Photos: Luke Massy
On a Friday evening that followed a mostly overcast day in normally “sunny” Southern California, Thompson Boxing Promotions hosted another segment of their “Locked N’ Loaded” series, at the Ontario Doubletree Hotel. In front of a near capacity crowd, a total of six bouts that varied in their intensity took place. By the time it was over, those in attendance had witnessed a “knockout” night of professional boxing.
A scheduled 4 Round Middleweight contest between Miguel “El Mero Mero” Trejo (159 lbs., Anaheim, California, Pro Debut) and Jonathan “Fabio” Aceves (155.5 lbs., Whittier, California, Pro Debut) opened the show. Though it was the debut for both fighters, Miguel Trejo appeared to be the much better schooled combatant from the opening bell, using a much cleaner assortment of punches, than his opponent, who swung in a very wild manner. He enjoyed a height and reach advantage, as well, which he would utilize throughout the contest. Trejo’s body attack was especially devastating, as the toll they took on Aceves could be seen as the fight progressed, namely that his (Aceves) mouth could be seen to open farther as the body shots continued. As Round 3 began, Aceves tried to take the initiative, as it was obvious that Trejo had pretty much “pitched a shutout” to this point, but after about a minute had gone by, Trejo seized control, and at 2:58 of the round, the referee called a halt to the contest. Miguel Trejo was the winner by a TKO.
Next on the card was a 4 Round Welterweight contest between Eridanni Leon (146 lbs., Los Mochis, Mexico, 1-1) and Elih Lizama (147 lbs., Salinas, California, Pro Debut). The two fighters went right to work from the opening bell. Though Lizama was the aggressor at the beginning of the first round, as the round progressed, Leon took control, and by the end of the round, Leon was landing the more effective shots. Leon’s advantage in experience began to show as the fight progressed, as he continued to land the better punches, while Lizama resorted to a “Hail Mary” type of attack, swinging wild from all angles, hoping to land anything. Leon continued his domination to the end of the fight. Two of the judges scored the bout 40-36 (which this writer was in total agreement with), while the third judge scored it 38-38 (?), giving Eridanni Leon the victory by Majority Decision.
The third contest of the evening was a Super Middleweight battle between Rudy “Junior” Puga (166 lbs., Salinas, California, 4-0, 4 KOs) and Katrell “Cincinnati Kid” Straus (164.5 lbs., Denver, Colorado, 2-4, 1 KO). Both fighters adopted a “feeling out” strategy from the opening bell, but Puga soon began to dominate the action, landing by far the better blows. By the end of Round 1, Puga had Straus trapped on the ropes, and the ropes are what kept Straus from hitting the canvas as the round came to a close. As the fight progressed, Puga showed he had a large arsenal, landing body and head shots at will. Straus gave a game effort, but it was to no avail, as Puga landed pretty much what he wanted to throughout Rounds 2 & 3. As Round 4 opened, Puga landed a series of blows, and at :41 of the round, it was over. The referee, Ray Corona, had seen enough and called a halt to the contest. Puga’s record was now 5-0 with 5 Knockouts.
A scheduled 4 Round Heavyweight contest followed. Matched against each other were LaRon Mitchell (250 lbs., San Francisco, California, 6-0, 6 KOs) and Sylvester “Doc” Barron (237 lbs., Seattle, Washington, 8-4, 3 KOs). These two “Big Boys” went right at each other at the opening bell but at a slower pace than the previous bouts to this point. Barron tried to force the action, but about the middle of the round, 2 punches from Mitchell sent Barron to the canvas, and Barron took the full 8 count as a result. In Round 2, after a relatively slow start, suddenly POW!! Two quick left hands from Mitchell and the fight was over at 2:21. Mitchell won by KO, and his record was now 7-0 with 7 KOs.
The Co-Main Event fight of the evening was next. This contest featured Danny “Baby Face Assasin” Roman (123 lbs., Los Angeles, California, 12-2-1, 5 KOs) against Giovanni “Ruso” Caro (123 lbs., Mexico City, Mexico, 23-14-4, 19 KOs) in an 8 Round Super Bantamweight contest. This fight started at a very fast pace, with the momentum going back and forth between the two combatants. By the end of the round, Roman appeared to be in control. The next round was a continuation of the first, however, due to a clash of heads, Caro suffered a wicked cut, but on the upper forehead, so his vision was not affected. Danny Roman appeared to land the cleaner punches to this point, but Caro must be given credit for a very game effort. The cut on Caro’s head only got worse as the fight progressed, but due to where it was located, he was able to continue. Rounds 3, 4, & 5 were pretty much a continuation of the first two rounds with Danny Roman landing the better shots, but Caro continuing to give a game effort, in spite of the cut on his forehead only getting worse. It was an exciting fight to the very end. All three judges scored the bout the same 80-72 (this writer as well), in favor of the winner by Unanimous Decision, Danny Roman.
It was time for the Main Event of the evening, which was a scheduled 8 Round Lightweight contest between Jose “Gato” Roman (137 lbs., Garden Grove, California, 19-1-1, 13 KOs) and Martin “Marciano” Cardona (134.5 lbs., Guadalajara, Mexico, 18-4, 13 KOs). This fight was all Roman’s from the opening bell. Cardona gave a game effort at some points, but he was truly outclassed. He actually appeared to be running from Roman at some points, but the confines of the ring prevented him from running very far, in other words, to borrow the old cliché, “He can run but he can’t hide”. By far, Roman forced the action and landed the more effective punches. In Round 3, by :38, Roman landed a series of lefts and rights, and the referee, Raul Caiz, Sr., called a halt to the contest. Jose Roman was the winner by KO.
And another edition of “Locked N’ Loaded” came to an end, a very enjoyable night of boxing at the Ontario Doubletree.