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Arreola destroys Mitchell in one!

Ringside by Miguel Maravilla
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda

"The Nightmare" Chris Arreola (35-3, 31 KOs) made quick work Saturday evening with scoring a first round knockout over Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell (26-2-1, 19 KOs) at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, California. Arreola captured the WBC Sliver heavyweight title with the stunning victory

Mitchell opened the round circling and jabbing at the aggressive Arreola. Moments later Arreola staggered Mitchell with a huge straight right flush to the chin. A barrage of punches from Arreola sent Mitchell tumbling as referee Jack Reiss ruled Mitchell down. "The Nightmare" followed up his attack with landing another huge right hand that backed Mitchell into the corner. Arreola continued his assault on his defenseless opponent which forced referee Jack Reiss to stop the contest at 2:26 of the first round.

Arreola celebrated by doing a set of push-ups in Mitchell's corner.

Esquivias stops Marquez!

In an intense ten round featherweight co-feature bout former world champion Rafael Marquez of Mexico City lost a heartbreaker to Efrain Esquivias of Carson, California.

Marquez and Esquivias gave fans their money's worth as they battled back and forth for nine rounds.

Esquivias sneaked in the overhand right twice early in the opening round. Marquez countered with popping his jab on the shorter Esquivias. Marquez continued to work off the jab in round two using his distance on Esquivias who was looking to get inside. In round three Marquez fired a huge right hand that was set up by the jab. Esquivias continue to exchange punches. Toward the end of round, this report noted that the left eye of Esquivias was swelling.

The former world champion began to tee off on Esquivias in round four peppering his opponent with a sharp jab and following up with huge straight rights. Esquivias however continued to trade punches despite swelling on his left eye. The momentum changed in round five as Esquivias outworked Marquez on the inside landing looping right hands and landing with short uppercuts that backed his opponent to the ropes. The action continued to amplify during round six as Marquez and Esquivias mixed it up on the inside. The intense battle brought the crowd to their feet.

Esquivias came out firing to the body in the seventh round although the Future Hall of Famer Marquez appeared exhausted. Esquivias continued to outwork Marquez on the inside. Later in the round, a left hook from Marquez backed Esquivias into the ropes. Marquez fired away with a barrage of punches that had Esquivias possibly in trouble but the bell interrupted the attack before Marquez could capitalize on his momentum.

Both fighters came out firing away for the eighth round with Esquivias smothering the former world champion although Marquez rallied late in the round.

Esquivias connected Marquez with a straight right to start off the ninth round that sent the Mexican fighter to the canvas. Marquez quickly got up but appeared to be dazed. Referee Raul Caiz Jr. stopped the contest 19 seconds of the ninth round.

At the time of the stoppage, Esquivias was ahead on two of the scorecards 77-75 while the third judge had it scored even 76-76.

Esquivias becomes the first to stop the former world champion and Future Hall of Famer Rafael Marquez. Esquivias improves to 17-2-1 with 10 KOs. Marquez falls to 41-9 with 37 KOs. Marquez did state that he would consider retirement.

Rios easily beats Beranza

Santa Ana's Ronnie Rios continued his unbeaten streak as he battled rugged veteran Jose Angel Beranza of Mexico City for eight rounds to win a unanimous decision in a junior lightweight bout.

Rios started off testing Beranza in round one as the veteran stalked his opponent. In round two Rios began to dig to the body slowing down the always moving forward Beranza. Picking his spots in round three, Rios boxed patiently and connected effectively against the aggressive Beranza.

The crowd began to heckle as the contest became more a glorified sparring session due to the superior boxing skills of Rios. There was no backing down however from Beranza in round five as he stood in front of Rios taking his best punches. The action continued during the sixth round as the veteran Beranza continued to fire away at his opponent as Rios countered with an occasional big punch.

Working the body in round seven, Rios continued to chop away at Beranza as the Mexican warrior relentlessly marched forward. Rios maintained his counter-punching offense during the eighth and final round while the brave Beranza persisted with chasing Rios.

In the end, the tally was 80-72 twice and 78-74 for Rios.

Rios remains undefeated on his rise as a prospect going to 22-0 with 10 KOs. Beranza falls to 36-28-2 with 28 KOs.

Ramos upsets Velasquez!

In a scheduled ten round featherweight bout Carlos Velasquez of Las Vegas took on former world champion Rico Ramos.

