Esquivel Rolls Through Gilbert in Two

Story and Photos by Ricardo Ibarra

Warm Springs Community Center

Warm Springs, Oregon

 

Heavyweight Juan Esquivel (5-0, 5 KOs), of Zillah, Washington, scored a second round stoppage victory over Daniel Gilbert (0-1) in one of two pro bouts featured Saturday night at the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa in Warm Springs, Oregon, capping off Warm Springs Nation Boxing's twelve bout Pro/Am show.

Esquivel, who was fighting for the first time in two years, used a crafty shoulder roll defense in the first to avoid his aggressive opponent's looping flurries and find openings for his counter straight rights and left hooks. Esquivel consistently out-landed Gilbert and hurt him badly with a right to the gut as the round came to an end.

In the second, Esquivel stepped up his aggression and dropped Gilbert early in the round with a right upstairs. The knockdown seemed to energize both fighters, motivating them to open up with abandon as the action was allowed to resume, giving the crowd some solid back and forth action. Esquivel was the first to settle down, though, finding a rhythm landing with quick shots in between Gilbert's wild swings. Another flush right hand dropped Gilbert for one last time. The fighter made it up at five, but the referee made the call to stop it at 2:22 of the round, giving Esquivel the TKO win, his fifth in a row.

Esquival eyes Gilbert

Esquival celebrates his win

 

Smith (left) closes in on Combs

Local crowd favorite Jasper Smith (1-0) secured his first win as a paid fighter in a Jr. middleweight contest, defeating Portland, Oregon's David Combs (1-3-1) by unanimous decision. The bout was fought at a fast pace with both men letting their hands go from the start, but it was Smith who appeared to land the harder shots at a more consistent rate. All three judges scored the bout 39-37 for Smith.

Ten amateur bouts showcasing local fighters filled out the remainder of the card .

In an impressive performance, Salem, Oregon's Blaiwas Eaglepipe displayed a solid skill-set, beating local Hilbert Williams by unanimous decision. Eaglepipe used good lateral movement, crisp right jabs out of a southpaw stance, and solid punch placement to dominate the four round affair.

Eaglepipe opens up

 

Brandon Quezada, of Salem, defeated Warm Springs' Eric LaClaire in a three rounder. Both fighters exchanged from the start, but Quezada had the upper-hand with the harder, more effective shots. After a hard right stunned LaClaire as the second round came to a close, Quezada poured it on in the last round, teeing off down the stretch, dominating the final two minutes of action. Two judges scored all three rounds for Quezada with the last seeing it two to one.

In a heavyweight fight between two Warm Springs fighters, Mo Smith took a three round decision win over Jesse Hicks. The fight was a wild slugfest from the start with both fighters stepping in and landing heavily on each other. Smith was the first to claim an edge, dropping Hicks with a big left hook early in the round. Moments later, after a left hook wobbled Hicks, Smith dropped him hard with a follow up barrage. Smith would go on to drop Hicks again in the second and end out the third teeing off on the game but out-worked Hicks.

In a lightweight female bout between two Warm Spring Nation boxers, thirteen year old Aaliyah Martinez claimed a victory over Evalyn Price, also thirteen. Both came out swinging wildly, but it was Martinez who began to land with consistency, smacking Price with hard overhand rights, bloodying her nose. In between rounds one and two, Price's corner made the call to stop it.

 

In his second fight of the night, eleven year old Avan Garcia scored another win, taking a three round unanimous decision over fellow Warm Springs fighter Rocky Gonzalez. Garcia lacked the energy he had in his first fight held earlier, but he had enough to outland Gonzalez for most of the three round fight. All three judges scored the fight for Garcia.

Salem, Oregon's Edgar Areola claimed a win in his first amateur contest, defeating Warm Springs' Damion Garcia by unanimous decision. Thirteen year old Areola used his southpaw stance to his advantage, landing accurate straight lefts and right hooks throughout the fight. Garcia was game, but not active enough, allowing Areola to take the lead in the majority of the bout.

In a match between two nine year olds from Warm Springs, Allen Green and Jayden Esquiro battled to a split draw. Esquiro was a buzzsaw from the outset, but slowed in the second round allowing for Green, who maintained a busy pace, to land more often down the stretch. The judges were split with one seeing it for Green, one seeing it for Esquiro and one judge seeing it even.

Yakama Nations' Norman Schuster claimed a unanimous decision win over Hilbert Williams in a three round Jr. lightweight bout. Schuster used good footwork and quick jabs to set up solid right hands, landing at a higher rate than his determined opponent. All three judges saw the fight a shutout.

 

Avan Garcia, who saw action twice on the card, claimed his first win of the night in the second match-up of the card, taking a unanimous decision victory over Isaiah Martinez. Garcia was the more active and accurate boxer throughout, winning all three rounds on all three judges' scorecards.

 

The card opened up with five year old Allen Garcia taking a win over six year old Adrian Wewa.

A third pro bout that had been scheduled between Steve Villalobos and Aaron Minton was scrapped when Minton had to pull out earlier in the week and no suitable opponent could be found.