Isaac Zarate Survives and Prospects Shine at The Double Tree
June 23, 2018
Anthony Saldana (73 articles)
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Isaac Zarate Survives and Prospects Shine at The Double Tree

By Anthony “stacks” Saldaña

Friday night at a sold-out Double Tree Hotel in Ontario, California, Thompson Boxing Promotions brought fight fans another action packed card headlined by the San Pedro native Isaac Zarate (15-3-3, 2 KO’s) as he took on the tough Mexican Veteran Ramiro Robles (16-7-1, 8 KO’s) of Guanajuato, Mexico.  Zarate the southpaw had trouble early and often with fellow southpaw Robles who used very awkward angles and a slick counter to accumulate points which forced Zarate to turn the bout into a phone booth style fight. Both fighters stood in the middle of the ring and exchanged heavy blows at will on each other early and often and gave the fans an all action war. It was in the middle rounds when Robles began catching Zarate with the cleaner harder shots developing a huge mouse under the right eye of Zarate, and going into the final two rounds it clearly was anyone’s fight. Zararte finished the fight as the more accurate puncher and after eight rounds of good boxing the judges returned with the scores of 78-74 and 77-75 twice all in favor of Zarate who had his hand raised to an onslaught of boo’s from the crowd.

In the Co-main event of the night the alway entertaining, lightweight Manuel “La Tormenta” Mendez (16-2-3, 11 KO’s) of Indio, California looked to get back to his winning ways when he took on the prospect Gilberto Espinoza (9-1, 5 KO’s) of Tijuana, Mexico. Mendez who had fought to a draw and was knocked out in his last two fights had his hands full with the young Tijuana native. Espinoza traded blows with Mendez and never took a step backwards landing big uppercuts and quick combinations as Mendez landed the heavier more telling blows. Mendez did begin to slow down in the fifth round and the fight seemed to be swaying into the favor of Torres but after eight solid rounds of action the judges scored the fight 79-73, 78-74 and 77-75 all in favor of Manuel “La Tormenta” Mendez

Also on the card and making his United States debut Friday night was the undefeated 19 year old Colombian, Brandon Valdes (11-0, 6 KO’s) of Barranquilla, Colombia as he entered the ring to take on Jose Fabian Naranjo (3-9-2, 1 KO) of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Valdes who is managed by Cesar Garcia and is stablemates with fellow Colombian, Oscar Negrete looked solid in his US debut easily out boxing Naranjo. Valdes was the aggressor throughout the fight and at times did have trouble cutting off the ring, but did land solid jabs and big combinations in route to his shutout decision victory, winning by the scores of 40-36 on all three of the judges scorecards. After the fight Valdes stated “I felt good and I was very excited to be fighting in the United States. I know I have a lot to work on especially cutting off the ring. My opponent ran all night so I had to adjust my style, but I’m happy to be walking out of the ring victorious. I want to thank the Garcia family, my trainers and all of my friends and family for their support in my journey on becoming a world champion.

In other action “The Beast” Saul Sanchez (9-0, 5 KO’s) put his undefeated and unblemished record on the line when he took on and defeated Leonardo Torres (4-12, 1 KO) from, Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Sanchez the Pacoima native, who is trained by Joel Diaz looked great from the opening bell using solid body work to breakdown his opponent, eventually leaving Torres falling through the ropes at the end of the first round. Torres who was hanging out of the ring by the seat of his trunks beat the count and stumbled back to his corner as the first round ended.  Sanchez continued to punish Torres and in the third landed a barrage of punches forcing the referee to step in and call a halt to the bout at the 2:24 mark of the round. “I felt good tonight and very strong and was very happy with my performance, but I really didn’t want to rush in and try finish him cause he was head butting me” stated Sanchez after the fight “I was never hurt and I feel really good so I’ll be back in camp next week and hopefully back in the ring in August on Thompson’s Corona card.”

Other bouts included

George Acosta (5-0, 1 KO) from South Whittier vs Juan Alberto Castillo (1-0, 1 KO) of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico in a four round Super Featherweight bout. Results; Acosta wins by unanimous decision, with the victory Acosta moves to (6-0, 1 KO)

Anthony Chavez (5-0, 1 KOs) of Redlands, California Vs. Josafath Vazquez (5-3, 3 KO’s) of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. In a four round Featherweight bout, Results; Chavez wins by first round stoppage and with the victory moves to (6-0, 2 KO’s)

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