ignacio garcia vs jose antonio vargas
Photo Cred- Erik Aguilar
By Sig Guillermo
On March 25, 2011, Thompson Boxing Promotion’s “Path to Glory”, would portray the warrior blood that keeps the heart of boxing beating strong.
Beginning with Sylmar, California’s Sergio “El Latigo” Nunez (2W-0-2KO’s-1D) against Atlanta, Georgia’s Gerald Fischer (0-2L) in a scheduled four round junior lightweight bout. After a fast-paced start, Nunez would overwhelmingly pressure the fleet-footed Fischer with his accurate body shots before cornering him with a beautiful combination that would send him reeling into the ropes, leading to an immediate stoppage at just two minutes and forty-two seconds in the first round.
Coming from Pomona, California, Ignacio “El Kikiriki” Garcia (4W-3L-2D) and Coachella Valley, California’s undefeated Jose “Chuiquita” Antonio Vargas (5W-0-1KO-1D) in a scheduled four round bout. With both fighters having their moments early, it was Ignacio that would claim the first round with his higher punch output which featured excellent give and take action. By the second round, Vargas would go on to drop Garcia twice with two vicious rights hands. Proving he’s not one to overlook, Garcia would weather the storm despite being wobbled, to then go on and stagger the unbeaten challenger with a huge left before focusing on his body work. As round three arrived, Ignacio would come out strong with a left to the temple of Vargas that would begin another high volume fire-fight. As the clock ticked, fatigue would set in for “Chuiquita”, revealing less and less steam in his punches. Garcia never let up as he proceeded to dig to the body with chopping left uppercuts to slow down the Coachella Valley prospect. The round would soon end with Vargas landing a well-placed right to the head of Ignacio, nearly as the bell sounded. The fourth and final round brought a relentless Garcia digging to the body and head with blistering left and right hook combinations. With both proud fighters looking to gain control of the final round, Garcia would appear to have landed the majority of his shots with crisp accuracy. After giving everything they had, the fight would then be declared a draw with judges scoring the bout, 48-46, 47-47, 47-47.
The third scheduled contest would follow shortly afterwards as Allentown, Pennsylvania’s junior bantamweight Miguel Diaz (4W-0-3KO’s)went on to make quick work of opponent, Tijuana, Mexico’s Daniel “El Zurdo” Modad (2W-4L-1KO) by first round TKO. Diaz would first drop Modad with a gut-wrenching left to the body that resulted in Daniel taking a knee. He continued despite wincing with every breath before being bludgeoned into the corner with numerous combinations, leaving referee David Denkin no choice but to halt the fight at 2:48 going into the first round.
The fourth bout would abruptly end as Riverside, California’s undefeated bantamweight Richard Contreras maintained his perfect record of 5W-0-4KO’s with a phenomenal over hand right that sent opponent, Houston, Texas’ Alfredo “Al-Birto” Birto crashing to the canvas 2:13 into the first round.
The co-headliner was a scheduled eight round welterweight bout that pit Colton, California’s Artemio “The King” Reyes (11W-1L-10KO’s) against Michigan City, Indiana’s Marcus Thompkins (5W-3L-2KO’s). Reyes would begin the first round attacking his opponent’s body with his powerful signature left and right hook that would develop into a frequent occurrence as the rounds progressed. Artemio continued to capitalize on his digging uppercuts and body shots going in the second round. Marcus would return fire with nowhere near enough strength to keep Reyes at a safe distance, enabling Artemio to proceed on his one-sided domination. Marcus would absorb everything thrown at him yet refused to go down. It became apparent that Thompkins was revealing obvious signs of fatigue due to being overwhelmed by Reyes’ sheer strength and unrelenting pressure. The bout would end after round four when Marcus surrendered on his stool before being checked by ringside physicians.
