Sanchez, Bourland Prevail

By Togorashi

Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee

Satisfying area fans, Fairfield welterweight Alan Sanchez and Vacaville light heavyweight Ryan Bourland won feature bouts Friday night as pro boxing made its return to the Woodland Community Center.

Sanchez (19-3-1) posted a fifth-round stoppage of Miguel Huerta (28-15) of Santa Ana in the main event, while Bourland (13-1) took a split-decision from Cesar Ruiz (5-5) of Phoenix after six rounds of toe-to-toe brawling. Scores in the semi-main were 58-56, 59-55, 56-58.

Sanchez, relatively sharp in his first fight of the year, notched his 10th knockout triumph minus a knockdown. However, the ringside physician decided Huerta, idle last year, had taken too much punishment to answer the bell for the sixth.

The snug Northern California venue, in the hometown of former Olympian and pro contender Vicente Escobedo, welcomed back its first card in four years with a sellout of roughly 1,000.

Also on the Don Chargin-Paco Damian promotion, two Sacramentans were victorious, with featherweight Alberto Torres (10-0-2) winning by UD-6 over Angel Aguilar (8-13) of Mexico and lightweight Steven Rapadas (1-0-1) by TKO-4 over Luis Silva (4-11) of Buena Park. Featherweight Ivan Vergara (3-0) of Vacaville completed the shutout against visiting opponents by TKO-2 over Jose Mora (1-4) of San Diego.

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