This evening, Friday, April 24, 2015, Salon Casa Blanca in Ensenada will host “Fuego en el Puerto,” translation “Fire in the Port,” another top caliber boxing show beginning at 7 p.m. The affair is being presented by the Borizteca Boxing Management Group headed by Saul Rios and Lou Messina in association with Koronel Boxing Promotions headed by Adrian “Cora” Colonel.
Special guests include: Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel, the five-time world champion in three weight divisions, Robert Garcia, the former IBF Super featherweight Champ, now trainer of champions, who will be traveling south from Oxnard, CA, and of course there wouldn’t be any show without an assist from Ivan “Choko” Hernandez, the former WBO Super Flyweight Champion who now heads the Ensenada Boxing Commission.
Trivia question: Robert Garcia, “the trainer of champions,” helped train eight World Title holders. How many can you name? Answer below
That something extra about Friday’s lineup
In the Main Event, an eight rounder, there are two exciting flyweights battling it out for the Baja California State Title: Angel “Diablito” Ramos (9-0-1) of Ensenada (r) taking on Jose “Gallito” Quirino (7-2-1, 2 KOs) of Tijuana. That alone should make it an interesting bout to watch. But there’s more to this bout and the co-feature which makes them even more meaningful.
Yes, both are rematches, but it is how their first fight ended that needs a resolution. Prior to the Ramos vs. Quiino match on October 5, 2013 at the Hipódromo Caliente in Tijuana, both young boxers had unblemished records before finding themselves embroiled in a hotly contested, back and forth slugfest. On that night, the judges’ scores read: judge Leobardo Ibarra Bracamontes 39-37 for Quirino, judge Esteban Franco had it 38-38 a draw, and judge Jesus Gonzalez had it 39-37 for Ramos. Today, it’s been 568 days since that inconclusive ruling and this headache can finally be settled.
In the six-round super lightweight co-feature they have Oscar Alexis “Pillo” Canett (9-0-0, 1 NC, 5 KOs) of Ensenada going up against Oliver Quintana (4-0-0, 1 NC, 3 KOs) of Mexicali, B. C. in a rematch of their February 21, 2014 fight which ended up being stopped due to an accidental head butt. Many thought Canett, well ahead at the time, was a victim of Quintana’s desperate attempt to have the bout end in a “No contest.”
The rest of this exciting fight card:
A six round, super lightweight match between Aguston “Towiz” Camacho (5-3-1) a southpaw from Ensenada going up against fellow southpaw Jonathan Corrales (5-2-0, 3 KOs) from Cuervos, B. C., Mexico (l).
Next, there’s a super middleweight clash between Cristian “The Russian” Olivas (2-0) of Mexicali, trained by San Diego’s Gabriel Quinones, going up against Angel “Tomate” Cipriano (0-4) of Tijuana who has been a knockout victim in all four of his previous bouts.
Then it’s Bryan Aquino Lugo (4-1, 3 KOs) of Mexicali by way of San Herman, Puerto Rico versus Leonardo Reyes in a four round flyweight match. The more experienced Lugo has been boxing for 12 years and had 106 Amateur bouts.
Cruiserweight George Escalante (2-0-0,1 KO) of Spring Valley, California versus the ever dangerous TBA in a four rounder. Escalante’s original opponent, Ruben Porras of Tijuana failed to make it to Thursday’s weigh-ins.
Then, it’s Mike Haygood (0-3) from San Diego who will be going up against Miguel Zapata, the much celebrated flyweight who is making his professional debut. Zapata, who went 32-2 as an Amateur, is both a Golden Gloves and Baja California State Champion who trains at the same gym as Felipe Salguero who in 2010 won the vacant WBF Light Flyweight title and then fought three additional times for the title with two other organizations.
In the final bout, they have Jose Hernandez of Ensenada (1-6) going up against Juan Carlos Hernandez of Mexicali (3-0) in a flyweight match. The admirable Jose Hernandez is 30 years-old, has three children and works in the produce business.
Show starts at 7 p.m. at the Salon Casablanca
You get your money’s worth in Mexico
Ticket prices begin at 100 pesos for General Admission ($6.51 in U. S. dollars), 200 pesos for the Preferred Seating ($13.01 in U. S. dollars) and for the most expensive Ringside VIP tickets you pay only 300 pesos ($19.52 in U. S. dollars). Save even more money by getting your hair done, your car worked on or by seeing a doctor.
While the Borizteca Boxing Management Group is located in San Diego, California, the K.ORONEL Boxing Promotions people are located in Ensenada, B. C., Mexico. For more information you can call: 1-619-410-5791 or 1-619-674-0952. Tickets will still be available at the venue or email email@example.com.
On Saturday night, if you’re up for it, there are an additional eight bouts on the Tijuana boxing card at Auditorio Municipal Fausto Gutiérrez Moreno, Tijuana, Baja California. This show features Edivaldo Ortega (20-0-1, 11 KOs) going up against Dennis Contreras (19-3-0, 18 KOs) and Jose Zepeda (22-0-0, 19 KOs) going up against Armando Robles (28-3-2, 15 KOs).