By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photo by Big Joe Miranda
Bantamweight Leo Santa Cruz (13-0-1, 5 KO’s) impressively stopped Jose Angel Cota in the third round of a scheduled eight round bout on Thursday night at the Commerce Casino outside Los Angeles. Santa Cruz dominated the action, scoring a knockdown in the second round with a left hook to the head. Santa Cruz stunned Cota with a right hand to the head, prompting referee Raul Caiz, Jr. to stop the bout at 1:35.
Former world title challenger Giovanni Lorenzo (29-2, 21 KO’s) stopped Daryl Salmon in the third round of a scheduled eight round bout. Lorenzo dropped Salmon (16-4, 3 KO’s) with a barrage of punches at the end of the first round. A counter left hook finished Salmon for the count at 2:53 of the third round. This was Lorenzo’s first bout under the TKO Boxing Promotions banner.
Junior Bantamweight Austroberto Juarez (9-0, 2 KO’s) earned a hard-fought six round unanimous decision over Ernie Marquez. Marquez (9-7-1, 3 KO’s) attempted to counter, but Juarez was too accurate in winning by scores of 60-54, 60-54, and 59-55.
Middleweight Dmitry Chudinov (5-0, 3 KO’s) stopped Nathan Bedwell at 19 seconds of the third round in a scheduled four round bout. Chudinov had Bedwell (1-3) down in the first round and ended matters with a barrage of punches, prompting referee Raul Caiz, Jr. to stop the bout.
Former amateur star Randy Caballero (3-0, 3 KO’s) stopped overmatched Travis Bedwell in the first round of a scheduled four round bout. Caballero dropped Bedwell (0-2) with a right hand to the head, following up with a barrage of punches, prompting referee Tony Crebs to stop the bout at 56 seconds.
Cruiserweight Emad Ali (6-1, 3 KO’s) won a four round unanimous decision over Valente Tinajero (8-2). All three judges had Ali winning by scores of 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37.