Last night at the Omega Products International Event Center in Corona, CA, Thompson Boxing Promotions hosted their first show with fans in attendance, titled “We. Are. Back.” The sold-out crowd was in full effect as fans were eager to see a great night of action-packed fights.
Photo by Carlos Baeza – Thompson Boxing Promotions
In the 8-round main event, super lightweight prospect, Ruben “Ace” Torres (16-0, 13 KOs) scored a fifth-round knockout against Richard “Diamante” Zamora (19-5, 12 KOs). Torres was methodical in his approach as he broke down Zamora with crisp accurate punches. In the opening round, Torres rocked Zamora with a powerful left hook that set the tone for his dominating performance. Zamora, who was in great shape, didn’t have enough fire power to keep off Torres’ attack. Zamora couldn’t withstand the punches he was taking from Torres and was stopped by a left hook to the body in the fifth round.
“I felt good going into this fight because I put in the hard work during training camp,” said Torres, who is from nearby South Central, CA. “I hit Zamora with a nice shot in the first round and I knew I had him hurt, so I slowly broke him down and got the stoppage. I feel with a few more fights, I’ll be ready to step up to higher competition, but I’m still young and I’m constantly learning. I’m thankful that I’ve been able to stay busy, my promoter Thompson Boxing is doing a great job building me. I’m hoping to fight two more times before the end of the year.”
In the 6-round co-main event, hometown hero, welterweight Louie Lopez (9-1-1, 4 KOs), of Corona, Calif., defeated Demarcus Layton (8-3-1, 5 KOs) by way of unanimous decision. This was a rematch in which their first fight ended in a draw. This time, Lopez was determined to leave the ring with a victory, as he came out guns blazing from the opening round. Layton was doing his best to box and use lateral movement, as Lopez was coming forward. Both fighters were digging to the body early, but it was Lopez who was landing the more powerful shots. When the final bell rang, Lopez was crowned the victor. Scorecards read 59-55, all in favor of Lopez.
“I really wanted to get the knockout, but Layton is a tough guy, and he wasn’t going down that easy.” said Lopez, “It was great to get the win in this rematch, especially at home in front of my family and friends. I’m ready to take on all challenges and I’m looking forward to my next fight.”
In the third fight of the evening, featherweight Katsuma Akitsugi (6-0, 1 KO) defeated Dihul Olguin (15-19-4, 10 KOs), to remain unbeaten. Akitsugi outworked Olguin over six rounds by using his superior boxing skills. Olguin had his moments, but it wasn’t enough, as Akitsugi was landed more punches. Scorecards read 59-55 in favor of Akitsugi.
“With each fight I’m getting more comfortable in the ring,” stated Akitsugi. “I know I have a long way to go but I’m happy with my development. I have great trainers and soon I’ll be knocking on the door of a big fight. Right now, I’m focused on getting better in all aspects of my game.”In the second bout of the evening, power punching super lightweight slugger, Miguel “El Explosivo” Madueño (24-0, 22 KOs), annihilated Manuel Martinez (6-4-4, 3 KOs), by way of first round knockout. A powerful left hook to the body sent Martinez to the canvas in the later part of round one.
“Even though I ended the fight in round one, I felt I took my time to land that body shot,” Madueno said. “I didn’t just come out swinging wild, I set everything up with my jab and right hand. People are going to know my name more and more with every fight that I’m in. I’m coming for everyone in my division.”
In the opening 4-round super bantamweight bout, two undefeated prospects were putting their undefeated records on the line. Alexis Alvarado (3-0, 2 KOs), of La Puente, CA, defeated Lazaro Vargas of Indio, Calif (1-1, 1 KO), by way of a majority decision. Both fighters set the tone for the night with an all-action slugfest. Alvarado landed more power punches to edge out a game Vargas. Scorecards read 39-37 twice, and 38-38.
“I knew this was going to be a tough fight,” said Alvarado. “Vargas was putting his undefeated record on the line, as was I, so I knew I had to come out aggressive with a lot of pressure. I came out on top and now it’s on to the next fight. I’m taking every fight seriously and I can’t wait to get back in the ring.”
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Cassius Chaney wins in Worcester, Massachusetts
Pro boxing returned to Worcester, Massachusetts last night as Rivera Promotions Entertainment (RPE) and Shearns Boxing Promotions presented “New England’s Future VII” at the famed Palladium.
“This was our first show since June 2019 and I’m very pleased,” RPE promoter Jose Antonio Rivera commented. “We had a good crowd, close to a sellout, about 1800. We had the opportunity to support a lot of local fighters. We had some good fights. I’d like to do one more show later this year.”
Undefeated heavyweight Cassius “C.O.G.” Chaney (21-0, 14 KOs), promoted by Maun Events, won a 10-round unanimous decision over game Shawndell Terell Winters (13-6, 12 KOs), a former NAB heavyweight champion, in the main event. (pictures courtesy of Cristian Nunez)
Chaney, fighting out of New London (CT), was a standout college basketball player at the University of New Haven. Neither fighter was hurt during the fight, although three consecutive rights from Chaney in the third round did buzz Winters.
