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Quezada Decisions Late Replacement; Prospects Steal Show at the Tank

By Mario Ortega Jr.



On Thursday night, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, Goossen Tutor Promotions presented an action-packed seven-bout edition of the popular “Fight Night at the Tank” series. Rising heavyweight contender Manuel Quezada notched his 23rd win against a substitute opponent in the main event. However the brighter stars of the show were the several prospects that made up the undercard.

In the heavyweight main event, Manuel Quezada (23-4, 15 KOs) of Wasco, California scored a decisive eight-round unanimous decision over John Clark (12-13-1, 7 KOs) of Huntington Beach, California in a rematch of a 2005 bout. Quezada, 223, held a clear edge throughout fight, as the much larger Clark, 285, lingered on the ropes for much of every round. The first six rounds were fought at a pretty methodical pace, as Quezada stacked up the points by simply outworking his slower-moving opponent. Action heated at the ends of rounds seven and eight, as each fighter let loose with what they had just before each bell. Scores read 80-72, 80-72 and 79-73 for Quezada. 15rounds.com had it 80-73 for Quezada.

After the fight, Quezada compared his performance to his majority decision win over Clark in their first meeting. “I think it was a lot easier,” said Quezada. “I used my combinations, my quickness and caught him pretty good.” Clark replaced Quezada’s original opponent, Teke Oruh, the week of the fight. Oruh would have been a bigger name for Quezada’s ledger, and his pullout was a disappointment for the Wasco native. “I was training hard for Oruh,” proclaimed Quezada. “Honestly, nothing against Teke Oruh, but if that was Oruh tonight, I think he would have went down.” Quezada has his sights set on bigger prey for his upcoming bouts. “I want to fight bigger names. Whoever my promoters think I am ready for, I’ll step up and do it. I really want to start climbing and I believe can fight against the top guys now.” In addition to his rising boxing career, Quezada dabbles in MMA, but plans on focusing on his boxing career at the moment. “I am really trying to concentrate on boxing, but I don’t know I really love MMA too.” Quezada said he hopes to fight again by late July or early August.

In the super featherweight co-feature, Garcia Boxing protégé Eloy Perez (11-0-2, 2 KOs) of Salinas, California outboxed Jorge Pimentel (12-7, 10 KOs) of Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico over eight rounds. Perez, 129 ½, was in complete control throughout. Pimentel, 129 ½, would occasionally catch Perez with a telling blow, but Perez would answer back with two or three shots of his own nearly every time. Pimentel did appear to have a size and strength advantage, but could not keep up with the quick Perez’ work rate. The difference in class became most apparent in the sixth and seventh rounds. In the sixth, after a short break due to a head butt, Perez knocked Pimentel’s mouthpiece clear across the ring with a straight left. Perez unleashed a quick flurry and Pimentel shook his head as if to say he was not hurt. With his opponent’s guard down in a mocking manner, Perez jumped on him with another quick-handed combination. Scores read 80-72, 79-73 and 77-75 for Perez. 15rounds.com scored the bout 79-73 for Perez as well. “I don’t think I was taking any rounds off, but I guess I should have been busier,” said Perez in response to the oddly close score of 77-75. “In my opinion he was the toughest guy I have faced so far.” Trainer Max Garcia agreed that Pimentel was a solid opponent and one that may have had more experience than his listed record indicates. “We weren’t even sure what his record was. We got some tapes that said [he had more fights,]” said Garcia. Perez makes his next ring appearance on July 12th at the Silver Reef Casino in Ferndale, Washington. Perez is originally from Rainier, Washington.

