By John Cannon
Even after his loss to Mexico’s Saul Gutierrez in the main event of Fists of Fury Adrenaline Friday night at the Dodge Arena, Mission native Guadalupe De Leon is not ready to throw in the towel just yet. De Leon, who falls to (7-9, 1 KO) and has lost his seventh straight fight, said that he feels he still has a little juice left in the tank to continue his career. “Even though I lost the fight, I feel that it was a moral victory because I gave Gutierrez all I had in the ring,” said De Leon. “I am not ready to call it quits just yet, even though I have lost seven straight fights.”
“All of my losses have been to prospects, and none of them were able to knock me out or hurt me. As for Gutierrez, even though he has a losing record, he has also fought some prospects in the game and is a tough guy. Overall, it was a good fight, and the fans definitely got their monies worth and that’s what important.”
Gutierrez (7-14) captured the Fists of Fury super bantamweight title as he scored a split decision victory with all three judges scoring the bout 77-75 with two of them giving him the nod.
James Gogue, De Leon’s trainer, feels that De Leon should have won the fight.
“Honestly I feel that Lupe won this one, and he was robbed,” said Gogue. “I have been doing this for 26 years, and there is no way we lost this one. There are four ways to judge a fight and they consist of affective aggressiveness, ring generalship, clean punches, and defense. To me, Lupe possessed three of the four traits and quite possibly even the fourth one. Saul was definitely the aggressor, but he didn’t do much. He would land three shots and then take 30 to 45 seconds off. Lupe definitely out boxed him, and it’s a shame he had to get ripped off.”
In other action, Mexico’s Gabriel Rangel and San Antonio’s Joseph Rios fought to a draw in the co-main event.
Puerto Rico’s Albert Feliciano scored a unanimous decision win over Roberto Perez of Mexico, Juan Lucio of Pharr scored a majority decision over Laredo’s Antonio Gamez, and McAllen’s Maria Salinas knocked out Brownsville’s Valeria Garza in the second round.
In the opening bout, Edinburg’s Richard Flores defeated Rio Hondo’s Pedro Silva as he scored a second round knockout.