Expect the unexpected at a Mayen promoted Boxing show

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Henceforth, Maureen "The Real Million Dollar Baby" Shea will be known as Maureen "The  Giant Slayer" Shea.

Henceforth, Maureen “The Real Million Dollar Baby” Shea will also be known as Maureen “The Giant Slayer” Shea after the 131 pound super featherweight handily defeated the light heavyweight Silvia “Dinamita” Zunga, May 1, 2013 in Tijuana. All photos: J. Wyatt

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Just when you think you’ve seen every possible scenario in the sport of boxing along comes a new twist. After witnessing last night’s show at Las Pulgas Nightclub in Downtown Tijuana, you got to figure the matchmaker was out of town and they had someone, a blindfolded someone, draw the contestants’ names out of a hat because only four of the twelve matches were competitive. 


 

In almost every match their size, height, weight, or skill level was askew. We offer the following data and photos as proof.

Bout #1  

In the light welterweight opening bout which lasted one minute and 42 seconds, it was Jonathan Garcia (11-0-0, 9 KOs) of Watsonville, CA making quick work of Ignacio Mondragon (0-15-1) of Ensenada, B. C., Mexico. After Garcia dropped his opponent with a left hook to the chin, Mondragon was able to beat the count but only to be leveled by a combination, uppercut followed by a straight right. After the second knockdown, referee Cristian Curiel had seen enough and called for an immediate stoppage. With the loss, Mondragon, who has now been stopped 10 times, keeps his seven year winless streak alive.

Jonathan Garcia over Ignacio Mondragon

Jonathan Garcia (l) hardly broke a sweat when defeating Ignacio Mondragon.

Bout #2 

The next match between welterweight Oscar Godoy (10-2-0, 5 KOs) and Alejandro “Iron Man” Alonso (2-16-2, 1 KO) lasted an additional minute and five seconds. The “Iron Man” (no snickering please) is from Rosarito, B. C., Mexico. He has now gone 12 fights without a victory.

Oscar Godoy (10-2-0, 5 KOs) defeats Alejandro “Iron Man” Alonso (2-16-2, 1 KO) in a bout that lasted

Oscar Godoy (l) defeats Alejandro “Iron Man” Alonso in a bout lasting all of two minutes and 47 seconds at Las Pulgas Nightclub in Tijuana.

Bout 2 b Oscar Godoy over Alehandro Alonso CollageBout #3  

Light middleweight Brandon “Cannon” Adams (10-0-0, 6 KOs) of Los Angeles, CA returned to Las Pulgas with the rambunctious pitch man “Repo Man” and a black and white wrestler’s mask to face Rafael “Rafa” Ortiz (8-7-2, 4 KOs) of Mexicali, B. C., Mexico.

In three of Ortiz’s last four contests, he didn’t get past the second round. In this one, he made it to the 1:44 mark of the third. Ortiz’s attempts to counter the heavier power shots from Adams, proved fruitless and even though he tried his best, it appeared it was just a matter of time before he caved in.

Bout #3 featured "Repo Man" making his entrance in support of Brandon "Cannon" Adams who on his way to the ring wore a wrestler's mask.

Bout #3 featured “Repo Man” (top left) making his flashy entrance in support of Brandon “Cannon” Adams who on his way to the ring wore a mask to intimidate Rafael Ortiz.

(top photo) Repo Man helps Brandon Adams remove his gloves after defeating Rafael Ortiz. (bottom photo) Brandon Adams has his arm raised in victory by referee Cristian Curiel.

(top) Repo Man helps Brandon Adams remove his gloves after defeating Rafael Ortiz. (bottom) Brandon Adams has his arm raised in victory by referee Cristian Curiel.

Bout #4

Like Adams, southpaw Leon “The Third Generation” Spinks (4-0-1, 3 KOs) of Huntington Beach, CA was in town for a similar easy win. His opponent, Enriquez “Cid” Guzman (0-2) from Tijuana, was much shorter and from all appearances not near his weight. It was like a high school senior picking on a freshman.

