On Saturday evening, February 20, Billar El Perro Salado (The Salty Dog Boxing Arena & Billards establishment) in Tijuana, B. C., Mexico hosted a boxing marathon that kept boxing fans out way past their bed time. The show began with a full slate of Amateur bouts which preceded the 11 bout Pro Show.
In Bout #1 it was Juan Pablo Montes de Oca of Tijuana in his pro debut chasing after Rogelio Arenas (1-7) for four rounds. The more aggressive, straight punching Montes prevailed against the no-look, wild swinging Arenas.
Bout #2 was a late add on which featured Justin Mayweather Jones (1-0), the paternal half-brother of Floyd Mayweather Jr., taking on a man who claimed to be 50 year-old Albert Lee Tisdale III. After much fact checking we still haven’t established that Mr. Tisdale is a registered pro boxer. While it appeared headhunting was off limits for Mayweather, he did have free reign to punish Tisdale in the stomach. To be perfectly clear, it’s questionable whether Tisdale’s three patty-cake arm punches ever touched Mayweather. Tisdale’s careful role play and taking a knee three times, reminded this reporter of a parent having a very careful and well managed pillow fight with a two year-old.
Bout #3 featured an almost immediate knockout of the rather slender Luis Amador (0-1) of Tijuana who is listed as a lightweight. Amador was making his professional debut against super welterweight Alan “Muñeco” Zavala also of Tijuana. With his KO win over Amador coming at the 1:17 mark of round one, Zavala improved his record to 7-2 with 5 KOs.
Bout #4 – After losing to Jermall Charlo on November 12, 2013, the 27 year-old super welterweight Rogelio De la Torre (16-4-0, 7 KOs) from Houston, Texas has reverted to padding his record by facing less than stellar opponents. His last six opponents have a combined record of 3-32-1. On Saturday night his opponent was 36 year-old Juan Manuel Rodriguez 0-7 in his previous seven bouts and now 0-8 in his last eight after failing to go the distance for the eighth straight time.
In Bout #5, it was 17 year-old featherweight Devin Haney, aka New Money (2-0) from Las Vegas, Nevada by way of Oakland, Calif., returning to El Perro Salado to face a veteran lightweight by the name of Jorge “Metralletas” Sillas (5-22). On the fast track, Haney picked up two quick victories in December over opponents that had a combined record of 8-22. His first fight lasted :33 seconds and the second 1:36. Unlike his first two bouts, Saturday’s contest was a bit of a challenge. Sillas, who got pummeled from every angle and kept eating these stiff jabs, went the entire bout trying to land that one big overhand right. In the end, Haney won by an unanimous decision.
Bout #6 featured Cristian “Ruso” Olivas (5-0) of Tijuana who virtually destroyed the more stationary, 21 year-old Alvarez Vazquez with these hard shots to the midsection. Twice Vazquez, who was making his Pro debut, had Olivas pinned in the corner and managed to land a few power shots, but that was the some total of his offense against the more polished super middleweight.
Bout #7 featuring Tijuana’s Luis Velazquez’s early stoppage of 21 year-old Jose Saucedo (2-0) from Tijuana and Bout #8 (below) featuring super flyweight Jose M. Cardenas’ early stoppage of Angel Cruz (2-2) were almost carbon copies of each other. The victors wasted little time and went all out in attack mode to overwhelm their opponent. With his win, Cardenas improved to (6-0).
Bout #10 featured two heavyweights from Tijuana, Jesus “Perro” Paez (1-1) going up against Jonathan Rodriguez who was making his professional debut. While Paez demonstrated he can box and has heavy hands, his opponent offered little to no defense, lacked footwork and ended up taking a seat early.
While many criticized this lineup of annihilations, miss-matches, you have to remember that building up your record to make the big bucks on TV is crucial. Julio Cesar Chavez, one of the most revered Champions of all time, began his career by fighting 18 stiffs who ended their career with a combined record of 29 Wins, 102 Losses and one Draw. Combined they had been knocked out 71 times. His son, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. mirrored his father’s exploits with a record of 18-0 in his first 18 bouts against opponents who ended their careers with a combined record of 106 Wins, 236 Losses and 4 Draws. If you check their losses and add up the knockouts, you come up with a total of 151 knockouts.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez followed the same game plan and didn’t fight anyone with a winning record until his eleventh bout. Even Floyd Mayweather Jr. is guilty. In his first 10 fights, the Olympic Gold Medalist fought Tony Duran (13-26-2 who was KO’d 19 times), Jesus Chavez (3-22-1). He was also knocked out 19 times. Edgar Ayala (0-4, a three time KO victim), Reggie Sanders (12-47-4) and Roberto Apodaca (1-5, a four time KO victim).
In comparison to the first 10, more lopsided bouts, the final match of the evening turned out to be a thriller, the proverbial “Bout of the Night.” Bout #11 featured super flyweights Esteban Camacho of Tijuana going up against 19 year-old Marco Antonio “El Lobito” Sustaita (0-1) of Oceanside, Calif., who in his debut on August 29, 2015, lost to the hometown favorite Francisco Chavez in a controversial bout in Phoenix, Arizona. With the bitterness from that first loss still fresh in his mind, he trained extremely hard for Saturday’s contest.
From the opening bell, both boxers went at each other as if it were the closing seconds of a title fight. In other words they threw and landed some big shots to the head and the crowd responded by cheering wildly. To close the show, Sustaita caught Camacho with two solid left hooks that surprised Camacho who in retreat fell to the canvas. After the obligatory eight count, Sustaita realizing he had Camacho hurt, advanced with complete abandonment. To his credit the back-peddling Camacho withstood another big punch, this one a solid overhand right to the head. It still wasn’t enough. That’s when Sustaita went all out to deliver a second overhand right. This one landed flush on Camacho’s chin and down he went. With a great many of the patrons coming from Oceanside to support their compadre, the partisan crowd erupted while Camacho layed there, flat on his back.
So, after a night of these monotonous, run-of-the-mill bouts, the crowd was finally treated to an electrifying finish and you saw the remaining patrons leave El Perro Saldo Arena with a smile on their face.