By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo Tecate was back at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, California Saturday night as East LA junior welterweight Frankie Gomez (13-0, 10 KO’s) returned to the ring to score a third round knockout over the experienced Manuel Leyva (21-9, 12 KO’s) in the main event. Gomez coming off 11 months of inactivity came out aggressive early in the fight shooting the right hand at the southpaw Leyva. The right hand found its mark in round three as Gomez scored three knockdowns prompting referee Dave Mendoza to stop the contest at 1:15 of the third round.
The co-main featured Dublin, Ireland’s Jamie “The Nuisance” Kavanagh (12-0-1, 5 KO’s) won an action-filled eight round junior welterweight war against Ramon Valadez (11-3, 6 KO’s) of East LA. In the opening round Kavanagh came out aggressive firing away moments later a left hook by Ramon Valadez staggered Kavanagh. A left hook right uppercut combination staggered Kavanagh once again in round three but Kavanagh landed a right that turned the table and stunned Valadez as both kept firing away the rest of the round. The Irish fighter began to box in round five as he worked more effectively with the jab setting the right hand. Circling the ring Kavanagh began to outbox and frustrate Valadez as he continued to work the jab in round six as Valadez began to tire. When it appeared that the Kavanagh was taking control Valadez landed a right hand that stunned Kavanagh as Valadez continued his assault. In the final round both sensing the urgency exchanged punching away in the center of the ring as everyone was on their feet. Judge Jonathan Davis scored the bout 80-72, Jerry Cantu had it 79-71 and Patrick Connolly had a justifiable score of 78-74.
Opening the action in the light heavyweight division Ulisses Sierra (1-0-1) and Ricardo Pinell made his pro debut as they went distance to a draw in a scheduled four rounder. One judge scored it 39-37 for Pinell and the two other scored it even 38-38.
In heavyweight action Gerald Washington (4-0, 3KOs) of Vallejo, California used technique on the bigger Brandon Spencer 1-4-1, 1KO. Washington popped a solid jab that sent Brandon Spencer down for the count as referee Dave Mendoza counted out Spencer at 21 seconds of round three.
Middleweight Juan Gonzalez (6-0, 3KOs) of Phoenix, Arizona cruised to a decision win over Yosmani Abreu 3-5-1. In round three Juan Gonzalez scored a flash knock down en route to a unanimous decision win as the judges scored it 39-35, 39-35 and 38-36
Joet Gonzalez 2-0, 1 KO of Los Angeles scored a quick first round stoppage over Victor Serrano (0-4). Gonzalez was too much for Serrano, a right hand rocked Serrano as his glove touch the ropes the referee ruled a knockdown. Moments later Gonzalez landed a double left hook that knockdown Serrano as he quickly got up but Gonzalez continued his attack as referee had seen enough stopping the contest at 1:37.