Thompson Boxing Promotions was live on Sunday, July 26, with a 3-2-1 Boxing card in Omega Products International, Corona, California. The opening bout featured Hawaii’s own, Arnold Dinong, 7-0 (1 KO) taking on Brandon Cruz, 6-2 (4 KOs) in an evenly matched Featherweight contest. After ‘The Classy’ Jimmy Lennon, Jr. set things off, the two fighters jumped straight into the mix.
Cruz wasn’t a stepping stone so I’m pretty sure this should move me up the rankings.Arnold Cruz
It was Cruz who started early with a solid left jab as he used distance as the longer fighter trying to keep Dinong at bay. Cruz was able to find spots to get in shots on the inside, specifically with his left to the body. Dinong’s jab started to find its place early in the second as he looked to press forward on the front foot in a more aggressive manner. With about a minute left Dinong was able to catch Cruz cleanly with a three punch combination. Dinon continued to find success with his left hook as the round closed out while Cruz wasn’t able to land anything of significance.
The two fighters started the third with an exchange where each had solid punches land. Dinong, though continued to press Cruz who found his back against the ropes at times. Cruz was able to close the round with a hard right shot just before the bell rang, his best shot of the fight. In the fourth, Dinong continued to work behind his jab and mixed in solid hooks that were starting to land more on Cruz. At this point it was Cruz who was repeatedly on the peddle as he looked to stave off Dinong’s offensive output. The two again closed the round with an exchange.
Dinong continued to find success bouncing in and out while throwing and landing combinations. Cruz was still throwing the jab but unable to consistently land on Dinong. Dinong opted to try and control the outside more as well in this round though Cruz found some success with his uppercuts outside. In the sixth and final round. Dinong let off the gas a tad in the last round as Cruz came forward looking to take advantage by throwing at a higher output rate. Dinong was able to get in the occasional hook to both the head and body while Cruz found himself coming up just short.
As things came to a close the bout went down to the scorecards where the judges scored the fight 58-6 and 55-59 twice giving Dinong his seventh straight victory.