Juan Reyes topples Heriberto Delgado in five
ORANGE, California – Featherweights Juan Reyes and Heriberto Delgado entered their eight-round bout on Saturday with almost identical records.
That was the only similarity, as Reyes showed why he was the superior fighter and one to watch in 2015 with a fifth-round stoppage before a sold-out crowd at the Doubletree Hotel.
Reyes improves to 12-1-3 (2 knockouts) while Delgado falls to 11-2 (6 KOs).
Hailing from Fontana, just outside Los Angeles, Reyes is known around Southern California as a fighter who does not stop throwing punches. His hard-nosed, aggressive style has been well-received by fight fans wherever he fights in the area.
Reyes got off to a slow start in the first round. Delgado outboxed him, landing at will to the body and head. It was all Reyes from the second round on, though.
He began walking Delgado down and putting him on the defensive. Reyes mixed in numerous combinations, but found success landing a straight right or right cross, followed by a single or double left hook to the head.
As the bout continued, Delgado’s face began to show the effect of Reyes’ punches. Delgado went into defense mode midway through the bout and his punch output dropped. Sensing his opponent was hurt, Reyes went in for the kill. He pressed the fight more in the fifth, stunning Delgado with a straight right hand. Referee Raul Caiz Sr. had seen enough and waved the fight over at 1:44.
Carlson stops Serrano
In a scheduled eight-round junior featherweight bout, Carlos Carlson stopped Jesus Serrano in the third round.
Serrano outboxed Carlson during the first two rounds, utilizing ring generalship and counter-combinations. Carlson worked from the center of the ring, looking to set up his right hand, landing it on occasion.
Serrano got off to a good start in the third until a freak incident occurred. During an exchange, Serrano tried to back away, but fell to the canvas and complained he hurt his left ankle. Time was stopped at 53 seconds of the round and when Serrano indicated he was not able to continue, referee Wayne Hedgpeth declared Carlson the winner by technical knockout.
Carlson goes to 17-0 (11 KOs,) while Serrano falls to 6-2-2 (5 KOs).
In other bouts:
Junior lightweight Erick Ituarte (10-1-1, 2 KOs) won a hard-fought six-round unanimous decision over Erick Aguirre (6-6-1, 4 KOs). All three judges scored the bout 59-55 in favor of Ituarte.
– In the opening bout of the Thompson Boxing Promotions card, heavyweight Roy McCrary (4-3, 3 KOs) won a four-round unanimous decision over Giovanni Sarran. All three judges scored the bout in favor of McCrary, 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37.
Proceeds from the ‘Night of Champions’ private dinner show benefited the Junior Foundation, a charity organization that works to meet the needs of families affected by childhood cancer.
“We are absolutely delighted to help raise money for such a wonderful foundation,” said Ken Thompson, president/ promoter of Thompson Boxing Promotions. “It’s a tremendous cause, and hopefully the money raised (tonight) will make a difference.”
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Salazar also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation.. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @FSalazarBoxing