Bobby D. Presents and Jorge Marron Productions jumped into 2012 with both feet as they put on a spectacular five bout fight card Friday night at the Gonzalez Sports Academy in Eastlake, CA, an upper middle class suburb of “America’s Finest City” San Diego. The 29,000 square foot venue, which holds three volleyball courts, a track and field facility, batting cages, pitching mounds and a large free weight area, was the perfect venue for the event, which was assisted by well over one thousand patrons. In the explosive main event, welterweight Joshua “Superman” Marks (8-3, 8KOs) put on a show as he scored yet another knock out win over the willing Oscar Godoy (4-2, 2KOs).
The quick footed Marks began early as he feinted to the body and scored with a left hook to the head of the much taller Godoy of Watsonville, CA. Despite the southpaw Marks of El Centro by way of Colorado showing great defense in slipping punches, Godoy was able to catch him with a right upper cut while in the inside that dropped him in a flash knock down near the end of the first. Undeterred, Marks kept up in the second with quick punch combinations, mostly jabs and straight lefts that found their mark.
Godoy, although not as busy, did put more on his punches and seemed to make an effect when and if they landed on the body of Marks. Near the end of the round, Marks scored a thundering straight right hand that hurt Godoy. The sharp shooter Marks tried to finish him off but Godoy was able to survive until the end of the round. Marks looked good as he attacked to the body first and then finished his combination to the head at the onset of the third heat. It was all Marks as he established his and the distance despite being the shorter of the two.
Godoy went for broke in the fourth as he tried to finish Marks off with a flurry in the early seconds of the round as he trapped his opponent against the ropes. Soon after Marks turned to tables and hurt Godoy with a flurried attack of his own that forced Godoy to hold to survive. Marks kept attacking and for the first time in the fight threw a left hook and landed it. Godoy looked spent from the flurry earlier in the round.
The fifth and sixth were carbon copies of each other as Marks kept controlling the bout with his straight punches. Godoy had no answer as he backpedaled around the ring with referee Pat Russell watching intently. At the end of the fifth Godoy’s nose began to bleed as Marks kept tagging it with straight punches from either fist. In the sixth, Marks scored yet again with another jab and straight left combination followed with another straight left as he pivoted which hurt Godoy. Marks followed up and Godoy took a knee to slow down the punishment. When the action resumed, Marks went for the kill and dropped Godoy again. Godoy was still able to beat the count and survive yet another round.
In quite possibly the best three minutes of boxing in the history of local San Diego club shows, Marks began the seventh intent in ending the night with referee Pat Russell seconding that motion. Perhaps to confident, Marks drops his hand and Godoy scored with a right hand. Marks counter attacks and drops Godoy again with a hard left. With the end seemingly near, the tough as nails Godoy makes one last push with his back against the ropes and impressively scores a series of hooks and straight power punches that jolt Marks head back. Visibly hurt, Marks retreats to the ropes and Godoy gives his all trying to win the fight in exciting fashion. When it looked like Godoy was going to make the greatest comeback since Antonio DeMarco’s (who was in the crowd on his feet) knock out of Linares to capture the WBC 135lbs. late last year, Marks slipped laterally while trapped against the neutral corner and trapped Godoy against it and scored with effective left hands. As Godoy tried to hold on for dear life, Marks kept attacking, which prompted Russell to jump in and stop the action. Official time was 2:59 of the seventh of a scheduled eight.
Vargas-Robles Fight to Draw in Crosstown Rivalry
In the most meaningful fight of the night, local favorites Adrian Vargas (6-0-1, 3KOs) and Emmanuel “Renegade” Robles (4-0-1, 2KOs) fought to an unpopular draw in a four round junior welterweight clash. Despite being in his hometown, Robles stepped into hostile territory as the pro-Vargas crowd chanted their favorite’s name through out the twelve minutes of action.
