By Nick Bellafatto Ringside
In a junior middleweight contest, undefeated prospect Jermell Charlo (18-0, 9 KO’s) of Houston, Texas under the guidance of esteemed trainer Ronnie Shields, would contend with middle of the road Dashon Johnson (13-9-3, 4 KO’s) of Escondido, California, of which he would come away with a unanimous decision victory by scores of 100-89, 99-90, and 98-91after ten complete rounds.
In control most of the way behind a stiff snappy jab, Charlo as the busier fighter would outwork a mainly defensive Johnson who in trying to mount his own offense was not only woefully inaccurate, due somewhat to Charlo’s elusiveness, but was also quite ineffective in a bout that drew mainly boo’s from the crowd. Charlo simply landed the telling blows as opposed to that of his counterpart who rarely connected if at all, so that the Texan in the end would maintain his unblemished record.
Undefeated junior featherweight prospect Randy Caballero of Coachella, California would in a scheduled eight-rounder take on Rigoberto Casillas of Delicias, Mexico in a bout that up to this juncture would feature by far the most action. Unfortunately in the case of Casillas who would endlessly trade with his opponent, much to the approval of those in attendance, Caballero simply threw and landed the harder shots in every exchange.
In effect, it was surprising that referee Jack Reiss didn’t step in to stop the contest beforehand considering Rigoberto in getting the worst of it seemed out on his feet at times. However, on the advice of the ringside physician the bout would be halted in between rounds 3 and 4 in favor of the still undefeated Caballero who improves to 17-0, 8 KO’s, while Casillas drops to 8-9-1, 6 KO’s.
Former Olympic super heavyweight turned professional Dominic Breazeale of Alhambra, California would in a scheduled four-round heavyweight bout drop Nashville, Tennessee opponent Mike Bissett twice in the first, and then twice in the second, mainly from right hands, upon which referee David Denkin had seen enough to call a halt to the action. The time was 1:17 of round 2, as although a game Bissett would land some well placed crowd pleasing shots, Breazeale was simply heavier handed.
To open the evening’s action, fellow Los Angeles natives would go at it in a scheduled four-round featherweight attraction, only to see quick fisted Manny Robles Jr. stun opponent Misael Martinez on more than one occasion, to then loose a non stop barrage which would prompt referee Jack Reiss to step in between to prevent further damage to Martinez. The time was 2:13 of the very first round as Robles improves to 3-0 with 2 knockouts, while Martinez falls to a dismal 0-7.