Thompson Boxing Promotions hosted their final installment of Professional Boxing for 2018 at the Ontario Doubletree Hotel on November 16. Billed as “Locked and Loaded”, a total of 6 bouts of differing weight classes, that varied in their intensity, were presented to those in attendance. A near “full-house” of lively boisterous fans were on hand to enjoy all of the action.
The first fight on the program was a four round Super Featherweight contest between Arnold “The Hawaiian Pitbull” Dinong (127.5 lbs., Ewa Beach, Hawaii, 2-0, 1 KO) and Alex “Girito” Solorio (127.5 lbs., San Quintin, Mexico, 4-4, 1 KO). Dinong dominated all four rounds, in spite of a game effort by Solorio. He landed by far the more effective punches, through the first two rounds, as Solorio seemed content to land one punch at a time, while Dinong landed punches in rapid flurries. In the third round, Solorio sort of came to life, and landed a few combinations, but Dinong continued his domination. This continued into the fourth and final round, and both released flurries at the conclusion of the contest, to the delight of the crowd. All 3 judges scored the fight, 40-36, in favor of Dinong, the winner by a Unanimous Decision.
A 6 Round Bantamweight contest between Mario “El Gallito” Hernandez (118.7 lbs., Santa Ana, California, 7-0-1, 3 Kos) and Luis “Cañitas” Montellano (118.6 lbs., Tijuana, Mexico, 0-3-2) was next. Round 1 started very slow, with Montellano forcing the action the first 2 minutes, and Hernandez dominated the last minute of the round. The pace of the fight picked up in the second and third rounds, and Hernandez dominated both. The pace slowed somewhat in the fourth round, and despite a game effort from Montellano, Hernandez continued his domination. In the fifth round it became a “toe-to-toe” battle from beginning to end, with a very good effort by both fighters. The pace slowed a bit in the sixth, but it picked up a little as the round progressed. All three judges scored the bout 59-55, in favor of Hernandez, the Winner by a Unanimous Decision.
Next on the program was a 4 Round Junior Middleweight battle between Leo Ruiz (152.6 lbs., San Bernardino, California, 2-0, 1 KO) and Nam Phan (155 lbs., Garden Grove, California, 3-7-1). From the opening bell of this contest, it was a case of Ruiz landing by far the better punches, while Phan threw wild punches, sometimes with an open glove, a slap, if you will. Phan must be credited for a game effort, but from start to finish of the bout, Ruiz dominated. The judges scored the contest 40-35, 40-36, and 40-36, all in favor of Ruiz, the Winner by a Unanimous Decision.
Another 4 Round Junior Middleweight battle followed. Matched against each other were Richard “Cool Breeze” Brewart (153.1 lbs., Rancho Cucamonga, California, 2-0, 1 KO) and Antonio Luis “The Dangerous” Hernandez (155 lbs., Kansas City, Missouri, 1-5). These two went right at each other from the opening bell. Both threw a lot of punches, but Brewart landed the better shots. This was the story for the second round as well. It became a toe-to-toe battle in the third round, as both fighters had their moments, but Brewart continued to dominate. The battle continued in the fourth round, and in this writer’s opinion, Hernandez won this round. The judges scored the contest 39-37, 40-36, and 40-36, in favor of Richard Brewart, the winner by a Unanimous Decision.
A scheduled 6 Round Junior Welterweight contest between Pedro “El Gallito” Moreno (139.5 lbs., Sacramento, California, 9-0, 5 KOs) and Erik “Monkey” Aguirre (136.1 lbs., Tijuana, Mexico, 6-9-1, 4 KOs) followed. Round 1 of this contest was mostly a “feeling out” round, yet, each had their moments. Moreno went on the attack from the opening bell in round 2, chasing Aguirre all over the ring. About one minute into the round, he bounced Aguirre of the ropes. A couple of seconds later, the Referee had seen enough, and called a halt to the contest at 1:13 of the 2nd Round. Moreno won by a KO.
It was time for the Main Event of the evening, a scheduled 8 Round battle between Michael “The West Texas Warrior” Dutchover (134 lbs., Midland, Texas, 11-0, 8 KOs) and Ruben “Kanelito” Tamayo (134 lbs., Ciudad Obregon, Mexico, 25-11-4). Both fighters started slow in the opening round though Dutchover got the better of it. Tamayo gave a game effort in the next round, but Dutchover let loose a vicious body attack that would continue through the end of the bout. In the 3rd Round, Tamayo’s game effort continued, but about one minute into the round, a wicked body shot from Dutchover, sent Tamayo to his knees. From this point, it was only a matter of time. Dutchover continued his body attack, and at about the 2:10 mark, he sent Tamayo to his knees for the second time in the round, and the Referee called a halt to the contest at 2:15. Dutchover had another victory by KO.
And Thompson Boxing Promotion’s “Grand Finale” of 2018 came to an end. Their 2019 season will begin in this coming February.