Luis Garcia avenges loss to Eddie Diaz, wins regional title
Luis “Vicious” Garcia avenged his lone career loss to Eddie Diaz in the same building, the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA, while picking up a belt in the process.
Garcia, a native of Richmond, CA, was stopped by Diaz in the second round in January of this year, since then Garcia won a #1 contender bout to fight Diaz. Garcia nearly stopped Diaz in the first round when a solid overhand right nearly relived Diaz of his senses. Diaz would recover and battle back hurting Garcia later in the bout in a truly competitive affair.
Luis Garcia won the Square Warriors junior welterweight by majority decision after eight hard fought rounds.
The co-main event saw Jose Iniguez of Stockton, CA out point veteran Jesus Sandoval in a tough close decision, that Iniguez barely got by, but nonetheless did. Sandoval picked up rounds early, but the power of Iniguez seemed to slow him down late as the bout was very close on the cards.
Iniguez is now the Square Warriors lightweight champion.
Mike Russell of Petaluma, CA picked up the first of many titles he will see in his career as he stopped Jose Hurtado in mere seconds of the first round to become the Square Warriors cruiserweight champion.
Women’s middleweight Raquel Miller of San Francisco, CA overwhelmed Kita Watkins en route to a six round decision, the rounds were two minutes as opposed to three do it being a women’s bout. Miller after the fight said she will be fighting on September 30th in San Francisco, CA on a card promoted by San Francisco, CA boxing legend Karim Mayfield and that she will be fighting for a title.
Cruiserweight Fernando Caro of Richmond, CA was tested by a tough Ignacio Zambrano as he out pointed Zambrano, but was forced to dig deep at points in the four round fight.
Light heavyweight Jasper McCargo picked up a decision over Zachary Bunce in a Square Warriors light heavyweight eliminator bout, which he won every round of the four-round bout. After the fight McCargo and trainer, Kris “Lightning” Lopez explained that McCargo had hurt his hand in the fight. McCargo also challenged Stephen Austin to a fight for the Square Warriors light heavyweight title.
Ali Ahmed of Dreamland Boxing in San Jose, CA picked up a razor tight split decision over Pedro Madriz of Santa Rosa, CA. Ahmed seemingly landed the harder punches, but Madriz was busier and pressed the majority of the action, especially late.
Middleweight Mauricio Zavaleta picked up a four-round decision over game veteran Luis Alfredo Lugo. Zavaleta controlled the whole fight using a decent jab with a solid right hand to keep Lugo at bay and a right uppercut that landed at will on the inside.
The opening bout was a classic as Luis Casillas of Oakland Fight Camp was dropped twice by Jared Ejigu, once in the first and once in the fourth, only to stop Ejigu in the final 30 seconds of the fight.