At the Borizteca Boxing Management Group’s latest offering, their second straight show at the Salon Mezzanine in Tijuana, they featured heavyweights 25 year-old, 231 pound Alexander “The Great” Flores (14-1-1, 12 KOs) going up against the 38 year-old, 239.3 pound Roman Borquez (3-5-1) of Ensenada, B. C., Mexico. As is the case in the heavyweight ranks, this one didn’t last very long.
Early on, Flores appeared to be ignoring his coach’s directive to jab and move. Instead he played right into the shorter man’s strength by allowing Borquez to get close for some in-fighting. That changed somewhat in round two, when Flores, who has power in both hands, got separation and landed the stunner that sent Borquez down and as they say “out cold”- unconscious.
With this being Flores’ 13th knockout in his 17 bouts, you have to be impressed. But, keeping things in perspective, that means he now has only 118 KOs more to match the 131 KOs of San Diego’s Archie Moore.
The “Bout of the night” has to be Bout #8, the six round co-main event that went the distance between flyweights Amaris “Diamond Girl” Quintana of Chula Vista, Calif. and Selene Lopez of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. With both weighing the same 50.8 kilograms (111 pounds) and both having equal power behind their punches, it all boiled down to which young lady had the biggest heart and who could take a punch without taking a step back. The war of attrition was won by Quintana who never failed to move forward and never failed to throw a minimum of one additional punch in each of their exchanges.
By round three, the intimidation factor had started to settled in. Whenever Lopez delivered a hard shot on Quintana, the Diamond Girl would smile as if to say, “Is that all you got?” Sitting at ringside, the well respected trainer Gustavo Pacheko Enriquez plus one of the three judges informed this reporter that Quintana had won every round. The other two judges scoring the bout also had Quintana ahead 59-55 giving just one round to Lopez. With her unanimous decision victory, Quintana improves to 9-2-2 with 1 KO, while Lopez drops to 3-4-3.
The fight card of 10 bouts showcased more than a few of the hot prospects we’ll soon be seeing on TV’s HBO World Championship Boxing, Showtime, CBS, NBC and the like. For example, in Bout #8 they had 35 year-old welterweight Juan Manuel Rodriguez (5-9) of Tijuana facing 29 year-old Juan “El Nino” Ruiz (14-0-0, 8 KOs). Even though Ruiz’s present residence is in Tijuana, his hometown is Santa Teresa del Tui, Miranda, Venezuela. It’s for sure Mr. Ruiz has some major backers because he’s not only fought in Venezuela and Mexico, he’s also fought in Panama, Nicaragua and twice in Germany.
In this one, you knew it was going to be over in a hurry. It’s doubtful if Juan Manuel Rodriquez even landed a glove on the elusive, more skilled, sharpshooter before the bout was stopped via TKO at the 1:46 mark of round one.
Bout #7 had the equally exciting, 173 pound Manuel “El Venado” Ceballos (5-1, 4 KOs) of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico going up against 174 pound Angel de Jesus Estrada (0-4) of Tijuana in a light heavyweight match. After Estrada’s dismal performance he had no time to sign autographs and left immediately. The end came at 37 seconds of round one, before “El Venado” had a chance to work up a sweat.
Bout #6 featured another hot prospect, 22 year-old lightweight Alimkhan Jumakhonov (Aleem Khan) (2-1-1) from Reseda, Calif. who was taking on Manuel Sandoval (0-4) of Tijuana. This bout lasted until the 1:19 mark of round one. What happened? Sandoval must have decided to draw an imaginary circle in the center of the ring and then defend it at all cost. In close quarters, Sandoval took a beating and twice went to the canvas before referee Juan Morales Lee decided it was time to stop the carnage.
Bout #5 had the popular Armando Tovar (1-0, 1 KO) from the House of Boxing, Paradise Hills, San Diego, Calif. going up against Marvin Estrella of Tijuana who was making his pro-debut. This was a very good scrap as both boxers landed and defended well. Then, after two low blows by Tovar, referee Juan Morales Lee levied a point deduction on Tovar. With the possibility looming of losing the round, Tovar went at Estrella with even more intensity. After taking so many hard shots to the head and body, Estrella and his corner decided to call it a night. Instead of answering the bell for round three, Estrella sat there on his stool while the referee counted him out.
Bout #4 featuring Jorge Escalante, a righty from San Diego (3-0, 2 KOs) versus the winless, southpaw Juan Carlos Moreno of Tijuana (0-10) turned out to be a difficult match to score with it’s continual change of momentum. Throughout, you had Moreno cranking up this big overhand left to sock Escalante. In retaliation, Escalante acted as if he were a toll taker on the Penna. turnpike – making change for each dollar. Instead of delivering in kind, Escalante would hand Moreno back four quarters, in other words four soft blows. The dilemma for the judges was figuring out how to weigh the number of punches thrown, the soft pitter-patter blows, mostly jabs, by Escalante and compare them to the much harder but infrequent power shots being landed by Moreno. With the judges, more than likely confused as were the patrons, they ended up scoring the bout a majority draw.
Bout #3 had Juan Delgado (128.1 lbs.) of Tijuana going up against Smokin’ Joe Perez (126.2 lbs.) of The Arena, Point Loma, San Diego. This was another bout where there was a big difference in skill level. From the outset, Perez wailed away at Delgado with left hooks to the body and followed with the straight right to the head. Soon, there was no fight left in the battered Delgado and the bout was stopped after the third round.
Bout #2 had 31 year-old Michael Haigood (1-3, 126.12 lbs.) of San Diego’s House of Boxing going up against Gonzalo Lopez (0-1, 128.1 lbs.) of Tijuana. After Haigood held his own in round one, he inexplicably had a difficult time mounting any attack for the remainder of the fight. Simply put, he was out-worked by Lopez.
In the opener, Bout #1, it was super welterweight Javier Lazare of Tijuana making his Pro debut against Aaron “Gemelo” Rueda (2-0, 2 KOs) of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Both gents tipped the scales at the same 152.2 pounds.
If you enjoy watching two full force, power punchers in action then this bout was right up your alley. Both young men were throwing and landing scary punches. Even before round one ended, Rueda had developed this injury, a hematoma on the left forehead which quickly formed a ½ inch by 2 inch visible lump. How he could continue with that pain through three additional rounds is remarkable. In a close one, Rueda came away with the well deserved victory. All three judges were in agreement and scored the close bout 39-37 for Rueda.
Question: How long before our local Cable TV companies get involved in airing these local boxing shows? Every one knows how costly it is for network TV to pay the tidy sums they do for a NCAA basketball or football game or the NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball games. If we go by the TV ratings, they don’t even come close to what they would get from a boxing event. Being a great buy, with such a substantial fan base, especially within the confines of Southern California and Baja California, you would think the TV Networks and cable companies would get onboard with these local boxing promoters.