Celebrating his 30th birthday as well as Mexican Independence Day, WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (50-7, 44 KOs) scored an impressive second round TKO over Rogers Mtagwa (27-15-2, 19 KOs) on Thursday night at the County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas. After an even round one, Gonzalez opened up in round two and rocked Mtagwa with a series of big shots. The iron-jawed Tanzanian was definitely hurt, but the bout was waved off by referee Guadalupe Garcia before we could see if Mtagwa would have weathered the storm. Time was 2:15.
After the fight, Gonzalez again called out the best of his division. “I want the best, Elio Rojas, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Juan Manuel Lopez and the others at this weight. Thanks El Paso, Viva Mexico!” said Gonzalez. Manager Oswaldo Kuchle added “Tonight Johnny G has been confirmed as one of the best fighters in the world and one of the biggest punchers today. We are very confident of facing the best and winning those fights.”
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Super featherweight Antonio Escalante (24-4, 16 KOs) quickly crushed Pipino Cuevas Jr. (13-8, 11 KOs), son of former world champion Pipino Cuevas. Escalante dropped Cuevas in round one and got the referee’s stoppage with his follow up barrage. Time was 2:08.
Super featherweight Miguel “Mickey” Roman (35-8, 27 KOs) destroyed Antonio Jose Meza (29-12-1, 21 KOs) in round one with a left hook to the liver. Meza was counted out on his knees at 2:09.
Unbeaten Olympian welterweight Javier Molina (9-0, 4 KOs) pounded out a six round unanimous decision over John Revish (10-5-2, 8 KOs). Scores were 60-54, 58-56, 59-55.
Welterweight Carlos Villa (3-0, 2 KOs) needed just 69 seconds to halt Javier Nunez (0-2) in what seemed like a quick stoppage.
Flyweight Joel Garcia (3-0, 1 KO) topped Ricky Lacefield (0-2) over four by scores of 39-37 on all cards.