Cabrera-Mioletti defeats Padilla in Tacoma

By Ricardo Ibarra
Photos by Mike Blair/

Turning in a dominant four round performance, undefeated Jr. lightweight prospect Giovanni Cabrera-Mioletti (13-0, 4 KOs) claimed his thirteenth straight victory on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, scoring a stoppage win over Columbia’s Carlos Padilla (16-8-1, 10 KOs). In the main event of Brian Halquist Productions’ ‘Battle at the Boat’ 117, Cabrera-Mioletti controlled the fight throughout, using crafty footwork and superior hand speed to plaster Padilla for four rounds before the fight was stopped in the corner.

Cabrera-Mioletti, fighting out of Chicago but originally from nearby Seattle, initiated contact early in the first round, pressing forward behind his jab and following up with sharp right hands. Working at a steady pace, he consistently pushed his opponent back with precise combinations, easily controlling the round.

In the second, Cabrera-Mioletti switched to a southpaw stance and seemed to find a more fluid rhythm, moving well and peppering his opponent with quick flurries in close before pivoting out of the pocket. He upped his output in the third, using his jab to set up his power shots from range.

By the fourth Cabrera-Mioletti was letting his punches go with more conviction, slamming Padilla with hard straight lefts from the outside and drilling him repeatedly with heavy hooks. Late in the round Cabrera-Mioletti unloaded with a flurry that stunned Padilla. Cabrera-Mioletti continued to unload as the round neared the end, snapping back the head of Padilla with a solid straight left. In between rounds the doctor went to Padilla’s corner and, after a discussion with Padilla and the referee, asked for the fight to be stopped, giving Cabrera-Mioletti the TKO win.

After the fight the young prospect gave his opponent credit for his efforts. “Carlos was tough as hell,” said Cabrera-Mioletti. “I know I rocked him on a few different occasions. But I could still see he had some fire in him and he was trying to fire back. He was a tough guy, but I knew he would gas out.”

“It was a good win,” continued Cabrera-Mioletti. “My trainer wanted me to go out there and box and really work on my footwork. I did that for a little bit but then I thought it was time to step up the pressure and that’s when I started slipping and throwing harder. I’m very happy with the win, but there’s always room to improve. I give myself a C+ or B- in this fight. I know I could’ve done a lot better. We’ll just keep working, keep going at the rate we’re going. I want to take it to the next level. I want to fight better and better opposition.”

With the win Cabrera-Mioletti adds his fourth victory of the year and his fourth inside the distance overall. Padilla drops his fourth consecutive loss.

Five additional fights made up the remainder of the card. In a five round Jr. welterweight featured bout, Seattle’s Shae Green (2-0-1, 1 KO) added his second win as a pro, scoring a first round stoppage victory over local crowd favorite Jorge Linares (4-2, 3 KOs). Linares came out pressing, as he usually does, cutting the distance and letting his hands go. Green quickly capitalized on his opponent’s early aggression, though, catching him with a short counter left hook as he blazed forward and sending him down for a count. Green maintained his distance as the action resumed, laying back and looking for counter-punching opportunities. It wasn’t long before he found one, rocking Linares with another left hook. Moments later a left hook sent Linares down once again. The action continued momentarily but after another left hook dropped Linares for a third time, referee Terrance Moody made the call to stop the fight. The end came at 2:50 of the first round.

After a year-long hiatus from the sport, Yakima, Washington’s Andres Reyes (8-3-1, 2 KOs) made a successful return to the ring, claiming a hard-fought five round split decision win over Portland’s Sean Gee (4-9). The first round was a close, tactical one, but it was Gee who appeared to land the harder shots, countering well with right hooks out of a southpaw stance as Reyes lunged forward. Reyes weathered an early assault in the second round and began to find success in the pocket, unloading hard as Gee got close. He continued to outland Gee in the third, working off his jab and following up with hard combinations. The fourth round was a close one with the pace intensifying and both fighters finding success, Reyes with the cleaner shots early, and Gee coming on late with hard right hooks. Down the final leg of the fight both combatants stepped up their work-rate and unloaded with heavy artillery, making for an exciting end to a good, close fight. Two judges scored the bout for Reyes at 48-47, with the last one seeing it 48-47 for Gee.

Renton, Washington’s Cris Reyes (4-0 3 KOs) put on an impressive display, stopping Keith Wolf (0-2), of Yakima, in the second round of a scheduled four round Jr. welterweight contest. Reyes closed the gap quickly, unloading with hard combinations. He rocked Wolf with a series of rights early in the round and followed up with a jarring left hook that sent Wolf down for a count. After the referee allowed the action to resume, Reyes pounced, quickly buckling his opponent’s knees with a straight right followed by a left hook. Moments later he sent Wolf down to a knee with a right hand. In the second round Reyes began to tee off, smashing his opponent with blistering combinations. Mid-way through the round he dropped Wolf one last time with a left hook. Referee Bobby Howard called it at 1:58 of the second round.

In a battle between two Jr. welterweights making their pro debuts, Normandy Park, Washington’s Andres Garcia Abarca (1-0) claimed a four round unanimous decision win over Tukwila, Washington’s Luis De Alba (0-1). De Alba had a good first round, landing repeatedly with left hook-right uppercut combos that had his opponent in some trouble. In the second, though, Garcia began to adjust, using his movement to stay at range and avoid the left hook while making it easier to land his one-twos. While the round was close with both fighters landing their fair share, it was Garcia who found his mark with the more effective punches. The third got off to a heated start with both combatants unloading heavily. But after a cut opened up over De Alba’s eye, he slowed his output, allowing Garcia to step up his pace and land at a higher rate. He continued to work well for the remainder of the fight, landing the cleaner shots down the stretch. All three judges scored the fight for Garcia Abarca at 39-37.

In the evening’s opener, Yakima’s Juan Gomez (2-0, 2 KOs) displayed a solid set of boxing skills on his way to a third round stoppage win over Gilberto Duran (1-1, 1 KO). The fight started on even terms with both fighters letting their hands go, but it was the more effective use of the ring by Gomez that allowed him to take over mid-round. Using good lateral movement and maneuvering in and out of the pocket with quick combinations, Gomez was the more effective fighter late in the round. In the second, Gomez continued to maneuver well and buckled the knees of Duran mid-way through the round with a left hook. Gomez upped his output and rocked Duran again late. By the middle of the third round Gomez was picking Duran apart with precise combinations. Late in the round Reyes dropped Duran with a left hook. Referee Terrance Moody, seeing Duran wobble as he got up, waved it off at 2:43 of the round.

A robust crowd packed into the Emerald Queen Casino’s I-5 showroom for the 117th edition of the long running ‘Battle at the Boat’ series. Brian Halquist Productions will stage the 118th edition November 17th. Tickets are on sale now at the casino box office and all Ticketmaster locations.

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