By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Welterweight Demetrius Hopkins (30-1-1, 11 KOs) pounded out a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (23-5-2, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA. Scores were 99-91, 99-91, 100-90.
Unbeaten junior welterweight Joseph Elegele (9-0, 7 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Willie Walton (4-2, 3 KOs). Elegele dropped Walton at the end of round two and got the stoppage at 1:37 of the next round.
Unbeaten junior welterweight KO artist Francisco Contreras (15-0, 13 KOs) hammerfed out a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Eric Cruz (7-4-3, 7 KOs). Scores were 80-72, 80-72, 78-74.
Junior Middleweight Eric Mendez won his professional career in stellar fashion, stopping Jose Evangelista in the first round of a scheduled four round bout. Mendez floored Evangelista with two right hands, eventually finishing him off with a three-punch combination to the head. Referee Wayne Hedgepeth stopped the bout at 2:51. Evangelista was also making his professional debut.
Featherweight Alex Jimenez won a lopsided four round unanimous decision over Edgar Flores. Jimenez (2-0) was more aggressive as the bout progressed, stunning Flores (0-3) a number of times. However, Flores was able to survive until the final bell. All three judges scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Jimenez.
Welterweight Michael Finney (4-0, 4 KO’s) annihilated John Dunham in the first round of a scheduled four round bout. A left-right combination put Dunham (1-7-2) down, prompting referee Wayne Hedgepeth to stop the bout at 35 seconds.