Ringside Report: Escobedo Crushes Kelley
2004 United States Olympian Vicente “Chente” Escobedo completely dominated former featherweight champ Kevin Kelley en route to a 2nd round TKO victory this evening at Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA. Escobedo improved to 21-1 with 13 KO’s, while Kelley entered the double-digit loss column at an even 10, against his 60 career victories.
From the opening bell, it was apparent that Escobedo was the bigger, stronger fighter, as he knocked Kelley backwards with every shot, whether it landed flush or not. A vicious right cross by Chente put Kelley on his butt towards the end of round two, and a follow-up barrage against the ropes was all it took to seal the deal. As the ref waved the fight off, the Sacramento/Woodland fanbase went crazy for their man, as Escobedo gave them exactly what they came to see!
The future is definitely looking bright for Escobedo, as he has now scored his 2nd straight victory over a former world champ (having beaten Carlos Hernandez back in April as well). With a lot of the older lightweights fading into the sunset (ie Casamayor, Julio Diaz, David Diaz) and others having been through their fair-share of wars (ie Jesus Chavez, Katsidis), the time is now for Chente to take his rightful place amongst the elite lightweights in the world. Do not be surprised if his promotional team at Golden Boy looks to put him in a bout for a vacant lightweight strap in the very near future.
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*** Chula Vista’s Christopher Martin improved to 15-0 with an impressive 5th round TKO victory over the game-but-overmatched Torrence Daniels. A barrage of lefts and rights to the head sent Daniels stumbling into the corner, and after two quick knockdowns the ref correctly called a halt to the bout at the 2:52 mark.
*** In the night’s best KO, unbeaten SacTown prospect Brandon Gonzalez scored a wicked 1st round stoppage over OakTown’s Ray Craig. A picture-perfect right cross to the body folded Craig in half, sending the bay area native down to his knees for what probably totaled up to about 2 minutes. Gonzalez earned his 7th KO win in only his 8th pro bout, and I’m pretty sure we’ll be seeing plenty more of this kid real soon!
*** Fairfield, CA’s Ashanti Jordan, in a bout that could only be described as “torturously boring,” outpointed the 285-pound garbage heap known as Alvarao Morales over 6 painfully dull rounds. Final tally was 59-55 across the board, and that’s all I’ve got 2 say about that….
*** Andrew Cancio of Blythe, CA advanced to 9-1-1 with 9 KO’s as he stopped veteran boxer Michael Lynks at the 1:50 mark of round 5. lthough the stoppage came with heavy criticism from the audience, Lynks was over-matched from the outset and the ref decided to play things safe after a modest flurry by the bigger, stronger Cancio.
*** In a spirited super bantamweight contest, Mexico’s Juan Jose Beltran earned a hard fought 6-round decision win over Japan’s Akihiko Nago. It was Beltran’s hard work against the ropes which proved to be the difference on the cards, while Nago had some flashed of brilliance from the southpaw stance here and there. This was probably the most entertaining all-around bout of hte night, with the final cards reading 59-55 x2, and 58-56, all in favor of Beltran.