By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Renzo Novara
Under his own admission, former lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco’s career has been a series of accomplished dreams and last Saturday night he reached another one when after eight years he stepped into a ring once again in his adoptive hometown of Tijuana to dominate and eventually stop tough Colombian Fidel Monterrosa (31-8-1, 25KOs) in five rounds in his first fight back in nine months. DeMarco (29-3-1, 22KOs) headlined another grand fight card presented by Zanfer Promotions along with DeMarco Promotions at the Tecate Box Tour tent located at the historic Caliente racetrack in Tijuana, Mexico. The night was broadcast live in Mexico by the Azteca channel.
DeMarco, originally of Los Mochis, is coming off a disappointing night last November when he lost his WBC 135 pound title to Adrien Broner via a eight round TKO loss while Monterrosa was on a two-fight win streak with knock out wins in his home country.
After a first round of study which Monterrosa was able to close with a stiff right that snapped DeMarco’s head back, the much bigger Monterrosa kept pouring the pressure in the second while DeMarco still looked for his rhythm after his long lay-off. When the fight will get on the inside, DeMarco would shoot to the body and finish to the head of the Colombian.
Things began to heat up in the third when both fighters exchanged heavy leather through out the round with the hometown favorite landing the better punches. The catalyst for the end came at the beginning of the fourth when an accidental head butt opened a grisly deep and long cut over the left eye of DeMarco. After a quick check by the ringside physician, DeMarco stepped on the gas in a major way for the remainder of the round with straight punches to the head of Monterrosa.
It wasn’t until the fifth DeMarco was able to give the crowd what they were hollering for when a short left uppercut on the inside while Monterrosa’s back was against the ropes sent the Colombian to his knees. He beat the count but only to be met with a powerful straight left to the mouth of the stomach that again made him take a knee. He was able to beat the count but when asked if he would like to continue he immediately took a step towards his corner prompting referee Juan Jose Ramirez to waive off the action. Official time was 1:21 of the fifth round.
“We knew that it was going to be a tough four or five rounds, Monterrosa is very strong, “DeMarco stated minutes after the fight. “The cut made me work harder and that helped bring the knock out.”
“Bad Boy” Rosas Knock Out Castañeda
The most spectacular knock out of the night was scored by undefeated super bantamweight Daniel “Bad Boy” Rosas (16-0-1, 1KOs) of Mexico city by sending Mexicali, Mexico’s Roberto “Azabache” Castañeda (20-4-1, 15KOs) to never land in the second round of a scheduled ten in the featherweight division. Rosas scored his fourth straight win after fighting to a draw in late 2011 against Jose Cabrera for the interim WBO super flyweight title. Tijuana’s Fernando Vargas, Enrique Bernache and Eduardo Garcia have been his last three victims before Castañeda while the Mexicali fighter has been going down hill with his loss to Rosas his third straight loss by knock with San Diego’s Christopher Martin and Gary Russell delivering the previous two.
After a dominating first round by Rosas, the “Bad Boy” put the finishing touch eleven seconds into the second with a perfectly placed and devastating left hook to the chin of Castañeda. Castañeda went straight back on his back and no count was needed by referee Juan Jose Ramirez. What was needed was the ringside physician who quickly made his way to the ring. After five minutes Castañeda was able to reach his feet.
19-2-1, 8KOs super bantamweight Raul “Rayito” Hirales of La Paz, Mexico, took a workman-like unanimous decision over journeyman Carlos “Carnicero” Medellin (20-15-2, 16KOs) of Monterrey, Mexico, over eight rounds.
Hirales is best known for upset wins over the likes of Charles Huerta and Oscar Gonzalez while Medellin with his 38 pro fights has faced the likes of Leonilo Miranda, Giovanni Caro and WBC super bantamweight champion Victor Terrazas,
From the opening bell Hirales made it a point to go to the body while Medellin followed his lead and also began to score with the body with Hirales opting with straight punches while Medellin going in with hooks. Things got serious in the fourth when an accidental head butt opened up a nasty gash over the right ear of Medellin. The cut was not controlled until the sixth as Hirales began to pull away, scoring with more educated combinations to the head and body.
Hirales looked to really get into a groove in the eight but it was not necessary since he had done enough in the eyes of the judges, Esteban Franco, Monique Rendon and Guillermo Moreno, who all scored it 79-93 for Hirales.
In a slight upset, Tijuana’s Mario “Destroyer” Lara (5-10-2, 1KO) ruined the night of 7-4-1, 5KOs) Francisco “Marro” Perez of Guadalajara with a unanimous decision in a six round flyweight bout. Scores were 59-55 three times.
In a rematch, undefeated flyweight Alejandro “Peque” Santiago (5-0-1, 3KOs) once again easily defeated Ensenada, Mexico’s Felix “Chapito” Rubio (1-6-1, 1KO), this time with a six round unanimous decision. Scores were 58-56 twice and 59-55.
Colombian super bantamweight Oscar Negrete (3-0) was penalized twice for low blows but still was able to secure a six round split decision over Jesus “Piolin” Domenech (5-3, 5KOs) of Mexico City. Scores were 57-55 twice for Negrete and 58-55 for Domenech.
Recent Tijuana transplant from Venezuela welterweight Juan “Niño” Ruiz (11-0, 6KOs) remained undefeated by knocking out Jose Luis “Pepe El Toro” Vazquez (3-6) in the first round of a scheduled six. A left uppercut first dropped Vazquez then a body shot finished the job. Official time was 2:32 of the first.
In a controversial decision, not because the fighter shouldn’t have but the scores that were given, super bantamweight Anthony Reyes (2-0, 1KO) of Tijuana dominated first timer Jesus Zavala (0-1), also of Tijuana, but surprisingly was awarded split decision instead of a unanimous one. Scores were 38-37 twice for Reyes and 38-37 for Zavala.
In one of the best fights of the night, Fabian Naranjo (1-0-1) earned his first win with a majority decision win over Octavio “Tito” Carrillo (0-1) in a tough super featherweight four rounder. Judge Monique Rendon and Diana De La Mora saw it 39-37 each for Naranjo while Lorena Gaxiola scored it an even 38-38.
In the first fight of the night, Alan Zavala (1-0, 1KO) made his bout a good one by stopping journeyman Ruben Porras (1-12-2) in the third of a scheduled super welterweight four. Time was 2:52.