Wildly popular Hartford fighter Richie “Popeye The Sailor” Rivera, promoted by Star Boxing, rolled to his 20th career victory without a loss, stopping Ernesto “Gatti” Berrospe Rivas (11-18, 6 KOs). All it took was one powerful right to the Mexican’s body, which came at the 2:16 mark of round one. The powerful Rivera, who is a former UBF light heavyweight and ABF Continental Americas cruiserweight champion, added the vacant NBA Intercontinental cruiserweight strap to the collection.
“I’m going to be world champion,” the charismatic Hartford fighter said after the fight. “I want Badou Jack next.”
Puerto Rico Olympian Enrique Collazo (16-1-1, 11 KOs) registered knockdowns in the third and fourth rounds, the latter from a vicious body shot that hurt Colombian Ronald Montes (18-14, 16 KOs) so severely he was able to continue in round five. Collazo was crowned the NBA Intercontinental super middleweight title holder.
Puerto Rico-native Wilfredo “El Sucaro” Pagan (6-1-1, 3 KOs), fighting out of nearby Southbridge (MA), and Bridgeport’s (CT) Carlos Marrera, III (2-6-2) fought to an entertaining 6-round draw in their battle for the vacant New England Junior Welterweight Championship. The momentum moved from one fighter to the other in each round in what was the Fight of the Night.
Worcester heavyweight Bryan Daniels (6-1, 4 KOs) defeated Corey Morey (1-5), who injured his left knee and unable to continue fighting. The fight was ruled a first-round TKO win for Daniels, who is a 2-time New England Golden Gloves champion.
Fighting for the first time in 3 ½ years, Worcester super middleweight Bobby “BH3” Harris (3-0-1,) worked off the rust against wild-swinging Honduran Juan Celin Zapata (6-19-2, 4 KOs) for a 4-round unanimous decision. Harris is a two-time national amateur champion and World Games Silver medalist.
Hometown favorite Demek “Hightower” Edmunds (3-0, 2 KOs), a 3-time New England Golden Gloves champion, was tested for the first time by Brazilian heavyweight Rafael De Souza (0-2). The final score (40-36 X 3) was not indicative of the competition, in which Edmunds pitched a shutout, but De Souza held his own for two rounds until college graduate Edmunds took total command in the third and fourth rounds.
Decorated Hartford amateur Angel “Set It Off” Gonzalez (5-0, 3 KOs) overcame a significant height disadvantage against his Hawaiian opponent, Richard “Hard To Hit” Bernard (1-4-1), for a hard-fought 4-round unanimous decision victory. Gonzalez is a 3-time New England Golden Gloves, 2-time Ringside Nationals and 2014 National PAL champion.
Worcester middleweight Eslih Owusu (5-0, 3 KOs) remained undefeated, decking journeyman Carlos Galindo (1-17) twice when the fight was stopped by the referee midway through the opening bell.
Promising junior middleweight Josniel “TG” Castro (4-0, 2 KOs), fighting out of Boca Raton (FL), pounded Anthony Everett (1-9) from the opening bell until the end, using crisp combination to drop Everett twice en route to a 4-round unanimous decision (40-34 X 3).
Official results below:
MAIN EVENT – HEAVYWEIGHTS
Cassius Chaney (21-0, 14 KOs), New London, CT
WDEC10 (98-92, 97-93, 96-94)
Shawndell Terell Winters (13-6, 12 KOs), Harvey, Il
CO-FEATURE – VACANT NBA CONTINENTAL AMERICAS CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Richie Rivera (20-0, 15 KOs), Hartford, CT
Ernesto Berrospe Rivas (11-18, 6 KOs), Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
(Rivera won NBA Continental Americas cruiserweight title)
VACANT NBA INTERCONTINENTAL SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Enrigue Collazo (16-1-1, 11 KOs), San Juan, Puerto Rico
Ronald Montes (18-14, 16 KOs), Barranquilla, Colombia
(Collazo won the NBA Intercontinental super middleweight title)
VACANT NEW ENGLAND JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Wilfredo Pagan (6-1-1, 3 KOs), Southbridge, MA
D6 (58-56, 59-55, 57-57)
Carlos Marrero III (2-6-2, 0 KOs), Bridgeport, CT
Bryan Daniels (6-1, 4 KOs), Worcester, MA
Corey Morey (1-5, 0 KOs), Philadelphia, PA
Demek Edmonds (3-0, 2 KOs), Worcester, MA
WDEC4 (40-36, 40-36, 40-26)
Rafael De Souza (0-2), San Paulo, Brazil
Bobby Harris III (3-0-1, 0 KOs), Worcester, MA
WDEC4 (40-35, 40-36, 39-36)
Juan Celin Zapata (6-19-2, 4 KOs), Bronx, NY
Eslih Owusu (5-0, 3 KOs), Worcester, MA
Carlos Galindo (1-17), Woburn, MA.
Josniel Castro (4-0, 2 KOs), Boca Raton, FL
WDEC4 (40-34, 40-34, 40-34)
Anthony Everett (1-9), Lawrence, MA
Angel Gonzalez (5-0, 3 KOs), Hartford, CT
WDEC4 (40-36, 40-36, 39-37)
Richard Bernard (1-5-1 (0 KOs), Waianae, HI