By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Renzo Novara
After a much to be desired fight card presented by Zanfer Promotions the night before, start up company V&B Promotions gave the Tijuana fight fans a great night of boxing last Saturday night at the famed Municipal Auditorium located in the heart of the border town. Although the building, which holds about five thousand fans, wasn’t close to being full, the sparse crowd still enjoyed the performance of talent from both sides of the border.
In the main event, super bantamweight Christian Bojorquez (11-0, 2KOs) took on the experienced but hard luck Enrique “Cholito” Flores (0-16-1), both of Tijuana, in a six rounder. Although Flores’ record is not much, he is known as a tough out in Tijuana circles and he proved by going down in the third round but getting up and giving Bojorquez all he had.
The skill advantage of Bojorquez, a Baja California amateur stand out with international experience, was evident from the first round as he used a steady job to set up his quick combinations to the body and head. Flores took his lumps but kept coming forward, looking to score his own jab despite being the much slower of the two. The Bojorquez showcase fight looked like it was going to end early when a quick double jab to the chin dropped Flores on his trousers early in the third. He beat the count and despite tradition, Bojorquez took it slow and didn’t go for the kill. Surprisingly, Flores seemed to get stronger and more determined after the knock down as he upped the pressure in the fourth on his taller opponent. Bojorquez looked to catch lighting in a bottle twice when he tried to time Flores attack and counter with the same left hook from before. Although he did land it several times, none of them were with the same power as the successful one.
The rest of the fight went as planned as Flores kept pressuring forward but Bojorquez was able to pick him off as he glided around the ring. The judges’ scores were no surprise when all three, Diana De La Mora, Carlos Flores and Leonardo Ibarra, turned in identical scores of 60-53.
Rodriguez Boxes his Way to Win
Tijuana light flyweight Abraham “Choko” Rodriguez (2-0, 1KO) boxed his way to a unanimous decision over Carlos Lopez (0-4), also of Tijuana, in the semi-main event four rounder. Rodriguez, new signee of former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito, looked relaxed as he picked his shots while keeping his guard up. Lopez matched him in the beginning almost punch by punch but Rodriguez was the quicker of the two and certainly the more skillful.
Rodriguez scored a great left hook in the fourth that wobbled Lopez to seal the deal on the bout and used his ring generalship to control the action. At the end, all three judges saw it 40-36 for Rodriguez.
Castillo Beats Reyes
In the best fight of the night, super bantamweight Julio “Niño” Castillo (1-1) looked impressive as he took a unanimous decision over rough and tough first timer Felipe “Greñas” Reyes (0-1) in a four round bout. Reyes, an amateur fighter with nearly fifty fights, almost unheard of for Tijuana, came in as a late sub and gave a good showing but this was Castillo’s night as he scored his upper cut at will, bloodying Reyes’ nose, and survived his opponent’s southpaw aggression with his fire power.
Castillo began the fight boxing, using his jab to keep the hard charging Reyes at bay. As Castillo was having an easy time in scoring to the face of his opponent, Reyes pick up the pace at closed the round strong. Reyes kept pushing hard but Castillo had the key and even felt comfortable enough to drop his hands and catch Reyes as he came in.
Reyes did have success early trapping Castillo in the corner and going for broke. He scored early as Castillo struggled to get out of the trap. In the last two rounds, Castillo decided to stay in the corner when trapped and exchange punches, causing Reyes to bleed from the nose from a series of uppercuts.
The action went all the way to the final bell and at the end, judges Carlos Flores and Jesus Gonzalez saw it 39-37 while Sergio Lechuga scored it 40-36, all for Castillo.
Toribio Gets Stopped
In a slight upset, San Diego’s flyweight Jose Toribio (2-1, 1KO) went up to bantamweight to keep the date and was stopped by hard hitting late sub Saul “Bebe” Hernandez (3-4, 3KOs) at the 2:07 mark of the first round of a scheduled four.
The fight began like many others, with both fighters circling around the ring looking to find their range but it didn’t take long for the taller Hernandez to find his and land a devastating left hook to the chin of Toribio that stopped the San Diego fighter on his tracks. Referee Christian Curiel didn’t bother to administer a count and instead called in for help from the ringside doctor since Toribio was having trouble responding. Official time was 2:07 of the first.
Bantamweight Jorge “Tito” Ruiz (3-0, 2KOs) of San Diego had absolutely no trouble with Ricardo “Richie” Solis (0-2) of Tijuana by way of Los Mochis, Mexico, dropping him twice in the first round of a scheduled four. Solis looked more content in hamming it up for the crowd than actual fighting. Time was 2:18.
Tijuana’s Victor “Cina” Fonseca (5-1-1, 3KOs) scored his second knock out in a row by stopping Ramiro Rosales (0-4), also of Tijuana, at the 1:14 mark of the second junior welterweight round of a scheduled four.
After scoring a scorching left hook to the chin to drop Guadalajara, Mexico’s Christian “Cazador” Torres (2-1) in the first round, Javier “Wachi” Miranda (0-2) found himself on the bad side of a beating when the much shorter Torres was able to take control of the inside real estate and attack the body with abandon. Torres took the unanimous decision after the bantamweight four with scores of 39-37 three times.
After suffering his first loss as a professional last March by knock out, Israel “Mr. KO” Arellano (6-1, 5KOs) scored one of his own over the very limited Adrian Gonzalez (0-6) of Tijuana in the first round. Time was 1:08.
In a battle of first timers, Christian Nieto (1-0, 1KO) stopped Benjamin Perez (0-1) in the second round of a scheduled featherweight four. A right hook did the trick, dropping Perez and despite beating the count, he was in no shape to continue. Official time was :38.