Ward dominates Rodriguez in virtuoso performance
By David Robinett and Robert Hough at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Unbeaten WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) returned after a 14 month layoff to take an impressive and exciting, albeit one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Edwin Rodriguez (24-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.
The bout became a non-title after Rodriguez failed to make the 168lb division limit. Both fighters went fight at it in round one, but Ward soon established that he was quicker and sharper landing the cleaner shots. Referee Jack Reiss deducted two points from both fighters after some roughhousing in round four. Ward then proceeded to put on a clinic, picking apart Rodriguez for the rest of the fight. Scores were 118-106, 117-107, 116-108
Junior lightweight Jonathan Arellano, Ontario, Calif. (13-2-2 3KOs) edged Charles Huerta, Paramount, Calif. (18-3, 11KOs) in a majority decision over eight rounds. Scores were 76-76 80-72 and 78-74. Arellano fought aggressively and landed many a quick combination.
In a battle of undefeated super middleweights, Brandon Gonzales defeated Jonathan Nelson via ten round unanimous decision. Scores were 99-91, 99-91, 98-92. Gonzales, (18-0-1, 10 KOs), had a little trouble early with Nelson’s speed and counterpunching, but gradually began to impose his will as the fight progressed. By rounds nine and ten Nelson, (19-1, 9 KOs), was simply trying to survive, making it to the final bell despite being wobbled late in round ten by a Gonzales right hook.
Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora, (25-3-2, 8 KOs), put together his first winning streak in over five years with a fifth round stoppage over Milton Nunez, (26-9-1, 24 KOs). The hard-hitting Nunez had Mora in trouble early, clubbing the former “Contender” star to the head, (and sometimes to the back of the head), in rounds two and three. But as Nunez started to tire, Mora came on strong, knocking Nunez down midway through round five before his follow-up attack prompted the referee to step in and save Nunez from further damage. Time of the stoppage was 2:53 of round five.
Super welterweight Oscar Molina, Norwalk, Calif. (7-0, 6KOs) outclassed a game Carlos Sanchez, Denver, Colo. (6-5, 2KOs) before the referee stopped the fight between the fourth and fifth rounds of the six-round contest. Molina, who fought on the 2012 Mexican Olympic team, landed massive left to the body near the end of the round and launched a nasty barrage of punches before the round ended. The fight was stopped after the ring doctor stepped in to check Sanchez.
Lightweight John Molina Jr., Los Angeles (27-3, 22 KOs) dominated Jorge Pimentel, Guaymas, Mexico (26-18, 19 KOs), dropping him three times in the second round and getting the TKO at 2:59. The fight was set for eight rounds.
Super welterweight Justin Deloach, Georgia LA, (6-0, 4KOs) overwhelmed Robert Hill, Inglewood, Calif., (1-2) before dropping and stopping him at 51 seconds in the third round of a four-round bout. Deloach was effective with a formidable arsenal of punches with both hands.
Junior middleweight Tony Hirsch, Oakland, Calif., (14-5-2) scored a majority decision over Donyil Livingston, Palmdale, Calif.,(8-3-1, 4KOs) with scores of 59-55 twice and 57-57. Hirsch landed several big rights in the six-round opening bout.