By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
Despite her ring moniker of the “Aztec Princess”, Jackie Nava (29-4-3, 13KO) proved why she is the queen of not only of her hometown of Tijuana but of Mexico as she got up from a flash knockdown in the first to regain her bearing and annihilate Venezuelan Alys “China” Sanchez (12-2-1, 4KO) in the seventh round. With the win Nava, after twenty months of inactivity, mugged the interim WBA super bantamweight title from Sanchez in front of more than four thousand cheering fans at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium. The electrifying performance topped a marathon thirteen-bout fight card with the main event broadcast live in Mexico by the Azteca channel.
In her last fight back in August of 2012 the thirty-four year old Nava defeated Lisa Brown via third round TKO. Nava then found herself away from the ring to give birth to her daughter Frida. Sanchez from Maracay, Venezuela, captured the interim strap by defeating Maria Elena Villalobos by ten round unanimous decision. In her last fight Sanchez lost a non-title fight by split decision to Carolina Arias back in October.
Sanchez used her height to her advantage early enough as she used lateral movement to stay away from Nava who controlled the center of the ring. Sanchez utilized a jab and long right hand to score to the chin of Nava for the majority of the round and near the end sent the Tijuana fighter on her backside. Nava, more embarrassed than hurt, easily beat the count.
The knockdown seemed to wake up not only Nava but also the crowd as they began to chant “Jackie, Jackie” as if the wind from their collected breaths would push Nava forward. Nava began to let her hands go much more and made her way to the inside scoring quick combinations to the body. A sign of what was t come was seen at the end of the round when Nava scored a right hand flush to the chin that hurt Sanchez forcing her to take a couple of steps back.
The bludgeoning began in the fourth when the now warmed up Nava began to pressure Sanchez and made it a point to score the right hand. Nava scored yet another right hand that caused Sanchez to stumble and while off-balance Nava struck her again. Sanchez went down and beat the count. Sanchez was wobbly back on her feet as Nava landed another right hand over the top of the jab which sent Sanchez down against the ropes.
After a slow fifth, Nava was back on the attack in the sixth and Sanchez went down again but she claimed a slip. Referee Romina Arroyo believed her and let continue as Nava kept stalking her looking to land that right hand. Every time that Nava landed the right it was as if Sanchez was hit with a Taser gun and when she would go down it was in spectacular fashion. By the end of the round her eyes were glazed and looked in no shape to continue.
Surprisingly her corner sent her out for the seventh round but it proved to be her last when early on when Nava scored a jab followed by a straight right. Sanchez reeled back while Nava landed two hooks, one from each fist. Sanchez slowly crumbled and finally the referee had the enough sense to stop the contest. Official time was :46 of the seventh round.
“Tornado” Sanchez Captures Interim Strap
Hermosillo, Mexico’s David “Tornado” Sanchez (25-2-2, 19KO) captured the interim WBA super flyweight title via a unanimous decision over Breilor Teran (13-10-1, 6KO) in twelve tedious rounds in the semi-main event. The questionable Teran, looking much older than twenty-eight, fought in typical Venezuelan style as he did everything in his power to engage and instead moved around the perimeter of the ring trying to avoid any type of conflict and proved that he wasn’t championship material even if it was for an interim one.
In the fourth Sanchez was finally able to get close enough to land a left hook to the liver of Sanchez. Sanchez was bothered by it and everybody in the arena noticed and from that point on, all the shouts and yells called for Sanchez to attack the same area.
Sanchez kept going to the body as Teran kept running away from the fight. Teran had his moments especially with his right hand here and there. Despite being touched with hard left hooks to the body that obviously bothered him and at times made him grimace; Teran would just not go down. Teran actually made it a fight for the first half of the tenth, scoring straight shots and a couple of hooks from either hand. The onslaught was over by the next round as a jab and then what was seen after in the re-play, a phantom right hand, dropped Teran for an eighth count.
After the twelve rounds Sanchez was announced the new interim champion with scores of 116-111 three times.
Sosa Stops Salado on Cuts
Former long-reigning WBC junior flyweight champion Edgar Sosa (50-8, 30KO) of Mexico City proved he still has something left in the tank by stopping former title challenger Omar Salado (24-8-2, 15KO) of Tijuana by way of Acapulco at the end of the fifth.
From the get go Salado, looking all of his thirty-four years, looked out of step and a second or two slower. Sosa, also thirty-four but a lot fresher began to score his right hand from the second on using a double jab to pave the way. Sosa began to add a right to the body that helped to confuse Salado.
By the third Salado began to look winded after throwing big but not landing much. Salado scored a nice right hand, his best punch of the fight but an accidental head butt opened up a gash over the right eye of Salado. Sosa went after it and trapped Salado against the ropes. During the minute rest after the fifth the ringside doctor, Angel De La Torre checked the cut and deemed it to dangerous to allow Salado to continue and waived off the fight.
