Carson boxers shine

Both the Carson City Boxing Club and Bruno's Boxing Club of Carson City both had good results from the Fallon Invitational amateur fight card Saturday at the Fallon Community Center.

CCBC Director Chuck Williams was pleased with his fighters performances, as was BBC Head Coach Vic Bruno.

"We had four fighters in action plus a workout bout between our fighter Louis Loe Jr. and David Hinkey from McDermitt," Williams said. "Jose Elivando (CCBC) won by decision over Reno's Martin Mendoza and Marvin Smith (CCBC) lost a decision to Tom McDonald of Fallon. Mike Loe (CCBC) won over Fallon's Kenneth Molino when the referee stopped the contest in round one (RSC-1) and Sergio Orantes (CCBC) won in round two (RSC-2) over Jared Baca of Fallon. It was a good showing for our fighters."

Williams and CCBC Head Coach Frank Peralta and Coach Louis Loe Sr. handled the CCBC fighters. Bruno and the BBC had two fighters on the card, the first card they've entered fighters on, and both won.

"Sam Rojas (BBC) won by decision over Reno's Alex Bravo and Halo Guerrero (BBC) stopped Jared Federivo of Fallon in round three (RSC-3)," a happy Bruno said afterward. "We'll be entering a lot more fighters and a lot more tournaments in the future and our club plans to host an amateur card here in Carson City soon."

The Fallon card was a "huge success" according to Thelma Tavares of USA Boxing of Nevada, which sanctioned the 17-fight card.

"It was an excellent show with some good fights. Eight or nine of them were outstanding," said Tavares, the Northern Nevada representative for USA Boxing of Nevada

"The Fallon Boys & Girls Boxing Club, which has only been in existence for five months, put on a great show for its first show ever. The community center was packed, standing room only. I'd say over 400 fans watched the fights and they were enthusiastic fans, too."

Tavares did report the next fight card in Northern Nevada will take place June 10 at the Boys & Girls Club in Reno.

- Some exciting news to report .... Chuck Williams is hoping to put on an amateur boxing show on July 4 in Gardnerville.

"I put in for July 4th for our club to host an outdoor show in Gardnerville," Williams said. "I don't know where we'll hold it yet, but an outdoor parking lot or Lampe Park are possible sites. It'll be an afternoon card and everybody I talk too is excited about it. I hope I can put it together."

Gardnerville hosted the "Cow Pasture fights" for many years before they were discontinued a few years ago. The Cow Pasture has since been paved over so that location is out but Williams says he'll "find a place" to put the show on.

Keep your fingers crossed that this one is a go!

IT WAS A DUD! - All the ingredients were there for an explosive fight card Saturday night at Caesars Tahoe in Stateline, but it turned out to be a dud instead.

The main event featured Juan Manuel Marquez fighting Roque Cassiani for the vacant NABO featherweight title. Marquez (31-2, 21 KOs) won an easy 12-round decision in a fight that lacked many punches or action. Both fighters were overly cautious throughout the bout as the fans booed and chanted for action.

Cassiani (18-7-1, 14 KOs) might have won a round or two, but that's all, and the fans were so disgusted they even booed the decision - even though it was correct. Many left the arena even though there were two more fights after the main event.

The semi-main was almost as boring. Edgar Ruiz fought Rene Herrera in a welterweight fight that saw Ruiz dominate. When Herrera (25-12, 17 KOs) was penalized a point in rounds three and four for excessive holding, the outcome was no longer in doubt. Ruiz (18-2-1, 10 KOs) took an easy 10-round decision win in another slow fight.

There were a couple of OK prelim fights on the card, plus one joke-of-a-fight.

South Lake Tahoe's Eric Majors opened the card by knocking down Las Vegan Johannes Musa twice in round one, once in rounds two and three as Majors (3-2, 2 KOs) coasted to a four round decision win in a junior welterweight fight.

Musa, now 0-6, should consider another line of work to make his living because boxing is certainly not his best game.

South Tahoe's Hector Torres improved his record to 6-1 with a four-round decision win over Robert Green, who was making his pro debut. More punches were missed than connected in that light heavyweight fight as neither fighter showed a lot of skills but Torres figures to improve while Green does not.

The joke fight lasted all of 55 seconds. California's Ted Cofie took that long to knock Las Vegas fighter Sergio Garcia down twice, the final knockdown for the full 10-count in their cruiserweight bout. Garcia (11-8, 6 KOs) appeared able to get up but instead chose to stay down and that was that. Cofie is now 16-3-1 with 11 KOs.

The final fight on the card was another clunker as Mexico's Sammy Lopez won a six-round decision over Joey Garcia of Modesto in a dull bantamweight fight.

This was not the fault of Caesars Tahoe, or the matchmaker. All the fights looked good going into the card, it's just that sometimes styles don't mesh and that's what happened Saturday night, which was a shame ...

Alan Rogers is the Nevada Appeal boxing writer.


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