles' sharpshooting became more of a factor. As the round ended, Robles seemed to take control.
There was more good work in the fourth round with Robles asserting control. Vargas seemed to be hanging back, looking for one big shot. Ultimately, Vargas couldn't figure out how to deal with Robles' footwork and it cost him the win. The decision, a majority draw, was announced by Benny Ricardo as 39-37 for Vargas and 38-38 (twice).
Armenta halts Sanchez
It was a good fight while it lasted between lightweights Pablo Armenta (7-1-1, 2 KO's) and Omar Sanchez (1-2-1). In the first round, Armenta stalked as Sanchez boxed. Good exchanges developed with Armenta landing some solid straights. A head butt on Armenta’s eyebrow led to a nice sized cut and some bleeding.
Armenta came out very focused in the second and quickly landed a left followed by a power right which dropped Sanchez. Armenta jumped on him and dropped him again a few seconds later. Armenta got up but was cut and obviously hurt. He was inspected by the ring doctor who determined that Sanchez should not continue.
Referee Pat Russell stopped the fight based on the advice of the ring physician.
Bantamweights Ramon Chacon (3-1, 0 KO's) and Pablo Cupul (2-2) fought a fast paced four rounder, earning a unanimous decision win for Chacon who controlled the action from the outside keeping the always charging Cupul at bay with a good jab. The decision went 40-36 from all three judges.
In a good back and forth action opening bout, welterweights Gabriel Medina and Luis
Sanchez battled to a four round 39-37, 39-37 and 38-38 majority decision win for Medina. Both men left everything in the ring but it was Medina's control of the bout that earned him the win.
Questions or comments for the author?
Who will win #HOPKINSKOVALEV