'KIng' Reyes Fulfills His Fathers Promise By Capturing Title, Esquivias Gets Another Win!
By Erik Aguilar
Corona, California- On a cool summer night, Thompson Boxing’s “New Blood” returned to The Omega Products International in Corona. The main event would have Efrain Esquivias (14-0-0, 9 KOs) defeating a very gutsy Juan Ruiz (23-7-0, 7 KOs).
With an NABF title already out of his grasp due to weigh issues, Efrain Esquivias was still looking to put on a show. The early rounds would have Efrain putting forth a lack luster performance as Ruiz would take advantage by applying pressure to Esquivias and battering him on the ropes with body shots as if Efrain came in with tired legs. Ruiz’s would continue to score with hard hooks to the head of Efrain that would back up the Carson, California fighter. During the middle rounds, Efrain seemed to regain his composure and re enter the fight as he would begin to use his footwork and speed to land clean shots on Ruiz. Although Juan tried to make it a phone booth battle, Efrain seemed to do enough while backing up to take the decision. The bout went 10rds and 2 judges scored the fight 99-91, and a lone scorecard of 97-93. Even though the fight was for the NABF title, Efrain was unsuccessful in making the weight, so he was unable to claim the belt.
In the co main event, Artemio “King” Reyes Jr. (13-1, 11KO) would not be denied his opportunity at a belt when he would destroy Miguel Angel Munguia (21-21-1, 18KO) and capture the WBC Fedelatin Welterweight Title in a 2 round affair. From the opening bell, Artemio would apply pressure to Munguia who seemed to have an awkward fighting style that would seem to throw Reyes off for a bit, but would have Munguia decked after Artemio landed a hard body shot in the first. In the second, Reyes would put together a combination that would end with a right punch to the head that would bring an end to the fight when the ref would count him out. Capturing the title belt was a promise Artemio Reyes Jr had once made to his father, promise fulfilled.
Rising prospect Richard “Terminator” Contreras (6-0, 5KO) would punish his overmatched opponent Manuel Sarabia (16-32-10, 10KO) for 5 rounds. Most of the fight would have Contreras coming forward and loading up powerful shots that would land to Sarabia’s face. Around the 3rd, Sarabia’s face would begin to redden and he seemed to go into survival mode. Richard would finally put together a strong, punishing combination that would have referee Zac Young step in and stop the fight in the fifth.
Riverside hopeful Daniel Franco (3-0, 2KO) would claim the 3rd win of his young career by out pointing Mauro Brenes (0-1) in a scheduled 4 rounder. Daniel, who was around 6 inches taller than Brenes, would land an easy jab through the fight on his much smaller opponent, making it difficult for Mauro to amount any offensive threat. Franco used his height advantage to get a clear 40-36 UD win.
Super Flyweight Miguel Diaz (6-0) would keep his undefeated record intact by out boxing Samuel Gutierrez (5-9-1) in a lackluster 4 rounder. Judges’ scorecards all had it 40-36 for Diaz.
Roberto Crespo (2-0) would capture the 2nd win of his career in a exciting 4 round win against Javier Albonica (1-1, 1KO). Both fighters came to fight, but Crespo did enough to get the 39-37 UD win.
The opening bout had Angel Aponte (1-0) beating Cain Garcia (0-4) in a UD that had all three scorecards 40-36.