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.

Sources: Giants close to a deal with closer Mark Melancon

Sources: Giants close to a deal with closer Mark Melancon

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — On the first day of the annual Winter Meetings, the Giants are close to accomplishing their biggest offseason goal.

The Giants and All-Star closer Mark Melancon are close to a deal, per league sources, with an announcement expected to come at some point Monday. Melancon is one of three big-name closers on the free agent market and he has been a priority for the Giants, who need a solution for the ninth inning. 

If a deal gets done, Melancon will represent a significant upgrade for the bullpen. The 31-year-old has a 1.93 ERA over the past three seasons with 131 saves in 141 chances. 

The bullpen blew a franchise record 30 saves in 2016, including nine in September alone. The Giants gave back a lead of four-or-more runs on six occasions, tying for the MLB lead. In Game 4 of the NLDS, the final game of their season, the Giants could not hold a three-run lead against the Cubs. 
 

Report: Kings forward Matt Barnes accused of choking woman

Report: Kings forward Matt Barnes accused of choking woman

Matt Barnes may be in some trouble.

The New York Police Department wants to question the Kings forward because he allegedly choked a woman inside a nightclub early Monday morning, according to TMZ Sports.

Barnes reportedly punched two other people as well.

TMZ Sports has video of Barnes and teammate DeMarcus Cousins in front of Avenue Nightclub after the alleged incident.

The Kings lost to the Knicks on Sunday night and Barnes shot 1-for-11 from the field.

Cousins scored 36 points on 9-of-30 shooting.