Making his professional debut, Jason Peterson (1-0, 1 KO) of San Francisco, California scored a second round stoppage of Steve Martin (1-2, 1 KO) of Topeka, Kansas in a super middleweight bout slated for four rounds. Martin, 165, displayed an amateurish style with next to no balance, but hung tough with Peterson, 163 ½, for the first round. The round was pretty much up for grabs before Peterson unleashed a sustained rally late to seal it. Martin came out throwing to open the second, but was quickly backed up by a strong string of punches. Martin slinked back into a corner as his body language dictated that his will had been broken. The referee called the fight off at 2:05 of the round. After the bout, Peterson, co-founder of the Frisco Boxing club, was jubilant after fulfilling a lifelong dream. “He’s following the yellow brick road to Kansas,” said Peterson of his Midwest opponent. “No disrespect, he was a tough fighter, but I just threw too much at him and he couldn’t handle it.” With the win, Peterson also won the “You Be The Judge” contest, after receiving the loudest ovation amongst the preliminary winners. As the winner of the contest, Peterson received a bonus check, a trophy and an invitation to compete at the next Fight Night at the Tank event. Peterson expressed his appreciation for his fans, who likely accounted for half of the patrons on hand. “I had a lot of support tonight. If it weren’t for them I wouldn’t be able to do this,” said Peterson. “It is because of them I work so hard.” Peterson will return to the ring June 25th at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California.

Carlos Herrera (1-2, 1 KO) of Oxnard, California scored a minor upset with a first round knockout of Anthony Chavez (1-1) of Oakland, California in a super bantamweight bout slated for four rounds. Herrera, 132 ½, rocked Chavez, 129 ½, with a left hook that bounced his opponent on the ropes. Herrera quickly closed in and finished Chavez with a devastating right hook. Time of the stoppage was 1:46 of the opening round.

Highly regarded welterweight prospect Mike Dallas Jr. (2-0) of Bakersfield, California completely outclassed Marlo Cortez (2-5-2, 1 KO) of Van Nuys, California over four rounds. Dallas, 144, proved to have the edge in technique and speed from the outset.
The best Cortez, 144 ½, could hope to do was stay upright, as he took consistent punishment for the duration of the bout. Dallas came out in the fourth gunning for a knockout, getting a little wild in his pursuit. Late in the final round, the confident Dallas even attempted a bolo punch. Scores from the three judges were all 40-36. 15rounds.com was in complete agreement with the judges, scoring the bout 40-36 as well. Dallas may next appear June 26th at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California.

Keith Spencer (4-0, 3 KOs) of Ventura, California scored a brutal second round knockout of touted former amateur star Theron Johnson (1-1) of Chicago, Illinois. Spencer, 263, hurt Johnson, 230, late in the first to finish a close round. Both fighters picked up the pace in the second stanza. After a series of even exchanges, Spencer caught Johnson with a vicious left that hung his opponent on the ropes. Spencer, who won the Armed Forces Heavyweight Championship as an amateur, continued his brutal assault on the stunned Johnson with a series of hooks, finally knocking him half way out of the ring with a right. The referee ended the bout at 2:29 of the second round. Johnson was slow to regain his feet after lying on the mat motionless for several seconds. Spencer, an Iraq War veteran and active Navy serviceman, took the bout on less than one week’s notice. He hopes to fight again by the end of the month. The bout with Johnson was his first since last July, as he was deployed to Iraq soon after.

In the opening bout of the evening, super bantamweight prospect Rico Ramos (3-0, 2 KOs) of Los Angeles, California scored an impressive second round knockout of Jerry Mondragon (3-1, 2 KOs) of Fresno, California. Mondragon, 128, kept pace with Ramos for the first minute or so, but it was all Ramos, 123, after that. The ultra-quick Ramos was just too fast and too strong for the determined Mondragon. Early in the second round Ramos hurt Mondragon to the body with a left hook, dropping him to one knee. As soon as Mondragon rose to his feet, Ramos was back on him with a relentless body attack, dropping him again with the same left hook. The referee let the game Mondragon continue until Ramos hurt him to the body again, stopping the bout at 2:43 of the second. Ramos will return to action June 26th at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California.

Goossen Tutor Promotions’ “Fight Night at the Tank” will return to the HP Pavilion in San Jose on Thursday, September 11th. Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.com.


 

 
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