Vicente Escobedo

The Woodland fighter scores a second-round knockout in the main event at Arco Arena.

Colombian fighters seem to bring out the best in Vicente Escobedo.

As a 2004 Olympian, the pride of Woodland didn't win a medal, but his Athens debut was a lopsided victory over a Colombian opponent.

Escobedo was no less dominant in his eighth pro fight against another foe from that South American country, knocking out Jefferson Rodriguez at 1:40 of the second round Thursday night at Arco Arena.

Vicente Escobedoscobedo, who has won all of his pro bouts by KO, threw a sweet right-left combination to put Rodriquez down for a nine count in the final seconds of the first round. Then after softening his foe to start the second round, Escobedo, 131 3/4, came over the top with a right to the head to register the knockout. Looking discouraged, Rodriguez, 132, remained on his knees as referee Dan Stell counted him out. His record dipped to 20-8 with 19 KOs.

How confident was Escobedo for the scheduled eight-rounder, his main-event debut? Consider that he already had booked himself for another fight in Tucson, Ariz., later this month.

"I don't know why, but I wasn't getting his respect, even after hitting him with all those early punches," Escobedo said. "So, I started showing him some power, let my hands go and waited for the knockout to come."

The gate was $100,323 from a crowd of 3,053, including Chicago Cubs slugger and batting champion Derrek Lee of Sacramento and a large contingent of Woodland fans.

An undercard that was to feature three local fighters was reduced to one when welterweight Anthony Charnell and bantamweight Eddie Betances did not submit results from their blood tests in time.

That left it up to West Sacramento heavyweight Eric Martinez, 251, to carry the area banner, and he did it in style. He registered his second win in his second fight, both by first-round knockout, by disposing of Thomas Eynon (1-4), 261 1/2, of Lompoc in just 52 seconds.

In another free-swinging bout, Jonathan Arias (7-0), 118 1/4, of Mexico, went to the canvas once in the second round but knocked down Daniel Quevedo (2-2-1), 117 3/4, Hanford, twice, inside of 1 1/2 minutes en route to winning a unanimous decision.

In other preliminaries, James Kindell (2-0), 154, Fresno, stopped Elston Dubois (2-8), 153, Los Angeles, at 1:07 of the first round, and Daniel Quevedo's twin brother, Enrique, (2-1), 118 1/2, Hanford, rebounded from a first-round knockdown to win a unanimous decision over Everardo Crespo (1-1), 118, San Diego.

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