"King" Reyes Looking To Continue His K.O. Streak!
Photo Cred Erik Aguilar
By Sig Guillermo
Carving a permanent niche into the junior welterweight division arrives a future boxing champion, Artemio “The King” Reyes. Artemio is set to do battle on the Thompson Boxing’s “Path to Glory” undercard which will be headlined by undefeated Jr. Featherweight sensation, Efrain Esquivias. Reyes’ opponent is Michigan City, Indiana’s Marcus Thompkins.
Born in San Bernardino, Ca and currently residing in Colton, Ca, the modest bomber began boxing at eighteen and has since been polishing his boxing tools for his next mission; a chance at a world title in 2011. Managed by Charlie Perez and training in Riverside, California’s Capital Punishment Gym, Reyes began his professional boxing debut on May 23, 2008 with a blistering first round TKO of Santa Barbara, California’s Raymundo Inda in Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California. His lone defeat would come in only his second professional fight in a four round unanimous decision to Bakersfield, California’s Mike “The Silent Assassin” Dallas Jr. on July 16, 2008 at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.
After tasting defeat for the first time in his professional career, Artemio would go on to destroy his next four opponents in no more than two rounds. He then went on to earn a split decision victory over Fairfield, California’s Alan Sanchez on June 18, 2010 at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California.
Only three months later, Reyes began a four-streak knockout reign against, Patrick “The Raging Bull” Cape (KO, 1 round), Martin Verra (KO, 4 rounds), Jesus Vallejo (KO, 1 round), and Francisco “Panchito” Rios Gil (KO, 1 round). Since the amateurs, Reyes has been known for his colossal power; and at only 24 years of age reveals he has a long and prosperous road ahead of him. When Artemio is not devoting his time at the gym, he’s juggling a full-time work schedule at his family’s El Taquito restaurant in Colton while still dedicating his mind towards furthering his education at Riverside Community College.
Unlike most fighters, Reyes has had to overcome emotional hardships both inside and outside the ring. In 2008, his father was tragically involved in an automobile accident that left him in a coma. Artemio was then given the largest task of his life, becoming the man to carry on his family’s legacy in his father’s name. Artemio now fights for the honor of his family and continues to give everything in all he does; never leaving a dull moment in any of his performances.
Up next for Reyes, a clash with unknown challenger, Marcus Thompkins. Thompkins enters the scheduled six round contest carrying a solid five wins with two defeats, accompanied by two victories coming by way of knockout. Marcus will attempt to bounce back from two back to back unanimous decision losses to Cincinnati, Ohio’s William “Action” Jackson and Vladikavkaz, Russia’s Aslanbek Kozaev. Thompkins is looking to land something big here if he can overcome the heavy-handed Reyes.
Look forward to some early back and forth exchanges before Artemio begins to overwhelm the challenger with his air-tight pressure and monstrous power shots. Going the distance will no longer be an option for Thompkins who will inevitably be forced to stand and trade, and that is where Reyes wins every time.