Ontario, California- In a much tougher than expected twelve round fight Riverside’s heavyweight Chris Arreola(29-2,25KO’S) won a clear cut unanimous decision over very determined and well conditioned Manuel Quezada (29-6,18KO’S) from Bakersfield, California in front of over two thousand boisterous fans at the Citizens Business Bank Arena.All three judges scored the contest which was televised by ESPN Friday Night Fights, for Arreola: 117-108,118-107,118-107, who won WBC Mexican National Heavyweight championship. “I couldn’t get my jab going “said Arreola whose face looked like he took a real beating:” I hurt my left hand in the second round and hurt my right hand in the ninth, but I just kept fighting. Manuel is a tough dude, he can take a punch.”
Arreola, who weighed 256 or five pounds heavier than he came in for a fight with Adamek, pressed the action from the onset using his jab and landing a few good right hands, but Quezada did not look intimidated. He countered effectively putting combinations together, going upstairs and downstairs. Quezada looked poised in the ring and did better in the second round, but Arreola continued his combination assault in the third, driving the smaller man back, putting together powerful combinations. Arreola pressed the action in the fourth, but began to look winded while lighter Quezada looked comfortable and kept firing back, being effective to the body. Arreola hurt his opponent with the huge right hand in the fifth, but could not finish the job. Inspired by being able to take Arreola’s best shot Quezada came out aggressive in the sixth and pressed the action for part of the round while Arreola with a busted up face looked winded but kept fighting and moving his lighter couter part back.
Quezada was pushing the much bigger man back in the seventh, but Arreola landed some good shots at the end. Riverside’s heavyweight caught the second wind in the eighth and put together some good combinations, but they failed to affect the smaller challenger who seemed more at ease in the ring at the time.
Arreola turned things around in the ninth when he finally put Quezada down with a combination. Quezada got up and fought back, but went down again from barrage of punches. Miraculously Quezada made it thought the round; he came back for the tenth and pressed Arreola who looked tired. Brave Quezada stood his ground in the eleventh and went toe to toe with much bigger Arreola creating excitement in the arena. The crowd favorite Arreola was not happy going the distance; he pressed hard in the final round and dropped fading opponent again. Courageous Quezada got up on wobbly legs, determined to fight to the bitter end and that is exactctly what he did ; fighting back with all he had till he heard the final bell.
Riverside’s hot light welterweight prospect Josesito Lopez ( 27-3,15KO’S) earned a hard fought eight round unanimous decision over a rugged Marvin “ Much Too Much” Cordova Jr(21-2-1,11KO’) from La Junta, Colorado. All three judges scored the fight for Josesito Lopez: 77-74, 78-73, and 78-73.
It was a war from the onset. Lopez pressed the action but his opponent, Cordova Jr. was not impressed and fired back with accuracy and regularity. Lopez looked sharp in the second, putting together combinations upstairs and downstairs, but Cordova Jr. always came back in spite of being backed up. They went toe to toe for the last ten seconds of the round getting the crowd into it. In the third Cordova established his jab and was able to let his hands go more and avoid getting backed up. Confident Cordova was jumping prior to the start of the fourth, but he got too confident and missed an overhand right that buckled his knees. Lopez went for the kill and caught a low blow that stopped him in his tracks; he complained but referee told the combatants to continue the fight. That gave Cordova time to recover and make a good account of himself for the rest of the round.
Cordova decided to move and box more in the fifth, but was not able to keep his aggressive opponent off: Lopez landed several huge right hands hurting Cordova again .Cordova’s face was a bloody mess by the sixth frame and Lopez continued his assault, but Cordova landed several very hard shots culminated by a body shot that had Lopez in a world of hurt at the conclusion of the round. Inspired Cordova went on the attack and dominated rounds seven and eight. He also got a warning for a low blow in the final stanza.
Former U.S. Olympian from East Los Angeles , super middleweight Shawn Estrada (8-0,8KO’S) demolished Alex Armenta (7-2,6KO’S) from Los Angeles in the explosive fashion. Estrada unloaded a torrent of punches overwhelming his opponent and dropping him for good at 57 seconds of the very first round. It was a dynamic performance.
Unbeaten bantamweight from Fresno, California Michael Ruiz Jr (5-0,2KO) stopped Mathew Salazar (1-2-1) from Albuquerque, New Mexico at 2:18 of the second stanza of the bout scheduled for four.
Young southpaw from Fresno dominated the first round with power shots and aggression. He continued to press the action and dropped Salazar twice in the second en route to a TKO victory.