Roughhouse tactics started off in round one as Ramos appeared to slip attempting to take down Velasquez in the process. The action began to pick up in round two as both Ramos and Velasquez let their hands loose throwing one-two combinations. Referee Lou Moret warned Ramos and Velasquez in round three for roughhouse tactics.

During the fourth round, Velasquez followed his jab with a hard right that backed up Ramos.

In round five, Velasquez returned the favor with a right hand followed by a left hook that dropped Ramos. Ramos took a knee and got up. Ramos had a good sixth round despite being dropped in the previous round as he backed Velasquez with the jab.

The seventh round saw the former world champion's experience take over as Velasquez appeared to be tiring, Ramos began to fire away on Velasquez. In the eighth round Velasquez boxed more using his height and reach to pepper Ramos with the jab. The fight appeared to be tight going into the late rounds. Sensing the urgency in the tenth and final round Ramos connected with a huge left knocking Velasquez out cold as referee Lou Moret immediately waived the bout at 1:36.

Ramos goes to 22-3 with 12 KOs with his win over the previously unbeaten Velasquez who drops to 15-1 with 11 KOs.

Lopez survives tough battle to win decision

In the opening bout, junior lightweight Ricky Lopez from nearby Oxnard, survived an early knockdown to win a unanimous decision over Pablo Batres of Sonora, Mexico. An overhand right by Batres dropped Lopez in the opening seconds of the first round. In round two, Lopez began to work on the inside digging to the body as the Mexican fighter held his ground. Lopez was more relaxed in round three letting his hands loose to land more combinations. Batres was in front of Lopez in the final round. Lopez sensed the urgency and fired away. Despite the knockdown, Lopez squeaks out a unanimous decision with two judges scoring the bout at 39-37 and the third judge had it 38-37.

Lopez improves to 10-2, 4 KOs as Batres drops to 3-8-1.

DeLoach outboxes Hill

Junior middleweight Justin DeLoach of Houston TX, stopped Carl Hill of Gardena, CA. DeLoach unloaded with bombs in round one, including a pair of left hooks that rocked Hill into the ropes where DeLoach continued his assault. Showing more flash in round two, DeLoach used quick hands and feet outslicking Hill. In the third round, DeLoach unloaded with a series of right hands that sent Hill to the canvas. Hill was up but Deloach finished him off with a series of body shots as referee Jack Reiss stop the contest at 2:50 of round three.

Deloach now stands at 4-0, with 1 KO and Hill falls to 1-7, with 1 KO.

Gonzalez scores impressive decision!

Junior featherweight Joet Gonzalez won a unanimous decision over David Reyes in a scheduled four round bout. Gonzalez was dominant, as he outboxed and outworked a tough Reyes to a unanimous decision win as two judges scored it a sweeping 40-36 while one had it 39-37.

Gonzalez impresses as he goes to 5-0 with 1 KO. Reyes gave a valiant performance as he goes to 2-5-1.

(Ryan) Caballero continues to impress

Coachella's Ryan Caballero, the younger brother of bantamweight contender Randy Caballero, won a four round unanimous decision over Lyonell Kelly of Compton. Caballero pressured the southpaw Kelly throughout the fight backing Kelly to the corner numerous times en route to a unanimous decision as all three judges scored the bout 40-36.

Caballero improves to 2-0. Kelly falls to 0-2.

Lee trumps Sanchez!

Lightweight Maurice Lee of Van Nuys, CA won a unanimous decision over Mexico City's Juan Carlos Sanchez. The fighters stuck to jabbing in the opening round when suddenly Sanchez complained about a low blow. Referee Jack Reiss stopped the action momentarily giving Sanchez time to recover. When the bout continued, Lee connected with a right hook while Sanchez stood and exchanged. In round two, Lee countered Sanchez with a straight lefts that rocked his head back numerous times. Lee used a jab followed by a straight left to work his way inside while Sanchez continued to wildly throw his punches. In the end, Lee's height and reach was too much for the shorter Sanchez. All three judges scored the bout the same at 40-36.

Lee goes to 3-0, 2 KOs and Sanchez descends to 1-2.

Ringside Notes:

At ringside was interim WBC jr welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse meeting and greeting the fans. Matthysse fights WBC/WBA champion Danny Garcia this Saturday in the co-main event of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Saul Canelo Alvarez pay-per-view superfight. Also at ringside were former champions and contenders Josesito Lopez, Daniel Ponce de Leon, and Coachella's own Randy Caballero.

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