Hooray for our side! On Friday evening in Corona, Calif. at the Omega Products International Outside Arena unbeaten super lightweight Emmanuel Robles (13-0-1, 3 KOs) of the Old School Boxing & Fitness Center in San Diego’s college area scored a six-round unanimous decision victory over Wilberth Lopez (5-5, 1 KO) of Tucson, Arizona. Close to pitching a shutout, the scores ended up 59-55, 59-55, 58-56, all in favor of Robles.
Even though Robles had some trouble with Lopez’s three inch height and reach advantage, the off and on glare from the sun, plus the bad cut over his left eye which came in round five, he stayed on course to thoroughly outbox and outfox Lopez who was seven years his junior. Other than those difficulties, this was Robles’ fight from start to finish.
In the Main Event, Petr Petrov of Madrid, Spain by way of Ryazan, Russia (35-4-2, 17 KOs) successfully defended his NABA & NABO lightweight titles by scoring a 10 round unanimous decision victory over the former WBC Super Featherweight champ Gamaliel Diaz (38-12-3, 17 KOs) of Mexico City.
Even after Diaz was credited with a knockdown of Petrov in round one, Petrov remained focused and managed to finish not only that round strong, but the remainder of this 10 round championship fight.
Those with a better view of this incident, saw the wily Diaz taking advantage of Petrov being off balance while throwing a left to Diaz’s midsection and simply shoved him to the canvas. Then, in the seventh round, it was Petrov knocking down Diaz down with a big overhand right. Later in that same frame Diaz had a point deducted after throwing a low blow. Then immediately after that foul, Diaz hit Petrov with a second low blow. Thus, the scores of 98-89, 97-90, 97-90 all for Petrov, reflected his complete command of the bout.
Unbeaten welterweight 29 year-old Taras “Real Deal” Shelestyuk of Sumy, Ukraine (12-0, 8 KOs) lived up to the hype by scoring an eight round unanimous decision victory over Juan Rodriguez (12-2, 5 KOs) from Union City, New Jersey. Despite a nasty cut over his right eye from a head butt in round four, Shelestyuk remained focused and dominated Rodriguez round after round. In the end, the scorecards of 79-73, 79-73 and 78-74 reflected his dominance. It seems that after Mr. Shelestyuk moved to Los Angeles and started training at the Wild Card Gym with Hall of Fame trainer, Freddie Roach, he’s become a very hot prospect.
On the undercard
In his pro debut, super featherweight Michael Norato (1-0, 1 KO) scored a second round KO of Sopaun Rin (1-2-1) of Pomona, Calif. in a fight that was scheduled to go 4-rounds. Also, welterweight Darius Ervin (1-0) of Indio, Calif. notched his first professional win against Isaac Freeman (1-1, 1 KO) of Los Angeles, Calif. The majority decision win came by way of 39-37, 40-36 and 38-38 scoring.
In the final bout Super bantamweight Humberto Rubalcava (1-0, 1 KO) of nearby Riverside, had a memorable pro debut by knocking out Christian Lorenzo (2-3, 1 KO) of Los Angeles in the second round by way of a powerful right hook that nearly sent Lorenzo through the ropes.