By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
First time Tijuana promoter Dobberman Promotions packed the house but left much to be desired as far as action inside the ring when the five scheduled bouts were completely devoid of drama last night at the Hangar 27 discotheque located in the Rio district of Tijuana, Mexico. In attendance was former champ Giovanni Segura who addressed the crowd and promised to knock out Juan Francisco “Gallito” Estrada if given the opportunity. Unfortunately that was as good as it was going to get in the ring in front of a packed house of about 500 fight fans.
In the main event, Tijuana middleweight Miguel “Maikito” Martinez Jr (4-0, 2KOs) made quick work of Ramiro Rosales (0-5) stopping him at 1:19 mark of the second round. It was all Martinez from the opening bell as he obviously carried the overmatched Rosales for the majority of the first round. An over hand right followed by a left uppercut sent Rosales reeling against the ropes and looked ready to go but Martinez let him live. Early in the second Martinez scored with a run-of-the-mill left but Rosales jumped through the air in his best Greg Louganis impression. Rosales beat the count and Martinez Jr looked annoyed the histrionics so he quickly stepped on the pedal landing a straight right and then another left uppercut, this time dropping Rosales for good.
Fightnews was later informed that Rosales was suspended indefinitely by the Tijuana boxing commission for his antics inside the ring.
“Choko” Rodriguez Struggles against Chanez
Considered one of the most promising new Tijuana prospects and arguably the best light flyweight in the city, teenager Abraham “Choko” Rodriguez (7-0, 3KOs) earned a lopsided unanimous decision and at times struggled with Alfredo “Chinito” Chanez (0-2), also of Tijuana, in a much more competitive fight than the scores indicated.
Rodriguez as expected was the quicker and more fluid of the two as he scored compact combinations to the body and head of Chanez. Chanez was not intimidated and stayed right there in the pocket and was able to counter with a couple of good right hooks to the body. Chanez quickly found a home for his looping right hand and scored frequently despite Rodriguez attempting to create distance.
By the the third, Rodriguez was fighting in spurts and looking for the knockout forgetting about his jab and only trying to score power shots. Chanez took advantage and made it a point to land his right more as he was given the opportunity to make it a fight. Rodriguez near the end of the four round bout was finally able to considerably hurt Chanez as he shortened up the space between them but “Chinito” was able to make it to make it to the final bell.
Erick “Monkey” Aguirre (3-4-1, 1KO) gave Tijuana journeyman Enrique “Cholito”Flores (0-21-1) a one-sided beating stopping him at the 2:32 mark of the second of a scheduled super featherweight six. Everything that Aguirre landed hurt Flores forcing him to take a knee early in the second from a barrage of punches. Aguirre kept scoring and when he trapped Flores against a neutral corner and continued to land, referee Juan Morales Lee finally saw enough and stopped it.
It was all Julio “Millo” Nario (4-0, 4KOs) as he punished Luis Pizano (0-2), both of Tijuana, into submission and evuantually stop him at the 2:54 mark of the first round of a scheduled welterweight four. Nario baited his time as he stalked Pizano around the ring looking to score big right hands as Pizano threw but not landed much in defense. Pizano almost made it to the second round but Nario scored one too many right hands for referee Juan Jose Ramirez’s liking and stopped it, somewhat prematurely, right before the bell to end the first round.
In a scheduled four round bantamweight slugfest, Efrain Gonzalez (2-5-1) earned a unanimous decision over perennial loser Bernardino Guevara (0-9), both of Tijuana. Gonzalez scored the harder and more frequent punches although Guevara kept up for all the four rounds. The fight became monotonous after the first round when both threw and landed wild power punches but the fight was devoid of any drama. Scores were 40-36 twice and 39-37.