By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Alma Montiel
Flyweight Mariana Juarez won a close 10 round split decision over Shindo Go before a sparse, but vocal crowd at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA. With the victory, Juarez defended her world title belt. There were close rounds in the fight, as the taller Go tried to use her reach to land her punches in the early rounds. Both fighters began to throw punches aggressively in the third round, trading hooks and crosses to the head. Go was quicker to the punch in the middle rounds, scoring with counter right hands to the head in the middle rounds. However, Juarez would attack the body with left hooks. Both fighters had their moments in the seventh round, as both connected with hard counter right hands to the head. After Go controlled the eighth round, Juarez came on in the ninth round, pressing the action and attempting to land to the body. Both fighters dug deep in the final round. Go pressed forward and scored with right hands to the head, but Juarez countered well to the body and head with the more-telling blows. One judge scored the bout 97-93 for Go, while the other two judges scored the bout 96-94 for Juarez. Fightnews.com scored the bout 95-95.
“At times, I had to deal with head butts and her using elbows during the fight,” Juarez told the assembled media in Spanish after the fight. “Her trunks were really high, so I couldn’t throw as much to the body as much as I wanted. That had happened in my three previous fights. However, we had to fight patiently and calmly. I used my intelligence and I think my experience was what helped us win this fight.”
Juarez, from Mexico City, DF, Mexico improves to 35-5-3, 16 KOs. Go, from Wakayama, Japan, drops to 10-2, 8 KOs.
Super bantamweight Horacio Garcia won a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over Adolfo Landeros. Garcia mostly landed the more effective and telling punches during the fight. He would throw and land combinations to the head, finishing with a left hook to the head and body. However, he would get hit by an occasional left hook or right to the head. In the seventh, Garcia dropped Landeros with a left hook to the head. Landeros was more upset that he was dropped as opposed to being hurt. Landeros was able to outpunch Garcia in the eighth round by landing multiple left hooks to the head of Garcia. However, the rally by Landeros was short-lived as Garcia was able to finish strong in the last two rounds.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Garcia, 100-89, 99-90, and 98-91. Fightnews.com scored the bout 99-90 in favor of Garcia, who hails from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and improves to 19-0, 13 KOs. Landeros, from Calexico, CA by way of Mexico City, Mexico, drops to 21-25-2, 10 KOs.
In the walkout bout of the evening, bantamweight Cassie Trost won a four round unanimous decision over Guadalupe Gutierrez. Trost dropped Gutierrez in the first round with a right-left-right combination to the head. Both had their moments in the fight, but Trost was able to land straight punches to the head, as Gutierrez attempted to land wide hooks and crosses. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Trost, 40-35, 39-36, and 38-37. Fightnews.com scored the bout 39-36 in favor of Trout. The bout was a rematch from their March 16th bout that saw Gutierrez win a controversial four round split decision over Trost.
Lightweight Carlos Gonzalez won a four round majority decision over Pablo Cupul. Despite their records, both threw and landed combinations on the inside. The lankier Gonzalez was at his best landing left hooks and uppercuts to the head. Cupul pressed the action when he could, throwing and landing to the head. As Gonzalez slowed down in the last round, Cupul did not attack the body, which would have allowed him to slow Gonzalez down much more. One judge, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 38-38, while the other two judges scored the bout 39-37. Gonzalez, from Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, goes to 1-1. Cupul, from Lakeside, CA by way of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, falls to 2-6, 2 KOs. Cupul was listed as 6-7, 4 KOs before Saturday night.
Super flyweight Maria Suarez was successful in his professional debut, winning a four round unanimous decision over Blanca Raymundo. After a sluggish start, Suarez was able to get going, landing right hands repeatedly to the head of Raymundo. Suarez, from Santa Maria, CA, was successful due to landing counter straight punches to the head as Raymundo threw the wider punches. All three judges scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Suarez. Fightnews.com scored the bout 39-37 for Suarez. Raymundo, from nearby San Bernardino, drops to 0-7.
– Super welterweight world title holder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, featherweight contender Daniel Ponce De Leon, and former super featherweight champion Bobby Chacon watched the action from ringside.
– The card was broadcast live to Mexico on Televisa.
– Ring announcer was Jim Fitzgerald.