By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leon Nunez
As soon as the current Tijuana boxing commission lifted certain limits on the least amount of rounds needed to put on a fight card in the city a couple of years ago, the border town has become a hot bed for local club-show level boxing events. With Zanfer and Mayen Promotions leading the way, smaller promoters like PM and Gonzalez have also jumped into the fray. Last night it was Gonzalez’s turn to present their first show of the year at the Hangar 27 nightclub. Presenting a seven-bout fight card, Monroy Gonzalez put together an entertaining night of professional boxing featuring a majority of local fighters.
In the main event, light middleweight Pastor Elenes (8-1, 3KOs) suffered an early scare to be awarded a questionable unanimous decision over the hard charging Hugo Guttierez (0-5-1) in a scheduled four rounder.
Guttierez rushed Elenes from the opening bell as the favorite Pastor did the right thing and clinched to slow down the pace. Despite being held for a short time, Guttierez went back to attacking as soon as he was let go and soon scored a left hook followed by a right one to the chin of Elenes. Elenes went down to the canvas but was able to beat the count. Elenes was able to hold on until the end of the round.
Elenes boxed in the second and third rounds as he kept holding at times to avoid a dangerous situation. The slightly bigger Gonzalez began to soon look tired as Elenes kept moving around and scoring.
Right before the fourth, somebody got in Guttierez’s ear and advised him he needed to go for broke in the fourth and final round. Elenes must have gotten the same message himself because the last round because it became one of attrition with both fighters, despite clearly fatigued, winging punches with everything. Guttierez seemed to have the end in that round but at the end, all three judges, Leo Ibarra, Jesus Gonzalez and Carlos Flores scored it for Elenes 38-37.
Fightnews had it the same score, 38-37, but for Guttierrez.
Palma Upsets Barcenas
In a much anticipated pro debut, local amateur standout Angel “Zurdito” Barcenas (0-1) was ceremoniously stopped in a slight upset by the rugged Pedro Palma (2-2, 2KOs) of Tijuana by way of Guadalajara. Palma is no stranger to upsetting the apple cart since last November he impressively stopped another young Tijuana prospect Alejandro “Chatito” Hernandez in two rounds and gave fits to Abraham “Choko” Rodriguez. This time it took him one more round to stop the southpaw Barcenas.
The fifteen year old Barcenas obviously still held on to his amateur style and went all in with a flurry of arm punches from the opening bell. Palma didn’t bother to exchange and instead simply backed off. Palma turned up the heat in the second as Barcenas circled the perimeter Palma attacked the body with hard right uppercuts. Barcenas had his moments with a number of over hand lefts while at times making Palma miss.
Palma was just gearing up steam since in the third he pushed even harder and kept badgering Barcenas while the teenager really just tried to stay away. Palma finally caught up to him near the end of the round and trapped him against the red corner and scored more uppercut to the head and body prompting third man in the ring Juan Jose Ramirez to call it an end. Official time was 2:12.
Fonseca Stops Arteaga
Hard-nosed Victor “Sina” Fonseca (8-2-1, 6KOs) climbed back into the ring after a successful win late last month to do it again but quicker last night. This time Fonseca of Tijuana made quick work of fellow local fighter Jose “Socio” Arteaga (1-3-2) finishing him off in the last ten seconds of the first round.
Arteaga moved well at the beginning of the round as he fluidly danced and scored three-punch combinations. The patient Fonseca waited patiently as he cocked his right hand and let it go a couple of times catching Arteaga flush in the face.
After the ten second warning for the end of the round, Arteaga made the mistake of exchanging with the hard-hitting Fonseca, throwing a lazy right hand that “Sina” easily slipped and then countered with a left hook with all his weight behind it. The punch landed right on the button which crumpled Arteaga. Surprisingly Arteaga beat the count but as Juan Jose Ramirez finished off the traditional eight-count, he took one look at Arteaga’s glassy eyes and called the fight. Time was 2:53.
A brawl broke out between Tijuana’s Angel Torres (3-12-2, 2KOs) by way of Puerto Rico and Jose Luis “Rata” Caravantes (0-8-1), also of Tijuana, in a four round super featherweight fight. Neither one showed much but Torres scored a head-butt that opened up a cut over Caravantes’ right eye and caused a mouse under it. Caravantes seemed to score the better wild punches while the southpaw Torres scored to the body occasionally. With his cut check about four times during the second round, Caravantes’ corner decided not to send him out for the third awarding Torres the TKO win.
In a horrible stoppage, Juan Jose Ramirez inexplicably ended the best fight of the night between super flyweights Alejeandro “Darwin” Vazquez (1-0, 1KO) and Hector “Fuerte” Barragan (0-2), both of Tijuana. It was a give a take from the opening round with Vazquez squeaking by with the first round but Barragan began to really put it on him to close out the second. Barragan kept scoring hard right hands to start off the third and began to slow giving Vazquez the opening to score a bit more. Vazquez was closing the round strong but not enough to give Ramirez a reason to stop the fight which he did at 2:14 of the third round scheduled for four.
Run of the mill super flyweight Francisco “Rayito” Pedroza (2-3-1, 1KO) scored a rare win by relentlessly attacking barely there Mario Diaz (0-4), both of Tijuana, in the first round of a scheduled four. Official time was 1:05.
Undefeated bantamweight Christian Nieto (5-0, 3KOs) of Tijuana completely dominated Jose Santos (0-1), also of Tijuana, for three rounds of a scheduled four. Nieto attacked the body and head consistently and never allowed Santos to score anything meaningful. After a series of unanswered punches early in the third, referee Juan Jose Ramirez stopped the contest at the 1:09 mark.