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Mendez-Gonzalez Bout Highlighted an Entertaining Night of Boxing in Salinas

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The fights on Saturday night (December 15) packed a huge wallop from the Storm House in Salinas, California. The event was broadcast by Telefutura. The main bout on the Solo Boxeo Tecate Card was a 10 rounder between middleweight prospect Paul Mendez (11-2-1, 5 KOs) against the tough ring veteran Lester Gonzalez (12-8-4 with 6 KOs). At stake was the IBA Middleweight Belt. Both fighters tipped the scales at about 160 pounds.

The match-up turned out to be a real war from the opening bell. Rounds 1 and 4 were about even with the fighters jockeying wildly to gain an incremental advantage. Mendez picked up round 3 with a clear knockdown of Gonzalez, who gained a slight advantage in round 2. Everything changed in round 5.

Mendez came out swinging and scored with multiple head and body shots which overwhelmed Gonzalez prior to the end of the round. The contest was stopped by referee Ed Collantes. Gonzalez simply ran out of steam. He had a tired appearance by the end of the round. Clearly, he needs to go back to training camp to do a more rigorous workout which includes more sprints and perhaps better sparring. Mendez became the IBA Middleweight Champ and the belt was secured tightly around his waist in front of the wildly cheering fans in attendance.

In the welterweight division, Oscar Godoy (9-2, 4 KOs) fought Javier Gomez (13-10, 9 KOs) from Tijuana, Mexico. Gomez was competitive in round 1, although he had his hands down too often. By round 3, Godoy scored with a TKO which ended the fight. Gomez was simply outclassed in this fight.

Jonathan Garcia (10-0) placed his undefeated welterweight record on the line against Rodolfo Armenta (11-9-1, 9 KOs) of Rio Rico, Arizona. Garcia came out swinging and ended the fight just before the end of round 1. Armenta threw many wild punches and ran out of steam quickly. In addition, Garcia had a 4 inch advantage in reach which he used quite effectively to pile up points on the score card and end the fight quickly. Armenta was simply out of his league in this fight.

Welterweight Preston Freeman (3-0, 1 KO) earned a narrow victory over Vicente Guzman (0-1) who was on his pro debut. Rounds 1 and 4 were roughly even. Guzman was knocked down once in round 2 and Freeman took a horrific beating at the end of round 3. The judges scored the fight 40-35 in favor of Freeman, although the fight was much closer than that. Freeman’s punches were crisper and this aspect may have gained him more points on the cards. Clearly, Guzman had nothing to be ashamed of and he has a bright future ahead of him in boxing.

Saturday night was clearly a night for great fighting. A lot of things were settled. Chief among them was Mendez clearly being the better boxer between him and Gonzalez. Godoy, Garcia and Freeman also advanced in entertaining fights. Clearly, this was a night for boxing fans to remember.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.