Friday evening, in the Main Event of the Bobby D Presents Boxing Show “Stars of Tomorrow” at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, two undefeated, super featherweights, Pablo Armenta (6-0-1, 2 KOs) of South San Diego and Guy Robb (5-0-0, 2 KOs) from Sacramento went non-stop and put on a great show for the packed house.
Even the fighter’s contrasting ring entrance music set the stage for this exciting clash. Robb’s people went with the gangster lean with its repetitive, foreboding message “We’re gonna whoop that ass!” howled by a rapper by the name of “Hype Man” bouncing his way around the ring. Armenta’s music followed and it showcased a zesty Mexican flair. The stage was set and the crowd was wound tight.
From the opening bell, you could see a major battle was ahead and the fighters delivered their punches at a frantic pace. After Arementa dominated with a combination, back came Robb to do the same. Then in the closing minute of the first round, the Armenta backers were aghast when seeing a serious cut open over Armenta’s left eye. Robb had caught him perfectly with an overhand right and the blood started streaming down into Armenta’s eye.
Armenta, who’s usually extremely accurate with his jab and combinations, was often off target Friday and even when he did connect his punches could not ward off the shorter foe who managed to stay in close and negate Armenta’s reach advantage. Often times you saw Armenta back pedaling which is never a good sign. Without a doubt, that bothersome cut over his eye not only hampered his eyesight, it discouraged any realistic thoughts of a major comeback.
In the closing rounds, Robb maintained his upper hand by brawling and trapping Armenta in the corners or against the ropes. The partisan crowd, who periodically tried to inspire Armenta with chants of “Pablo, Pablo! Come on Pablo!” were hoping for some miraculous turn about, but it never came.
Robb’s punches pushed Armenta back the same way a chest kick jolts a Muay Thai fighter. Realizing that he needed a knockout, Armenta showed tremendous heart in the final three minutes and gave everything he had right up until the final bell. After the six hotly contested rounds, there was no doubt who won the match. Judges Jose Cobian and Fritz Warner scored the bout 59-55 while Alejandro Rochin scored it 60-54, all for the winner, Guy Robb.
As a recommendation to future competitors coming to San Diego: Our local judges and media have a longstanding reputation of being above reproach. They don’t play favorites. Consequently, they’re always working hard at their craft to make certain the right young fighter gets the win. The crowds watching will always have a stake in the fight but not the judges. I mention this because of the foolish antics of one of the corner people who accompanied Guy Robb and made it appear his win was some kind of an aberration, un milagro, an improbable or extraordinary development. Clearly the judges were meticulous in their scoring and locals take it as a personal affront when someone, anyone, suggests their scores might show favoritism.
Amaris “Diamond Girl” Quintana gets win #5
In the Co-main event, San Diego’s Amaris “Diamond Girl” Quintana (5-0-2, 1 KO) scored the first stoppage of her career when Katarina De La Cruz (2-8-1) could not answer the bell for Round #3.
After getting hit by everything but the kitchen sink in round one and two, De La Cruz sat on her stool in obvious stomach discomfort with the water bucket close at hand. She had been done in by hard body shots and there was no way she could continue for an additional four rounds.
Adrian Vargas continues to dominate
On the undercard, light welterweight sensation Adrian Vargas (4-0, 2 KOs) continued his winning ways with an impressive knockout of Luis Sanchez (1-6) from Fairfield, CA. in the closing seconds of round one.
From the outset, Vargas was content to allow Sanchez to circle about and occasionally land his long snapping jabs. As he circled, Vargas had his measuring tape out waiting for just the right moment. In the closing seconds of the round, that moment presented itself. On the attack, Vargas had the much taller Sanchez pinned in the neutral corner and began unleashing this volley of heavy blows – one of which, a powerful left hook, sent Sanchez to the canvass.
Referee Jerry Cantu began his count but quickly realized Sanchez was not going to be able to reach his feet and immediately summoned the fight doctor. Official time of the knockout was 3:00 of the first round.
Brian McGlory makes his debut
In a four round super middleweight bout, Southeast San Diego’s Brian McGlory of the Gladiator Gym in Spring Valley cruised to an easy victory over Jose Jesus Hurtado (3-4) of San Ysidro, CA who works out at Ocean’s Boxing Gym in Chula Vista.
Since McGlory, who stands 6’5” tall, has this phenomenal reach advantage over most any foe, all he had to do against Hurtado was to circle about and use his powerful snapping jab to score points. Since the bout was one of those, David versus Goliath struggles, McGlory (our Goliath) received little or no recognition for his boxing prowess and when he began to showboat, the crowd became even less amenable.
Also, Hurtado, the underdog, showed an amazing tolerance to pain as he pressed forward but at the same time walked into punches. Each time Hurtado landed a punch, the crowd cheered wildly.
Also on the bill, welterweight Jonathan Garcia (6-0, 5 KOs) scored another knock out by stopping Frankie Martinez (0-5-2) of Las Vegas, Nevada, at the :45 mark of the fourth and final round.
What makes this outcome so impressive is the fact that Martinez, who has faced some really tough hombres, had never been ko’ed before.
In attendance at Friday’s “Stars of Tomorrow” Boxing Show were special guests: WBC Silver lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (25-2-1, 18 KOs), world ranked super bantamweight Christopher Martin (23-0-2, 6 KOs), James “Choco” Parison (15-1-0), boxing brothers Emilio (16-1-0, 12 KOs) and Christian Bojorquez (2-0-0, 1 KO) plus welterweight Alan Sanchez (8-2-1, 3 KOs) of Fairfield, CA.