Who’s who of boxing attends first Zanfer Promotions’ show

January 27, 2018 No Comments

You talk about high drama. In the final bout of the evening the favored Edivaldo Ortega, way ahead on the scorecards had an extremely difficult time surviving the 10th and final round.


Bout #1 featured 19-year-old super featherweight Luis Coria’s multiple knockdowns of the game 31-year-old Edgar Daniel Ahumada (blue trunks), who now drops to 6-14-1, 1 KO. As you can imagine, this one was easy to score. With the unanimous decision victory, Coria (red trunks) improved his record to (6-1, 4 KOs).

Bout #2 saw the Pro Debut of both Jose Humberto Vazquez and Julio Cesar Morales in a minimumweight contest. Both boxers weighed just 103½ poundsNot to stir the pot of controversy but this boxing scribe believes the shorter Morales won by clearly landing more blows, especially the harder shots and being the most aggressive throughout. However, in the infinite wisdom of the judges, the bout ended with a split decision victory for Vasquez.

Here we see 19-year-old Julio Cesar Morales of Tijuana getting set to make his entrance for his exciting bout against fellow debutant 17-year-old Jose Humberto Vazquez.

After their back and forth struggle, the judges had Ensenada’s Jose Humberto Vazquez winning a split decision victory with Judge Francisco Pacheco scoring the bout 39-37 in favor of his opponent Julio Cesar Morales and judges Antonio Villegas and Esteban Franco going the other way 39-37 for Vazquez.

In a battle of the big boys, cruiserweights, Reinaldo Paniagua (5-0) and the veteran Ricardo “Lobito” Arce (13-34-2), it appeared Paniagua was not only the more accomplished but the more serious. When it became clear that Arce could not defeat the younger man, he started to joke around, stand on just one leg. By the third round, the onslaught of punches became too much to bare and Arce went down on one knee to surrender.

In all of my days of covering pro boxing, this reporter has never seen anyone as polite to their opponent as flyweight Carlos Licona (blue trunks). For six rounds, Licona had these various opportunities to take advantage of an Efrain “The Warrior” Gonzalez mistake but he didn’t take them. At one point, Gonzalez had forgotten his mouthpiece. Not wanting to hurt his opponent, Licona pointed this out to the referee. So, for all future opponents, be on the lookout for Carlos Licona, he’s not out to thrash you, he’s going to beat you with kindness.

(left to right) LATV Sportscaster/Producer Fernando Paramo, Robert Garcia Sr. and fellow coach. Being a product of the Robert Garcia Training Academy in Oxnard, Calif. may have something to do with Licona’s mannerisms. That’s one gym that is not in short supply of father figures and great role models.

Abc what a battle this was.

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