As an avid boxing fan what do you say to a Boxing Promoter who opens his 2015 season with a show featuring 40 boxers scheduled to compete in 124 rounds? You’d probably go over the top with praise and mention how he’s raised the bar for the entire industry.
The boxing fans who attend such a show will no doubt get their money’s worth.
That’s what happened on Saturday, January 10, 2015, at Municipal Stadium in Tijuana. It seemed like everyone who was anyone was on this fight card. They had Elvis, Indio, the Black Pearl, La Muneca, the Cobra, the Sultan, Chino, Hindu, Italiano, so on and so forth. Even with the first bout starting at 5 p.m., there was no way the organizers could finish this show before midnight.
How many boxers do you figure fell asleep while waiting to compete? How many had their name misspelled or had an erroneous record attributed to their name? It was bound to happen. For the officials and record keepers, Saturday night must have been quite a challenge.
That’s why we’re now asking for an assist (una petición de ayuda) – if you see anything amiss in the fight results or descriptions from Saturday’s show at Auditorio Municipal Fausto Gutiérrez Moreno, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico on Saturday, Jan 10, 2015, please advise us in the comment section.
We begin with the bouts Zanfer Promotions aired on TV’s Boxeo Azteca:
Featured Bout #1, a 10 round light flyweight contest, was won by 21 year-old, southpaw Sandra Robles (9-1-0, 3 KOs) of Tijuana who for eight out of 10 rounds outboxed her opponent 27 year-old righty Linda Soto (6-5-0, 3 KOs) of Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico.
After getting caught off-balance by a right hand thrown by Soto in round one, Robles’ glove touched the canvas for the dreaded flash knockdown call. As you would expect from a true professional like Robles, she soon settled in and most likely won the next eight or nine rounds by being the more accurate and quicker of the two. Judge Alejandro Rochin scored the bout 98-91 for Robles, while the other judges had it closer at 97-94 and 96-93.
Featured Bout #2 saw 23 year-old Javier “Cobra” Mendoza putting on an awesome display in front of the home folk. The newly crowned IBF light flyweight champ (23-2-1, 19 KOs) scored a second round TKO victory over former world title challenger 25 year-old Mauricio Fuentes (17-4, 11 KOs) in this non-title bout. After Mendoza dropped Fuentes twice in round two, one of Fuentes’ corner people entered the ring to throw in the towel. After the victory, it was announced Mendoza is now slated to make his first title defense against the #1 rated Milan Melindo later this year.
Featured Bout #3 was another treat for the home folk. With Edivaldo “Indio” Ortega’s big win over the visiting Christian “Italian” Esquivel (27-6, 20 KOs) of Temoaya, Mexico, Mexico, Ortega reached the always impressive 20 win mark. Ortega secured the victory by firing off a barrage of shots to the body and head. He then put Esquivel down and out with a hefty overhand right at the 1:30 mark of round three of their scheduled 10 rounder. After all his work in the gyma, Ortega is now ready for a shot at one or more of these ABC world titles. With the loss, Esquivel has now lost four of his last seven fights, losing three of those fights in Japan.
In the fourth Featured bout, in the minimum weight division, it was Mario Rodriguez (19-9-4, 12 KOs) scoring a fifth round TKO victory over the 34 year-old Armando “Ichiro Ozeki” Torres (21-14-0, 15 KOs) from Mexico City. Torres is the nephew of former WBC Light Flyweight champ German Torres.
Featured Bout #5 a light middleweight contest, had Abner “Jaeger” Lopez (21-4-0, 19 KOs) of Tijuana going up against 31 year-old Jose David Mosquera (16-5-1) of Arpartado, Columbia. Mosquera only lasted till the 2:25 mark of round two. By that time he had his distances measured and started unloading with the hard shots. It’s hard to believe it’s now almost two and a half years since Lopez, a virtual unknown in 2013, surprised everyone by knocking out Emilio Bojorquez (20-1) from the Undisputed Fitness Gym in Downtown San Diego.
Now the results from the other 15 bouts
Before the Main Event and between some of the co-featured bouts, were additional bouts. They were as follows:
Welterweight Jaime Munguia (9-0, 6 KOs) looked impressive as he took a unanimous decision over the game Alan Zavala (3-2, 2 KOs), also of Tijuana, in their six rounder. Trading blows throughout, it seemed Munguia was always the one making certain to land the heavier blows and more of them. The scores, 59-55 twice and 58-56 confirm that opinion.
In what was considered a major upset, super bantamweight Jorge De Alba (13-2-1, 10 KOs), trained by former world champ Raul “Jibaro” Perez, was knocked out at 1:32 of the first round of a scheduled six rounder by Alem Robles (7-6-2, 2 KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico. All it took was a straight right and down he went. Seconds later with his back against the ropes a series of punches, ending with another overhand right, sent Alba back down to the canvas. Even though De Alba beat the count, he was on wobbly legs which gave credence for the ref to stop the bout.
Ismael “Chino” Camacho (3-0, 2 KOs) remains undefeated after a second round TKO victory over Jose Hernandez (0-7). In their bout, Hernandez lasted until 2:12 of the second round.
Jose Quirino Jr. (7-2-1, 2 KOs) scored a unanimous decision victory over Julio “Sexy Boy” Robles (3-5-1) in their four rounder. Scores were 40-36 and 39-37 twice. With this being his third straight loss, you might think things have gone sour for the once promising super bantamweight.
In one of the early bouts it was Victor Efrain “Chaky” Sandoval (8-1-0, 7 KOs) defeating Jesus Sandoval (no relation). After “Chaky” knocked Jesus down, Jesus was unable to beat the count. The time of the knockout was :47 seconds of round #2. At least Jesus Sandoval is consistent – that was his fifth loss in five fights and in all five he was KO’d – in all five he failed to go the distance.
In the final match, it was Tijuana’s Edgar Daniel “Piernas” Ahumada (2-6) winning an unanimous decision over Tlalnepantla, Mexico’s Antonio Tlatelpa (1-1, 1 KO). All three judges scored the bout 39-37 for Ahumada.