By Francisco Salazar
Juan Reyes and Jonathan Arellano spent eight grueling rounds trying to outdo one another.
Punch for punch or knockdown for knockdown, Reyes and Arellano let it all out on the line.
When it was all said and done, a draw seemed the most fitting end to this grueling fight.
Reyes and Arellano fought to an eight round majority decision draw before a vocal crowd at the Omega Products International in Corona, CA.
The bout headlined a five-bout “New Blood” card, presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions.
The bout was a crossroads type of bout for both, as Reyes had won his last five bouts in a row, while Arellano had lost his last two. Neither fighter could afford a loss as the winner of the bout could have brighter paydays.
Reyes dropped Arellano with a counter right hand to the head within 20 seconds from the opening bell. Despite the knockdown, Arellano stayed in the pocket with Reyes, landing with counter left hooks to the head.
Both fighters had their moments through the next few rounds as Reyes stalked Arellano, where he was rewarded with his hooks and crosses landing to the head and body. Arellano tried to counter Reyes, finding success with right uppercuts.
It was a right uppercut that dropped Reyes in the fifth round. Reyes was not hurt by the punch and looked as though he was the more effective fighter in the round.
Arellano looked like he slowed down from the sixth round on. Reyes outhustled Arellano during this stretch as Arellano fought in spurts.
Fighting through fatigue, and a cut over Reyes’ eye, both fighters through everything they could in the final round. Both had their moments until the final bell sounded.
One judge scored the bout 76-74 for Reyes, while the other two judges, and Boxingscene.com, scored the bout 75-75.
After the fight, there was talk of a rematch between the two. But both deserve time off to heal from cuts and bruises suffered in the fight.
Reyes, from Riverside, CA, goes to 9-1-2, 1 KO, while Arellano, from Ontario, CA, goes to 13-2-2, 3 KOs.
Theran wins lackluster decision
Unbeaten middleweight Alex Theran of Colombia won a lackluster six round unanimous decision over Justin Williams. Theran (15-0, 8 KOs) and Williams exchanged very little during the first two rounds. Williams pressed the action in the third round, even landing with straight rights to the head of Theran. However, Theran came on in the last two rounds. During some exchanges, Williams (4-9-2, 2 KOs) was able to counter Theran with a hook or cross. However, after the final bell sounded, all three judges scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Theran. Boxingscene.com scored the bout 59-55 for Theran.
Roman overwhelms Iniguez
Featherweight Danny Roman knocked out Jose Iniguez in the second round of a scheduled six round bout. Iniguez (7-16) was able to land some hooks and crosses to Roman, who is normally a slow starter. However, Roman began to impose his will on Iniguez in the second round, digging to the body and slowing him down. A barrage of punches dropped Iniguez to the canvas in the middle of the round. Iniguez got up and was able to back Roman up. However, Roman landed another barrage of body punches, culminating with a left hook, dropping Iniguez to the canvas. Iniguez remained on one knee as he watched referee Ray Corona count him out at 2:56.
Godoy stops Castaneda
Welterweight Oscar Godoy scored a second round knockout over former fringe contender Rogelio Castaneda in a scheduled six round bout. Godoy (11-2, 6 KOs) was cut above his right eye from an accidental clash of heads in the first round. In the second round, Godoy went on the offensive in the second round, backing Castaneda (26-17-3, 8 KOs) up against the ropes. Midway through the round, Godoy dropped Castaneda with a barrage of punches. Castaneda got up and tried to fight back, but Godoy overwhelmed Castaneda again. Moments later, another barrage dropped Castaneda to the canvas. Although Castaneda got up, his corner threw in the towel, prompting referee Jack Reiss to stop the bout at 2:47.
Fuentes decisions Hipolito
Super bantamweight Fernando Fuentes won a four round unanimous decision over Alexander Hipolito. Fuentes (3-1) was busier, which allowed him to outland Hipolito considerably. Hipolito (2-2, 2 KOs) would slip a few wide punches from Fuentes, countering to the head and body, but not enough to offset Fuentes' offense. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Fuentes, 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37.
Francisco A. Salazar has written Boxingscene.com since September and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper and Knockout Nation. He could be reached by email at [email protected] or on twitter at FSalazarBoxing