Tonight brought the curtain down for the year on another Thompson Boxing Promotions event, this time Locked ‘N Loaded, held at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California.
In the main event welterweights were featured, as Giovani “El Gallo do Oro” Santillan (25-0, 15 KOs) went up against Wilfrido “La Roca” Buelvas (20-13, 14 KOs). This fight was scheduled for eight rounds in the welterweight division.
Santillan put his left hand on display early on by landing some solid shots to the head of Buelvas. In the second round, Wilfrido was trying to make a statement when a solid left by Giovani put him down. He was up at the eight, but just a few seconds later a right / left combination put Buelvas down and out at 2:31 of that second round.
In the co-main event junior welterweights took to the ring when Ruben Torres (11-0, 9 KOs) faced off against Eduardo Leonel Rodriguez (8-2-1, 3 KOs). This bout was to go a scheduled eight rounds. It went one.
Torres was on fire and in complete control from the beginning, and a brutal right hand followed up by a left had referee Wayne Hedgpeth jump in and stop the fight at 2:53 of the opening round.
Roberto Meza (13-2-1, 6 KOs) battled with Alberto Torres (11-3-3, 4 KOs) in a fight scheduled for eight rounds in the featherweight division.
It was an uneventful first round with neither man really scoring or doing any damage. Things picked up in the second, and Meza began to turn up the heat. Torres landed some punches as well, but it was Roberto who made the most of round two.
Meza was able to land quite a few solid punches to the head of Torres in the third. Alberto really didn’t have a lot of offense and had to hold on a couple of occasions. In the fourth Torres had some good moments, albeit a little wild, as he had been off and on during the fight. Meza was the more controlled and skilled of the two, and was able to land his jab often.
The fifth round was another back and forth one. There was nothing special really going on, they were just trading off as to who had the high points at the moment. In the sixth Meza looked a bit frustrated as Alberto was finally able to score with some hard shots to the head of Roberto.
Meza suffered a cut over his left eye in the seventh round. referee Raul Caiz, Jr. and the ring doctor look at it, but the fight continued. Nothing was much different in the eighth and final, and we went to the scorecards. They read 78-74 twice for Meza, and a draw at 76-76, giving the victory to Roberto.
Unbeaten featherweights were to go a scheduled six rounds as Jose Sanchez (5-0, 4 KOs) stood across the ring from Brandon Jimenez (5-1, 2 KOs). We saw a good first round here, with Jimenez striking first and fast, but Sanchez coming up with answers as he fired back.
The tables turned in the second, as it was all Sanchez. He sent Jimenez from rope to rope, until referee Hedgpeth had seen enough punishment given to Brandon and waved the fight off at 1:55 of round two.
Opening up the night of boxing were Saul Bustos (11-0-1, 6 KOs), who was going up against Antonio Duarte (2-2) in a fight scheduled for six rounds in the junior middleweight division.
In the opening round Bustos showed of his very fast hands, but a couple of times Duarte showed his power. It was much the same in round two.
In the third the men fought in much closer and Antonio was able to land several hard shots on Saul. But Bustos was still able to land those combinations. That was all we would see however, as fight was stopped after the third round after the ringside doctor declared that Duarte was unable to continue, giving the bout to Bustos, and keeping his win streak alive.
This was an impressive return to the ring for Santillan and it was good to see him back. Torres looked great as well, so look for both of them to advance in 2020.
Photo Courtesy of Cynthia Saldana