College boxing coach is proud of fighters.
By Kyle R. Cotton
With the spring semester coming to a close and a Golden Gloves tournament under their belts, this college’s Boxing Club put on six fights with three one-minute rounds in a showcase for their fighters.
The event Thursday in the mall drew more than 100 spectators.
In a men’s 148-weight-class match, kinesiology sophomore Samuel Martinez defeated liberal arts freshman Joshua Salinas.
In Round 1, Salinas was the aggressor early on, scoring on a few flurries, before Martinez and Salinas ended with a back and forth exchange.
In Round 2, Martinez chased Salinas across the ring. Salinas kept his distance most of the match trying to get his bearings.
Salinas came out in Round 3 striking powerful blows with each exchange while Martinez focused on scoring before getting Salinas on the ropes.
In a women’s 125-weight-class match, criminal justice freshman Louana Lozano defeated political science freshman Selina De La Fuente.
The first round opened with both fighters trying to get a feel for each other’s strategy in a defensive stare-down. Lozano was the more aggressive of the two.
In Round 2, both fighters became much more aggressive with De La Fuente scoring on multiple exchanges, while Louana kept pace with a steady and continuous jab.
The third round was the same as the second. Lozano rode her jab to victory.
In the women’s100-weight-class match, liberal arts sophomore Maria Giron defeated social work freshman Amber Castillo.
In Round 1 the fighters tried to get a feel for each other’s technique with Giron scoring more blows.
In Round 2, both fighters connected with combos, and Giron scored some counters on top of them.
In Round 3, Giron kept up the aggression while Castillo backed off the pressure she had put on Giron in the previous round.
The women’s 168-weight-class match had criminal justice freshman Vanessa Ruiz defeat nursing sophomore Aanye Anderson.
Ruiz and Anderson went back and forth as both fighters took control for stretches of the first round.
Ruiz came out in Round 2 dominating. Anderson refused to put her gloves up allowing Ruiz to score at will.
Round 3 started out slow as both fighters were showing fatigue, but as the round progressed, both fighters got more aggressive and ended the match keeping each other up through a long exchange of punches.
In the men’s 150-wieght-class match, nursing freshman Alfred Serna defeated history sophomore Ian Gillard.
The fight opened fast and furious as both fighters slugged it out going back and forth throughout the first round.
In Round 2, the pace slowed as both fighters countered each other with their own strategy. Gillard focused on countering while Serna kept the pressure on by staying aggressive.
In Round 3, Gillard put more pressure on his opponent as Serna stayed back and only threw punches to defend himself.
Gillard got the referee to stop the match for an 8-count break after a few solid punches left Serna dazed; however Serna walked away with the victory.
The final fight was a men’s 150-weight-class match in which engineering freshman Adrian Guzman defeated criminal justice freshman Jose “Pepe” Rodriguez.
Guzman got Rodriguez on his heels early, keeping him on the ropes and pushing him back into the ropes throughout the first two rounds.
In Round 3, Rodriguez gained his composure as both fighters threw multiple combos back and forth.
Toward the end of the round, Rodriguez got Guzman on the ropes only to have Guzman sidestep Rodriguez back into the ropes to finish the match.
On the victory over Rodriguez, Guzman said, “It feels good. We’re friends and he’s a worthy opponent.”
“They all did really good and I’m proud of them,” coach Hector Ramos said of the showcase. “All this is just getting them experience and letting them do what they do best,” he said.