Fight Night Fright Night at Green River College

October 27, 2018

PNW Promotions

Perhaps the folks in the crowd should have realized that what would unfold in front of them would not be the normal main event when the lights in the arena went out seconds after the bell sounded to start the fight. Once they came on the two combatants were sent to a neutral corner to stand and wait until the referee was certain the lights would stay on through the eight round affair. Marquis Weston entered the ring on a seven bout win streak while his opponent, Joey Montoya, was heading in the opposite direction having lost his last three, albeit each of those to quality opponents.

The first round opened rather slowly, maybe because each man had to take a few moments to readjust after the delay. Both men threw a lot of punches, though Weston took advantage of his height to fire his straight left and connect with Montoya as he stepped forward. Near the midpoint of the round, Weston backed Montoya on the ropes and landed a few heavy shots. Montoya moved the fight in close in the second round, and while there he gained a slight advantage. That also meant that the men spent some time holding. They were warned mid round, and after that, a point Montoya seemed to take personally, he fought angry.

Weston made an adjustment to his style in the third round and fought at a distance that gave him the advantage in height and reach. Early in the round Weston landed a left that caught Montoya under his right eye and opened a cut. Montoya backed in to the corner, touched his glove to his eye, looked to the referee, who called the ringside doctor to have a look. The doctor saw no need to stop the bout, but it took an ugly turn after that. Montoya tried to keep Weston close in the fourth, and that meant both men were holding, leaning and throwing short punches to the ribs and head. None of which did much damage.

What started with some semblance of a boxing match turned to a brawl in the fifth. Montoya continued to frustrate Weston by keeping the fight in tight and holding and pushing. Weston tried a few times to step back to create distance, but Montoya was relentless in keeping Weston close. After the referee had warned the men to stop holding a number of times, he separated the two, sent them to neutral corners and lectured each of them to stop holding and to clean up the fight.. The lecture had little effect on Montoya who in the sixth lost a point for a low blow. He was visibly angry, and let the referee know it. Weston remained patient and tried to return to the jab to set up a heavy right.

Montoya had a decent seventh round as began to land shots to Weston's body early. Weston returned to using his reach and height to keep Montoya at a safe but reachable distance, but that changed as the round wound to an end and Montoya stepped in close. The final round opened with both men boxing, throwing a jab, following that with a power punch, the type of match that the crowd expected. That however did not last long as the fight ended with more holding, warnings, and brawling.

After eight rounds of action two judges scored the fight 80-71, the third scored it 79-72 all in favor of Marquis Weston who would claim the unanimous decision to continue his win streak.

Weston's left catches Montoya

Montoya lands a right to Weston's head

Diezel's body shots began to take a toll late in the fight

Featherweight Rob Diezel has been fighting well in his last few outings; Kenny Guzman had only lost twice in his short career, and he looked to be the type of boxer that would challenge Diezel's quick hands.

The weapon of choice in the early moments of the first round was the single jab followed by moving to try to gain another angle. As the round wore on the men began to double their shots, shooting a few to the other's body. Diezel was able to land more scoring shots as the round ended. There was a lot of punches thrown in the second round. Diezel threw effective combinations while Guzman proved adept at throwing counter punches to score.

The ability to land punches came fairly easy for Diezel in the third. Diezel seemed to catch Guzman each time Guzman closed the distance. Guzman made some midround adjustments and by the end he was landing combination punches that caused Diezel to be slightly more cautious. Both men threw a lot of punches in the fourth round. Guzman was aggressive, but Diezel used his quick feet to avoid getting caught. Diezel was also able to snap his jab at Guzman, and when he caught Guzman, it slowed Guzman's attack.

Diezel began to focus his punches to Guzman's body in the fifth, and that tactic proved effective. At the midpoint of the round Diezel followed a hard belly punch with a shot to Guzman's ribs that dropped Guzman. Though Guzman rose and continued to box, Diezel caught him again at the end of the round to drop Guzman again. Knowing that he was scoring with body shots, Diezel remained focused on Guzman's body. Guzman did all he could to avoid Diezel's body attack, but he was not quick enough to avoid another shot to the ribs, which again sent him to the canvas.

After six rounds two judges scored the fight 60-50, the third scored the fight 59-50 all in favor of Diezel who would win his fourth in a row behind the unanimous decision.

Nicholas Jefferson placed his unbeaten streak on the line to face Jose Leon, a man coming off an impressive TKO win in July in Tijuana, Mexico. Jefferson had the advantage in height and speed, which meant that Leon would have to move and find openings to score.

Jefferson spent the opening moments of the first round moving and shooting his jab to keep Leon from mounting any type of offense. Leon did answer, but his punches did not carry enough sting to slow Jefferson. As the second half of the round approached Jefferson caught Leon with a hard left hand that dropped Leon to the canvas. After that Leon spent the remainder of the round trying to avoid getting caught again. The pace of the second round slowed as Leon moved to avoid getting caught, but Jefferson did little to up his attack.

Jefferson looked to patiently be selecting moments to attack Leon in the third round. Jefferson was able to connect to Leon's head and body, but Jefferson did little to follow up when it appeared he had Leon in trouble. As the bell sounded to end the round, Leon slowly made his way to the corner where his team waved the fight to an end.

