By Felipe Leon
Photos: Renzo Novara
After some contractual issues with a local promoter, San Diego/Tijuana light welterweight Emilio Bojorquez and his trainer Joe Vargas took matters into their hands and threw their hat into the promotional ring this last Friday with their first fight card at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium. Instead of headlining the show himself, Emilio passed the baton to his younger brother, super bantamweight Christian “Huevo” Bojorquez (9-0, 2KOs) who had the honor of spear heading the maiden voyage of V&B Promotions. “Huevo” did so with flying colors as he knocked out the easily outmatched Daniel “Flaco” Gonzalez (5-15-1, 2KOs) of Tijuana in the first round of a scheduled six.
The former Baja California state amateur star Bojorquez dropped Gonzalez mid way through the round with a right hook as the lanky “Flaco” was rushing in to try to punish the body. Gonzalez beat the count but only to go down again from a left hook to the liver quickly followed by one to the chin. The game Gonzalez was able to beat the count once again but Bojorquez was always in control as he kept his distance and peppered Gonzalez with a quick jab. with ten seconds to go, Bojorquez, who in his last bout won a controversial close decision against Walter “School Boy” Sarnoi, landed two hooks, one from each fist, to the head of Gonzalez which sent his opponent crumbling to the canvas. Third man in the ring Juan Jose Ramirez didn’t even bother to administer a count and simply waived off the contest at the 2:50 mark of the very first round.
“Torito” Zayas Easily Defeats Sillas
In the semi-main event, Gerardo “Torito” Zayas (19-20-2, 11KOs) took a unanimous decision over Jorge Sillas (1-11, 1KO), both of Tijuana, in a lightweight six round bout. Zayas is a well worn brawler who began his career in 1995 and has been fodder for those who are or at one point are on the ascent such as Humberto Soto, Jesus Chavez and Josesito Lopez. As far as Sillas, the twelve fight veteran has never faced anybody of note and in his last fight was stopped by Aldwayne Simpson in one.
Zayas revealed his strategy early on as he went after Sillas’ body, attacking it relentlessly from the opening bell. Sillas tried to keep up with Zayas but “Torito” was simply to strong and busy for Sillas to put any type of offense together. Sillas did score effectively in the fourth as he began to impose his will in the first half of the round but Zayas was merely taking part of the round off as he turned the tables on his opponent by the end and was clearly in control.
The pace remained frantic in the last two rounds with both fighters scoring hard power punches to the body with Sillas scoring occasionally with an overhand right when Zayas backed up to the ropes . Zayas closed the show though as he increasingly became more effective with his punches all the way down to the final bell.
At the end, judge Daniel Lopez had it 59-55 while Frank Navarro scored it 58-56 and Esteban Franco 60-55, all for Zayas.
Tijuana super bantamweight Rafael Rivera (3-0-1, 2KOs) needed only four minutes and two left hooks to stop Erick Jimenez (0-5), also of Tijuana, in the second round of a scheduled four. Rivera didn’t give Jimenez a chance to breath let alone fight back as he went after his taller opponent from the opening seconds of the bout. Jimenez moved around the ring in hopes of getting away from the determined Rivera but had no luck and got caught with a left hook to the body that sent him down and squirm in pain. Official time was 1:06.
Angel “Diablito” Ramos (2-0, 1KO) of Tijuana had no trouble earning his second win of his career as he took a unanimous decision after dropping Artemio “Norteño” Garcia (1-3-1), also of Tijuana, in the third round of a scheduled flyweight four. All three judges, Joselyn Ortiz, Frank Navarro and Esteban Franco, scored it 40-35.
In a scheduled super bantamweight four, Carlos “Memin” Carlson (8-0, 5KOs) welcomed back Santos “Cachorrito” Valenzuela (0-7) to the pro ranks by stopping him in the second round. Valenzuela, who good a nine year hiatus from the ring, was no match for Carlson and succumbed to a over hand right after being dropped by a left hook in the first round. Official time was :33 of the second round.
San Diego’s Jorge “Tito” Ruiz (1-0, 1KO) traveled down to Tijuana to win his first fight against fellow first timer Ivan “Chino” Diaz (0-1), of Tijuana. Diaz went after Ruiz who tried to employ some type of the shoulder roll made famous by Floyd Mayweather Jr. Although flawed, the defense proved effective enough to keep Diaz off bay and give the much quicker Ruiz the opportunity to score a vast array of punches. Ruiz didn’t look hurt until the third round and despite not going down, referee Juan Jose Ramirez had seen enough and jumped in between the fighter’s to stop the punishment. Offcial time was 2:26.
In a forgettable lightweight four rounder, Miguel Mendieta (2-0, 1KO) took a unanimous decision over Enrique “Cid” Guzman (0-1), both of Tijuana. Scores were 40-36 three times.
Besides Bojorquez, the most impressive fighter of the night was Jose Toribio (1-0, 1KO) of Tijuana who in his pro debut stopped Francisco Pedroza (0-1), also of Tijuana, near the end of the second round of a scheduled four. The short but stocky Toribio was very compact with his punches as he stalked Pedroza around the ring and never gave his opponent any breathing room. With Pedroza hurt, Toribio looked like a good finisher as he kept pushing until referee Juan Morales Lee halted the action and awarded him the win. Official time was 2:43.
Tijuana favorite Jesus “Topo” Lopez (1-0-1) was held off to a majority draw by Cristian Ciciliano (0-0-1) in a flyweight four rounder. The fight was an ugly one as the southpaw Lopez didn’t seem to measure his distance well and kept smothering the taller Ciciliano. The good thing is that Lopez kept punching and scored the better punches but simply not enough as Ciciliano did enough to at least not earn a loss. Scores were 38-38 twice with once judge seeing it for Lopez by 39-37.