Fairfield's Sanchez shocks Reyes with first-round TKO

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Fairfield's Sanchez shocks Reyes with first-round TKO

In an absolute shocker, Fairfields Alan Sanchez delivered a first-round technical knockout of former conqueror Artemio Reyes at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas Friday night.

After a cautious opening minute, a thudding right uppercut from Sanchez (10-2-1, 4 KOs) suddenly had Reyes (15-2, 12 KOs) backpedaling into the ropes.

The Bay Area fighter subsequently took advantage of his foes waning condition, throwing a relentless series of right hands upstairs that would eventually floor a vulnerable Reyes and prompt referee Joe Cortez to stop the fight.

The official time was 2:08.

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He was using his jab pretty good, so I thought about moving at first, Sanchez told CSNBayArea.com via telephone after the victory. Then I threw my uppercut really hard, and when I saw he was hurt, I just jumped on him and went for it.

Fridays abrupt ending sharply contrasted their first meeting in June of 2010, a blistering six-round war in Southern California that ended in a split decision victory for Reyes. Sanchez and his team were determined to avenge the defeat.

The plan was to stay on the outside and then go for the knockout in the later rounds, trainer Jesse Lopez Sr. said, but Alan had the opportunity to knock him out right there and he did it.

Reyes, who entered the rematch with a heavy heart having buried his father last week following complications stemming from a car accident, saw a 14-bout winning streak snapped.

The 21-year-old Sanchez handlers, Don Chargin and Jorge Marron, will now try to capitalize on this newfound momentum.

I'm going to talk to Golden Boy Promotions as far as getting him a TV date in Fairfield in June, Chargin said via telephone. As far as a venue, we're looking at either the Fairfield Sports Center or a converted Wal-Mart that can hold more than 1,000 seats.

Since Chargin and Marron took over Sanchez promotional reins, the Fairfield High alum has gone 5-0 and will now probably earn a top 15-20 welterweight (147 lbs.) ranking with one of the main alphabet sanctioning bodies.
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You can imagine the people that watched him at home in the Bay Area are proud of what he just did, Chargin added. Were all proud of him.

Sanchez, who works six days a week in a local chicken restaurant as both a cook and a dishwasher, might have to explore fighting full-time following this momentous win.

Im thankful to have a job, but this win was big for my career, Sanchez said. Maybe now I can start training in the gym 100 percent.
CSNBayArea.com Boxing Insider Ryan Maquiana is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and Ring Magazines Ratings Panel. E-mail him at rmaquinana@gmail.com, check out his blog at Norcalboxing.net, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's loss despite five home runs

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's loss despite five home runs

BOX SCORE

Hit five home runs, and a team has to like its chances of winning.

The A’s simply couldn’t keep up with the Houston Astros’ bats, however, in an 11-8 loss Wednesday night that snapped Oakland’s four-game winning streak. Khris Davis went deep twice, and Ryon Healy, Jed Lowrie and Matt Olson all went deep as the A’s set their season high for home runs.

But Houston racked up 17 hits against Jesse Hahn (3-6) and four relievers and evened this three-game series at a game apiece. It was the second time Hahn has gotten knocked around by Houston inside of a week.

The A’s took an early lead, 5-4, in the third on the second of Davis’ two homers, part of a four-run rally for Oakland. But the Astros answered right back with five runs in the bottom half, and the A’s never recovered from that momentum swing.

Hahn’s struggles continue: Hahn was trying to rebound after the Astros hung nine earned runs on him last Thursday at the Coliseum. Things didn’t improve Wednesday at Minute Maid Park, as the right-hander lasted just two-plus innings and allowed six runs on nine hits. Is this a case of one team simply having Hahn’s number or do the A’s make a move and try someone else in the rotation? It bears watching.

Krush Davis x 2: It was apparent early this would be a slugfest, with Khris Davis homering twice within the first three innings as the A’s tried to keep pace. He led off the second with a shot to left field, then came back with a three-run blast to left in the third that put Oakland up 5-4. The homers were his team-leading 20th and 21st.

Reddick-ulous night: Josh Reddick filled up the stat sheet against his old team in every way imaginable. He went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs, and twice caught the A’s by surprise by stealing third base. For good measure, he turned in an excellent running catch in right field to rob Yonder Alonso.

Strange offensive night: What to make of this night offensively for the A’s? They hit a season-high five homers but also struck out a whopping 17 times. No matter … you can’t hang this one on the offense, because …

The pitching staff just couldn’t hold things down: Josh Smith was called upon to hold down the fort after Hahn departed in the third, but Smith was tagged for three runs on four hits. Daniel Coulombe and John Axford also got touched for runs. Rookie Michael Brady did turn in 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Cubs outfielder vows he didn't give Trump the middle finger at White House

Cubs outfielder vows he didn't give Trump the middle finger at White House

WASHINGTON – Albert Almora Jr. didn’t use Wednesday’s Oval Office photo op as a subtle form of political protest, but it did sort of look like the Cubs outfielder gave President Donald Trump the middle finger, at least from that angle in an image that went viral on Twitter.    

“There was two fingers! Look closely, there was two fingers!” a veteran player yelled across the room as reporters gathered around Almora’s locker inside the visiting clubhouse at Nationals Park. 

“Guys were giving me a hard time about it,” Almora said, “but I pointed out the second finger. We’re all good.”

In another White House visit that didn’t look nearly as unofficial or informal as the Cubs said it would be, one snapshot became Almora with part of his left hand in his pocket. Almora stood near Kris Bryant – who held a 45 Wrigley Field scoreboard panel – and Trump at his desk with the World Series trophy.

“Obviously, it’s unfortunate,” Almora said with a laugh. “I’m getting ready to take a picture and I’m posing there. But you guys know that I would never do that to the president of the United States. 

“I respect everybody. It is what it is. We laugh about it now, but there’s definitely two fingers out there.”

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