“Indio” Ortega Beats Bernache
Up and coming undefeated super bantamweight Edivaldo “Indio” Ortega (18-0-1, 9KO) of Tijuana beat his biggest name to date in Guadalajara, Mexico’s Enrique “Duende” Bernache (20-7, 11KO) in an eight rounder. The exchanges began early on in the fight with the southpaw Ortega, the physically bigger of the two, quicker and more accurate scoring the better punches. Near the end of the round an accidental head butt opened up a cut on the forehead of Bernache and on the side of Ortega’s head. In the third Bernache brought the head as he trapped Ortega against the ropes scoring a good over hand right. Ortega was clever and fast enough to catch Bernache coming in.
In the fifth referee Christian Cruel surprisingly took a point from Ortega for a head butt that looked accidental. To avoid any more head clashes Ortega began to box from the outside in the sixth, use lateral movement and keeping away from the ropes. Ortega went for the finish in the eight but unfortunately he doesn’t have enough pop in his punches but scored with good combinations with uppercuts and straight lefts. Ortega took the unanimous decision with scores of 79-71, 77-74 and 76-75.
Lopez Forces Quintanilla to Retire
Light welterweight Abner “Jaeger” Lopez (19-3, 17KO) scored a sixth round technical knockout over Rodolfo “Rudy” Quintanilla (14-4-3, 11KO) of Tepic, Mexico, in a scheduled eight round bout. Adopted by Tijuana’s famed Zona Norte after landing from his hometown of Agua Prieta, Mexico, scored an impressive knockdown in the second with a three punch combination punctuated with a devastating right upper cut. Quintanilla became the aggressor from that moment on as Lopez opted to wait it out and try to score another big punch. Lopez scored with big left hooks but only to be countered with a straight rights from the come-forward Quintanilla.
Quintanilla kept plugging along, pushing Lopez against the ropes and winning rounds. Fortunately for Lopez Quintanilla suffered a cut on his right eyelid that forced him to retire at the end of the fifth round giving the TKO win to Lopez. Fightnews at the time of the stoppage had it 47-47.
In a much-anticipated rematch, Rogelio Jun Doliguez (19-1-2, 14KO) did not leave any doubt as he won a unanimous decision over Ensenada, Mexico’s Francisco Piña (11-12-5, 4KO) over eight rounds. In their first fight, Piña won a surprise unanimous decision last April in a closely disputed six rounder. This time Doliguez scored more and more accurately as Piña looked a bit listless than in their first fight. Piña suffered a couple of cuts near the end of the fight that didn’t help but both finished strong but with Doliguez landing the harder punches. Judges Carlos Flores and Sergio Lechuga scored it 77-75 while Benjamin Rendon saw it 78-74, all for Doliguez.
For the second time in as many fights, Alan Muñiz (0-2) lost the will to the fight despite dropping Ramon “Moncho” Barboza (3-4, 2KO) in the first of a scheduled bantamweight four. After that it was all Barboza as he was the aggressor and went after Muñiz who lost his first professional fight in the same manner. At the end both Jesus Gonzalez and Leonardo Ibarra saw it 38-36 each for Barboza while Esteban Franco had it an even 37-37.
Abisai Mares (1-0) of Hawaiian Gardens, CA, brother of three-divisional champion Abner Mares, struggled but earned a win in his first pro fight as he earned a majority decision over Edgar Daniel Ahumada (1-2) of Tijuana over four featherweight rounds. Mares began the contest well enough, keeping his distance and scoring well but Ahumada finished stronger scoring wild punches to the body and head. Judge Leo Ibarra had it even at 38-38 while Jose Luis Monroy and Antonio Villegas scored it for Mares with scores of 40-36 and 39-37 respectively.
Up and coming Tijuana featherweight Elvis Torres (7-0, 5KO) first crushed Ivan “Titan” Reyes (4-7, 4KO) with a devastating right hand at the 1:52 mark of the first round of six then performed a back flip to the delight of the crowd. It was all Torres as he stalked Reyes around until forcing him along the ropes and landing the final blow.
Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (5-0, 5KO) of Buena Park, CA, traveled once again to Tijuana to beat up yet another over matched opponent and keep his record intact. This time it was Miguel “Mimo” Mendoza’s turn to suffer through Gonzalez’s attack. A body shot sent Gonzalez down mid-round and another one some seconds later referee Christian Curiel to inexplicably stop the fight. The official time was 1:35 of the first round of a scheduled featherweight four. Mendoza drops to 0-7.
Hermosillo, Mexico’s Julio Barraza (8-0, 8KO) kept his perfect record intact with a quick stoppage of the much more experienced Jesus “Kalaka” Navarro (21-8-1, 16KOs) of Mexicali, stopping him with a barrage of punches at the 2:28 mark of the first round of a scheduled (insert weight) eight. Navarro was hurt and got tangled against the ropes but for some reason referee Juan Manuel Rincon did not intervene and let the fight continue. Barraza landed the final blow as Navarro’s head was outside the ropes.
In a slight upset, Ismael “Chino” Camacho (1-0) dropped Alejandro “Cruel” Solis (3-2-1, 1KO), both of Tijuana, in the first round with a left hook. Solis came back strong in the last two rounds but not enough. Camacho took a unanimous decision with scores of 39-37 three times.
Yucatan’s Ivan Montero (14-0, 7KO) proved to be just too much for Daniel “Spaghetti” Yocupicio (6-26-2) and stopped him via TKO at the 1:44 mark of the third round of a scheduled super welterweight eight.