Unpredictable happens at latest Borizteca Boxing Show

With his bout only lasting 26 seconds we had to get Elias a little more face time so we moved him over to the header position. Elias Diaz (c) is joined by his loyal support team of (l to r) Carlos Barragan Sr., Elias' proud father Greg Diaz, Carlos Barragan and the now famous Cutman4Hire, Juan Ramirez.

With his bout lasting just 26 seconds, we had to get Elias Diaz more face time so we moved him to the header position. Elias Diaz (c) is joined by his loyal support team of (l to r) Carlos Barragan Sr., Elias’ proud father Greg Diaz, Carlos Barragan and the now famous Cutman4Hire, Juan Ramirez.

Truth in labeling or question of semantics: A club fighter is a pro boxer who usually fights locally and has a mediocre to dismal record. They are not nationally recognized and have not won any fights that show they have a ghost of a chance of winning a regional, national or world title. The term is often used in a derogatory sense to describe an over-hyped boxer or older boxer who is in decline. It goes without saying a club fighter is far less respected than a contender. A true contender has built his reputation on defeating fellow contenders and establishing himself or herself as a challenger for a title. While a journeyman is more respected than a club fighter, they too have amassed a superficial record by beating either the declining boxers or the out and out tankers in the sport.


 

On Saturday night, Philadelphia’s Danny Garcia 33-0, 19 KOs, the current WBC Welterweight Champ, who took over the retiring Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s title in late January and now controls that belt, fought a 27-year-old journeyman by the name of Samuel Vargas who now has a record of (25-3-1, 13 KOs). Prior to his fight with Garcia, Vargas had lost to Errol Spence Jr. and the 34-year-old Pablo Munguia. By no means a contender, Vargas was given this golden opportunity. Insiders who had seen Vargas fight knew full well he had no chance versus Garcia and that’s why the Garcia camp chose him to fight Garcia.

In this photo we see Danny Garcia awaiting the stoppage of the fallen Samuel Vargas.

In this photo we see Danny Garcia patiently waiting for the likely stoppage of the fallen Samuel Vargas. Below is a photo of the shouting match which ensued ensued immediately following stoppage. It’s a certainty that both Keith “One Time” Thurman and Garcia will do whatever it takes to whip up a media frenzy to create interest in their much-anticipated World Title Fight.

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Now it’s time for further comparisons, such as the boxers on the latest Borizteca Boxing Promotions fight card of Friday evening November 11 at the Salon Mezzanine in Tijuana. That fight card certainly had it’s share of surprises.the-best-bout-sheet-for-11-11-16

In Bout #1, it was Johnny "Azteca" Rosales from Los Angeles coming south of the boarder to make certain that he won in his Pro debut. Extensive amateur career? No. In terrific shape? No. His opponent on Friday was Edgar Ivan Garcia

In Bout #1, it was Johnny “Azteca” Rosales from Los Angeles coming south of the border to secure a win in his Pro debut. Extensive amateur career? No. In terrific shape? Decent but not what you would expect for a debut. His opponent on Friday, Edgar Ivan Garcia, was also making his Pro-debut.

Her we see Rosales landing a more than decent left hook on the side of Garcia's head.

Here we see Johnny Rosales (r) landing a more than decent left hook on the side of Edgar Garcia’s head.

Rosales was already running low on petrol and he had only gone two rounds with the more determined Edgar Ivan Garcia.

Two rounds in and Rosales had already begun to run low on petrol.

At this point, Edgar Garcia was ahead on the scorecards and had the less determined Rosales in trouble against the ropes.

By this point, Edgar Garcia (r) had himself ahead on the scorecards and had his opponent Johnny “Azteca” Rosales in trouble against the ropes.

In the end, it was Garcia getting the nod for the three Tijuana juges.

In the end, it was the perceived underdog, Edgar Ivan Garcia from San Luis Rio, Mexico winning over the three Tijuana judges to win in his Pro debut.

Bout #2 appeared to be an even bigger upset as the winless Juan Carlos Moreno of Tijuana (0-14-2) was awarded a unanimous decision victory over Justin Woodard who had traveled with his support group all the way from Oakland, Calif. (524 miles) to make his professional debut. Unlike Rosales in Bout #1, Woodard had the body type of an NFL middle linebacker or maybe Adonis Stevenson, the Haitian/Canadian boxer who has now held the WBC and lineal light-heavyweight crown for the past three years. After taking off his robe, everyone seemed to marvel at his physique. In comparison,Woodard’s opponent, Moreno, was much shorter and not as trim.

You can imagine the surprise on Juan Carlos Moreno's face when he saw the big guy take off his shirt.

Imagine the anxiety Juan Carlos Moreno felt when seeing this big dude coming at him and then getting pummeled by body shots that came at him like those wrecking balls you see tearing down a dilapidated building.

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At the conclusion of his bout, Juan Carlos Moreno felt mighty good: ‘Did this really happen? I actually beat this guy? A guy who could crush anyone if he so desired.’ What happened was his opponent became winded after just one round. Woodard admitted later, “I wasn’t prepared for this. All the nervous energy in round one and this being my first fight ever, Amateur or Pro.”

After 14 fights without a victory, Moreno's coach plus corner help were so proud that they had stuck it out with their boxer.

After 16 fights without a win, Juan Carlos Moreno’s trainer, Roberto Lopez (c) was so happy he couldn’t express his utter delight after his boxer’s first victory.

In Bout #3, it was Jorge escalante of San Diego going up against

In Bout #3, it was Jorge Escalante of San Diego going up against this giant, Jorge Alexis Guillen who had a reach advantage akin a 15 ft. ladder.

In this photo you can see Escalante getting smacked by a solid left hook.

In this photo, we see Jorge Escalante is getting smacked from a distance by Guillen’s powerful left hook.

