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Jorge's Corner
The Voice of Boxing in Central and Northern California


Jose Navarro Vs. Adonis Rivas

San Jose California, Aug. 21, 2003

The best part of living in Gun Smoke and the Valley of Tears is that it has two major freeways running through it. It makes it easy to leave. Those two major high ways are also the way drugs and guns get into the Central Valley.  It doesn't help to have early release programs continuously dumping parolees into the general population. More and more kids are adopting prison behaviors, manner of dressing and self-destructive attitudes that only guarantee time in jail.  While Mayor Pedesto and his buddy, Alex Spanos the richest man in Stockton, and one of the few men in the world who owns a football team, live behind gated communities, the rest of us are forced to take our chances. Had I known before what I know now about Stockton, I would have never bought a home here.  As I said, the best thing about Stockton is being able to leave it quickly. As an avid boxing fan my most recent trip to San Joseıs HP Pavilion was another adventure. I was a little concern about the strange events occurring concurrently. A woman was killed by a white shark while swimming with sea lions off of San Clemente.  The miracle is that three lifeguards risked their lives to pull out her body, after the shark chew off her leg. And people like to say ³we have no heroes².  These guys have to be nuts or have cast iron gonads.  In another strange story out of  Northern India, thirteen children have been killed by wolves in the last two weeks.  It seems that no only has the world gone mad, so has the wild life. As much as conservatives complain about it, thank God for boxing

I missed the first match, which was no big deal. The second bout matched a tough little guy named Ricardo Baragan squaring off with Jaime Orrantia.  Baragan, a seasoned veteran came it with seven wins, three loses and one draw with three knockouts.  Jamie Orrantia came in with a record of seven wins, six loses, three draws with two knockouts.  It looked pretty even on paper.   Baragan demonstrated good boxing fundamentals along with good defensive techniques. The first round was close; I gave it to Baragan because he had the better punches. The bell rang and Orrantia could not come out because he lost his mouthpiece. It might have been gamesmanship or stupid coaches.  He made up for it by reading Baraganıs method of leading with his head and catching him with several upper cuts.  This quickly changed. Baragan started taking charge with upper cuts, left hooks and rights that rocked Orrantia.  Baragan continued to pressure Orrantia with beautiful punches that carried all his weight. Orrantia demonstrated poor fundamentals and little or no knowledge about throwing a correct punch. He never shifted his weight or pivoted his feet. Baragan clearly proved that his technique and ringsmanship were superior. Iıve said it a thousands times, its about the coaching. The coach is the painter, the fighter the Masterpiece. It is no accident that great coaches have great fighters. (Most coaches excuse the performance and behavior of big named fighters, this is completely the opposite of what they need. Anyone who saw the last Lewis fight knows what I mean, Emanuel Stewart, seems to have fallen asleep at the wheel. Lewis looked awful). Baragan punished Orrantia throughout the round.  Orrantia made the dumbest mistake possible and tried to trade shots with Baragan. He barely survived and stumbled to his corner after the bell.  The next round once again proved that training, coaching and intelligence are essential in a fighter. Orrantia lacked all of these. The only quality

Orrantia possessed was courage, however as important as that it is, it is not enough. Baragan beat Orrantia continuously throughout the entire bout.  I believe Baragan should use more pivots as he punches, thereby increasing his punching power. He might also consider developing better hand speed and learning to fight from both sides.   As it stands now, Baragan will soon reach his peak and unless he changes coaches, he will stop improving.  This happens to many fighters, which explains why belts changes hands everyday.  Orrantia as I say has courage and a stout heart, however he must seek better coaching. He is headed for brain damage or worse.  After Orrantia was cut above the left eye his corner should have stopped the bout, but as you know few coaches ever do that.  He was behind on points and had no chance of winning.  He took an unnecessary beating, suffering continued punishment and lost anyway. What a pity, too bad his coaches didnıt take a couple of shots.  Baragan took the victory.

Hutchingson Vs. Quiroz

I came to watch the main event, however as it often happens another bout upstaged it.  “Lil” Joe Hutchinson squared off with a tough Mexican fighter named Hector Quiroz known as ³ El Canonero² which translates roughly into ³ The Artillery Man².  The Mexican people have a thing about cannons. Their national anthem refers to ³ standing at the call of the cannon ², which is how so many Mexican fighters fight. They come in throwing bombs from every angle imaginable. I ran into Joeıs manager, trainer and handler before the event. We spoke briefly. During our short conversation I advised Joe not to brawl with Quiroz I also spoke with Mr. Henry D. Orr, his coach, a down to earth, no nonsense individual. It was refreshing to meet someone as professional. I was impressed with his manner and down to earthiness. After meeting so many trash talking, delusional coaches and managers, it was a pleasure to meet someone who was not selling hype or self-promoting. I warned Joe about trading shots with this Quiroz who came in with three consecutive knockouts to his credit. Quiroz, a former NABO champion recently avenged a loss to Antonio Diaz, by stopping him in the ninth round of a tremendous battle. In my opinion Joe and Hector put on the fight of the night.

