Fight Night Fright Night at Green River College

October 28, 2017

PNW Promotions

Not many of Marquis Weston's wins have presented the challenges he faced in squaring off against Steven Lyons. In his ten wins, Weston has had to box, he has had to brawl, and he has had to be patient in developing a plan. Lyons, who had three wins to his credit forced Weston to change his plan a number of times through their six round main event.

The initial pace of the first round was slow. Lyons was content to throw big shots early, trying to catch Weston's head and end the fight in the first. Weston used his jab to keep Lyons at a distance that made landing punches difficult, but not impossible. Two minutes in to the round Lyons laid against the ropes and tried to lure Weston in. Weston obliged, but Lyons received the majority of the damage when Weston punished Lyons' body. The second round was close. Weston was able to fall into a boxing rhythm, mixing his jab with rights to Lyons' body. Lyons was still looking to land a big shots, and he fired with both hands at Weston's head.

The rhythm Weston settled into in the second carried him through the third. He kept Lyons off balance and moving across the ring, hoping that the body shots that landed would start to break Lyons down. They had little effect as Lyons continued his assault, throwing big right hands, that had they landed, would have inflicted some damage. Weston was momentarily taken off his game as he tried to figure out how to fight Lyons. He really had no choice but to box and figure the judges would recognize what he was accomplishing in doing so.

Lyons controlled the first two minutes of the fifth round, and had he not slowed his output, and continued to box, he could have easily won the round. When Lyons slowed, Weston threw combinations that caught Lyons' body. Lyons, sensing he was behind, opened the sixth round looking for the knockout punch he sought in the first round. Both men were tired, but it was Weston that outboxed Lyons in the closing minute of the round.

After six rounds the judges all scored the fight 58-56, and Weston would claim his eleventh win by way of the unanimous decision.

Weston throws the left
Weston goes inside to Lyons' body

Villalobos lands the right to VomBaur's body

Steven Villalobos has been looking for a more challenging opponent having racked up five wins. Cory VomBaur stepped in to take on that role in a four round co-main event.

VomBaur answered the opening bell by running straight to Villalobos while throwing punches with both hands. VomBaur backed Villalobos in to the corner, and as Villalobos covered, VomBaur threw shots at his head and body. Eventually Villalobos stepped out of trouble and moved the fight to the center of the ring. There he threw his jab at VomBaur, and he was able to land it with relative ease. At the mid point of the round Villalobos threw a combination as VomBaur was stepping back. VomBaur’s knee and glove touched the canvas, and the referee waved off a possible knockdown as the Villalobos’ punches did not connect. VomBaur appeared to disagree, seemingly asking for a knockdown and the count. VomBaur stood and was able to again smother Villalobos with punches, but a few moments later Villalobos again threw his combination, and this time he lightly caught VomBaur sending him to a knee. This time it was VomBaur who wave an end to the fight, signaling to the referee that he would not continue.

The fight ended at 2:19 of the opening round. Villalobos would remain unbeaten behind the TKO victory.

Unbeaten Kevin Torres faced tough journeyman Kevin Davila in the semi main event. Torres is a skilled fighter who is able to adapt to an opponent's tactics and make the necessary adjustments to his fight plan. Davila is just flat out tough. He throws a lot of punches and though it seems he absorbs a lot of them, he is able to fight through them.

Much of the action in the first round was contested in close. The men stood toe to toe and threw body shots followed by the occasional punch targeting the other's head. Torres was effective landing body shots while Davila was able to connect with a looping overhand right. The fast paced action continued in the second as both men threw combinations and occasionally had to resort to the counter punch.

Davila caught a low blow a minute in to the third round. While it took him a while to recover, he showed his toughness when after a few deep breaths he stepped in to continue the fight in close. Torres did show that he had the quicker hands in the round and behind a flurry of punches he controlled the round. The Torres punch output continued in the fourth, and while Davila tried to counter punch to score, he was unable to match Torres' punch output.

After four rounds two judges scored the fight 40-36, the third judge scored it even at 38. Torres would remain unbeaten claiming the majority decision win.

Torres worked Davila's body through the fight

VanSiclen scores through Cazack's defense

Two tough former Golden Glove winners squared off in the last of the featured bouts of the evening. Richard VanSiclen brought his unbeaten record in against Alex Cuzack who was making his professional debut. The men's Golden Glove pedigree was on display from the opening bell.

VanSiclen was more active in a slow paced opening round. He pumped his jab while Cuzack looked to counter the punches. Cuzack’s corner urged him to throw more punches, but he was slowed by VanSiclen’s constant pressure. Cuzack, in the second round, showed his skill as he threw more punches and he was able to effectively answer the shots VanSiclen threw at him. Cuzack closed the round with a flurry of punches that scored.

The momentum shifted through the opening moments of the third round as each man looked to take control of the action. There was a solid exchange of punches at the mid point of the round when the two stood in the center of the ring and threw combinations at the other’s body. Cuzack showed his quickness as he was able to double up his right hand. Cuzack had VanSiclen on the ropes and he was landing powershots to the body when the round ended. Cuzack continued to fight well in the fourth, but he did not sustain the punch output through the entire round. There were moments when VanSiclen left himself open, but Cuzack could not mount an offense quickly enough to knock VanSiclen off the mark.

