Wednesday evening at the Salon Las Pulgas in Tijuana, Mayén Promotions in cooperation with Gonzalez Promotions featured another entertaining night of boxing. The Main Event, Bout #8 on the fight card, featured super bantamweight sensation Reynaldo “Rey” Russell (10-2-1, 5 KOs) battling Jose “Bull” Pech (4-2-0, 1 KO).
With both fighters being in excellent shape and on the top of their game, it was one of those matches where you wished you had the foresight to record it, so you could watch it over and over again.
There is so much to talk about. With Russell, he showcased his cunning, superb defense, speed of hands and the timely uppercuts.
Pech was both elusive and in your face. His feints, footwork and especially his survival tactics in the closing rounds demonstrated the heart of a champion. Both were masterful as they employed every strategy.
The difference in this match was the power Russell was able to generate by being better grounded and maximizing his leverage. By Round #4, his earlier success had given him the utmost confidence to withstand Pech’s constant pressure and hard shots to the body.
In the Co-main event, Bout #7, they had four year veteran, super featherweight Cesar “Cajon” De La Mora (3-5-1, 2 KOs) taking on eight year veteran, 26 year-old AngelLuis “Bofo” Viedas (8-8-1, 3 KOs).
In this one, Viedas surprised everyone by coming out firing with these wild haymakers. Of the many looping shots two landed on the money and twice the durable De La Mora went down. Late in round one, Viedas caught him with an overhand right on the chin. Then at 1:16 of Round #2, still feeling the affects of the earlier cobwebs, De La Mora was clobbered again. This time, referee Juan Manuel Morales Lee decided De La Mora had suffered enough abuse.
Bout #6 featured super featherweights Victor Capaceta (2-4-2, 1 KO) and Miguel “El Mimo” Mendoza (0-5).
In this one, Mendoza, a righty, went :57 seconds into Round #2 before being stopped by the southpaw. In all but one of his previous matches he didn’t even get out of the first round.
In Bout #5, it was Alvaro “Jaguarcito” Diaz (0-1) of Tijuana challenging Christian “El Coralillo”Nieto Ayala (3-0-0, KOs) of Tijuana.
In Round #1, Ayala hit Diaz at a three to one clip. By Round #2, Ayala upped his advantage to five to one. By Round #3, his striking advantage had reached seven to one. As a consequence, Diaz was advised to stay seated on his stool and not answer the bell for Round #4.
In Bout #4, it was super bantamweights 19 year-old Jonathan “Fenix” Aguilar of Tijuana (3-1-0, 1 KO) taking on Artemio “Norteño” Garcia of Tijuana (1-4-1).
In the competitive first round, there were several momentum swings which in the end saw Aguilar finishing the strongest. In Round #2, Garcia got himself in trouble by walking right into three blows to the head. In order to finish out the round, Garcia began to hold on for dear life.
With a cut above his left eye, the game but badly beaten Garcia was convinced by his coach to throw in the towel.
In Bout #3, it was light welterweight Adrian Gonzalez (0-7-0) of Tijuana taking a ton of abuse from Jorge “Chucky” Gonzalez, also from Tijuana, who was making his pro-debut.
From the git-go Jorge held the advantage as it pertains to the hard blows to the head. Referee Juan Manuel Morales Lee ended the embarrassment at 1:21 of Round #2. With the loss, Adrian G., with his six straight losses by way of knockout, drops to 0-8.
Bout #2 featured 39 year-old middleweight Gabriel “Black Mamba” Ojeda (0-1-0) taking on Felipe Molina. After a few rapid fire exchanges, Ojeda got caught off guard by a two punch combo and down he went. Referee Lee wasted little time and called for an immediate stoppage. The result was almost an exact replica of his fight against Felipe Diosabot, the 36 year-old, ex-Muay Thai fighter who stopped Ojeda early in Round #2 in a fight which took place at Imdete Gymnasium in Tecate, B. C., Mexico on July 28, 2012.
In the opener, Bout #1, it was Fidel Bautista (0-1-0) of Tijuana taking on the debutant, 21 year-old Jessie Resendiz of the Undisputed Fitness & Training Center in North Park, a neighborhood of San Diego.
Both fighters were making a comeback of sorts. Bautista, who last fought a year ago, on the very same date, an unsuccessful, unanimous decision loss in his debut, was in search of his first win.
Resendiz, the much taller southpaw, had been away from boxing for four years and only recently resumed training. He had the well respected trainer Juan Estrada and his son, ex-boxer Angel Estrada in his corner.
For all four rounds, Resendiz, with his snapping jab, was in attack mode. His control of the fight, each exchange, had him far out in front as far as the scoring. To his credit Bautista did take Resendiz’s best shots and on occasion landed several hard counters.
Then came the odd scoring. Judge Jocelyne Ortiz scored the bout an inexplicable 38-38, while fellow confreres, Sergio Lechuga and Juan Jose De La Mora, had Resendiz winning every round, 40-36.