By Felipe Leon
Photos: Renzo Novara
What was expected became a reality when talented Tijuana flyweight Kenia Enriquez (7-0, 4KOs) blasted the experienced by over matched Gloria Salas (3-8-1, 1KO) of Palm Springs, CA, by way of Guamuchil, Mexico, near the end of the fourth round of a scheduled six to earn her biggest win to date Wednesday night at the Las Pulgas night club in the heart of Tijuana. Although her promoter, Guillermo “Memo” Mayen of Mayen Promotions, pushed Salas as a tough out for the nineteen year old former amateur stand out, Enriquez with skill and power proved that she is ready for the likes of Salas and much more as she became only the second woman to stop the tough Salas, the first being world champion Ava Knight. The rest of the card was an entertaining one of upset, close and missed calls making it perhaps the best night of boxing so far this year in Tijuana.
After Salas, 28, tried to use her mobility in the first two-round coupled with the experience she has gained from facing current world champion Melissa McMorrow and the aforementioned Knight in the past, Enriquez found her groove by the beginning of the third and began to score with counter punching as the slightly shorter Salas looked to score to the body. Enriquez was able to score with power shots to the head of Salas as she attempted to get close and land wide punches to the head of the Tijuana fighter.
As Enrique began the fourth going after Salas looking to cause some damage, she got her wish when she scored with a left hook that hurt Salas. Salas tried to protect herself but Enriquez smelled blood and went after her prey, trapping her against the ropes and unleashing a barrage of fire power that eventually forced the third man in the ring, Juan Morales Lee, to stop the punishment. Official time was 1:36 of the fourth.
Christmas Comes Early for “Tiger” Smalls
Popular San Diego amateur Prince “Tiger” Smalls (0-0-1) got a gift decision in his pro debut when he was awarded an unpopular majority draw against fellow San Diegan Erick “Monkey” Aguirre (0-0-1) in a four round super featherweight bout. The taller Smalls proved to be a mover from the opening bell, used fleet foot work to move around the ring. Despite of Smalls superior speed, Aguirre quickly was able to score some telling shots to the head of Smalls by lunging in from the outside with wild but effective looping punches.
Smalls strategy seemed to land a big right hand which he threw often enough, landing some, but not really doing any damage as Aguirre, who lives in Tijuana, was able to walk through the punches and keep stalking Smalls around the ring. The third round was Small’s best as he was able to put together to score with good combinations before smothering himself. It looked as if Aguirre was drained from the ongoing effort to move in on Smalls without getting hurt and “Tiger” capitalized on Aguirre’s fatigue.
With chants of “Tijuana, Tijuana”, Aguirre came out swinging in the fourth, man handling Smalls around the ring and scoring with flurries to the body finished off with punches to the head. Smalls, perhaps knowing that the fight was on the line, tried to keep Aguirre at bay but the Tijuana resident looked to be too much for the lanky Smalls as he scored the more and better punches in the fourth and final round.
At the end, the judges shockingly had it a majority draw with Benjamin Rendon and Leo Ibarra seeing it an even 38-38 while Sergio Lechuga scored it 39-37 for Aguirre. Fightnews had it the same, 39-37 for Aguirre.
Coronado Upsets Robles
In a slight upset, Jonathan “Cobra” Coronado (1-1) of Tecate, Mexico, earned his first win as a professional by taking a unanimous decision over Tijuana’s Julio “Sexy Boy” Robles (1-1) in a four round flyweight contest. Despite the height advantage of the “Cobra”, the southpaw Robles had success early as he was able to wing left hooks from the outside that would snap back the head of Coronado. The Tecate fighter quickly got his sea legs and began to control the action from the outside with a steady jab.
Robles kept chipping away in the two middle rounds, this time throwing in some straight lefts as his lead punch and scoring effectively on Coronado. Robles also had some success in making Coronado miss and then making him pay but just as it seemed that Robles was going to be able to keep the strategy going until the final bell, Coronado got a second wind took the fourth round with just sheer aggression and punch output.
In what looked an even bout with Fightnews scoring it an even 38-38, the official judges saw it different with three scores of 39-37 for Coronado from Jose De La Mora, Leo Ibarra and Benjamin Rendon.
Tijuana super bantamweight Heriberto “Tremendo” Delgado (7-0, 4KOs) had no trouble in keeping his perfect record intact by stopping first timer Martin Morones (0-1), also of Tijuana by way of Colima, in the second round of a scheduled four. After dropping Morones in the first with a left hook, a barrage of punches in the second forced referee Christian Curiel to halted the action at 1:06 of the second.
After a good back and forth three rounds, Jose Galvez was able to take over and stop Leobardo “Taliban” Laguna at the 1.32 mark in a scheduled super featherweight four. Galvez dropped Laguna in the first and despite some heavy exchanges in the second, he was able to pull away in the third and force the stoppage. With the win Galvez stays unbeaten with four wins against no losses, all by stoppage, while Laguna falls to 0-2.
In a good four round brawl, Erick “Estella” Martinez (5-0-1, 3KOs) of Tijuana stopped Tecate, Mexico’s David “Guerrero” Vega (0-5) in the fourth and final round. Official time was :28.
First timer Luis Ambrosio (1-0, 1KO) of Fresno, CA, made his pro debut a good one by catching Jonathan Varela (0-5) of Mexicali, Mexico, with a left hook followed by a right hand that hurt him. On wobbly legs, Varela was not able to defend himself which prompted referee Christian Curiel to stop the fight. Official time was 2:09 of the first.
In one of the most entertaining fights in recent times, 5 foot tall and about thirty pounds over his natural weight Angel Lopez (1-0) won the crowd over with his aggressive style which led to a flash knockdown to take a split decision win over fellow first timer Fidel Reyes (0-1), both of Tijuana, in a four rounder. Both judges Esteban Franco and Jesus Gonzalez saw it 38-37 for Lopez while Sergio Lechuga went the other way with a 38-37 for Reyes.