Report and photos: Felipe Leon
Tijuana’s favorite feline Jose “Tigre” Cayetano (14-1, 6KOs) proved that he is ready for bigger and better things as he made mincemeat of the clearly over matched Jesus “Piriguas” Lopez (6-9-1, 5KOs) of nearby Mexicali, Mexico, last night. The scheduled eight round super bantamweight contest was the main event of Mayen Promotions’ first fight card of the year in Tijuana. Promoter Guillermo “Memo” Mayen returned to the Las Pulgas night club which has become the new home of local boxing in the border town. The Cayetano-Lopez blow out was part of a thirteen bout fight card that featured a majority of local talent.
After his only loss in late 2011, Cayetano has won his last three including a convincing fifth round destruction of former world title challenger Arturo “Fuerte” Badillo. Cayetano is best known coming out of nowhere and winning the local “Guante Azteca (Aztec Glove)” tournament some years back scoring wins over some of the best up and coming talent in northwestern Mexico. As for Lopez, his biggest claim to fame is a win over shopworn former champ Roberto “Mako” Leyva.
After a slow paced two minutes of the first round, Cayetano caught Lopez against the ropes and landed a devastating right hook to the chin. Lopez met the canvas but quickly complained of tripping over the bottom rope. Veteran referee Juan Jose Ramirez did not take the bait and proceeded to administer his count to eight. Cayetano smelling blood dropped Lopez two more times until the bell could save the Mexicali fighter.
It wasn’t for long, as soon as the second round began Cayetano again on the attack, stalking Lopez around the ring. It was only a matter of time until Lopez met Cayetano’s right hand once again and went down for the fourth and final time. Official time was 1:16.
Blackshear Toys with “La Muñeca”
Fighting females were featured in the semi-main event as San Diego, CA’s Jolene Blackshear (7-3-1, 3KOs) took an easy but close unanimous decision over Linda “Muñeca” Soto (5-2, 3KOs) of Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico, in a minimum weight six rounder.
The forty-two year old Blackshear is making a second run after leaving the sport in late ’09. In her first fight back, Blackshear stopped Lili Barajas in the first round last October. Soto had made an appearance in Tijuana before when she suffered her first loss at the hands of former IBF champion Jessica “Kika” Chavez last July. Since then, Soto stopped Maria Lopez in her hometown last November.
From the opening bell, Soto was the more aggressive of the two as he went after the shorter Blackshear with a series of power punches that missed their mark more than they landed. In the second, Soto found her mark with a hard over hand right that stunned Blackshear and made her knees buckle. By the third round, Blackshear found her rhythm and began to counter Soto quite easily, attacking the head and body. Blackshear was able to control the action for the remainder of the bout while Soto never took a step back and fought until the end. All three judges, Jesus Gonzalez, Carlos Flores and Juan Jose De La Mora scored it 58-56 for Blackshear.
2012 Trainer of the Year, Robert Garcia, made a rare trip to Tijuana as he worked the corner for welterweight Andrew Ruiz (5-0, 3KOs) of Oxnard, CA, as he stopped winless Jesus Montenegro (0-8) of Tijuana. Official time was 2:06 of the first.
Garcia was also seen in the corner of first timer Emilio Sanchez of Los Angeles, CA, as he made his pro debut a good one by knocking out Tijuana’s Luis Alfredo Rodriguez (0-2) in a featherweight match up. Official time was 1:13 of the first when Sanchez scored a hard left hook on the button.
After a year hiatus, super flyweight Jose Estrella (12-4-1, 9KOs) earned a hard fought six round unanimous decision over lanky Saul Hernandez (2-4, 2KOS), both of Tijuana.
Tijuana bantamweight Heriberto “Tremendo” Delgado (4-0, 1KO) remained undefeated with a unanimous decision over first timer David Gomez (0-1), also of Tijuana, over four rounds.
The popular Erick “Tepeyac” Cebreros (5-0, 1) had trouble early but pulled off a majority decision over no wins Carlos Avila (0-1-1), both of Tijuana. Scores were 40-36 and 39-37 for Cebreros and an even 38-38. The four round bout was contested in the featherweight division.
Super featherweight Erick “Estrella” Martinez (2-0-1, 2KOs) ruined the pro debut of Miguel Angel Garcia (0-1) by forcing a doctor stoppage after Garcia suffered a severely bloody nose. Official time was 32 seconds in the second round of a scheduled lightweight four.
In a battle of first timers, Hector Flores came out the stronger of the two when he stopped Janathan Coronado in the second round. The shorter but fearless Flores forced the stoppage after trapping Coronado against the ropes and scoring with a series of unanswered punches in the second flyweight four. Official time was 1:49 of the second.
The impressive Norberto Vaal (2-0-1, 1KO) squeaked a split decision over Pablo Lopez (0-1) in a four round flyweight fight. Lopez went down from a third round in the third. Scores were 39-36 and 38-37 for Vaal and 39-37 for Lopez.
In a rare big man match up, Tijuana middleweight Jesus Antonio Gutierrez earned his eight win against no losses with one draw and six knock outs when he made quick work of overweight first timer Jorge Camacho (0-1), both of Tijuana. The bout was stopped at the 2:42 mark of the fourth and final round due to a Camacho’s bleeding nose.
Tijuana lightweight Daniel Ramirez (5-0, 3KOs) earned a four round majority decision over Antonio Villa (1-6, 1KO), also of Tijuana. Scores were 38-37 for Villa and 38-37 amd 39-37 for Ramirez.
Two right hands from Alejandro “Cruel” Solis (1-0, 1KO) put Eduardo De La Cruz (0-1) out for the count at the 1:07 mark of the first round of a scheduled super bantamweight four.