ONTARIO, CALIF.-In a rousing welterweight battle East L.A.'s Aron Martinez knocked out Colorado's very competitive Joshua “Superman” Marks with a right uppercut, left hook combination in the seventh round on Friday night.
Thompson Boxing Promotions featured two main events including the Martinez (17-1-1, 4 KOs) and Marks (8-4, 8 KOs) shootout and a female bout between undefeated junior flyweight boxers. The Doubletree Hotel had a crowd of more than 1,000 in attendance.
Martinez started fast against Marks and seemed the quicker fighter. Marks, a southpaw, was hit early in the fight but managed to survive. Body shots by Martinez were his most effective punches.
The shorter Marks continued throughout the fight plowing into Martinez who shifted one way or the other to deflect the Coloradoan's rushes. A left hook in round three was his biggest blow.
Marks looked to increase the tempo and looked good early in round four. Then he was caught with a left uppercut and four-punch combo and down he went. He survived.
Round five saw Marks turn things around and become more effective fighting inside. By crowding Martinez he was able to land more frequently. It was his best round.
Marks kept attacking with his head down and paid the price by absorbing several uppercuts from the East L.A. fighter point blank. A right uppercut-left hook combination knocked out Marks cold at 2:32 of round seven. Referee Raul Caiz Jr. didn't bother to count.
After six rounds of a junior flyweight match Sindy Amador (8-0) of Riverside was judged the winner over San Diego's Amaris Quintana (6-1-2). It was Quintana's first loss.
Amador attacked and tried to bull her way in but missed and was countered by Quintana in the first round. A few jabs by the San Diego fighter found the mark. A left hook by Amador landed near the end.
Amador rushed in with her head down in round two and was accidentally butted by Quintana. A cut formed on the side of Amador's left eye but after a brief look by the ringside physician the fight resumed. Quintana continued to land the jabs as Amador continued the pressure and winging wide shots and flurries.
Amador was the busier fighter in round three as she pressured and pressured. Many of the blows did not land but she had more punches thrown than Quintana. Toward the end of the round Quintana landed some good blows but Amador was the busier boxer.
Quintana began the fourth round boxing and giving angles as Amador looked to corner the San Diego fighter. Quintana used her jab and combos effectively as Amador looked to corner her opponent. A solid left hook counter landed for Quintana. A right counter by Amador scored too.
In the fifth round Quintana began the round boxing and moving and scoring combinations. Whenever Quintana stayed in the middle of the ring she was in control. Amador ended the last half of the round with some combos of her own inside that scored with her flurries. Quintana's jab was effective once again.
Both female boxers fired furious exchanges in the sixth and final round. Amador moved in with her head down and Quintana moving side to side while firing punches from the outside and inside. Amador fired flurries on the inside and Quintana scored with left hooks and a few right hands. All three judges favored the inside flurries 59-55 twice and 58-56 for Amador.
A rematch clause was signed and both will return this time in San Diego.
Colombia's Jhonatan “Momo” Romero (21-0, 12 KOs) blitzed through rugged Adolfo Landeros (20-24-2, 10 KOs) all eight rounds and nearly stopped the rock chin Mexican fighter. But the featherweight match lasted all eight rounds and displayed Romero's speed and reflexes as he pummeled Landeros throughout. In round three Romero nearly forced a stoppage, but Landeros was able to evade the killing blow. One judge scored it 80-72 and two others 80-71 for Romero.
San Fernando's Rigoberto “Asesino” Flores (4-1, 2 KOs) upset undefeated Pedro Arcos (12-1-1, 9 KOs) with a withering attack that overwhelmed the junior welterweight fighter from Tijuana. After a good first round Arcos couldn't sustain his energy level and that was right up Flores's alley. He fought non-stop and landed uppercuts and left hooks that turned around the fight in his favor. All three judges scored it for Flores, 58-56, 60-54 and 59-55.
Their first fight ended in a draw, this fight was won emphatically by Sergio Nunez (6-0-1, 4 KOs). Santa Ana's Ramon Flores (3-15-2) and Sylmar's Nunez fought 18 months ago at Chumash Casino. This time Nunez sent Flores through the ropes with a crushing right cross, and when he beat the count, another flurry of blows ended the fight by technical knockout at 2:40 of the first round. Nunez remains undefeated.
Riverside's Juan Reyes (5-1-1) battered Pablo Cupul (2-5-2) for three rounds non-stop until referee Lou Moret decided to stop the fight. Cupul protested the stoppage but was taking a lot of blows though he was never close to going down. The one-sided bantamweight fight was stopped at 2:46 of round three.
San Pedro's Isaac Zarate (3-0) pounded through Gus Rojas' (0-2) defense for all four rounds of a bantamweight fight. The southpaw was the quicker fighter and all three judges scored it 40-36 in his favor. The cards originally were read incorrectly for Rojas of Fresno and a chorus of boos cascaded the ballroom. It was quickly remedied by announcer Sonny Franco.
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