As the first round drew to a close, Spinks caught Guzman with a series of hard shots to force Ortiz to back up against the ropes. Once again, the many unanswered blows forced referee Cristian Curiel to stop the match even though there was only six-seconds left in the round.

Leon “The Third Generation” Spinks (4-0-1, 3 KOs) of Huntington Beach, CA was in town for a similar easy win. His opponent, Enriquez “Cid” Guzman

Leon Spinks III (bottom left) wastes little time lowering the boom on the much shorter Enriquez “Cid” Guzman.

Referee Cristian Curiel raises the arm of the victorious Leon Spinks III.

(bottom left) Referee Cristian Curiel raises the arm of the victorious Leon Spinks III. (bottom right) Enriquez Guzman leaves the ring after losing his match to Spinks.

Bout #5

After the first four fights came and went in record time, Bout #5 was an anomaly, a heated battle between two professionals of the same vintage and skill level, welterweights Daniel Nava (5-0-1, 3 KOs) and Carlos “Magico” Rivera (1-0-0, 1 KO). Both weighed 134 lbs. and both looked to be in excellent form.

The only edge you may have noted in round one was the poise by which Nava circled his opponent and used his jab to set up a few combinations. Otherwise both Tijuana fighters looked to be on their game in that first round.

Then, in the second round, came the back breaker for Rivera who got caught flush to become the victim of a flash knockdown.

Behind on the scorecards, Rivera knew what he had to do and looked impressive in the third round after going on the attack. A shot to the stomach was followed by an uppercut to insure that Round three went in his column.

It was more of the same in the fourth round, as Rivera’s confidence grew. Before the round ended, he had landed two more solid flurries. Despite being in trouble twice, Nava had that knockdown to fall back on and as a result won the match by a split decision. Judges Carlos Flores and Alejandro Rochin scored the bout 38-37 for Nava while judge Guillermo Moreno scored the bout 38-37 for Rivera.

Daniel Nava (5-0-1, 3 KOs) and Carlos “Magico” Rivera (1-0-0, 1 KO)

(top right) Carlos Rivera (black trunks) is the victim of a flash knockdown in Bout #5.

Daniel Nava has his arm raised in victory after wins the split decision victory over Carlos Rivera.

Daniel Nava (l) has his arm raised in victory by referee Juan Jose Ramirez.

As predicted there were fireworks in Bout #6 between Rosalio “Aspid” Rios of Tijuana (6-0-0, 5 KOs) and Jose “Diablito” Escarcega (8-4-0, 5 KOs) of Rosarita. Rios was on a five KO streak and his opponent had ko’d his last three opponents.

From the start, you could feel the tension in the air. Their reputations had preceded them and they were on high alert like gunslingers poised to take that first shot after snatching their guns from the holster. Then Rios resorted to some dirty tricks. After getting hit twice in the lower back, you could see that I’ll-get-even look on Escarcega’s face as the round ended and he returned to his corner.

And that he did. He dropped Rios three times in the second round. Going back to that analogy of a gunslinger, Escarcega wasted little time and drew first, landing the big overhand right and down went Rios. As a follow up, he feinted a left and went again with the overhand right. This time Rios was hurt but somehow managed to deceive the referee by rising quickly and raising his gloves on high.

Escarcega wasn’t fooled one bit. He immediately went right back to that big overhand right to send Rios to the canvas for the third time. In the photo below you can see the veteran referee Juan Jose Ramirez looking ever so intently into the eyes of Rios to conclude he could no longer continue. Time of the stoppage was 1:27 of the second round. This fight alone was worth the price of admission.

Jose Escarcega over Rosalio Rios

After Jose Escarcega (top) makes his entrance, Rosalio Rios (bottom right) follows.

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After Jose Escarcega (bottom right) knocked Rosalio Rios off his feet three times in Round #2, referee Juan Jose Ramirez called for the stoppage and declared Escarcega  the winner.

After Jose Escarcega (bottom right) knocked Rosalio Rios off his feet three times in Round #2, referee Juan Jose Ramirez called for the stoppage and declared Escarcega the winner.

