Pechanga June 2019


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IBFTitlist Richard Commey Wins by KO and other Results



By Tarrah Zael


TEMECULA, Ca.-IBF lightweight world title holder Richard Commey (29-2, 26 KO) stopped veteran Ray Beltran (36-9-1, 22 KO) only :54 seconds into round eight of a scheduled 12-round lightweight battle Friday night at Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, CA.


Since Beltran failed to make weight at 135-pounds on Thursday’s weigh-ins, the lightweight title was not on the line for this headlining event. Beltran didn’t stand a chance against Commey’s power.


A first-round knockdown was administered after an uppercut landed clearly on Beltran sending him to the canvas. And again, another knockdown and standing eight-count in the opening round. But, Beltran got up each time proving just how relentless he was to get back into the fight even after several level hooks from Commey staggered him.


Forty seconds into the round four a head-butt happened, followed by hard body shots from Beltran as he caught Commey with a hard-left hook. Commey answered with his own set of power punches: body shots and hooks. A fifth-round knockdown was counted but viewed as a slip, this then lead to Commey coming after Beltran in full force. As Commey walked Beltran down with jabs and uppercuts; Beltran answered with a connecting left hook but ended the round bleeding out of his left eyebrow.


Commey caught Beltran with a left hook early into round eight. Even though Beltran got up and looked ready to continue; referee Eddie Hernandez Sr. saw it differently and called a halt to the fight at 54 seconds in round eight.


“Beltran showed why he was champion. He’s a great fighter who showed it against me tonight,” Commey said. This was Commey’s fifth straight win, including four wins by knockout. A possible match up against undefeated Teofimo Lopez looms, who was in attendance Friday night, “It looks like Teofimo Lopez is next but he has a job to do”.


Teofimo Lopez goes up against Masayosi Nakatani on July 19. As for Beltran, talks about him going up in weight to 140 seem inevitable, but nothing is for certain.


Adames vs Day


The co-main event had a strong Dominican Carlos Adames (18-0, 14 KOs), looking beyond focused when combining his power shots against Patrick Day (17-3-1, 6 KO) in the tenth round but didn’t get the knockout he had sought.


“If I had one more minute, I think I would’ve finished him” said Adames.


Adames had knocked out three of his opponents coming into the fight, but instead got the unanimous decision win with scores of 97-93 and 98-91 twice.


In this 10-round super welterweight bout the NABO/NABF title was on the line, both brawlers switched their stances while landing hard hooks and jabs to the face when they countered. A lot of back and forth hard shots were exchanged between the two, but overall Adames went for this finish even wobbling Day in the ninth.


“Tonight, was about getting work in. I listened to my coach, Robert Garcia” says Adames, “This was my second fight with him.”



Riverside Local


A dramatic ending started with an explosive beginning in a scheduled 10-round super featherweight battle, the “Knock Out of the Year” candidate could be a possibility for this fight.


Local Riverside prospect Saul “Neno” Rodriguez (23-0-1, 17 KO) shockingly got caught by a solid left hand in the first couple of seconds of round one against Mexico’s Miguel Angel Gonzalez (25-4, 22 KO). Rodriguez whom had previously changed trainers; left Top Rank went to Mayweather Promotions and came back to Top Rank, couldn’t catch his footing against savage Gonzalez’ who came forward viciously in the first.


Although the unbeaten Riverside prospect got knocked down in the first, he maintained to exchange a few blows for himself in the second. A cut over Gonzalez head was administered in the second and blazing punches were thrown between the two.


In the third round both fighters threw catching left hooks against each other. Rodriguez’ landed a sharp right punch that staggered Gonzalez’ back and caused him to lose his footing in the ring. Rodriguez’ jumped on the opportunity quickly attempting to continue his flow of punches, but a Gonzalez’ counter left hook landed perfectly and finished Rodriguez at 1:23 into round three.


The future of Rodriguez’ boxing career is uncertain between fans who chattered with concern, but this was the first loss of his career and there should be enough hope remaining to come back stronger for himself in the sport.


“I just got caught”, says Rodriguez’, who understands his dramatic KO loss was the talk amongst many but has enough belief in himself and knows this is “boxing”; anything can happen. It sounds like to me this is a promising boxer who saw his mistake and has hope to fix and learn from it in the future.


Other bouts:


David “The Lion of Zion” Kaminsky (5-0, 2 KO) of Israel took on Osbaldo “Rocky” Gonzalez (6-5, 4 KO) of Tulsa, Oklahoma in a scheduled four-round middleweight bout. After four rounds of back and forth action between the two brawlers, all three judges scored the fight 40-36 for Kaminsky.


Losing one point in the last round of his pro debut didn’t stop, Dimitry Yun (1-0) from making an impression with the judges against Mexico’s Jose Antonio Meza (6-4, 1 KO). Although both fighters were technical and active brawlers, it was Yun who dominated the fight and won the judges favor with all three judges scored the bout 39-36.


Training out of Los Angeles, CA, Christopher Zavala (5-0, 2 KO) continuously timed Prisco Marquez (4-1-1, 1 KO) of Austin, TX as he crouched in towards his counter and caught him with dominating overhand rights and jabs. After six rounds of the super featherweight bout, the judges scored the fight 60-54 for your winner by Unanimous decision, Zavala.


Clapping his chest and gloves together, Joaquin Chavez (9-18-4, 2 KO) requested more from Elvis Rodriguez (2-0-1, 2 KO) in the first one minute of the bout. An accidental head butt on the top of Chavez’ head ended the scheduled six-round Lightweight bout at 2:28 into round one, ending the fight with a technical draw.


After the first round of hard body shots and a left hook to the face drops his opponent, Raymond Muratalla (8-0, 6 KO) forced Agustine Mauras (6-6-3, 3 KO) of Lawrence, MA to quit at the end of round one allowing the lightweight of Fontana, CA to continue his undefeated record.