In a very tentative first round both fighters pawed at each other as they tried to find their range. The southpaw Robles of Imperial Beach seemed the quicker of the two as his straight left got their quicker than Vargas’ right. Vargas leaned back instead slipping to the sides, which allowed Robles to score early on in the round. It didn’t take long for National City’s Vargas to show his superior power as he scored with a hard left hook to the head of Robles that seemed to bother his opponent.
In his best round of the fight, Vargas began the second by scoring a stiff straight right that sent Robles stumbling back. With the crowd behind him, Vargas seconds later slipped another straight left from Robles and scored again with another straight right that bothered Robles. Unfortunately for him, Vargas then suffered a deep gash to his forehead from an accidental clash of heads, which caused blood to flow into his eyes for the remainder of the round. Clearly bothered, Vargas refused to touch the extended glove of Robles. Robles seemed to pay it no mind as he scored with his own assault soon after aided by the blood that bothered Vargas until the end of the round.
A focused Robles took the initiative in the third when he began to throw and more importantly land a jab to the body and then a left up top than began to catch Vargas almost at will. Robles began to utilize his speed and was content in trying to score from the outside as he boxed Vargas. Vargas seemed to take the round off as he defended more than tried to score. When they did exchange, Robles was the smarter one as he looked to slip the punches coming his was and just score with one effective punch instead a flurry of wild power punches like Vargas’ tactic.
Much of the same continued in the fourth and final round as Vargas’ large fan base kept urging him on to finish strong. Vargas did try to apply more pressure but Robles was able to use his footwork to keep himself out of trouble. At the end, both judges Pat Connolly and Fernando Villanueva scored it 38-38 while Fritz Werner saw it 39-37 for Vargas. Fightnews.com scored it 39-37 for Robles in a good scrap that deserves a rematch.
In a case of highway robbery, Gabriel Medina (1-0) of Hemet, CA, made his professional debut a good one as he was gifted a majority decision over the hard luck Luis Sanchez (0-7) of Fairfield, CA. Sanchez was in hot pursuit for the majority four welterweight rounds as Medina, a veteran of over seventy-five amateur fights, missed more than he landed from a southpaw stance. Both judges Pat Connolly and Fritz Werner saw it 39-37 while Fernando Villanueva had it a closer to the truth 39-39.
After four action packed bantamweight rounds, Northridge, CA’s Raymond “Bad Boy” Chacon (4-1) was awarded a well earned unanimous decision over the tough Pablo Cupul (6-3, 4KOs) of Merida, Yucatan Mexico. The southpaw Chacon was the quicker and more technical of the two as he landed three and four punch combinations all night long. Cupul was game and stood right in front of him in hopes of scoring his own attack but a severe cut over his left eye didn’t help his cause. At the end, all judges scored it 40-36.
In his return bout after his first professional loss, never in a boring fight Pablo “Bronco” Armenta (7-1-1, 3KOs) scored a rare stoppage when he sent Omar Sanchez (0-3-1) of Fairfield, CA, twice to the canvas in the second round of a scheduled lightweight four. South San Diego’s Armenta easily won the first round by fighting from a distance, a distinct change from his usual brawling style. In the second Armenta continued to take advantage of his longer reach and near the midway point of the round scored with a jab followed with a hard right hand that sent Sanchez down to the canvas. Sanchez beat the count but only to be met with a counter right hook seconds later that not only dropped him again but cut him over the left eye. After checking the cut, referee Pat Russell called time as the ringside physician checked the injury and soon after called the bout off. Official time was 1:25 of the second round.
Notable faces in the crowd: WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco, former five-time lightweight champion Manuel “Mantecas” Medina, former IBF light flyweight champion Victor Burgos, San Diego welterweight Ernest Johnson, former Baja California amateur standouts Emilio and Christian Bojorquez, “Diamond Girl” Amaris Quintana and former San Diego Padre and current Chicago Cubs infielder Edgar Gonzalez.