By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Super Lightweight Mauricio Herrera won a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over veteran Hector Alatorre on Friday night at the Omega Products International in Corona, California. Herrera (15-1, 7 KO’s) was in complete command, landing the more effective combinations to the head and body. Alatorre (16-11, 5 KO’s) would land the occassional hook or cross, but spent the most of the fight gesturing to Herrera to hit him harder or would dance in the ring. All three judges scored the bout 80-72 in favor of Herrera. After the fight, Thompson Boxing Promotions president Ken Thompson called out super lightweight contender Victor Ortiz to fight Herrera.
Junior Welterweight Christopher Rizo (5-0-1, 3 KO’s) stopped Luis Alfredo Lugo in the first round of a scheduled six round bout. Rizo, who had not fought in over a year, landed a counter left uppercut to the stomach of Lugo. After a few seconds, Lugo (11-14-1, 5 KO’s) went down to one knee in pain. Referee David Denkin counted Lugo out at 1:21.
Lightweight Jessie Roman won a four round unanimous decision over Manuel Del Cid. Roman (4-0, 3 KO’s) landed the more effective punches throughout the bout. Del Cid (4-2, 1 KO) was very sloppy with his punches, even charging in with his head and holding Roman to hit him to the body. Because of the excessive holding, referee Ray Corona deducted one point from Del Cid in the third and fourth rounds. All three judges scored the bout 39-35 in favor of Roman.
In a battle of unbeaten Flyweights, Miguel Diaz dropped Malcolm Franklin three times in the first round of a scheduled four round bout to win by technical knockout. After weathering an early onslaught by Franklin, Diaz (2-0, 1 KO) dropped Franklin with a hard right hand to the head. Franklin stood up, but was dropped again by a left-right combination. After getting up a second time, Diaz hurt Franklin (2-1) with another right hand. Franklin was defenseless on the ropes when Diaz landed another right hand, prompting referee David Denkin to immediately step in and stop the bout at 2:52.
Junior Welterweight Jhon Ortega was impressive in his professional debut, stopping Akeem Akinbode in the first round of a scheduled four round bout. Ortega overwhelmed Akinbode (1-4-1, 1 KO) from the beginning, eventually backing him up into a corner. A barrage of punches by Ortega on a defenseless Akinbode prompted referee Ray Corona to stop the bout at 51 seconds.
Welterweight Emmanuel Medina had a successful professional debut as he stopped John Dunham in the first round of a scheduled four round bout. Dunham (1-8-1) was competitive early, but the southpaw Medina dropped him with a counter right hook to the head. Dunham stood up, but referee David Denkin stopped the bout at 1:57.