By Felipe Leon
Photos: Renzo Novara
After a months long hiatus, Erik Morales’ Box Latino returned to Tijuana to stage and entertaining club show at the Teatro Mutualista in downtown Tijuana, Mexico, this past Friday, November 2nd. After Josue “Chin Chan” Vega, opponent for the popular and world ranked light flyweight Javier “Cobra” Mendoza in the main event, decided not to show up to the venue after weighing in the day before, super flyweight Osvaldo “Magnifico” Castro (16-4-1, 10KOs) was catapulted to the main event as he defeated the tough no-nonsense Sergio “Costeño” Najera (4-8) with a cruising eight round unanimous decision.
Once the taller Castro established his tab early on in the bout, he began to make use of it followed with by a swift right hand that left Najera’s left eye swollen and in bad shape by the end of the night. Najera tried as he might to get inside on his taller opponent and when he rarely did, he would punish the body in hopes of slowing down the deftly moving “Magnifico”.
With a battered crimson face from the constant landing of the jab, Najera suffered more bad luck in the fifth when a well-placed left hook from Castro dropped him to his knees. Visibly hurt, the tough Najera beat the count and survived the round despite Castro looking to refill the prescription.
Castro began to pull away in the sixth as he seemed to warm up and Najera to wear down. In one last push, Najera attacked with guns a-blazin’ in the seventh but by that time Castro had all the answers and was able to withstand the charge. The end result was inevitable as all three judges saw it for Castro with scores of 79-72 twice and 80-71.
Valadez Gets Stopped
In a mild upset, Tijuana teenager Jesus “Bombardero” Valadez (6-1, 3KOs) was handed his first loss and a beating by hard hitting Jose Luis “Pepe El Toro” Vazquez (3-2, 3KOs) of Tijuana by way of Michoacan in the four round welterweight semi-main event. Things began well enough for the fan favorite Valadez as he ceremoniously dropped Vazquez early in the first round with a long left hook the body followed with an even longer straight right flush to the chin. Valadez shrugged towards his cheering crowd expecting an early night.
Vazquez thought different.
“Pepe El Toro” not only beat the count but beat Valadez from that point on. As “Bombardero” tried to double the dose, Vazquez began to batter the native Tijuana fighter, many of times with rabbit punches that Valadez would complain to the referee Juan Jose Ramirez about with no luck.
Valadez, who after the right cross that dropped Vazquez, never seemed to regain his balance as his foot work was atrocious and allowed for Vazquez to land a right hook near the end of the second that sent him to the canvas. Valadez beat the count and saw the end of the round but looked in a daze for the majority of the third round as he flopped around the ring trying to clinch at every opportunity to stay alive.
Valadez seemed to regain some of his senses in the onset of the fourth but Vazquez hurt him again with power punches to the head which prompted Valadez’s corner to intervene and stop the action. Time was 1:15 of the fourth and final round.
Columbus, Ohio’s super middleweight Donald “Too Slick” Anderson (3-0, 2KOs) had no trouble in his first international bout as promptly dispatched Samuel Flores (0-1) of Rosarito, Mexico, in the first round. Anderson, who resides in Lakeside, CA, was too skilled and quick for Flores as he landed a dangerous left upper cut and seconds later a right hook that hurt Flores. The Flores corner threw in the towel at 2:17 of the first round, scheduled for four.
Known as the “Punisher” for defeating every Tijuana fighter he has ever faced such as Mario Popeyin” Padilla and Emilio “Musico” Bojorquez, Los Mochis, Sinaloa’s Abner Lopez (10-2, 9KOs) did it again as he broke the over matched Alejandro Alonso’s (2-14-2, 1KO) in the first round of a scheduled welterweight eight. Loading up big on his punches, Lopez scored with left hooks that would go around Alonso’s high guard and a devastating right hand to the chin. Alonso was able to stay on his feet but looked to be ready to go down a couple of times. While sitting on his stool after the first round, it was determined his jaw was fractured or at least hurt enough to not able to respond to the bell for the second. Official time was :10 of the second round.
In another mild upset, Tijuana’s Juan Manuel “Buffalo” Dominguez (3-1, 2KO) lost his undefeated status at the fists of Esteban Sosa (1-1) of Michoacan who earned his first win via a four round split decision. In typical heavyweight action, the holding was at a maximum and the action at a minimum but Sosa was able to establish his fight and forced the taller Dominguez back up against the ropes. Once there, Sosa scored with a couple of punches before clinching and tiring out the Tijuana fighter. At the end, Sosa did enough to convince judges Sergio Lechuga 39-37 and Esteban Franco 39-38 while judge Carlos Flores saw it an inexplicable 40-36 for Dominguez.
In an entertaining back and forth tussle, Mexico City’s Carlos Marcelino (2-0, 1KO) took a unanimous decision over Enrique “Cholito” Flores (0-13-1) in a much closer contested six round super bantamweight contest. Marcelino was clearly the more skilled of the two as he scored beautiful three and four punch combinations but Flores was able to take all that and more as he pressured Marcelino and made it into a fight instead of a boxing match. Both fighters weren’t shy with their fists and exchanged leather multiple times and in every crook and cranny of the ring before Marcelino began to pull away in the fifth. All three judges saw it an identical 59-55 for Marcelino.