Friday, July 27, 2013
Friday night, at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California, it was history in the making as San Diego’s Jolene Blackshear overcame tremendous odds and prejudicial scoring to become the new WIBA Women’s International Boxing Association Jr. Flyweight World Champion. With her split decision victory over Sindy Amador, Blackshear reminds us she’s only the second professional boxer born and raised in San Diego to become a world champion. The other native San Diegan to win a world title is Paul “the Ultimate” Vaden (29-3-0, 16 KOs). Vaden stopped Vincent Pettaway in the 12th round of their world title fight back on August 12, 1995 to become the IBF light middleweight world champion.
The 43 year-old Blackshear, who had already overcome a ton of obstacles, ventured north to face perhaps one of the sweetest, most adorable, well-liked ladies in any sport, Sindy Amador from Perris, CA who was virtually fighting in her own backyard.
With Blackshear’s victory, which involved scoring two knockdowns, one in the seventh round, another in the eighth, she succeeds 27 year-old Ju Hee Kim (17-1-1) of Seoul, South Korea who failed to defend her title since defeating Ploynapa Sakrungrueng back on December 15, 2012 in Seoul, South Korea.
It’s likely Kim, the current WPBF (World Professional Boxing Federation), World Boxing Federation, WIBF (Women’s International Boxing Federation) and GBU (Global Boxing Union) world champion will be extending an invite to Blackshear to re-visit South Korea for a reunification bout. Back on October 15, 2009, almost four years ago, Blackshear visited Incheon, South Korea to fight Dan-Bi Kim for the vacant IFBA minimumweight title. Blackshear lost that fight by a narrow decision.
From the opening bell, Amador was the aggressive lioness and kept pressing forward with her wide right, then wide left punches as Blackshear either held ground to mix it up, or took a step back to set Amador up for her hard counters. From the first round on, it was downhill for the predictable Amador and it must have been painful for her backers to watch her take so many shots to the head. In the final two rounds Blackshear put her stamp on this resounding victory by sending Amador flying backwards twice to land on the canvas.
In the end the veteran judges, Pat Connolly and Marty Denkin were in agreement with their scores of 76-74, 76-74 for Blackshear. Judge Gwen Adair scored the bout 76-74 for Amador. With the split decision victory, Blackshear’s record goes to 8-3 with 3 KOs, while Amador suffers her first career setback and drops to 10-1 with 1 KO.
Just prior to the start of this bout I recall looking across at Gwen Adair, the California Boxing Hall of Fame judge. We both sat ringside, her in the center and I was sitting beside Amador’s corner people. As always the 30 year veteran was smartly dressed, her hair neatly cropped, and she had on a blue dress that was exquisite. Across from Adair sat Pat Connolly who began judging in 1979. In the third chair sat Marty Denkin, another Hall of Fame judge of 39 years. After surveying the venerable judges and noticing Ray Corona, a 15 year veteran, was to referee, I felt certain, the ladies would receive a fair shake.
My own, personal round by round assessment: Round #1 – 10-9 Amador, Round #2 – 10-9 Blackshear, Round #3 – 10-9 Amador, Round #4 – 10-9 Blackshear, Round #5 – 10-9 Amador (even if she had a bloody nose, by all accounts she landed more blows), Round #6 – 10-9 Blackshear, Round #7 – 10-8 Blackshear due to a knockdown. Blackshear did take a hard left, just before the bell, and for the 8th and final round, 10-8 Blackshear, once again due to her registering a knockdown. Totals: 77-73 Blackshear
Everyone of the many people polled after this championship bout, which included Carlos Alberto Avilas and former super bantamweight champion Israel Vazquez (the gentlemen who handled the broadcast for Fox Sports Desportes), everyone agreed that Blackshear had won going away with the cleaner punching, the more effective aggression, obviously the better defense and ring generalship.
