Roberto Arriaza Defends Title and Erick Ituarte Goes to War With Carlos Carlson on Thompson Boxing’s Stacked Anniversary Card
May 13, 2018
Anthony Saldana (79 articles)
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Roberto Arriaza Defends Title and Erick Ituarte Goes to War With Carlos Carlson on Thompson Boxing’s Stacked Anniversary Card

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

 

Friday night in front of a sold-out crowd at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario Thompson Boxing Promotions celebrated it’s 18th anniversary bringing fight fans a championship double header headlined by the WBO Welterweight Intercontinental Champion Roberto Arriaza (17-0, 13 KO’s) of  Los Angeles, California by way of Masaya, Nicaragua as he made the first defense of his title by defeating Venezuela’s Juan Ruiz (20-2, 12 KO’s).Arriaza who is coming off a devastating knockout win of Sammy Valentin entered the ring Friday night against a very formidable opponent in Ruiz. Arriaza used a solid jab and good combinations to control the pace early as Ruiz fought much of the fight on the defensive waiting to counter Arriaza. Ruiz did however step up the pace in the middle rounds as Arriaza began to cut off the ring and pressure him, but Ruiz was always one step behind the talented Nicaraguan. Arriaza hurt Ruiz several times in the later rounds but never could drop him and after 10 solid rounds of action the judges returned with the scores of 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93 all in favor of Arriaza. After the bout Arriaza stated “I felt like I couldn’t get into the fight, my mind was saying one thing but my body wasn’t allowing me to. I felt a little slow and a little off my game, but I got the win and at the end of the day I thank God for allowing me to get the victory.”

In the co-main event fight fans in attendance and watching on Facebook live witnessed an absolute barn burner as Junior WBC-NABF Featherweight champion Erick Ituarte (20-1-1, 3 KO’s) of Santa Ana, California stepped into the ring to defend his title against the former world title contender Carlos Carlson (22-4, 13 KO’s) of Tijuana, Mexico. From the opening bell neither fighter held back as both Ituarte and and Carlson stood in the center of the ring throwing a barrage of punches with bad intentions. Although Ituarte started quicker and used his lightning like hand speed to stun the former world title contender Carlson, the fight would begin to shift into Carlson’s favor as he would adjust in the middle rounds. Carlson used his experience to counter and hurt Ituarte in the fifth round and going into the final rounds of this 8 round bout, it was anyones fight to win. By the seventh round Ituarte found a second gear and began to land the cleaner and more accurate punches. The crowd stood the entire length of eighth and final round in this battle of intestinal fortitude, and after the final bell rang the judges returned with the scores of 77-75 (twice) and 78-74 all in favor of Erick “The All American Boy” Ituarte.

 

Also on the card undefeated prospect Michael Dutchover (9-0, 5 KO’s) of Midland, Texas defeated Mike Fowler (6-15, 2 KO’s) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dutchover the highly touted amateur standout who is trained and managed by Danny Zamora at Legendz Gym in Norwalk looked impressive as he wasted no time in using his power and overall ring generalship to pick apart and hurt his opponent. Dutchover floored Fowler in the second and again in the third again before the corner of Fowler had seen enough and waived off the bout.

 

Another Undefeated prospect who made quick work of his opponent Friday night was Mario Hernandez (6-0, 3 KO’s) of Santa Ana, California as he took on and knocked out Neri Garcia (1-4) of Monterrey, Mexico. Hernandez established his body work early, and by the third round stepped on the gas pedal, throwing a plethora of unanswered punches and forcing referee Raul Caiz Jr. to step in and call a halt to the bout at the 2:26 mark of the round.

 

To kick things off undefeated prospect Ruben Torres (4-0, 4 KO’s) of South Central Los Angeles  kept his KO and winning streak alive when he defeated Sergio Gonzalez (0-2) of Compton, California. Torres used his height advantage and established his jab early as Gonzalez never could adjust to his taller opponent. Late in the first round Torres caught Gonzalez with solid uppercut followed by several unanswered punches that dropped Gonzalez, Gonzalez beat the count and wobbled slowly back to his corner. Two rounds later Torres finished the show by landing a big five punch combination that completely knocked out Gonzalez. With the victory Torres moves to (6-0, 6 KO’s)

 

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