By: John Pinto
Photos by: John Pinto
Thompson Boxing Promotions hosted the latest installment of their 2016 professional boxing series at the Ontario Doubletree Hotel on Friday, July 29th. Advertised as the “Path to Glory”, the show featured 5 bouts of varying intensity before a “Sold-out”, “Standing-Room-Only (SRO)” house. Before it ended, everyone in attendance, including former World Champion Marcos Maidana, had witnessed a “Knockout” night of professional boxing.
A scheduled 4 Round contest in the Super Lightweight Division was the first fight of the evening. Matched against each other were Pedro “El Torito” Dimas (137.5 lbs, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, Pro Debut) and Neri Romero (137.3 lbs, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1-0, 1 KO). The two combatants went right at each other from the opening bell, when suddenly, a left hook to the body of Dimas sent him to the canvas, and the referee had seen enough, calling a halt at :58 of the round. Pedro Dimas had received an abrupt welcome into the sport of professional boxing, while Romero was declared the Winner by KO.
Next on the card was a scheduled 4 round Featherweight battle between former amateur standout, Ruben Villa IV (125.5 lbs, Salinas, California, Pro Debut) and Gerardo “El Guapo” Molina (124.6 lbs, Chihuahua, Mexico, 1-1, 1 KO). Young Villa had just recently signed with Thompson Boxing Promotions. It was all Villa from the opening bell, and he sent Molina to the canvas within the first minute of the contest. It pretty much became target practice for Villa after this, landing punches at will. Molina should be given credit for a game effort, but it was to no avail. With about 30 seconds left in the round, Villa landed a series of blows, and the referee had seen enough, calling a halt to the contest at 2:25 of the round. Ruben Villa IV was successful in his Pro Debut, winning by a Knockout.
The third fight of the evening was a 4 Round Lightweight battle between Michael “El Calentano” Norato (131.3 lbs, Pacoima, California, 2-0, 1 KO) and Miguel A. “Micky” Barajas (131.3 lbs, Guadalajara, Mexico, 2-0, 1 KO). As both fighters were undefeated going into this contest, someone’s “perfect record” would fall. Each fighter had their moments in the opening round, making for a seesaw battle. In the second round, Norato began to take charge, landing the better shots, in spite of a very game effort from Barajas. Barajas tried to force the action in the third round, but Norato landed by far the better shots, and more of them. In the closing round, both fighters began to “swing for the fence”, but in this writer’s opinion, Norato got the best of all of the exchanges. All three judges scored the contest 40-36, in favor of Norato, the Winner by a Unanimous Decision.
It was time for the Co-Main Event of the evening, which was a scheduled 6 Round, Super Lightweight battle between Andres Figueroa (136.5 lbs, Bogota, Colombia(, 7-1, 5 KOs) and local Ontario favorite, John “Bang Bang” Delperdang (138 lbs, Ontario, California, 6-1, 6 KOs). After a brief feeling out process, in the opening round, Figueroa seemed to find his range, and proceeded to dominate the opening round, though each had their respective moments. Figueroa continued his domination as round 2 opened, landing to both the body and the head at will. However, as round 2 came to a close, a series of blows sent Figueroa to the canvas. Delperdang seemed to come to life after this, and dominated the 3rd round. By the end of the 3rd, Figueroa’s “gas tank” seemed to be approaching the empty, while Delperdang seemed to have awakened. In round 4, Figueroa seemed to have gotten his “second wind” at the beginning, but after Delperdang landed a couple shots, Figueroa appeared to fade, merely hanging on. Delperdang backed up Figueroa to the ropes, and after a series of heavy blows, the referee had seen enough, and called a halt to the contest at 2:12 of the 4th Round. John Delperdang was the Winner by TKO. The introduction of Boxing Notables, Past, Present, and Future followed the Co-Main Event of the evening. The singing of the National Anthem immediately followed the introduction of the Boxing Notables in attendance.
The Main Event of the evening was next. It was a scheduled 8 Round Super Lightweight contest between Carlos “Profeta” Cardenas (136 lbs, Barinas, Venezuela, 20-10-1, 13 KOs) and one of Thompson Boxing Promotions’ regular headliners, Jose “El Gato” Roman (135.9 lbs, Garden Grove, California, 22-1-1,15 KOs). It took longer to introduce these fighters than the actual contest took. About a half of a minute after the opening bell, a blow to the right arm of Cardenas buckled his knees, then about a minute later, another series of punches caused a delayed reaction from Cardenas, but he went to the canvas, nonetheless. The fight was stopped at 1:26 of the 1st Round, and Roman won by TKO.
And another exciting evening of “knockout” professional boxing came to a close at the Ontario Doubletree Hotel. The next show of Promoter Ken Thompson’s company will be in Corona on August 26th.Thompson Boxing Promotions’ next show at the Ontario Doubletree will be on September 23rd.