Photos and report by Felipe Leon
Mayen Promotions returned once again to the legendary Las Pulgas Night club located along the world-renown Avenida Revolucion in the heart of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Just like his father in the 80s and himself in the early 90s, Guillermo Mayen has once again become the king of the club fights of the border city. Thursday night was not different although Mayen received help from Zanfer Promotions when they lent out their popular up and coming bantamweight Jose “Tigre” Cayetano (13-1, 5KOs) as he struggled against but still took a unanimous decision over the hesitant Sergio “Costeño” Najera (4-7), both of Tijuana, in a scheduled eight round main event.
The usual aggressive Cayetano was coming off a spectacular win over former title challenger Arturo “Fuerte” Badillo last June when he stopped the fellow Tijuana fighter in five rounds after dropping him twice. Najera, a tough but raw brawler, has lost five of his last seven including his last two.
Nothing happened in the usual first round of study. The usual in your face Cayetano seemed hesitant to attack while Najera did nothing that would resemble offense in the round. Cayetano opened up in the last seconds of the stanza to go to the body of Najera and in hopes of drawing him into a fight.
Cayetano didn’t get his wish until the fourth when Najera, who by this time was suffering a bloody nose, finally began to move forward and let his hands go including a right hand that surprised Cayetano. Cayetano kept in the fifth but more cautious since when Najera attacked, which was in spurts, he would counter with straight rights through the wide power punches of “Tigre”.
The action continued in the sixth as the restless crowd was calling for blood and was somewhat appeased by both fighters going toe to toe although in spurts. The action only lasted through that round since in the seventh both fighters went back to more posturing while in the eighth and final round; it became a jab contest with Cayetano’s getting there quicker and harder.
At the end, all three judges, Alejandro Rochin, Leo Ibarra and Benjamin Rendon, scored it for Cayetano’s more effective punching 78-74 three times.
With a more alive opponent in front of her for her second pro fight, Tijuana flyweight Kenia Enriquez (2-0, 1KO) looked more polished as she cruised to an easy unanimous decision over Ciudad, Juarez, Mexico’s Angelica “Maravilla” Dominguez (0-1). Enriquez began to dominate early as she found a home for her over hand right hand in the first round after suffering a cut on her right cheek due to a head butt. Enriquez continued to land the punch as she added upper cuts and hooks to the body. By the third round Dominguez was way over her head as Enriquez began to score almost at will. Dominguez tried to make it a fight by brawling with Enriquez but Enriquez was able to counter punch everything that came her way. All three judges, Alejandro Rochin, Benjamin Rendon and Leo Ibarra, saw it an identical 40-36.
A good all-around four round scrap turned out between light heavyweights Jonathan “Nini” Medina (1-2-1, 1KO) and Edgar “Roca” Bojorquez (3-4-3, 2KOs), both of Tijuana. Medina took the role of the boxer while Bojorquez brawled as he chased Medina around the ring. Medina threw the punches in bunches while Bojorquez looked for the knock out. Both fighters attacked to the body and head with Bojorquez hurting Medina to the torso a couple of times during the contest. Judges Alejandro Rochin, Benjamin Rendon and Carlos Flores liked the pressure from Bojorquez and scored it 39-37 to give him the unanimous win.
Undefeated Tijuana junior welterweight Pastor Elenes (2-0, 1KO) looked impressive as he took a landslide four round unanimous decision over game but clearly over matched Adrian Martinez (1-2-1), also of Tijuana. Elenes was always in control as he effectively pressured Martinez around the ring, never giving his opponent a second to rest. Martinez tried to counter punch with his back in the corner but Elenes was too quick and too slick and was able to score with three punch combos to the head of Martinez. At the end all three judges, Jesus Gonzalez, Sergio Lechuga and Carlos Flores saw it 40-36 three times for Elenes.
In a solid performance, Heriberto “Tremendo” Delgado (2-0) sent Hector “Chuky” Figueroa (0-3-1), both of Tijuana, twice to the canvas, once in the 1st and again in the fourth, to win a unanimous decision in a four round super bantamweight contest. Figueroa had his moments as he moved around the ring, throwing punches from awkward angles but once Delgado got close enough, he would score with power punches, two of which sent Figueroa down. Judges Jesus Gonzalez and Sergio Lechuga both saw it an identical 39-36 while Carlos Flores scored it 40-35.
Super bantamweight Rosalio “Aspid” Rios (4-0, 3KOs) only needed thirty-four seconds of the first round to make Jesus Antonio “Rocky” Garcia (1-2) completely give up and cower in a corner receiving punches. The fight was scheduled for four rounds.
Tijuana flyweight Norberto Vaal (1-0-1, 1KO) looked impressive as he scored his first professional win in spectacular fashion by stopping Artermio “Norteño” Garcia (1-2-1) both of Tijuana. Garcia looked like he would be able to hang with the fluid style of Vaal but near the end of the second, Vaal scored with a hard combo that hurt Garcia. Vaal kept attacking until referee Agustin Rivera saw enough and stopped the contest. 2:44 was the official time.
Despite a valiant effort, Ensenada, Mexico’s junior flyweight Juan “Gallo” Tozcano (0-1) came up short in his pro debut versus Carlos Manuel Lopez (1-2) of Tijuana. After winning the first round, Tozcano allowed Lopez to execute his game plan which was to box behind a strong jab. In the third and fourth Lopez began to put together quick punch combos and caught Tozcano with left hooks that made the Ensenada’s fighter’s knees buckle. Judge Jesus Gonzalez saw it 39-37, Sergio Lechuga 40-36 and Esteban Franco 39-38.