By David Robinett and Robert Hough at ringside
The Northern California town of Fairfield played host to TeleFutura’s first “Solo Boxeo” card of the new year, as middleweight prospect Brandon Gonzalez (14-0, 10 KOs), cruised to a unanimous decision over Cuban challenger Lester Gonzalez (11-2, 6 KOs), in the main event before a loud and boisterous announced crowd of 1,100 packed into the Fairfield Sports Center.
Brandon Gonzales, a former United States National Team member and Golden Gloves Regional Champion from Sacramento, Calif., had the edge from the start, snapping quick jabs at the forward-moving Lester Gonzalez, from Havana, Cuba but now fighting out of San Diego, Calif., and occasionally throwing a clubbing left hand that just missed the mark. There were few exchanges in the first two rounds though, with each fighter parrying each other’s jab and staying out of range of combinations, but (Brandon) Gonzales looked sharper; as he landed his jab more often and punctuated round two with a powerful right hook to the body seconds before the bell.
Round three was the best round for (Lester) Gonzalez, as he was able to land several lead and counter hooks. (Brandon) Gonzales tried to regain control by tightening up his guard and going back to a jab-only attack. (Lester) Gonzalez finished the round with a stiff, straight left that snapped his opponent’s head back.
(Lester) Gonzalez could not sustain his momentum from the end of round three and (Brandon) Gonzalez regained command of the action with a sustained body attack in round four. (Brandon) Gonzales opened the round with a powerful right hook to the body, followed shortly by a combination to his opponent’s midsection. (Lester) Gonzalez had some success with his straight left, but by the end of the round, (Brandon) Gonzales appeared to have turned back the challenge.
The latter half of the fight featured more of the same, with (Brandon) Gonzales focus on the body attack while the (Lester) Gonzalez threw occasional straight lefts that kept his opponent’s attention, but were never damaging enough to shift momentum. (Brandon) Gonzales appeared to tire in the final round, moving swiftly to avoid exchanges as (Lester) Gonzalez began to land his left with greater frequency.
All three judges scored the bout for Brandon Gonzales at 79-73, 78-74, and 78-74.—David Robinett
Sanchez Shuts Down Favela!
Hometown native Alan Sanchez (6-2-1, 2 KOs) used his skill to outlast the durable veteran Cristian Favela (28-31-7, 18 KOs) in a welterweight contest. Favela, born in Sinaloa, Mexico and now fighting out of Los Angeles, had gone the distance with a long list of contenders and champions, including Steven Luvevano, David Diaz, Vicente Escobedo and Sharif Bogere plus he had won a decision over former champion Willie Jorrin.
Favlea came forward relentlessly and at times gestured to Sanchez to come forward and mix it up, but Sanchez rarely chose to oblige and got the better of the exchanges when he did. Scores were 80-72, 78-74 and 78-74. —Robert Hough
Redkach Rips Orrantia!
In the evening’s opening bout, junior lightweight Ivan Redkach (6-0, 5 KOs), a Ukrainian based in Los Angeles, used a crisp jab, lead lefts to the body and a bevy of other punches to stop Jaime Orrantia (13-29-5, 4 KOs) in the third round of their scheduled four-round bout.
Redkach, a southpaw, looked sharp in overpowering and outboxing Orrantia, from Lakeside, Calif., in the first round, showing an ability to work off a jab and land lead lefts to the body.
Redkach continued the assault in the second and third rounds, mixing lefts and rights to the body and head. Midway into the third round, the constant assault of Redkach dropped Orrantia, who got up, but he quickly took more abuse compelling the referee to stop the action at 1:43 of the third round.—Robert Hough
Bacerra Batters Sanchez!
Super lightweight Max Bacerra (4-0-1, 2 KOs), from nearby Vacaville, easily defeated hometown fighter Omar Sanchez, who lost in his pro debut. Sanchez, who was game but outmatched, was knocked down in the third round. Scores were 39-36, 39-36 and 40-35.—Robert Hough
Williams Edges Martinez!
Local heavyweight Lamont Williams (3-2, 1 KO) earned a split-decision victory over Sacramento’s Hector Martinez (5-5, 4 KOs) in a four-round contest, winning 39-37 on two cards, while the third judge scored the bout for Martinez 39-37.
Martinez was somewhat competitive with his clubbing, two-handed attack but the judges appeared to favor the boxing ability of Williams. Williams relied on his jab and movement while Martinez gamely stalked and landed consistently, but could not find the one big shot to put Williams away.—David Robinett
Garcia Blitzes Sanchez!
In the final bout of the evening, Luis Sanchez, the older brother of Alan Sanchez, was overwhelmed by sharp-looking youngster Jonathan Garcia (4-0, 3 KOs) of Watsonville, Calif., suffering a corner stoppage prior to round three in a scheduled four-round junior welterweight bout.
From the opening bell, Garcia landed at will, to the point where Sanchez and most of the crowd were wincing with every big shot. Sanchez, born in Jalisco, Mexico but now fighting out of Fairfield, who fell to 0-5, did not go down, but his corner called it a night after two rounds.—David Robinett
The six-card bout was presented by presented by Don Chargin Productions and Golden Boy Promotions, with matchmaking by Jorge Marron and local support from Paco Presents.