By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
After WBC lightweight challenger Ameth Diaz did not make it to Tijuana at least three days in advance as mandated by the IBF of his title challenger against champion Miguel “Titere” Vazquez, Zanfer Promotions had no choice to promote the bantamweight ten rounder between Daniel “Bad Boy” Rosas and former world champion Alberto “Topo” Rosas to the main event of this past Saturday’s fight card held at the Tecate Box Tour tent located the Caliente Racetrack. The Azteca channel broadcast fight was won by “Bad Boy” Rosas (17-0-1, 11KOs) of Mexico City with a highly unpopular unanimous decision over the hard charging “Topo” Rosas (28-8, 27KOs) of Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico.
After a successful run on a Mexican TV reality series, the now a bit more known “Bad Boy” returned to his boxing career against arguably the most accomplished of his opponents in “Topo” who captured the IBF super flyweight title back in 2010 with a TKO win over African Simphiwe Nongquayi. Rosas has faced such former champs as Cristian Mijares, Fernando Montiel and Rodrigo Guerrero as well as other heavy hitters.
From the get go, “Bad Boy” made it a point to dig to the body with loud left hooks to the liver of Rosas. Many of them landed on the arm of his opponent that contributed to the loud thud they made when they landed as well as the fact that he wasn’t turning the punch and many times landing it with his palm. “Topo” surprisingly went orthodox and began to land and throw a couple of jabs in the early going.
“Topo” began to have better success in the third, as he was able to force himself into the inside and score with uppercuts. “Bad Boy’ developed a nose bleed in the fourth from the constant upper cuts and after a heavy exchange to end the inning, it looked as if “Topo” was making his case for the fight.
With “Bad Body” still ripping to the body in the middle rounds and scoring the better combinations, “Topo” went for broke in the seventh as he took control of the round and manhandled “Bad Boy” around the ring for the majority of the three minutes. “Bad Boy” began the eighth well by fighting from a distance but “Topo” was able to close better as the Mexico City fighter began to look fatigued.
“Topo” pushed hard in the ninth and tenth as “Bad Boy” looked spent but made it to the final round. After the ten entertaining rounds, judge Guillermo Moreno scored it 96-94 while Sergio Lechuga saw it a slighter wider 97-93. Jesus Gonzalez was completely off with a lopsided 100-90, all for Daniel “Bad Boy” Rosas. The decision was met with derision from the Tijuana crowd who saw his opponent’s late push as enough for the win.
Nery Beats Castro
In perhaps the most anticipated fight of the night by the local Tijuana audience, local southpaw Luis “Panterita” Nery (9-0, 5KOs) remained undefeated by completely dominating the taller and experienced Osvaldo “Magnifico” Castro (14-6-2, 7KOs) over eight bantamweight rounds.
After a solid first round where Castro kept his distance and used his jab accordingly, Nery began to inch in closer and his taller opponent and began to score with a lead left hook and straight lefts. From that point forward, it became Nery’s fight as he had no trouble scoring from angles, form the inside and even from the outside as Castro had no answer for Nery’s varied attack.
By the sixth, Castro’s right eye began to swell from Nery’s constant straight left and that only worsen things for Castro as he tried to brawl with Nery, throwing wide left and right hooks but they seldom found their mark. Not to be discouraged, Castro kept trying and in the seventh forced Nery in a big exchange but he got the worse of it as Nery scored the better punches.
At the end it was no surprise all three judges saw it a near shut out for Nery with scores of 80-72 twice and 79-72.
Tijuana bantamweight Elvis Torres (3-0, 3KOs) made quick work of the usually tough Ramon “Moncho” Barboza (2-3, 2KOs) by stopping him in the second of a scheduled four.
Pedro Hacha (3-0) completely dominated out classed Mario Diaz (0-3) over four flyweight rounds taking a unanimous decision with scores of 40-36 three t times.
In a slight upset, Miguel Zapata earned his first win and went to 1-1 with 1 knockout but forcing Alan Muñiz to retire on his stool after the third round of a bantamweight four. Muñiz won the first but Zapata then took over and landed almost at will. The fight was Muñiz pro debut so he drops to 0-1.
In a middleweight contest, Antonio “Tony” Gutierrez (13-0-1, 7KOs) remains unbeaten by scoring a unanimous decision over Tijuana journeyman Guillermo “Durango” Garcia (6-9-2, 1KO) over four rounds. Scores were 39-37 three times.
CREA gym’s Alejandro “Peque” Santiago (7-0-1, 3KOs) scored a split decision over Mexicali’s Jassiel Escobedo (2-2, 1KO) with two judges scoring it 58-56 for him while the third turned in a card of 59-55 for Escobedo.
Bantamweight Alejandro ”Chapito” Hernandez (2-0, 2KOs) scored his second knockout in a row as he stopped veteran Manuel Armendariz (0-23) in the second round. Official time was 1:53.
After suffering a severe cut on his right eyelid, Brandon Gushiken’s fight against Alejandro Solis was called a no contest at the 1:16 mark of the first round. Gushiken stays at 1-0, 1KO while Solis also remains at 2-0-1, 1KO.
Tijuana welterweight Jaime Munguia (3-0, 3KOs) forced Benjamin Romanillo (0-1) to stop after three rounds giving him the TKO win.