Jefferson would score the TKO win at three minutes of the third round to remain unbeaten.

Jefferson's right found a target on Leon's chin

Reyes would also score with an overhand right

William Parra-Smith chose a tough opponent in Cris Reyes for a first entrance into the ranks of professional boxing. Reyes is unbeaten, and in two of his last three fights has feasted on men making their pro debut.

Reyes experience showed in the opening round as he moved well and created angles that set up a hard left hook. In fact, it was Reyes' hook that landed and dropped Parra-Smith twice in the round. parra-Smith showed some toughness, and stood to face Reyes after each knockdown, but there was little he could do that would stop Reyes from landing to the body. In the second round Para-Smith worked to close the distance, forcing Reyes to shorten his punches. Reyes adapted and again threw his left hook to the body. When Reyes landed that hook at the 2:40 mark, Parra-Smith again dropped to the canvas. The referee began to count, and then noticing that Parra-Smith's legs were unsteady, waved the fight to an end.

Reyes would remain unbeaten claiming the TKO win at 2:46 of the second round.

 

Gregory Cruz and Justin Hubbard stepped in to face each other in a four round super feather weight bout. Cruz had yet to lose, claiming victory in his previous two fights; Hubbard had yet to win, losing his previous two.

Cruz controlled the action from the opening bell though Hubbard was able to occasionally shoot his jab to touch Cruz stepping in. Cruz proved effective because he doubled just about every punch he threw. Cruz also displayed his accuracy as he was able to land punches to Hubbard's head. Near the 2:30 mark of the round Cruz landed a heavy body shot that dropped Hubbard. The referee counted, Hubbard rose, the fight continued. Momentarily. Cruz caught Hubbard again at the 2:50 mark, again dropping him. The referee began the count, but waved the fight to an end as Hubbard rose.

Cruz would remain unbeaten behind the TKO at 2:59 of the opening round.

Cruz dropped Hubbard to end the fight at 2:59

Hubbard lands the left to Peak's chin as Peak answers with a body shot

 

Chaz Jordan made his professional debut facing John Peak in a four round light heavyweight affair. Peak had won his previous two fights, and in both of those proved to carry some sting in his punches.

Jordan answered the opening bell showing some confidence and throwing his jab, landing it to keep Peak on the move. The momentum shifted at the two minute mark when Peak, fighting in close, landed an uppercut that sent Jordan to the canvas. Jordan fought tough after the count, but Peak again had Jordan in trouble as the bell sounded to end the round. The second was a good comeback round for Jordan as began to control the action, keeping Peak on the ropes and throwing more punches. Peak continued to land the heavier shots, but he was unable to land many.

Jordan's attack continued in the third round as he kept pumping his jab and following that with shots aimed at Peak's body. That tactic kept Peak moving, seeking an opening and a way to land counter punches. Jordan took control of the early moments of the fourth round, and then Peak stepped off the ropes and moved the fight to the center of the ring. That moved worked in Peak's favor as he was able to find the openings he sought and score.

After four rounds two judges scored the fight 40-35, the third saw it 39-36, all in Peak's favor as he would claim the unanimous decision win.

 

Chris Johnson and Andres Garcia Abarca entered the ring sporting a win in their initial outing. The four round bout would be contested at super welterweight.

As is often the case in bouts featuring fighters early in their career, the pace of the opening round was slow. Johnson was the first to force the fight toward a quicker pace as he began to throw effective combinations. Abarca found few opportunities to answer, and instead covered up and held Johnson when he stepped close. There was not a lot of boxing skill on display in the second round. Abarca was warned a number of times to stop holding, though he did not heed the warning. After Johnson tried to shake free from Abarca's holding, the referee again warned Abarca, then stopped the action to deduct a point from Abarca.

Abarca was much more aggressive in the third round as he threw punches with both hands. The round was wild as there was a flurry of punches from both men, though neither was very effective at scoring. Abarca continued to fight aggressively in the fourth round, but Johnson made the necessary adjustments to counter and then he began to land scoring shots.

At the end of the four round fight two judges scored the fight 40-36 for Johnson, the third scored the fight even at 38. Johnson would score the majority decision win.

Johnson's right scores

Johnson scores to Alvarez's body

 

Taylor Shirley made the trek from Fairbanks Alaska to face Hermiston Oregon's Alexandro Alvarez in the night's opening bout. Both men were making their professional debut.

The opening round was close, mostly due to the contrasting styles of the fighters. Alvarez spent much of the round bulling forward and throwing punches from all angles. Shirley stood patiently, firing his jab at Alvarez's body. Shirley began to land heavy shots in the second round, though they did little to stop Alvarez from stepping forward and forcing Shirley to move.

Shirley scored a knockdown early in the third round behind a well timed combination. After that the pace of the fight slowed as both men appeared tired. The action of the fourth round swayed back and forth as Alvarez tried to punch himself back in to contention and land a solid heavy punch while Shirley counter punched. As Alvarez showed no signs of backing down, Shirley focused his attention at Alvarez's head. After Shirley landed a series of punches that connected with Alvarez's head, forcing him to cover up, the referee stepped in to wave the fight to a close.

Taylor Shirley would score the TKO victory at 1:53 of the fourth round.

 

 

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