On Tuesday, August 14, 2012, David Barragan, owner of the House of Boxing Gym on Reo Drive in San Diego, was on the undercard of the Mia St. John versus Christy Martin bout up at the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, CA. Barragan got himself a TKO victory over Beau Hamilton of Montague, CA in the second round. While Barragan’s record improves to (2-0-1), Hamilton’s now drops to 0-3.
In the Main Event, the 45 year-old Mia “The Knockout” St. John (47-11-2, 18 KOs) triumphed over the 44 year-old Christy “The Coal Miner’s Daughter” Martin (49-7-3, 31 KOs). The contest was for the World Boxing Commission light middleweight title. This fact doesn’t give much credence to the WBC, especially when you consider St. John’s record over the last eight years is 6-6 and Martin’s is 3-5-1. Both Holly Holm (31-2-3) and Hanna Gabriel (13-0-1) might take issue with such a preposterous title fight.
Also in the news, Alfredo Angulo was released from El Centro Detention Center in El Centro, CA. The popular Mexican-born boxer was released after an eight-month stay following the winning of his court case on July 30 and the resolution of his immigration status.
Angulo’s attorney, Lucy Haro, made the following announcement, “Alfredo had about three years of mismanagement, and we’ve been just basically cleaning up his mess and trying to get his life back together. So he had to go back to Mexico, and then he came to El Centro to present himself. Now that he’s had his court date, he’s won.”
In June, Angulo’s boxing manager and counsel, Michael Miller, informed the media, “Angulo had overstayed his U. S. Visa and was being held at the El Centro Service Processing Center, an immigration detention facility located 13 miles from the U.S.-Mexican border.”
They say Angulo never committed a crime and Haro was hired to finalize his paperwork which would allow him to legally live in the United States. They say he could have waited either in Mexico or at the Detention Center in El Centro but he chose the detention center.
Angulo (20-2, 17 knockouts) was last in the ring in November, when he lost by a sixth-round knockout to southpaw James Kirkland. That was the first time he had ever been stopped in his career, ending a streak of five straight KO victories since losing an unanimous decision to Kermit Cintron in May of 2009.
The other fights of interest: On Thursday night, August 16, middleweight Brady Rein (1-0) of Riverside, CA, formerly from the Boxing Club of Poway, CA will be taking on Omar Barefield a fellow who is making his debut at the Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA.
On Saturday, bantamweight (115-118 pounds) Mario Cuin of Temecula, CA is scheduled to make his pro-debut at the Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood, CA against Manuel Machorro (0-6-1).
The last time we saw Cuin fight was as a USA Amateur, December 18, 2011, in the Boxers for Christ National Tournament at the Escondido Sports and Fitness Center. After winning in the preliminary bouts, he lost in the finals against Fernando Fuentes of Real Deal Boxing of Hemet, CA. He was heavier then and fought as a featherweight. It’s expected that Cuin will have no problem against Machorro. His opponent’s record is (0-6-1), and he’s been knocked out three times.