After the introductions Joe came out confidently in a southpaw position.  Hector began to pressure Joe immediately, Joe used effective footwork to avoid being trapped in a corner and counter punched. Hector continued to pressure, throwing combinations attempting to brawl. Joe smartly refused to trade. I gave the first round to Hector because of his aggressiveness. In the next round, Hector came in jabbing with Joe attempting to parry and counter with the same right hand. Joe hesitated momentarily then exploded catching Hector with a beautiful right jab, left cross that put Hector on his butt. The crowd reacted and Hector took an eight count. Joe came in to finish him, but Hector managed to fight back. Joe failed to take advantage of Hectorıs weakened condition. Hector had no legs and stumbled around about to fall, and then he impressed me with his gamesmanship. He purposely dropped his mouthpiece.  The referee stopped the action and replaced it, giving him time to regain his composure. Hector survived the round because Joe lacked the punching power to finish him. The next round saw Joe immediately come out, throwing beautiful combinations that put Hector on the ropes.  Hutchinson pressured Quiroz, who managed to hang on despite Joeıs murderous attack. Again, Joeıs lack of punching knowledge hurt him. Somehow Joe has failed to learn the importance of shifting his weight into his punches and pivoting his feet. Joe, banged Hector like a drum without knocking him out.  This is a warning sign and should be heeded.  The next round proved you can trick most people most of the time. Hector managed to draw Joe into a brawl.  Hector, the brawler began to turn the tables on Joe, who forgot what I told him. As soon as Joe starting trading punches, he stared losing. Hector got better as Joe got worse. This mistake must have cost Joe dearly and he took punishment. I hate to be right sometimes, but as they say. ³ you can show someone the light, but you canıt make him open their eyes².  Hector continued to be more effective as Joe tried to brawl. Finally, Joe realized his error and readjusted. He began to box and once again took charge. The crowd booed when Hector continuously dropped his mouthpiece. Joe took a powerful right that hurt him. It looked as if Hector was about to stop Hutchinson. However, Joe who should be called Big Joe reconfirmed my belief that a fighterıs greatest weapon is his heart.  I have to also admire Hector who refused to quit and continued to press Joe, who hit him with everything including the kitchen sink. However, Joe was unable to subdue Quiroz. The continued mouthpiece dropping cost Hector a point. The eighth round saw Joe pound him with solid shots, but again failed to stop him.  He also made some mistakes a professional fighter cannot afford to make. Some of his defensive techniques were amateurish. He had no idea how to slip, parry or block a right hand, and he lacks in-fighting skills. I believe I could help him, but there is probably no chance of that. Most coaches are very possessive, they'd rather their fighter take a beating, than have another coach show them up.  This is a character flaw, which is paid for by the fighter. A perfect example would be the Ali -Martin fight. Christi had no business tangling with someone six inches taller and thirty pounds heavier. Her coach, who is also her husband, failed to get the help she needed. Christi was not ready to face Ali. Her lack of composure, knowledge of infighting and insistence on wide punches cost her dearly.  It was a no contest, promoted for purely financial reasons. Because of it, she took a terrible beating and suffered a humiliating defeat. Thank God, Hectorıs corner finally got the idea he could not win, and tossed in the towel. There was no point in Hector taking more punishment. Joe Hutchinson got the victory by knockout.  Hector Quiroz suffered the eighth loss of his career.  Boxing fanatics got to see an exciting match.

The Main Event
Jose Navarro Vs. Adonis Rivas

Oscar De La Hoyaıs Boxeo de Oro promoted this match. It appears like an exciting match-up on paper. This is the trouble with match making. Itıs almost impossible to predict how it will play out. Navarro who is promoted as a former US Olympian and one of only a handful form the 2000 games in Sydney, Australia still undefeated sounds great.  His record is 17 wins, zero losses, zero draws. Already the title holder of the NABA, and IBA, known as ³El Angelino, ² which translates roughly into ³The guy from Los Angeles² big deal, aren't there about six million guys from L.A.?  The 22 year old Navarro is ranked fifth by the WBO and seventh by the WBA.  His opponent, Adonis Rivas, with a record of 19 wins, three loses and one draw with one knockouts if from Nicaragua. He is a former two-time world champion. On paper this sounds like the makings of an exciting, action-packed fight, but in reality it was not. I have witnessed Navarro fight before. He is technically proficient, has great ring generalship with good defensive and offensive maneuvers. That being said, the fight looked like friendly sparring session. Neither fighter took chance, or went for the kill. The crowd got bored and booed. I booed a little myself.   I love boxing, however I would not pay to go see Navarro fight again. Up to date, his fights have lacked excitement and drag on. Although Navarro out smarts and out maneuvers his opponents, he lacks punching power and the killer instinct.  This fight fits perfectly into the same pattern. Hundreds of punches being thrown, hundreds of jabs, millions of quick moves, all without any effect. I saw him after the bout and he looked like heıd just returned from an average day at the gym. Navarro got the decision and the game goes on. He seems like a nice kid, someone should do something to fire him up.

See you Ringside,

Jorge A. Martinez