By Francisco Salazar
Citizens Bank Arena, Ontario, California - In a bout featuring local featherweights, Jonathan Arellano won a hard-fought eight round majority decision over Charles Huerta. It was a back and forth battle that had great ebb and flow action. Huerta (18-4, 11 KOs) started well, using his size to land the harder and more telling blows. Midway through the fight, Arellano (14-2-2, 3 KOs) increased his punch output, beating Huerta to the punch. He would work off a jab to the head or stomach, followed by hooks to the body. Huerta came back in the seventh round, landing hard right hands to the head of Arellano. Both had their moments in the final round, scoring at will until the final bell sounded. One judge scored the bout 76-76, while the other two judges scored the bout 80-72 and 78-74 for Arellano. Boxingscene.com scored the bout 77-75 for Arellano.
In a battle of unbeaten super middleweights, Brandon Gonzales won a hard-fought 10 round unanimous decision over Jonathan Nelson. Gonzales (18-0-1, 10 KOs) landed the more effective punches throughout the bout, while Nelson (19-1, 9 KOs) tried to use his aggression to connect on the inside. Gonzales stunned Nelson in the final round, but was unable to follow up. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Gonzales, 98-92, 98-92, and 99-91.
Former super welterweight world title holder and current middleweight Sergio Mora stopped Milton Nunez in the fifth round of a scheduled eight round bout. Nunez (26-9-1, 24 KOs) pressed the action from the beginning of the fight, throwing wild punches to the head of Mora. A few connected flush, but a majority of them landed to Mora;s arms. Mora (25-3-2, 8 KOs) began to attack Nunez's body in the third round. The tactic paid dividends as Nunez slowed down considerably. In the fifth round, Mora dropped Nunez with a counter left uppercut to the head. After Nunez got up exhausted, prompting Mora to go in for the kill. Mora landed a barrage of punches, sending Nunez backwards towards the ropes, prompting referee Raul Caiz, Sr. to step in and stop the bout at 2:53.
2012 Mexican Olympian Oscar Molina stopped game Carlos Sanchez after the fourth round of a scheduled six round bout. Molina (8-0, 7 KOs) landed the more-telling blows throughout the fight. To his credit, Sanchez (6-5, 2 KOs) hung in there, attempting to slow Molina down by going to the body. Molina pressed the action aggressively, especially in the fourth round. Molina landed at will in the last 30 seconds of the round, stunning Sanchez to the head. After the round ended, the ringside physician recommended to referee Tony Crebs to stop the fight, which he did.
Hard-hitting contender John Molina Jr. stopped Jorge Pimentel in the second round of a scheduled eight round bout. Coming off a spectacular 10th round technical knockout over Mikey Bey on July 19th, Molina (27-3, 22 KOs) fought the veteran Pimentel in a stay-busy fight. Pimentel (27-21, 21 KOs) hung in with Molina during the first round, but Molina's power became more evident in the second round. A right cross to the head dropped Pimentel after the first minute of the second round. Later in the round, Molina dropped Pimentel with a counter left hook to the body. Right before the bell sounded to end the round, a right to the head dropped Pimentel to the canvas. Referee Raul Caiz, Jr. immediately waved the fight over at 2:59.
Super welterweight Justin DeLoach stopped Robert Hill in the third round of a scheduled four round bout. DeLoach (6-0, 4 KOs) landed the more telling blows as Hill (1-2) tried to keep his distance from DeLoach. In the third round, DeLoach stunned Hill with a right hand to the head, following up with a left hook to the head. Hill went down against the ropes, prompting Raul Caiz, Sr. to immediately wave the fight over at 51 seconds.
In the opening bout of the Goossen Tutor/ DiBella Entertainment card, junior middleweight Tony Hirsch won a six round majority decision over DonYil Livingston. It looked as though Livingston (8-4-1, 4 KOs) controlled the action in the opening round. From the second round, Hirsch (15-6-2, 6 KOs) was able to dictate the pace and land right hands frequently to the head of Livingston. Near the end of the fifth round, Hirsch almost dropped Livingston with consecutive right hands to the head. Sensing he was down on the cards, Livingston pressed the action in the final round. But it was too little, too late as Hirsch was able to get the nod on the judges' scorecards, 59-55, 59-55, and 57-57. Boxingscene.com scored the bout 58-56 in favor of Hirsch.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Knockout Nation, and Ring TV. He could be reached by email at [email protected] or on twitter at FSalazarBoxing