Bout #7, an eight rounder between super flyweights Joselyn “Princesa Tapatía” Arroyo (12-0-0, 4 KOs) from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and Karla “La Capo” Mora (1-1-1) from Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico, was another exciting match.

Even though Arroyo appeared to be in control throughout, there was something so alarming about Mora’s flashy style. You can be certain the often wild, looping swings put the fear in the Arroyo fan base. She was also able to counter off the straight punches coming from Arroyo and near the end of the round scored with a solid left hook that caught Arroyo by surprise.

The good ones listen intently to their trainer between rounds and then make the necessary adjustments. This is what Arroyo did on Wednesday evening and from the outset of round two, Mora was at Arroyo’s mercy. She dropped Mora with a combination of a straight jab followed by a right flush in the face. Mora was able to beat the count, but as soon as the action resumed Arroyo was right back on her and had her backed up in the neutral corner. Arroyo then leveled her with a straight right which sent Mora to the canvas but not before her head bounced on the bottom rope which suggested she might be seriously hurt. Referee Juan Jose Ramirez didn’t want to take any chances and immediately stopped the fight. Official time was 1:34 of the second round.

super flyweights Joselyn “Princesa Tapatía” Arroyo (12-0-0, 4 KOs) from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and Karla “La Capo” Mora

Super flyweight Joselyn “Princesa Tapatía” Arroyo (top) from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico gets the TKO win over Karla “La Capo” Mora from Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico.

Joselyn “Princesa Tapatía” Arroyo (bottom left) has her arm raised in victory by referee Juan Jose Ramirez.

Joselyn Arroyo (left) has her arm raised in victory by referee Juan Jose Ramirez.

In Bout #8, Maureen “The Real Million Dollar Baby” Shea (18-2-0, 11 KOs) was in town from Ventura, CA by way of the Bronx, New York. Shea is a petite super featherweight who somehow got matched up with Silvia “Dinamita” Zúñga (5-11-0, 1 KO) a light heavyweight who weighed 171 lbs. at Tuesday’s weigh-in with her head shaved. The match-up reminded me of that soon to be released movie Jack the Giant Slayer.

After doing some checking, I discovered Shea had done everything possible to weigh more than her usual walk around weight of 131 lbs. Her trainer joked, “We had her wear a trench coat with a cell phone in one pocket, roll of quarters in the other to get her weight up to 138 lbs. Her opponent weighed more than 138 pounds with just one foot on the scale.”

The full-figured Zúñga, who hales from San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, was not exactly a pushover. In her last match, an unanimous decision victory, she defeated the tough Denise Castro (5-0-1). We must also take into consideration that it had been one year, five months and 21 days since Shea last fought.

The boxing commission said they sanctioned the bout based on the difference in their skill levels.

Shea, a very confident boxer, didn’t care if she was fighting a 500 pound gorilla. After traveling over 200 miles by car and training for two solid months, there was no way she was going to return home without testing her skills.

Just like in the Arroyo versus Mora affair, Shea had to be careful and not get caught by that one big punch that would put her on freaky street. The bigger and stronger Zunga did land several arm punches and to her credit took a lot of abuse from the mighty mite who hung close and was able to duck under the more treacherous of the Zunga punches.

In the end, all three scorecards had Shea ahead 40-36, which meant Shea had taken every round. Her record goes to 19-2 with 11 KOs while Zunga’s drops to 5-12 with 1 KO.

In Bout #8, Maureen “The Real Million Dollar Baby” Shea (18-2-0, 11 KOs) was in town from Ventura, CA by way of the Bronx, New York. Shea is a petite super featherweight who somehow got matched up with Silvia “Dinamita” Zúñga (5-11-0, 1 KO)

Bout #8, Maureen Shea had to be careful against the much bigger and stronger Silvia “Dinamita” Zúñga who could have knocked her out with one punch.

Bout 8 b Maureen Shea ducks under  Collage

In Bout #8, Maureen Shea had to be very careful against the much bigger and stronger Silvia “Dinamita” Zúñga who could have knocked Shea out with one punch.

