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Toppenish Jan. 2020 - Roy Jones Jr. Promotions

Richard E. Baker

Jade Bornea Defeats Ernesto Delgadillo

The headliner at the Legends Casino Jan. 30th featured two unbeaten, hard-hitting, super flyweights: Jade Bornea (14-0-0) and Ernesto Delgadillo (11-0-2). Bornea, from the Philippines, has been inspired by Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao has brought new life to the islands. Hundreds of young men have risen from the villages and towns to enter the ring looking for an easier life and fast cash. Several are up to the task, including Bornea. Half of his wins have come against opponents with winning records which shows he is no paper tiger.

Delgadillo has also fought mostly winning opponents, the bouts staged in Texas where tough boxers abound. This bout promised to be all action. One thing about little guys - they never slow down.

Promises are often disappointing. The fight did not keep anyone on the edge of his seat and started off extremely slowly. Throughout the fight neither fighter seemed willing to risk anything for the win. Delgadillo did most of the punching in the first few rounds and managed to put down Bornea in the 6th. The knockdown was was mostly caused by balance rather than a punch. Bornea’s left cheek started to swell early but gave him no trouble. Both fighters started to come alive as the rounds continued. Neither one was ever a ball of fire but there were occasional signs of embers. In the end, Bornea took the split decision and the NABF Super Flyweight belt.

I mentioned to the photographer next to me that both fighters were managed by the same man. He seemed outraged and said, “That’s a conflict of interest!” I did not want to correct him. I try and not be erudite and keep a close watch on correcting others. Thus is the state of boxing today, or of our educational system.

Connor Doyle Defeats Miguel Dumas

A bit of the Emerald Isle was present in the form of rising star Connor Coyle. Roy Jones Jr. saw his potential and offered him a promotional contract last April. Boxing has been in the family for over 100 years and both his father and grandfather held British Commonwealth titles.

He was the whitest boxer on the card due to the lack of sun and fit in with Washington’s dim winter months. He has attempted to offset that by training half the time in Florida. He is a man of varied and big appetites. His girlfriend is expecting a baby soon and he already has a girl by a former girlfriend. The name of his daughter, Clodagh Rose, is tattooed across his stomach, an area he hopes to protect.

Coyle credits much of his success to trainer Jim Mcloughlin and the rest of his team in the U.S. and to Cahir Duffy in Ireland. For every fight he splits his training between the two countries. Through hard work and continued activity he feels he will break into the top 10 this year.

The fight with Miguel Dumas only lasted a round, not much to learn anything about either fighter. Coyle is a straight up boxer in the European tradition. He moves well and hits hard, hard enough for Dumas to quit early. Dumas may have thrown out his shoulder. In his corner his shoulder resembled Mount Rainier and he appeared to be in great pain.

Richard Van Siclen Defeats Abraham Martin

I was looking forward to the Richard Van Siclen VS Abraham Martin bout, two undefeated boxers attempting to take the next step up, rather than down. I covered Van Siclen’s debut fight several years ago. He had been pitted against a bit of tumbleweed that blew into town disguised as a boxer, and blew out just as quickly. Telling much about Van Siclin’s ability was difficult. He appeared to be a long-time athlete, in great shape, quick, well balanced, and a real boxing oddity: good-looking, has a university education, is articulate, and can read and write, something of which some boxing writers are incapable. One can almost imagine he and Gene Tunny discussing Shakespeare over a glass of wine or Richard Burton’s quest for the source of the Nile.

It was clear he had skill. He was always athletic and got involved with boxing at the University of Washington. He was not tall enough for basketball, not big enough for football, so he joined the University boxing team. One of the best teams in the nation, the team allowed him to travel across the country and improve his skills. He says he owes his success to the team.

I was anxious to see how much he had improved over the years. His opponent was unbeaten Abraham Martin.

Martin, (5-0-0) started boxing for exercise. He quickly realized he had a knack for the game. He liked the skill involved and the physical exertion. He has only had 20 amateur fights. He admitted that beating Van Siclen would be tough, but he felt he is up to the task. He trains at the Sparta gym in Oregon and works in the landscaping business.

This fight also went only one round. Van Siclen came out like a lawn mower throwing non stop punches. There was little skill involved, just action. Martin spent his time attempting to save his life. Van Siclen motioned several times for referee Jack Reis to stop the fight, but Reis let it continue. Martin did not emerge from his corner for the next round.

