Once again from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario CA Thompson Boxing brought us a great night of fights with up & coming prospects on the latest edition of “Path To Glory”. Among the sold out crowd was 7X World Champion James “Lights Out” Toney
who was in attendance to support his fighter Patrick Boozer. The main event featured WBC CABOFE Lightweight Champion Jose “Gato” Roman (17-1-1-12 KOs) versus veteran Hector “Charro Negro” Velazquez (56-22-3-38 KOs). The bout was scheduled for 8 rounds. In the first few rounds Gato Roman came out boxing tall using his jab and keeping Charro at distance claiming the middle of the ring. Gato Roman clearly won round 1 and 2 on TRUs scorecard. In the 3rd round Charro came out applying pressure keeping Gato against the ropes while throwing punches in bunches. The 3rd round must of gave the veteran Velazquez confidence because in the 4th round El Charro came out swinging and applying pressure but was being countered by Roman. In the final minute of the 4th with Velazquez coming forward Gato was cut under his left eye but in the final 30 seconds Gato turned the tables almost dropping Velasquez. It appeared to me Gato was close to getting the KO.
The final rounds the cut was kept under control and Gato kept his clam getting back to boxing. Gato got back to what won him the first two rounds throwing jabs, quick combos, staying off the ropes while also going to the body. He executed the game plan and got back to the basics. The fight went the distance and after 8 rounds the judges had it for Gato Roman via unanimous decision who retained his title. It was a good win by Jose Roman who improves to 18-1-1 12Kos, congrats Champ!
In the co main event we had Danny “Baby face Assassin” Roman (11-2-1 5KOs) Vs Jonathan (La Pulga De Centro America” Alcantara (7-11-2 1KO). This fight was fully dominated by Roman who was sticking and moving. Roman won the fight by staying on the outside. Baby Face Assassin was throwing a lot to the body and landing head shots. Roman clearly came out to “Chop Down Trees” but this this tree in the form of Alcantara had some great roots and he had a hell of a chin. Alcantara was taking a lot of shots by Roman and somehow stayed up! Alcantara showed he had heart and just kept coming. Roman stood away from the ropes landing combos and vicious body shots throughout all 8 rounds. In the end it was all Roman who got UD win. After the bout I talked to trainer Eddie Gonzalez who said “We knew this kid was going to be tough”.
Top prospect and former Olympian Taras Selestyuk improved to 9-0-6KOs with a split decision win against Jonathan Boozer (6-2-2KOs). Taras came out boxing in the southpaw stance and was simply out boxing Boozer. Taras was winning fight easily but was cut over his right eye. It was a very bad cut and a bloody one. The fight was actually stopped due to a defective glove from Boozer who up to that point only landed low blows. Anyhow the fight was stopped, Boozer got to put on a fresh gloves and the fight resumed. Boozer came back with fresh gloves and started to mount a minor come back. He showed spurts in closing rounds late and landing low blows (Ref missed a few). For all the drama happening in the fight Taras Selestyuk got the split decision win.
Also on the card undefeated Cesar Villaraga from Columbia got the UD win over Oscar Santana to remain undefeated. Villaraga outworked Santana and worked to the body. He attacked to the body with a vengeance. After the fight I happen to walk backstage and ran into Oscar Santana who was throwing up in the trash can! Those body shots without a doubt took a toll. In the 4 rounders we also had Erick Ituarte with a UD win against Jesus Aguinaga. Heavyweight Laron Mitchell who recently signed with Thompson Boxing got the 2nd round KO over Eduardo Ramirez to remain undefeated as well. Also on the card Andres Figueroa got the UD over Carlos Zatarin. Overall great fights! Showed me something I had never seen before. Switching gloves in middle of fight! Re-taping and everything!! That is boxing. That’s PUGILISM