After four rounds two judges scored the fight 40-36, the third scored it 39-37, all in favor of VanSiclen who would claim the win by way of unanimous decision.

Nicholas Jefferson and Ramel Snegur are both early in their professional careers, but even so they show moments of skill seen in those with more experience. Jefferson had been inactive for a while, though not by choice as a few opponents had fallen out of scheduled bouts.

It did not take long for Jefferson to establish that he would be the quicker of the two men. Despite Snegur's good defense, Jefferson was able to slip punches inside to score. Snegur threw an effective jab, but too often it fell just short of landing on the slippery Jefferson. Jefferson continued to score with jabs and his right to Snegur's body in the second round. Late in the round Jefferson caught Snegur with a solid right had that staggered Snegur and sent him backwards. Jefferson watched Snegur back pedal, and rather than jump on him to try to end the fight, Jefferson stepped back and waited for the round to end.

Jefferson stalked Snegur in the third round, throwing his right hand at Snegur's head and occasionally dropping to catch Snegur’s body. Just over a minute in Jefferson threw a hard looping right hand which caught Snegur and again staggered him. Snegur tried to gain his balance as he slipped along the ropes. The referee stepped in and waved the fight to an end, though Snegur did not agree.

Jefferson would claim the TKO win at 1:18 of the third round.

Jefferson's left catches Snegur's head

Villanueva catches Peak with his left

John Peak and Carlos Villanueva squared off in what was to become a back and forth battle as each man had moments when he gained control and landed effective shots.

In the opening round Villanueva threw more punches, the majority of them jabs, while Peak was content to counter punch. Counter punching can be effective if the opponent is throwing punches with regularity, but Villanueva, though throwing more, did not throw enough for Peak to mount much of an offense. Peak began to throw more punches in the second round, and he often placed a target on Villanueva's body. Mid round there was a clash of heads, and Villanueva recoiled in pain. There was no blood, no knot, and the fight continued. At 2:45 of the round Peak landed a right body shot that dropped Villanueva.

Trying to recover after the knockdown, Villanueva began to throw many more punches at Peak’s head. Peak remained focused on Villanueva’s body. Entering the fourth round, both men appeared tired, and as such, the pace slowed and the fighters moved in close resulting in more body shots. Peak was able to land more shots as the fight drew to a close.

After four rounds the judges all scored the fight 38-37, and John Peak would claim the unanimous decision victory.

Cris Reyes made his professional debut in facing Jonathan Arias, a fighter whose 2 win 2 loss record does not accurately convey his boxing prowess.

The opening round saw Reyes applying the pressure, fighting as if he was used to the professional game. He was the busier fighter and landed his left to Arias' body through the round. Arias had a solid second round early, but then Reyes began to throw his combination, and those punches occupied Arias, making it more difficult for him to return shots.

Reyes, in the third round, kept pressuring Arias. near the middle f the round, Reyes pinned Arias on the ropes and scored by firing shots at Arias' body and head. Arias hung tough and returned shots, but he could not break free from the pressure. Reyes continued going to the body in the fourth round, causing Arias to maintain distance from the assault, and that meant that Arias was unable to land many scoring punches.

After four rounds all three judges scored the fight 40-36 and Reyes would score the unanimous decision win in his professional debut.

 

Reyes knocks Arias into the ropes

Flores throws his right while Balthazar (left) prepares to counter

The best fight of the night pitted two fighters making their professional debut. Marcos Flores and Sebastian Balthazar both had solid amateur careers, and the skills they gained in those ranks showed in this four round affair.

Balthazar had a solid opening round as he landed a number of body shots. Flores landed shots as well, though his carried just a bit more power than those Balthazar threw. In the second round the two fighters offered a clinic displaying the tactics of good offensive boxing. first, they threw a lot of punches, most of them while under control and with a target in mind. Second, each man knew what he wanted to accomplish - Balthazar planned to break down Flores' body while Flores fought to land the shots with more power.

Flores opened the third round on the offensive, and in so doing he forced Balthazar to resort to counter punching, a tactic of which he proved quite adept. The fourth round was quite close after a rather slow start. As the round drew to an end the men started to target the other's head, though experience enabled each to avoid any serious damage.

After four rounds one judge scored the fight even at 38 while the other two scored it 39-37 in favor of Flores who would claim the majority decision win.

Justin Milani and Kevin Roberson opened the night in a four round bout. Milani entered the fight with only one win, and Roberson had lost in his only profession al outing.

As the fight opened, Roberson was content to fire his jab, though he only threw them sparingly. Milani opened up throwing combinations. The difference early was that Roberson landed his jab more often than milani landed the combinations. Near the midpoint of the round Roberson lost his mouthpiece, and once it was replaced Milani jumped on him and landed a solid right hand. The punch staggered Roberson, but he was able to continue. A few moments later Milani backed Roberson in to the corner and unleashed a fast assault. Roberson was unable to answer, causing the referee to step in and end the fight.

Milani would score his second win by way of the TKO at 2:31 of the opening round.

 

Milani (left) shoots his left at Roberson's head
Anna and Allie carried the ring cards

The difference between winning and losing is clear