Thompson Boxing Promotions hosted their latest monthly installment of Professional Boxing at the Ontario Doubletree Hotel on October 19. Billed as “Path to Glory”, a total of 5 bouts of differing weight classes, which varied in their intensity, were presented to a less than full house, yet still very lively boisterous fight fans. Thompson Boxing’s “up and coming” star, Danny “The Baby Faced Assassin”, was on hand to autograph photos, and later, during the show, work as a commentator on Thompson’s livestream broadcast.
The show opened with a scheduled 6 Round contest between two veteran Lightweight combatants, Rafael “Big Bang” Rivera (128.8 lbs., Tijuana, Mexico, 25-2-2, 16 KOs) and Jose “Pelon” Ramos (132.4 lbs., Guanajuato, Mexico, 11-14-1, 8 KOs). The very beginning of the bout was a “feeling out” process for both fighters, but about 1 minute into the contest, “Big Bang” Rivera unloaded Ramos’ body and head. The Referee, Ray Corona, gave Ramos an 8 count about 40 seconds later, but at the 1:51 mark had seen enough, and called a halt to the contest, in favor of “Big Bang” Rivera, who won by a KO.
Next on the card was a 4 Round Junior Middleweight contest between Anthony “The Future” Franco (154.2 lbs., Redlands, California, 2-1-1) and “The Dangerous” Antonio Louis Hernandez (153.3 lbs., Kansas City, Kansas, 1-3). In this contest, both fighters exploded upon each other from the opening bell. By the end of the opening round, however, in this writer’s opinion, Hernandez was in control. As the 2nd round began, Hernandez continued to dominate, but as the round progressed, both fighters landed some good shots, in what would prove to be a very tough round to score. Round 3 began as a continuation of Round 2, but about halfway through the round, a left hook from Franco sent an “off balance” Hernandez to the canvas. For the remainder of the round, Hernandez adopted a “back-pedal” strategy. By Round 4, the contest had become a “seesaw” battle, as each contestant had their respective moments, and both began to show the wear. Throughout the contest, in this writer’s opinion, Hernandez did too much clowning. Three judges scored this contest 40-35, 39-36, and 38-37, respectively, in favor of Anthony Franco, the winner by a Unanimous Decision.
A 4 Round Heavyweight contest between Oscar Torrez (207.1 lbs., Rialto, California, 2-0, 1 KO) and Richard Soto (257.2 lbs., Dinuba, California, Pro Debut) followed. The first round of this contest was mostly a “feeling-out” process. Both combatants landed some good shots. The next round was punctuated by a lot of wrestling and holding, a tactic more peculiar to the heavier weight classes, and also a slower pace. This continued into the 3rd round as well. Round 4 would prove to be the most exciting round of the fight. Around the 1:10 mark, a series of blows sent Soto to the canvas, in a sitting-down position. The 3 judges scored the contest 39-36, 40-35, and 39-36, in favor of Torrez, the winner by a Unanimous Decision.
Next on the program was another 4 Round Junior Middleweight contest between Loui Lopez (152.9 lbs., Corona, California, 4-0, 3 KOs) and “Sugar” Ray Cervera (154.7 lbs., Bakersfield, California, 0-1). In the 1st Round it was Lopez who forced the action, in spite of a game but not a very effective effort by Cervera. Lopez landed far better punches than Cervera. The 2nd Round was all Lopez. He landed some wicked shots throughout the round. Cervera began to hold quite a lot in the 3rd Round. The punches Cervera through were not effective at all. Lopez, by this time, was “pitching a shutout”. In the final round, Cervera made a game, but not very effective effort. The three judge’s scores told the story. All three scored the contest 40-36, in favor of Lopez, the Winner by a Unanimous Decision. Loui Lopez made a special presentation to his grandfather, after the result was announced, for his continued battle against cancer, which touched this writer.
It was time for the Main Event of the evening. The contest would be an 8 Round Bantamweight contest between Saul “The Beast” Sanchez (117.8 lbs, Pacoima, California, 10-0, 6 KOs) and Fernando “7 Barrios” Saver (118 lbs, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, 7-5, 3 KOs). These two gladiators went at each other from the opening bell for Round 1. It was a very active round. The momentum was with Sanchez for the first half of the round, and with Saavedra for the last half of the round. By Round 2, it had become a seesaw battle with the action and momentum going back and forth between the two. Each fighter had their respective moments. As Round 3 began, the two fighters picked up where they left off from Round 2, and they battled to the end of the round. Round 4 was no different. The action continued to be nonstop. The pace slowed somewhat in Round 5 but both fighters continued to land blows. The pace continued to be a bit slower in Round 6, but the toe-to-toe contest continued, nonetheless. Saavedra’s mouthpiece came out about halfway through the round. Because of the torrid pace of the earlier rounds, the action slowed somewhat in Round 7. Both let everything go in the final round, battling to the end. Judges Fernando Villareal and Krysti Rosario scored the contest 77-75, while Judge Ed Hernandez scored it 76-76. The Winner by a Majority Decision was Saul Sanchez.
One more evening of exciting boxing action came to a conclusion.
Thompson Boxing Promotions’ final show of 2018 will be on November 16.