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After getting hit by Escalante, down went Guillen on all fours.

After getting blasted by Escalante, down went Jorge Alexis Guillen on all fours and he didn’t get up before the end of the 10-count.

After the knockout win, one of the show's color commentators Shary Sarmiento interviewed Escalante for the LATV broadcast.

After his amazing, come from behind knockout victory, one of the show’s color commentators Shary Sarmiento, justifiably came up into the ring to interview our hero, Jorge Escalante, for their LATV broadcast.

When notice was given that Shrek would attend Friday's show, the attendance set

When it was announced that Shrek plus Donkey were to attend Friday’s show, ticket sales went through the roof. Can you imagine if Fiona, Lord Farquaad and Puss in Boots were also added to the guest list? (l to r) Brandon Ambriz Lobato, Trek, Jim Wyatt, Shary Sarmiento and Fernando Paramo.

In Bout #4, it was Adrian Gutierrez going up against Juan Sanchez Valencia.

In Bout #4, it was Adrian Gutierrez (r) facing Juan Sanchez Valencia.

After Juan Sanchez Valencia got hit repeatedly in the face by Adrian Gutierrez, referee Juan Manuel Morales Lee made the decision to stop the bout and save Valencia from any serious harm.

After Juan Sanchez Valencia was getting hit repeatedly in the face by Adrian Gutierrez, referee Juan Manuel Morales Lee made the decision to stop the bout and save Valencia from any serious harm.

After the early stoppage, it was referee Juan Manuel Morales Lee raising the arm of the victorious Adrian Gutierrez.

After the early stoppage, we saw referee Juan Manuel Morales Lee raising the arm of the victorious Adrian Gutierrez.

Before leaving the building we had the Gutierrez family pose for one last photo. Grandfather, father and two brothers

Before leaving the building we had the Gutierrez family pose for one last photo. All are so very proud. Adrian Gutierrez is joined by his grandfather, father plus two brothers.

Bout #6 was over in a flash. It only took Elias Diaz 26 seconds tp put his opponent Christian Garcia

Bout #6 was over in the blink of an eye. It only took Elias Diaz 26 seconds to have his opponent, Christian Garcia, take a seat on the canvas.

Elias Diaz has his arm raised in victory by referee Juan Manuel Morales Lee after he stopped Christian Garcia at :26 seconds of the first round.

Elias Diaz has his arm raised in victory by referee Juan Manuel Morales Lee after stopping Christian Garcia at the :26 second mark of round one.

Elias Diaz (c) is joined by his loyal support team of (l to r) Carlos Barragan Sr., Elias' proud father Greg Diaz, Carlos Barragan and the now famous Cutman4Hire, Juan Ramirez.

Elias Diaz (center) is joined by his loyal support team of (l to r) Carlos Barragan Sr., Elias’ proud father Greg Diaz, Carlos Barragan and the now famous Cutman4Hire, Juan Ramirez.

At the start of Bout #7, we see Roberto Meza (l) facing off against Israel Pineda.

At the start of Bout #7, we see Roberto “The Ram” Meza (l) of Temecula, Calif. facing off with Israel Pineda of Camalu, B. C., Mexico.

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After getting hit repeatedly, Israel Pineda found himself sitting on the canvas and wondering what to do.

After getting hit repeatedly and landing on his back, Israel Pineda found himself sitting on the canvas and wondering what the heck happened.

After the stoppage, there were congratulations all around and finally a stop in the center of the ring with one of the show's sportscasters Sahry Sarmiento.

After the knockout, there were congratulations to be made plus a stop in the center of the ring to get interviewed by one of the show’s announcers Shary Sarmiento.

Since it was a battle royale, the two boxers met in the hallway

Since it was such a battle royale, the two boxers later met up in the hallway to to discuss the fight and pose for one last photo. Photos: Jim Wyatt

Bout #8 didn't last long since it ended up being a "No Mas" after

With Bout #8 turning out to be so one-sided, Julio Figueroa didn’t waste any time and let it be known to referee Renteria that he was finished for the night. The “No Mas!” refrain was used as Ricardo Valdovinos scored his third win.

Despite what anyone says,

Despite what anyone says, Bout #9 was very dangerous for Mario “Guero” Ramirez. Throughout the bout, his opponent Dario Medina played cat and mouse with Ramirez, lowering his head at times and then suddenly popping back up to try to catch Ramirez napping so he could deliver a knockout blow.

For awhile there the bout of Edgar Valadez and Ramon Madero had the making of Bout of the Night. Then all of a sudden Valadez landed the punch that broke Madero's nose.

For awhile there, the bout between Edgar Valadez and Ramon Madero had the makings of Bout of the Night. Then all of a sudden Valadez landed this straight as an arrow punch that got through Madero’s defenses.

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in Bout #9 it was Edgar Valadez getting win #3 after

In Bout #9, it was Edgar Valadez scoring win #3 after catching the much taller Ramon Madero with a solid punch to the face which broke his nose. Before the breaking of his nose, Madero was doing quite well.

Bout #10, the co-Main event on the night was

At the conclusion of Bout #10, Jorge “Pantera” Silva was asked for his thoughts in regards to his match versus Adriel Juzaino. The 10 round snoozer went the distance with Silva earning himself a unanimous decision.

For a moment there it appeared that the Adam Fiel versus Edgar Daniel Ahumada fight would end early.

With the early first round knockdown of Edgar Daniel Ahumada (bottom, left) in Bout #11, it appeared the final bout would end early. As it turns out Ahumada got back to his feet, regrouped and went the distance.

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In the end, it was Adam Fiel earning his 10th victory without a single defeat.

In the end, it was Adam Fiel earning his 10th victory without a single defeat.

 

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