By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
In the main event of the evening, a scheduled six round welterweight contest, once beaten Chris “The Last Chapter” Chatman was convincing in victory over previously undefeated hometown favorite Albert “Baby Dynamite” Herrera. Chatman’s speed and southpaw stance had Herrera flustered from the onset and halfway through the opening round, a lead left cross deposited Herrera on the seat of his pants in the middle of the ring. Not seriously hurt, but further flustered, Herrera arose only to be floored even harder and seriously hurt this time around. Herrera got up at the count of three only to think better of it and then assumed a knee while referee Ray Corona resumed a dreadfully slow count. Herrera would rise to beat the count and survive the round but this would set the stage for the remainder of the bout. There was good action in the second and third rounds but Chatman remained in control of the bout. Round four saw Chatman land some hard counters as Herrera rushed in desperately, sensing he needed a knockout. It came as little surprise when Chatman stopped Herrera in his tracks with a solid left cross lead that the referee called an end to the bout without a count despite no crackdown occurring. By way of TKO at 2:47 of round number four, Chatman earns his biggest victory to date in improving to 8-1 (4 KO) while handing Herrera his first defeat and dropping him to 7-1 (5 KO).
In semi main event action, a scheduled six round Welterweight contest, undefeated Christopher Rizo took on local favorite Alex Viramontes. Rizo had his opponent in some trouble in the final round but was unable to put him away. In a spirited contest, the uppercut happy Rizo was able to pound out a unanimous decision victory (60-54 on all three judges scorecards) over the gritty Viramontes.
In the fourth bout of the evening, a scheduled four round lightweight contest, Oscar Andrade was way too much for the debuting Federico Martinez. The southpaw Andrade was able to crumble Martinez to the canvas with a solid right hook to the body. Although it did not appear to be a completely devastating shot, Andrade never attempted to rise from the one knee he had assumed while referee Ray Corona counted him out. With the victory, Andrade improves to 3-0 (2 KO) and appears ready for some stronger competition.
In opening action, a scheduled four round Bantamweight contest, debuting Daniel “The Baby Face Assassin” literally had his opponent, Cristian Cruz, tossing his cookies. Whether by way of stage fright, illness or a punch to the midsection, just seconds into the bout, Cruz turned his back to Roman, went to the ropes and vomited, prompting referee Ray Corona to wave off the contest. By way of TKO victory at 0:33 of the first round, Roman improves to 1-0 (1KO) while Cruz drops to 3-2 (2KO).
In supporting action, a scheduled four round lightweight contest, the debuting Sergio Nunez used precision power punching to overwhelm and finally knockout his game fellow debuting opponent, Mike Cross. Cross was floored early in the second round with a counter right cross. Later in the round, Nunez landed a hard left hook behind the ear that had Cross doing the Samba before going down, prompting the referee to call an immediate halt to the fight.
In other undercard action, a scheduled four round middleweight contest, Donyil Livingston met the spirited challenge of Steve Macomber. Macomber fought much harder than would be expected of an opponent who had just three victories in 14 career fights. Livingston, however, was patient in setting up Macomber and was able to floor him midway through the second round and was able to finish him off with a perfectly timed right cross to the jaw that prompted the referee to wave off the fight. By way of a TKO victory at 2:55 of the second round, Livingston improves to 2-0 (2 KO) while Macomber earns another paycheck and falls to 3-11-1.