By Robert Hough
Featherweight Manuel Avila (13-0, 5 KOs) stepped it up down the stretch and got a unanimous decision over Enrique Quevedo (15-6-1, 9 KOs) in the main event of a seven-fight card at the Storm House in Salinas, Calif. All three scores in the Fox Sports One-televised fight were 97-92. While Quevedo slowed some in the later stages of the 10-round fight, the fighter from Los Angeles pressed the action throughout the contest as Avila did little or nothing for extended stretches of several rounds.
In the 10th and final round, Avila stepped it up like a man who feared he was losing and the Fairfield, Calif., fighter managed to drop Quevedo, but he wasn’t hurt and finished with ease.
Vences Beats Coca
Lightweight Andy Vences (7-0, 3 KOs) got a TKO victory over Dominic Coca (8-7, 2 KOs) when the Watts, Calif., fighter elected to not continue after the third round of their six-round fight. Vences was the quicker man and landed effectively as Coca tried to brawl and kept coming forward. Coca said his left hand was pain after the second round, according to referee Edward Collantes, and said he could not continue after giving it a go for one more round.
Mendez Flattens Casarez
In the co-main, middleweight Paul Mendez (14-2-2, 6 KOs) retained his IBA Continental middleweight title via stopping Raul Casarez (20-4, 9 KOs) with a one-punch knockout at 43 seconds of the third round. Mendez was effective throughout the fight, both in working off a quick, crisp jab and in mixing it up with the Edinburgh, Texas fighter. While Mendez dominated the contest, Casarez – who in late 2012 was knocked out in 56 seconds by Alfredo Angulo – fought back, landed punches and never looked to be in trouble until the last punch landed.
De La Hoya Destroys Najera
Oscar De La Hoya’s cousin, featherweight Diego “Golden Kid” De La Hoya (2-0, 2 KOs) obliterated Sergio Najera (6-12-2, 1 KO), Tijuana, Mexico, with stoppage victory in the first round of a four-round fight. In the fight’s first few seconds, Najera caught the Mexicali, Mexico, resident with a solid right, but the 19-year-old recovered quickly; unleashed fast, accurate combinations; dropped Najera about halfway through the round; and subsequently hammered him until the referee stopped it at 2:14. Oscar De La Hoya tweeted, “Long ways to go, but I like what I see in just his third fight.”
Ambrosio edges Rodriguez
A first-round knockdown made the difference as featherweight Luis “Baby Bull” Ambrosio earned a split decision over Adrian Rodriguez (0-1-1). Scores were 38-37 twice for the Fresno, Calif., fighter, with one judge reaching that total for Rodriguez, from San Diego, Calif. Ambrosio, who was generally more effective both as the aggressor and while countering, dropped Rodriguez in the waning seconds of round one, but Rodriguez, who was active and aggressive throughout the contest, was not hurt.
Puga Pulverizes Spain
Middleweight Randy Puga (4-0, 4 KOs), fighting in his hometown of Salinas, Calif., stopped Charon Spain (0-3-1) with a liver-shot left hook that sent the Davenport, Iowa fighter lurching back to his corner where he took a knee and was counted out at 1:24 of the third round. The fight had been an active, free-swinging battle with both men throwing few jabs and landing plenty of punches.
Batista Bests Donaldson
Junior welterweight Chris Batista (2-0), Madera, Calif., dominated DaVonte Donaldson (1-4), Long Beach, Calif., winning by scores of 40-36 on all three judges’ scorecards. Neither fighter was extremely active throughout the four-round fight, but Batista did more and picked up the pace in the last two rounds, landing lead lefts and double left hooks.