By Felipe Leon
Photos: Renzo Novara
With the best attended club show yet this year, Mayen Promotions proved why he might be arguably the best local promoter in Tijuana as Guillermo “Memo” Mayen, along with Zanfer Promotions, presented an exciting night of professional boxing at Las Pulgas night club in downtown Tijuana which was taped for a later broadcast on Azteca America. With over 1200 fight fans there to cheer her on, up and coming female prospect Kenia Enriquez (6-0, 3KOs) proved why she is being tapped as the next big thing in the city’s female fighting when she completely annihilated previously unbeaten Rosa “Vaquerita” Diaz (4-1, 3KOs) of Agua Prieta, Mexico, in the first round of a scheduled super flyweight six.
Enriquez, who went pro last year after an extensive and successful career punctuated with a bronze medal in the Mexican Nationals, was far and beyond the more skilled of the two as soon as the bell rang. Enriquez quickly scored with a straight right that made Diaz take a step back. Both fighters then exchanged heavy leather for a brief moment before Enriquez took control of the distance and began to land her heavy right hand almost at will.
Diaz tried to put up a fight but Enriquez was just too quick and strong for the seventeen year old fighter. Halfway through the first round, Enriquez landed her hardest right hand yet to the nose of Diaz who immediately dropped her hands. Enriquez paused for second and then continued to batter her opponent until Juan Jose Ramirez jumped in to stop the fight. Official time was 1:09 of the first round.
After the beating, Enriquez’s promoter, “Memo” Mayen mentioned that by the end of the year, he will look to put Enriquez in a title fight, whether world or regional.
“Pelon” Ruiz Scalps Frias
In the night’s fight with the biggest consequence, Tijuana super flyweight and the city’s 2012 Rookie of the Year Victor “Pelon” Ruiz (11-1, 8KOs) upset the apple cart by stopping Zanfer Promotions’ Sergio “Finito” Frias (13-3-1, 7KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico, in the second round of a scheduled eight.
The first round was an even one as Frias was successful using his long reach to score from the outside and catch the shorter Ruiz when he would try to come in. The determined Ruiz was not to be stopped though and just kept plugging along, scoring well to the body and with an over hand left from the southpaw stance. Ruiz picked up the pace in the second which proved to be the right strategy since mid-way through the round he scored with a left hook to the chin that hurt Frias. Ruiz noticed and began to land more wide but effective power punches to the head while Frias held his hands down. Frias went down but was able to beat the count only to meet with another series of punches that this time forced the referee to stop the fight.
Spinks III Remains Undefeated
The “Third Generation” Leon Spinks III (3-0-1, 2KOs) of Los Angeles by way of St. Louis, Missouri, returned from a short exodus from the ring to stop first timer Leobardo Laguna (0-1) in the second of a scheduled lightweight four rounder presented in association with San Diego promoter Bobby D. Presents. The southpaw Spinks III, the grandson of Olympian and former heavyweight champion and nephew of also world champion Cory Spinks, had not fought since last August when he took a majority draw against Eddie Melendrez.
This time, Spinks III didn’t leave it to the judges when after shaking a bit off ring rust, he began to land hard lefts from the outside that shook the head of Laguna. The Tijuana fighter did have some success with wide looping rights of his own but Spinks III, who proved to have a sturdy chin, took the punishment and kept pushing the action.
In the second, Spinks III continued with the same tactic of fighting from the outside but he added a left hook to the mix and caught Laguna on the top of the head which sent the Tijuana fighter down. Laguna beat the count but was still dazed when Spinks III pushed the issue and with Laguna’s back to the ropes, the “Third Generation” began to land more straight lefts which prompted referee Christian Curiel to stop the action and save Laguna to fight another day.
Super featherweight Erick Martinez (4-0-1, 2KOs) struggled at times but did enough to earn a tough unanimous decision over the game Antonio Villa (1-8, 1KO), both of Tijuana, in a four rounder.
University of Baja California alum Jose “Bull” Pech (3-2, 1KO) did enough to take a four round super bantamweight decision over first timer Julio “Niño” Castillo (0-1). The elusive Castillo made Pech miss plenty of times but did not capitalize and allowed Pech to land a hard over hand right more than once giving him the win.
Lightweight knockout artist Roberto “Rifle” Ramirez (7-0, 6KOs), who is trained by the legendary Romulo Quirarte, went the distance for the first time in his career when Julio Paz (5-4) turned out to be tougher than he expected.
Another Quirarte charge, super flyweight Alejandro “Peque” Santiago (3-0, 3KO) earned his third win by knockout when he stopped the much taller Pablo Lopez (0-2) with a devastating left hook to the liver in the third round of a scheduled four.
In a light middleweight four round contest, the popular Alvaro Aguilar (22-2-1, 17KOs) continues on his comeback win streak with a unanimous decision over Alejandro Alonso (2-15-2, 1KO).
After a two year break, former super bantamweight amateur Mexican gold medalist Jorge De Alba (9-0-1, 7KOs) stopped overmatched Diego Flores (0-2) in the first round.
Female bantamweight Brenda Flores (2-1, 1KO) knocked out Agua Prieta, Mexico’s Monica Murrieta (0-1) a minute into a scheduled four rounder.
Southpaw super flyweight Luis Nery (6-0, 3KOs) remained undefeated while beating Marino Cañete (0-3) via a second round TKO.
Junior welterweight Jose Torres (1-2, 1KO) earned his first win over the grossly overweight Edgar Galvan (0-5), stopping him in the first round.