By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
A last minute free fight card was presented by Zanfer Promotions last Friday night at the new home for Tijuana boxing, the Tecate tent constructed in the parking lot of the historic Caliente Racetrack, where interim WBO light flyweight champion Moises “Moi” Fuentes (19-1-1, 10KOs) took a stay-busy fight in the 112 lbs. division and systematically broke down former title challenger Omar Salado (24-7-2, 15KOs) in the seventh round of a scheduled ten. The bout along with some of the under card was broadcast on tape delay by Azteca America in the United States the following night.
Fuentes, the former WBO minimum weight champ, captured the interim light flyweight strap in his last fight by stopping Luis De La Rosa in the first back in September while Salado has had an up and down ride since challenging for the WBA light flyweight title against Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez in 2011. Stopped in seven there, he went on to lose against Glen Donaire and Giovanni Segura while only winning two and a no-contest since then.
Salado was the busier of the two early on as he took the fight to the much taller Fuentes. The thirty-three year Salado of Acapulco but living in Tijuana went for the body as Fuentes moved along the ropes. Fuentes looked to score as Salado would come in with his head down and scoring with healthy left hooks to the head.
By the third Salado began to bleed from the nose profusely from Fuentes constant attack of right hands and more importantly upper cuts, as Salado would look to do damage on the inside. Things got worse for Salado in the fourth as a head butt opened up a cut over his right eye that would prove to be the catalyst for the referee to stop the fight three rounds later.
Knowing that with the cut and the nosebleed the odds were stacked against him, Salado went after Fuentes looking to make the bout a brawl in the fifth. Fuentes stepped back trying to create some distance for his long arms but Salado would trap him against the ropes. Salado scored hooks to the body and head well while Fuentes closed the round by ripping some head snapping upper cuts.
After a good sixth for Salado where he boxed a bit more trying to get some reprieve for the later rounds, he went back to charging against Fuentes in the seventh but near the end of the round, the referee Juan Manuel Rincon brought in the ringside doctor Ernesto Franco who after looking at Salado’s injuries, by this time a cut over his left eye too, decided the local had enough and suggested the stoppage which Rincon promptly called. Official time was 2:26 of the round.
“Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr Keeps Winning
Undefeated Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr (21-0-2, 14KOs) of Los Angeles by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, had no trouble in stopping the over matched Jose Carlos “Coy” Vargas (13-8-1, 8KOs) of Logos de Moreno, Jalisco, in the second round of a scheduled eight in the bantamweight division. Gonzalez Jr, the son of former world champion Alejandro “Cobra” Gonzalez, is no stranger to Tijuana since he has performed in the city numerous of times on his way to the top of the rankings. On his way, he has defeated a number of prominent local fighters like Hanzel Martinez and Jose Cayetano. This time his opponent was an outsider but he met the same faith as the ones from town.
As his style dictates, Gonzalez Jr. began scoring well from the outside with long jabs to the body and head. Soon he added a left hook around the high guard of Vargas and it became clear that Vargas didn’t have long left inside the ring.
Vargas made the mistake of exchanging with Gonzalez Jr. early in the second and that is when “Cobrita” struck with a laser-like right hand to the chin that sent Vargas down. He didn’t get up. Official time was 2:49 of the second.
Lopez Knock out Alonso
Knock out artist Abner “Jaegger” Lopez (16-3, 15KOs) scored another fulminating knock out but his time over Rosarito journeyman Alejandro Alonso (2-19-2, 1KO) in the third round of a welterweight eight. Lopez began calmly enough looking to score to the body of Alonso in the first while the experienced workhorse used the whole ring to stay away from the slightly bigger Lopez. Surprisingly in the second, Alonso began to exchange with Lopez but used that only as a tactic to get close enough to Lopez to blatantly head butt him. The crowd as well as Lopez corner began to call out to referee Rincon to admonish Alonso, which he did by taking off a point.
Alonso kept up the dirtiness in the third but this time Lopez didn’t leave it to Rincon but took the matters in his own fists and while on the inside scored a perfect uppercut that completely disconnected Alonso from his senses for the better part of thirty seconds. No count was needed as Rincon waived off the fight at the 2:27 mark of the round.
Ensenada light welterweight Carlos “Chema” Ocampo (9-0, 6KOs) keeps impressing by this time stopping tough Cesar “Calibre” Sanchez (3-14-3) in the first round of six. A perfectly placed left hook to the liver marked the end for Sanchez. Time was 2:21.
Elvis Torres (4-0, 3KOs) was dropped in the fourth but then was struck while down by David Zavala (1-3), both of Tijuana, to scrape away with the DQ win.
Francisco “Marro” Perez (8-4-1, 5KOs) easily took a unanimous decision over Francisco “Rayito” Pedroza (1-3-1) in a four round super flyweight bout. Official scores were 39-37 twice and 40-36.
In a slight upset, local popular flyweight Alejandro “Chatito” Hernandez (2-1, 2KOs) was dropped twice on his way to his first pro loss at the hands of Pedro Palma (1-0, 1KO) of Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco. Time was 2:34 of the second.
Local amateur standout Jaime Munguia (4-0, 4KOs) did quick work of light welterweight first timer Abraham Marquez (0-1) forcing the stoppage with a barrage of unanswered punches at the 2:42 of the first round of four.
In an entertaining four round middleweight contest, Luis Abundis (2-0) turned out to be tougher than Rogelio Arenas (0-1) in the slugfest. Scores were 39-37 twice and 40-36.
An uppercut by super bantamweight Dennis Contreras (18-2, 17KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, dropped Tijuana journeyman Enrique “Cholito” Flores (0-20-1) the first time in the second and then a left hook stopped him in his tracks seconds later. Official time was 1:05.