By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
A quick night of boxing was enjoyed by a brave crowd on a rainy Saturday night in downtown Tijuana when former super flyweight champion Diego “Pelucho” Morales and his company PM Promotions put on an eight-bout fight cards with every match up made of four rounders. In the main event, popular rookie heavyweight Sergio “Tota” Ramirez (3-0, 2KOs) battered the almost morbidly overweight Giovanni “Tambito Azteca” Gonzalez (0-2) for three straight minutes to force him to stay on his stool at the onset of the second round of a scheduled four.
The much taller Ramirez had no trouble scoring against Gonzalez who not only was much bigger than him but shorter and with not as much technical talent. Ramirez had no trouble scoring to the body of Gonzalez and near the end of the first hurt him with a big right. Gonzalez was smart enough to hold on and survive until the end of the round.
When the minute rest between rounds was over, Gonzalez opted to stay seated and waited for referee Juan Jose Ramirez to get to the end of the ten-count.
“No Money” Scores Knockout
Keeping his undefeated record intact, San Diego/Tijuana bantamweight Marcos “No Money” Rios (5-0, 4KOs) by quickly knocking out first timer Luis Sandoval (0-1) in the first round of four. After hurting his prey with a left hook Rios, knows as a finisher, threw a quick flurry of punches while Sandoval had his back to the ropes. Despite staying on his feet, Sandoval was in no condition to continue and referee Juan Jose Ramirez jumped in between to save Sandoval from any unnecessary punishment. Official time was 1:21.
Flores and Gonzalez Fight to Draw
Tijuana flyweights Hector Flores (5-0-2, 2KOs) and Efrain Gonzalez (1-4-1) were awarded a hard earned majority draw in the only fight of the night to go the full four rounds as Gonzalez pressured for the second first half while Flores controlled the second half to save his undefeated record.
Gonzalez threw a barrage of punches from the get go as Flores tried to box him but would get caught up in the moment and banged with his opponent. Gonzalez was precise with his punches as he landed much more than he missed even with wild hooks to the body and head.
Flores finally captured control of the action in the third as he scored straight punches from the outside and used lateral movement to get out of the way. Now boxing, Flores was able to land almost at will although Gonzalez kept coming. Flores kept it hard in the fourth although it seemed hard for him to move around and not bang but he utilized the smart strategy to remain undefeated.
At the end both judges, Esteban Franco and Jesus Gonzalez, scored it an even 38-38 while rookie judge Juan Luis Monroy saw it 39-37 for Flores.
Miguel Sanchez Keeps Winning
Culiacan, Sinaloa southpaw welterweight Miguel “Zurdo” Sanchez (6-0, 5KOs) scored another impressive knockout in Tijuana over Obet Gastelum (0-1) at the 1:49 mark of the first round of a scheduled four. Seconds into the fight it was clear that Gastelum didn’t have much to do inside the same ring over the much more talented Sanchez and the Culiacan fighter proved it with a devastating straight left that earned him the TKO win.
For only the second time in eighteen fights Tijuana journeyman Adan “Ojitos” Gamboa (2-16, 1KO) scored a win and actually scored his first knock out of his career. Gamboa scored an effective right hand on Angel Cipriano (0-3) to call it a night at the 1:38 of the first of a welterweight four.
Welterweight Jack Tyson (3-0, 3KOs) of San Diego scored a chilling knockout against Jose Antonio Arevalo (0-1) in the first round. A flush shot to the chin dropped Arevalo to the canvas hard enough to have his head slap against the ring. A couple of nervous minutes were lived until Arevalo was able to get to his feet. Official time was 1:07 of the first.
Tijuana’s Alexis Gurrola (3-2, 2KOs) was taken into the second round by Rodolfo “Osama” Manrriquez (0-6) despite dropping him in the first with a left hook to the body. Gurrola kept the body attack and fifty seconds into the second another left to the liver stopped Manrriquez for good.
Super featherweight Erick “Tepeyac” Cebreros (7-0, 3KOs) of Tijuana dropped Carlos “Foco” Mendoza (1-9-1), also of Tijuana, with a right hook and then followed up with another right that called it a night for Mendoza at the 2:39 mark of the first.