The main event of the evening reached its peak when the always dangerous undefeated prospect, junior featherweight Efrain Esquivias (13W-0-9KO’s) outclassed the seasoned John Albert Molina (27W-16L-18KO’s-3D) to win a third round TKO to gain the WBA Fedecentro title. In the first round, Molina came out swinging full force against Efrain who remained calm and clever in steering out of harm’s way by utilizing his superior footwork to avoid the veteran’s constant rushes. As the rounds continued, Efrain would consistently pick apart the more experienced Molina using sharp countering from various angles. In round two, Esquivias began digging to the body with a lead left uppercut, before ending the bout in electrifying fashion with a flush left uppercut which brought the contest to an immediate halt at 1:45 in the third round.
Path To Glory Official Weighs!
Efrain Esquivias – 120.5 lbs.
Jhon Albert Molina – 121.5 lbs.
Artemio Reyes – 144.5 lbs.
Marcus Thompkins – 143.5 lbsn
Richard Contreras – 119.5 lbs.
Alfredo Birto – 119 lbs.
Miguel Diaz – 114 lbs.
Daniel Modad – 113.5lbs.
Ignacio Garcia – 143 lbs.
Jose Antonio Vargas – 141 lbs.
Sergio Nuñez – 132.5 lbs.
Gerald Fischer – 134.5 lbs.
Tickets for “PATH TO GLORY”, priced at $75, $45, and $30, are available now and may be purchased by calling 714-935-0900.
Bouts subject to change. Doors open at 6:30pm, and the first bell rings at 7:30pm. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 North Vineyard Avenue in Ontario. The hotel phone number is 909-937-0900
By Sig Guillermo
Ready to erupt under the March 25th, 2010 Thompson Boxing Promotions “Path to Glory” undercard is the simmering junior welterweight bout between Riverside, California’s Ignacio Garcia and the undefeated prospect from Coachella Valley, Ca, Jose Antonio Vargas; live from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California.
At 22 years old, Ignacio Garcia is certainly becoming a strong student of the game. Possessing four wins, including one draw, and three deceiving losses, this kid is no one to take lightly. With an intense training regimen held at Riverside’s Capital Punishment Gym, alongside fellow gym rats and future boxing champions, Artemio “King” Reyes Jr. and Jose Reynoso, Ignacio conditions to strengthen every aspect of his abilities. His awkward style has been deemed as dangerous even in his own training camp. “I’m comfortable about the way we train here. We train really hard. I’m going to go in there and do what I do best, fight. I’m hungry and I want more wins”, assures Garcia.
Ignacio made his professional debut on November 2, 2007 losing by decision in a valiant performance against Venice, California’s Brent Rodriguez at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. He would then rebound six months later with a four round unanimous decision victory over Mexico’s Armando “Sonrisas” Mejia at the Harrah’s Rincon Casino and Resort in Valley Center, California.
On February 14, 2009, Ignacio Garcia received his first draw when he faced Bellflower, California’s Isauro Tapia in a close contest at the Buffalo Bill’s Star Arena in Primm, Nevada. Just two months later, he would victoriously return to Nevada with a four round decision in the rematch against rival, Isaurio Tapia. Ignacio would go on to suffer two more professional defeats to the formidable Kyrgyzstan-born Yakub “Superman” Shidaev in 2009, before stepping up his approach and dominating his next opponent, British–born William Williams in a four round unanimous decision at the Silver Reef Casino in Ferndale, Washington. Garcia would take a year off to pursue a college degree before returning on February 19, 2011, in his best performance to date with a superbly executed unanimous decision victory over East L.A.’s Armando “Sopatelitas” Dorantes at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ignacio Garcia’s next opportunity arrives against unbeaten prospect, Coachella Valley, California’s Jose Antonio Vargas in what promises to be a 140 pound slugfest for the ages. Vargas hopes to maintain his perfect 5-0 record with a win over the tough as nails Garcia. Being the underdog is nothing new to Ignacio as he plans to bury the past with an upset showing over Vargas. Brace yourselves for one hell of a card.
“I think I’m under looked because of my record. I think my three losses are debatable. To me, I feel like an undefeated fighter. I’m not really intimidated by a 5-0 fighter, not at all. I’m not expected to win so a lot of people will be surprised when I come out with a W. My main goal above all, is to be a world champion one day.” – Ignacio Garcia when asked about his up and coming bout with undefeated challenger, Jose Antonio Vargas.