By Felipe Leon
In a clash of power against power, Tijuana KO artist Antonio “Kañitas” Lozada Jr. stopped Cesar “Dolar” Chavez in the second round in the main event of Baja Boxing’s “Homecoming” fight card held at the Ernesto Ruffo Appel Gymnasium in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. The main event was televised live in Mexico by Televisa. Lozada (25-1, 22KOs) dropped Chavez (17-1, 7KOs) twice in the first round. Near the end of the round, Chavez effectively counter punched and sent “Kañitas” to the canvas also for his own trip.
As explosive as they began the bout, both Lozada and Chavez began the second round and a hard right hand from Lozada scored against the head of Chavez who crashed down to the canvas, first falling to his knees and then on his face. The third man in the ring, Gelasio Perez, didn’t even begin a count and immediately waived off the contest.
“My power was the defining factor,” Lozada Jr. said seconds after. “I made an error in the first round when I dropped my hands and I paid for it by visiting the canvas but I wasn’t hurt. I was able to reach my feet and finish him in the second. This win gives me the motivation to go for even bigger fights in 2012.”
Barrera Repeats the Dose
Colombian Ronald “Indio” Barrera repeated the dose to Arturo “Fuerte” Badillo of Tijuana and beat him in much the same manner he did once before last year by way of ninth round TKO in a bantamweight scrap.
Barrera (30-8-1, 19KOs) made things difficult for “Fuerte” Badillo (20-3, 18KOs) by interchanging his stance repeatedly and with an ugly but effective high pressure attack.
Badillo tried to attack both to the body and head of his opponent and had his moments but the experience and strength of Barrera became too much for the Tijuana fighter.
In the eight round, Barrera was able to hurt Badillo as he attacked him while Badillo’s back was against the ropes. Badillo was able to get back to his corner once the bell sounded to end the round but on weak legs. At that point, his corner opted not to send him out for the ninth round.
Both featherweights Jesus “Chino” Badillo and Enrique Tinoco stepped out of the ring the same way as they stepped in, as undefeated prospects. After four close fought rounds, two judges saw it as 38-38 while a third gave the edge to Tinoco with a score of 39-37. With the draw, Badillo’s record stays at 6-0-2, 4KOs while Tinoco’s still is a somewhat perfect one with 4-0-2, 3KOs.
Tijuana welterwight Pavel Miranda (17-7-2, 8KOs) earned a unanimous decision over the well beaten Alejandro Alonso (2-9-1, 1KO) in a four rounder.
Jose “Diablito” Escarcega (4-3, 2KOs) also defeated Jesus Alejandro Juarez (2-2-2, 1KO) via a unanimous decision in the bantamweight division.