News from Around Banderas Bay | November 2008
|Muay Thai "Triple Championship" Fight Results|
In the main event at the IKF sanctioned Muay Thai "Triple Championship" fight card last Friday night at the Plaza De Toros La Paloma was won by Cesar Palomera by a dominant TKO that came at the end of the 2nd round of the scheduled 5 round bout. Palomera, who received his second IKF Mexican title belt in the super lightweight "modified" division, adding to his welterweight title, stopped Jose Francisco Ramos of Mexico City in the final seconds of the 2nd round as Ramos was unable to fight back as the bout was stopped by referee Armando Tapia. Palomera had a perfect mix of kicks and punches in his complete domination of Ramos.
|Cesar Palomera with his two title belts after winning his second IKF belt in the main event. Palomera was calculating and dominant in his victroy.|
|Palomera is flanked by Felix Perez, the IKF Mexican representative on the left and Ketzal Productions Felix Reno Perez Ponce.|
|Gregorio Gabriel wins the IKF feather weight title belt. Referee Armando Tapia presemts him with the coveted hardware.|
|Gabriel with teacher and trainer Santiago Manzanares.|
|Fight action between Gregorio Gabriel and Edurado Santos Moreno.|
|Traditional pre fight ritual before Muay Thai fight.|
|Proud Dad Santiago Manzanares after his daughter Yajaira won her 2nd career fight.|
The Friday night at the bullring was festive although quite intense as a crowd of 1000+ was in attendance in the event that had three Mexican IKF title belts at stake. Ketzal Productions, with IKF Mexican representative Felix Perez put on a seven fight card, with six of the fights professional. The night was dominated by Puerto Vallarta fighters as they handled the challengers from Mexico City and Guanajuato.
Gregorio Gabriel, under the tutelage of Santiago Manzanares won the IKF featherweight title with an assault that included quite a bit of boxing as well as strategic kicks as his opponent Eduardo Santos Moreno couldn't come out for the 4th round as his right eye had closed and was unable to fight. Gabriel also holds the Mexican CNKB featherweight title and the future appears bright for the youngster.
In the first of the title matched, Carlos Solorio, owner of Lanna Gym in Puerto Vallarta faced Ricardo Neftali Garcia of Irapuato, Guanajuato for the super lightweight IKF championship. Solorio controlled the fight from the start but at the close of the second round, after he sent his opponent to the canvas with a kick to the stomach, he instinctively followed with another kick. That kick landed on his back as he dropped to the canvas he flipped over and Solorio didn't have time to stop the inadvertent kick.
The crowd was hushed as Garcia was attended to by medics and was on the canvas for at least 15 minutes before being carried out of the ring, but was reported to be uninjured. The decision was a technical draw die to medical conditions. Solorio has been a warrior over the years in the ring and a gentleman as well and was disheartened with the turn of events. The title belt went unclaimed.
The undercard had three professional fights and one women's amateur bout. Yajaira Manzanarez at 17, daughter of champion Santiago, owner and mater of Dragon Manzanarez Gym won a unanimous decision over Wendy Peña also of Puerto Vallarta. Yajaira utilized extremely powerful and effective kicks in her second fight with her proud Dad in her corner.
Josue Ruelas of Puerto Vallarta and also of Dragon Manzanarez Gym made his professional debut against Candelario Torres Reyes of Mexico City, also in his pro debut. Ruelas explosive kicks caused the referee to call the fight in the opening round a TKO victory for the young Ruelas, who should be competing for a title in the future if this bout was an indication. He was 10-1 as an amateur, coming into the professional ranks.
Pedro Camberos of Gold's Gym in Puerto Vallarta recorded a 3rd round TKO over Ismael Gomez of Mexico City as he completely dominated his opponent. A bloody nose that bothered Gomez throughout the fight became too dangerous and the fight was stopped.
The final professional fight pitted Hugo Solorio of Lanna Gym in Puerto Vallarta against Daniel Villegas Ruiz of Mexico City. The two were the smallest fighters on the card in the featherweight division but clearly not the smallest in heart as they battled the complete 5 rounds that saw Solorio win a unanimous decision. Solorio was more aggressive and connected with more solid kicks and punches, but Ruiz stood his ground, taking the fight the distance.
The evening ended with celebration in the ring for Palomera just after midnight. The IKF led by their Mexican affiliate Felix Perez and Ketzal Productions put on a first class event. We look for yet another in the future and hopefully some fighters will come from the United States to compete for world championships.