By Ahmed Santos
The homecoming of sensational flyweight contender Juan “Gallo” Estrada was spectacular, offering a lesson of boxing quality, methodically demolishing experienced Germán “Panteonaro” Meraz, to end up beating him by TKO in the 9th round, in the main event of a card staged Friday night in Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico. A spectacular full house witnessed the way that Estrada (26-1, 20 KOs) battered his opponent, who used all his resources and mobility to survive, but Estrada patiently wore him down to the body and head, putting him down in the fourth episode and again in the ninth, then Meraz (37-23-1, 18 KOs) got punished until the referee stopped what turned into a beating, with the joy of everybody at the Francisco León García stadium.
With this performance, that was scheduled for 10 rounds at flyweight, Estrada broke the all time attendance record in Puerto Penasco, showing he’s a big draw at his hometown, and also showing to be ready to go after a world title, fact that his promoters, Latin Sports, are negotiating, analyzing the options with the different flyweight titlists.
In the semi main event Los Mochis, Sinaloa’s prospect Mahonri “Russito” Montes (26-1-1, 20 KOs) dominated Guasave, Sinaloa’s Miguel Ángel López (11-16-2, 9 KOs) from start to end, even knocking him down in spectacular fashion 2 times in the second round, and also battling from that round on with an impressive cut over his left eye –caused by a head butt, to take a unanimous decision win after 10 rounds at superlightweight.
Local female heavyweight Berenice “Tromba” Cubillas beat Agua Prieta, Sonora’s Carmen García by TKO in the seventh round of 8.
Hermosillo, Sonora Víctor Méndez won against local Joel Estrada by TKO in the sixth and last round, at bantamweight.
Javier Carrera -local fighter, won by TKO in the third of 6 rounds at welterweight against Hermosillo’s José “Pipi” Torres.
Carlos “Divino” Fontes, of Hermosillo, knocked out technically in the first Agua Prieta’s Jorge Guerrero, after a couple of knockdowns, scheduled for 6, at superflywight.
Omar Valenzuela, of Huatabampo, Sonora TKO 3 over Wilberth Ortiz, of Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, of 4 at superfeatherweight.
And Jorge “Jibarito” Ortega, of Hermosillo TKO 2 over Horacio “Cachito” Sánchez, of San Luir Río Colorado, Sonora, of 4 at superflyweight.