After her win over Silvia Zúñga, Maureen Shea (r) poses for photos.

In Bout #9, lightweight Jose Galvez (3-0-1, 3 KOs) wasted little time, 2:42 of round one, to ruin Miguel Aguirre’s pro-debut. After getting pummeled by punch after unanswered punch, referee Juan Morales Lee stepped in to stop the action.

Jose Galvez over Miguel Aguirre

Jose Galvez (bottom left) has his arm raised in victory by referee Juan Morales Lee after defeating Miguel Aguirre in record time, 2:42 of round one.

Bout #10 

Jose Luis “Zurdo” Ramirez Jr. (2-0-1) a 5’ 10” southpaw and son of the former WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Ramirez, had his way with first timer Michelle Cañete who is also from Tijuana.

At the outset, we saw Canete make one feeble attempt to land this wide looping overhand right. After that one, bust-a-gut swing and a miss, this ball game was over and down he went to the canvas twice before the referee mercifully called for an end to this huge mismatch.

(top) This photo shows the one and only opportunity Michelle Canete had of reaching paydirt against the taller and more accomplished Ramirez.

Photo above shows the one and only opportunity Michelle Canete had of reaching paydirt against the taller, more accomplished Jose Luis “Zurdo” Ramirez Jr.

For Michelle Canete making it out of the first round was an accomplishment.

For Michelle Canete surviving the first round was an accomplishment.

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Jose Luis Ramirez Jr. has his arms raised by the lovely ring card girls after defeating Michelle Canete.

Jose Luis Ramirez Jr. has his arms raised by the lovely ring card girls after defeating Michelle Canete in Bout #10, Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at Las Pulgas in Tijuana.

Bout #11 featured middleweights Antonio Gutierrez (9-0-1, 7 KOs) facing (no relation) Hugo Gutierrez (0-1-1). Aside from the same last name, the two men have little in common. Antonio G is a serious, skilled boxer with mid-range power. With all the punishment that Hugo G. took from Antonio G., he must be a masochist. I have never seen anyone take such abuse and keep coming back for more. The judges’ scores read 40-36 three times, but to be more accurate, they should have read 40-32 because the punch stats were so overwhelmingly in Antonio G’s favor, that every round should have been scored a 10-8 round.

Bout #11 between Antonio Gutierrez (red trunks) and Hugo Gutierrez (red trunks) was a nonstop war with Hugo taking the majority of the punishment.

Bout #11 between Antonio Gutierrez (red trunks) and Hugo Gutierrez (blue trunks) was a nonstop war with Hugo taking the majority of punishment. (bottom) Antonio Gutierrez gets a pep talk from his coach. All photos: Jim Wyatt

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(bottom) Antonio Gutierrez has his arms raised in victory by the two lovely ring card girls on Wednesday evening, May 1, 2013 at Las Pulgas Nightclub in downtown Tijuana.

(bottom) Antonio Gutierrez has his arms raised in victory by the two lovely ring card girls on Wednesday evening, May 1, 2013 at Las Pulgas Nightclub in downtown Tijuana.

Bout #12 

Super flyweight Heriberto “Tremendo” Delgado (6-0, 3 KOs) remains undefeated after stopping fellow Tijuanian Bernardino “Viejito” Guevara (0-7) in the second round.

Should we be giving Delgado props for his win? Back on April 8, 2013, Sergio “Costeño” Najera (4-10) of Tijuana scored his first ever knock out win after 14 fights when he stopped the winless Guevara. It’s possible that there’s nobody out there that Guevara can beat.

In the final bout of the evening, it was Heriberto “Tremendo” Delgado (red trunks) getting the win over Bernardino “Viejito” Guevara (blue trunks).

In the final bout of the evening, it was Heriberto “Tremendo” Delgado (red trunks) getting the TKO victory over Bernardino “Viejito” Guevara (blue trunks).

Heriberto “Tremendo” Delgado has his arm raised in victory by referee Juan Morales Lee.

Heriberto “Tremendo” Delgado has his arm raised in victory by referee Juan Morales Lee.

 

 

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