You can’t have these professional boxers working so long and so hard, for so little money, and then have someone score a bout so irresponsibly. The tape of this fight needs to be presented to the California Athletic Commission and individuals need to be reprimanded. In conclusion, Adair can be oh, so very thankful that Friday night’s World Title fight was not covered by more media or aired globally. Her scoring of the fight was horrendous.
The common excuse for a judge is to say, “What can I say, my view was obstructed.”
For Adair, it was as if the whole fight had been staged solely for her benefit as the majority of the action, especially the hard blows to Amador’s face were landed directly in front of her and of course nothing obstructed her view from seeing Amador land twice on the canvas.
The rest of the results:
Artemio “King” Reyes of Colton, CA (19-2, 15 KOs) had no problem dispensing of the 38-year-old Sergio “El Sirenito” Perez (28-14, 19 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico in their welterweight clash. The 26 year-old needed just three rounds to finish Perez off with a body shot to score the knockout. It was the second of two knockdowns from body shots as referee Raul Caiz Jr. reached his ten count at 1:39.
Reyes now improves to 20-2, 16 KOs, while the veteran Perez falls to 28-15, 19 KOs.
Middleweight standout Alex “El Principe” Theran from Barranquilla, Colombia (13-0, 8 KOs) and Juan Carlos Rojas from Saltillo, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico (5-5, 4 KOs) went the distance in their scheduled six rounder.
Even with Theran, a southpaw, using his height and reach advantage, his amazing hand speed to stop Rojas’ in his tracks, Rojas never stopped coming forward. He never gave up hope of landing that one, big knockout blow.
Rojas’ best round, the fourth, had him forcing Theran to get on his bicycle and move counter clockwise around the ring. Other than that, Rojas spent the majority of the time flinging these haymakers at a nonexistent target. All three judges had Theran winning every round. With the win, Theran goes to 14-0 with 8 KOs. Rojas falls to 5-6 with 4 KOs.
In a classic righty versus lefty confrontation, it was the righty, Ralph Lopez dominating the southpaw German Valdez by controlling the power alley. Early in round two, after Lopez dropped Valdez with a short right and he quickly got back to his feet, another a huge right followed accompanied by a barrage of punches to force referee Raul Caiz Jr. to stop the contest at just 29 seconds of the second round.
The other San Diego representative on the Thompson Boxing Card was super bantamweight Jorge “Tito” Ruiz (2-0, 1 KO) who trains at the Alliance Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. Simple truth, Ruiz was there to audition his talents to Alex Camponovo of Thompson Boxing Promotions while facing the spirited 17 year-old Alex “Rooster” Reyes (0-2) who hails from Houston, Texas.
The impassioned Mr. Reyes came out swinging from the outset as the more relaxed Ruiz tried to settle in by shooting out his stiff jab and countering off each Reyes miss. Before long, the two were trading heavy blows in the center of the ring and as if tracking his own punch stats, Ruiz always managed to land one or two additional blows.
By the third round Reyes’ attack began to fade and Ruiz, the pure boxer, became even more effective, especially while countering off each Reyes miss. In the end, Ruiz came away with a majority decision win as one judge had it an even 38-38, while the other judges scored the bout 39-37 and 40-36 respectively for Ruiz.
With the win, Ruiz insured his pending contract with Thompson and we learned later he’ll be signing that contract next week on the same day as the Arellano brothers, light welterweights Israel (6-1-0, 5 KOs) and Antonio (6-1-1, 2 KOs) who also hail from San Diego.
Among the many boxing notables at the Doubletree for this Thompson Boxing “Locked and Loaded” series were current IBF super bantamweight champion Jonathan Romero, former world champion Bobby Chacon, former champion Israel Vasquez doing the commentary, welterweight Josesito Lopez on hand to support his brother, junior welterweight Mauricio Herrera and from San Diego super bantamweight Christopher Martin, flyweight Amaris Quintana, and welterweights, the Arellano brothers, Israel and Antonio.
For their next show, Thompson Boxing Promotions returns Friday, August 23 to the Omega International Products facility in Corona, California.