Green overcomes illness to win

Locally-trained boxers win three bouts Saturday

By Paul Danzer, Columbian Soccer, hockey and Community Sports Reporter



The day before stepping into the ring on Saturday against Jesse Isais as part of the Vancouver PAL Fight Night, Virgil Green had chills.

And not the kind of chills an athlete wants the day before a competition. The kind that made it hard for the Vancouver boxer to walk from the bedroom to the bathroom.

But by Saturday at the Clark County Event Center, Green felt well enough to improve to 4-0 as a professional boxer with a decision over his opponent from San Diego in the six-round main event between 140-pounders.

Green, 22, said he was concerned about Jesse Isais’ power and spent the first two rounds moving around the ring trying to coax errant punches from Isais (2-2-1). By the third round, Green said he had gained confidence that his own punches were scoring.

“Once I realized I could hit him at will I started to feel confident,” Green said. “But he still had the power to hurt me. I didn’t want to take risks.”

Green’s victory capped a successful night for Fisticuffs, the Vancouver gym that helped sponsor the fight card. All three fighters who train at Fisticuffs were winners during the nine-bout card that featured professional and amateur fights.

Sammy Perez of Tigard, Ore., who trains at Fisticuffs, won his professional boxing debut. He used his quickness to overcome his lack of height to earn a major decision over Danny Ruiz from Riverside, Calif. (2-1 record), in a four-round bout between 135 pounders.

In the first amateur bout of the night, Jorell Reynosa of Battle Ground earned a decision over Carlos Ruiz of Beaverton PAL in a four-round fight at 135 pounds. Reynosa trains at Fisticuffs.

In the first professional bout of the show, Kendall Ward, who trains at Vancouver Boxing Club lost to Marco Candenas of Salem by technical knockout in the second round of a scheduled four-round match between 126 pounders.

Saturday’s show was a fund-raising event for the Vancouver Police Activities League. Information about how much money was raised was not available for this story. Here are the results from each match:

Bout 1 (Amateur, 154 pounds) — Jorell Reynosa (Battle Ground/Fisticuffs) def. Carlos Arias (Beaverton PAL) by decision.

Bout 2 (Amateur, 126 pounds) —  Corey Hill (Knott Street Gym) def. Jerrell Barbour (Tacoma Boxing Club) by decision.

Bout 3 (Amateur 140 pounds) —  Demetrius Price (Tacoma Boxing Club) def. Junior Zurita (Beaverton PAL) by decision.

Bout 4 (Amateur 135 pounds) —  Efrain Estrada (West Portland) def. Hector Rendon (Tacoma Boxing Club) by decision.

Bout 5 (Pro, 126 pounds, 4 3-minute rounds) —  Marco Candenas (Salem) def. Kendall Ward (Vancouver) by TKO in Round 2.

Bout 6 (Pro heavyweights, 4 3-minute rounds) —  Sylvester Barron (Anacortes) def. Matt Kovacs (Arlington) by TKO in Round 3.

Bout 7 (Pro, 140 pounds, 4 3-minute rounds) —  Gabriel Pineda (Hillsboro, Ore.) def. Nalo Leal (Airway Heights, Wash.) by TKO in Round 4.

Bout 8 (Pro, 135 pounds, 4 3-minute rounds) — Sammy Perez (Fisticuffs of Vancouver) def. Danny Ruiz (Riverside, Calif.) by major decision.

Bout 9 (Pro, 140 pounds, 6 3-minute rounds) — Virgil Green (Vancouver/Fisticuffs) def. Jesse Isais (San Diego) by decision.

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