Glen Hagler Jr. Split Draw With Charon Spain

The opening bout between Glen Hagler Jr. (4-1-0) and Charon Spain (2-13-0) was a blast - sheer joy. With 13 loses one would expect Spain to fall down with the first breeze and collect his cast, grab some dinner, and hit the slots. Not so. Spain has considerable skill. Not only that, he is extremely fun to watch, very animated, and very active. He acts like he is having fun. He rocked Hagler in the last round and almost had him down at the sound of the bell, or air horn in this case. The boys walked away with a split draw for their effort.

Jerrell BarbourDefeats Kenall Ward by U.D.

Kendall Ward has had 5 fights, all loses. His punched start somewhere in the Pacific ocean and come in like a mortar round. He is in shape and willing to fight. What he needs is a trainer who can teach him to box.  Jerrell Barbour, making his pro debut, has been trained well. He threw nice crisp shots and moved well.

Margorito Hernandez U.D. over Joshua Wheeler

The Hernandez/Wheeler fight was all action. Wheeler was more accurate in the first round, then went down in round 2. Wheeler went after Hernandez in round, only to go down again. Great fight with Hernandez taking the unanimous decision.

William Gomez U.D. Over Abdual Kamara

Kamara went down in round 1. Gomez was right on him. If Gomez worked off his belly fat he could drop a weight, or tow, and might make some noise.

One of the fights I was hoping to see was Welterweight Santiago Dominguez (20-0-0) against Vitor Jones (16-5-0)  in what should have been an interesting bout. Dominguez, the favorite, planed to showcase his considerable skills while Jones wanted to prove he is a tougher boxer than his record indicates. Unfortunately Dominguez fell ill at the last minute. His next bout is scheduled for May in Reno.


Emerald Queen
Dannie Williams on the Comeback Trail

Richard Baker

The sold out crowd at the Emerald Queen casino waited to watch Andre Keys as he took took a huge step up to face Dannie Williams (23-3-0 18KO), only to fall on his face. Williams is suffering from Lazarus Syndrome in attempting to put life back into his boxing career.Many boxers have this problem. 

The Keys team looked sharp in their shinny new emerald-colored outfits. Keys also looked sharp in the fight as he dropped a unanimous decision to Williams. Keys came in 6 pounds overweight one can only wonder how dedicated he was. To come to the weigh-in overweight at all is a disgrace. To come in 6 pounds overweight is an abomination. 

Williams had built his record to 22-2 before losing to John Molina Jr in 2013 in a fight for the vacant World Boxing Organization NABO lightweight title. He retired for six years to rethink his career and, after thinking he still had a chance to make some noise, returned to boxing in April and beat Ronald Rivas by majority decision.

Andre Keys (12-1-0 5KO), a native of Tacoma who was a multiple-time national champion as an amateur, was coming off the biggest win of his career, having defeated Manuel Monteiro by unanimous decision in a 10-round bout on Nov. 9.

Both men appeared to be in fine shape as they entered the ring. Williams trained for nine months for the fight and felt the ring rust was gone. He hoped to climb back into title contention. Six years removed from any sport is often deadly, if not in mind, then in body. Keys also looked fine and hid his Burger King addiction well.

The first round told the story of the remainder of the fight. Williams, constantly on the move, threw punches relentlessly, but not always accurately. He often looked awkward. Williams wanted to lay him out like a strip of golf turf. 

Keys clearly had the better skills; better balance, better defense, and more accurate punches. Trouble was, he did not throw enough of them. Someone forgot to tell him that throwing punches is a big part of boxing. Williams must have thrown 4 shots to every one of Key’s.

Halfway through the fight, Williams started to look tired. That often happens when one has worked to make weight. Although he looked tired, he kept up his blitzkrieg while Keys managed to launch a few accurate pot-shots.

It was a good fight for Williams, who can now move ahead to bigger paydays. Keys can sit at Burger King and wonder what went wrong in a fight that should have been his. Sometimes it takes two hands to handle an opponent, not just a hamburger..

Niko McFarland Defeats Antonio Neal by U.D.

If McFarland lost the bit of fat around his waist, he could drop a weight and perhaps make a real impact. Meantime, in a tough professional fight, he and Neal battled for domination. Neither fighter threw and punches with determination, but they threw enough for an interesting fight. Neal seemed to carry the early rounds but tired. McFarland took over to pull ahead for the win.

Jose Cervantes KOs Cody Brown in 1:02 of round 1

Not much to say in a fight this short. Brown was rocked with the first punch and never recovered as Cervantes pummeled him from ring rope to ring rope.

Luis De Alba defeats Marco Garcia by S.D.
Joseph Aguilar KOs Juan Jackson in rd 2
Nicholas Mills KOs Michale Johnson in rd 3
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