We spent another fun night at a Thompson Boxing Promotions event. This time it was New Blood, held once again at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. The main event for the evening was a good one. It featured Carlos “Memin” Carlson (22-3, 12 KOs) going up against Isaac “Dinamita” Zarate (13-3-2, 2 KOs). This fight was to go eight rounds in the featherweight division.
Both men were able to land some punches in the first round, but no real harm was done. Just before the bell in the second, a little flurry of punches by Zarate dropped Carlson. He didn’t appear to be hurt by the punch, but still suffered that knockdown.
In the third there were many, many power shots thrown and landed by both fighters. Just when it looked as if Zarate might be headed out of there, he came back with a vengeance and fought back hard. These two went at it from start to finish of that third round.
The fourth round was another rough and ready one, and still the power shots were flying. The fifth was a great one for Isaac. He landed some really hard leather on Carlos, snapping his head back on more than one occasion.
Carlson came back a bit in the sixth, but Zarate was still going strong. Isaac was able to land two good uppercuts while Carlos was holding him. Referee Jerry Cantu had been taking a careful look at Carlson for a few rounds, but we moved into the seventh.
As had been the case for a lot of the fight, Carlson would get Zarate up against the ropes, and Isaac would have to bull and push his way off of them. Often he could land punches as he was getting out of there as well.
Zarate was all over Carlson in the final round of this very good main event. He remained strong throughout the fight, and took advantages when he could. We went to the scorecards. All three judges saw the fight 78-73, all for Zarate.
“We would have been happy to fight at 122, but they chose 124 as the catch weight,” trainer Eddie Gonzalez said after the fight. But to say he was happy was an understatement. “The fight went according to plan – exactly!”
Christian Ayala-Nieto (12-1, 4 KOs) stepped into the ring with Pedro Melo (17-15-2, 8 KOs) in the co-main event. This fight was scheduled for eight rounds in the super bantamweight division. Melo was a bit wild in this first round, while Ayala-Nieto was patient and accurate. He delivered several body shots. They were not extremely hard, but they let Pedro know that he could find his body when he wanted to.
Melo was in better control in the second, but Christian also stepped up his game. The body shots he delivered carried more snap this round, and he also landed some good punches to the head of Pedro. The third was more of the same. The fourth round saw Melo have his best three minutes yet. He was able to land many more punches on Ayala-Nieto, the first time he has been able to make much contact.
At the halfway point, and for the most part these two were still going toe to toe. Other than the fourth round, Christian has been the aggressor throughout, but Melo was still doing better than in the first few rounds. The sixth round gave us similar results. Early in the seventh a point was taken away from Ayala-Nieto, but I must confess I was typing at the time and don’t know why, nor did the few people I asked.
The eighth and final round was non-stop, as the men fought as if it was the last round of a big title fight. We went to the scorecards. All three of the judges saw the fight the same, 79-72, all for Ayala-Nieto.
Super featherweights this time, as Juan Sandoval (7-18-1, 4 KOs) faced off against Roberto Meza (8-0, 4 KOs) in a bout that was scheduled for four rounds. As we had seen all night, the men came out strong to start off the first three minutes. That is not unusual, what with these four round fights.
In the second round these two battered each other from rope to rope, each landing hard shots on the other. The third was no different, as the power shots continued to rain down from each fighter to the other. Meza landed more often it seemed, but when Sandoval connected they were powerful shots.
The magic came off the punches for Sandoval in the fourth and final, as he appeared tired and had no more power to offer up. Still, we went to the scorecards. We had a split decision. One judge saw it 39-37 for Sandoval, while the other two had the fight 39-37 declaring Meza the winner.
Larry Kloak made his professional debut against Mario Hernandez (3-0) in a fight in the super bantamweight division. This bout was for a scheduled four rounds. We saw a good, action-packed first round, with both men making a statement. Kloak might have been making his debut, but early on he showed that he came to play.
Hernandez must have decided he had seen enough of whatever tricks Kloak might have, and was able to both attack and smother Larry throughout all of round two. This was a very strong three minutes for Mario. Right before the bell, a barrage of punches, finished off by a strong left hand, put Kloak on the canvas. He got up and finished out the last four or five seconds of the round.
Hernandez remained in charge for the fourth and final, and we went to the scorecards. All three of the judges saw the fight the same, 39-36, all for Hernandez. Mario remains undefeated, but kudos to Kloak for his no quit attitude.
Bantamweights took to the ring as Giovanni Noriega, who was making his professional debut, took on Daniel Guzman (1-1). This fight was scheduled to go four rounds. These two came out on fire to start their fight, with both men getting in solid shots. Guzman connected more however, with both head and body shots.
For two thirds of the second round it was once again Guzman, but in the last bit, Noriega came on very strong. The war continued into the third, as both fighters were landing on the other and looked to be trying to end the match early.
We moved into the fourth and final round. Daniel still had the upper hand, as he landed more often and carried the most power, but Giovanni was not going out easily. We went to the scorecards. All of the judges saw the fight the same, 40-36, all for Guzman.
The first fight of the evening had Wesley Diana making his professional debut against Carlos Apodaca (0-5). This fight was scheduled for four rounds in the junior lightweight division, but did not even last one, as Diana made short work of Apodaca with very well-placed body shots, dropping and stopping his opponent at 1:04. Wesley not only gets his first pro win, but his first knockout victory as well.
Another fun night of boxing from Thompson. A big win for Zarate on this night, and a good showing from Ayala-Nieto as well. Keep an eye on Diana to see if he can step up in competition and still make good on those body shots.
Photos Courtesy of Cynthia Saldana