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Top Gyms from Desert Area Showcased Talent on WFC Card



By Tarrah Zael


RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif-Local crowds headed to the desert and filled the showroom for a memorable night of amateur and professional boxing at the Agua Caliente Casino on Saturday night.


Opening the World Fighting Championship professional fight card of the night was Jonah Flores (5-0) against Angelo Rampolla (0-4-2). In the first round, Flores showcased his smooth ability to angle and follow up with strong combinations against his opponent. Flores was the more active fighter, while Rampolla threw single handed punches and left hooks. It wasn’t until later in the third round did Rampolla use his power, but Flores came out on top as the better fighter with his great boxing skills. Flores utilized his uppercuts to win the decision of the judges with scores of 40-36 from two judges and 39-37 from one, continuing his undefeated record.


The last bout of the night was a super lightweight main event, Indio’s Luis Cervantes (10-11-3) knocked down his opponent from Mexico, Mario Aguirre (2-13) in the third round with a left hook to the chin. With wide blows and counter punches from both fighters, this toe to toe battle between the two was not going to be easy.


However boxing trainer Joel Diaz knew otherwise, “Im telling you what to do! Listen!”.  Cervantes quickly adjusted in the ring, listening to his corner by staying calm and administering good technique. After four rounds, this was enough to take home the unanimous decision, all three judges scoring the fight at 40-35.


In the co-main event, currently training at Robert Garcia Boxing Academy with trainer Robert Garcia, rising star of Moreno Valley, Luis Coria (8-1) stayed consistent and sharp against Carson’s Raymond Chacon (7-30-1). Both fighters were actively aggressive in this four-round lightweight battle but Coria was stronger and smarter of the two.


Coria stayed calm, calculating his jab to keep from getting caught up between the feet of southpaw Chacon. Despite multiple struggles, Coria used his speed and stinging right hand against his opponent. After four rounds, two judges scored the fight at 39-37 and one 40-36.  Coria took home the unanimous decision win.


Other bouts


Louie Lopez (3-0) had a first round KO at 1:32 against Brandon Harder (2-1). Super welterweight Lopez knocked his opponent down multiple times before Harder finally took a knee, forcing the referee to stop the fight. Lopez’ hard hits seemed to be too much for Harder, Lopez was very prepared for his bout, “I’ve been in camp for about two months, I’ve been just staying ready”.


Making his pro debut and accompanied by trainer Robert Garcia of RGBA, Izaac Colunga (1-0) from Riverside took on Maclovia Salas (0-2) of Mission Hills. “Alright be smart” Garcia confidently assured his fighter, Colunga started the first round by throwing the more effective punches causing him to win the round. Hesitation rose between the fighters in the second round; however, Colunga carried away the night with straight punches and shocking lead right crosses to the face of his opponent. Thus, causing Colunga to rightfully take the win home with the unanimous decision. “I got one of the best trainers in the world out here, Robert Garcia. They got me here, I want to thank them” said Colunga.


Trainer Steve Quinonez from Cathedral City Boxing gym watched his fighter start the super featherweight fight with more effective punches, but it didn’t take long before Sanchez did what he came to do. The southpaw of Palm Springs, Jose Tito Sanchez (1-0) was just warming up when he clocked his opponent, Tyler Marshall (1-6) with a left hook in the second round at exactly 2:00 ending the fight with a KO.


Two heavyweight fighters made their professional debut, Ben Beebe (0-1) from Oceanside and Oscar Torres (1-0) from Rio Alto. Torres worked Beebe with single left hooks to the chin, knocking Beebe down not only once in the first round but multiple times in the later rounds thereafter. Beebe, a former MMA fighter, kept his hands surprisingly low, making it easy for Torres to use his strength and quick combinations.


Although, Bebee made it through all four rounds, despite a torn right bicep from the third round, Torres proved to be the better fighter of the night with the unanimous decision. All judges scoring the fight in favor of Oscar Torres at 40-35, starting his professional career undefeated.


Anthony Reyes (2-0) of Coachella Valley stopped Tiy Marbel (0-1) of Missouri 1:58 in the first round. Marbel folded as the pressure from Reyes was too much for him to take from the strong bantamweight fighter. The fight was stopped from Marbel’s corner with the white flag, giving Reyes a TKO win for the night.


Many local boxers paid tribute to their former trainer and cut-man, Willie Schunke, also known as “Indian”, whom passed away three years ago. The night ended with illuminated excitement throughout the showroom as local hot prospects put on a great show for the crowd of family, friends and fans.