By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Junior Welterweight Josesito Lopez’ fight plan against Anthony Mora was to go to the body and break him down. But, he did not expect it to happen that fast. Lopez earned a stoppage victory when Mora did not answer the bell to start the fourth round because of an injury in a scheduled eight round bout before a crowd of 1,400 last Friday at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA.
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The bout headlined a seven-bout “Locked N’ Loaded” card, presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and Fox Sports Net en Espanol.
Lopez was coming off a workmanlike six round unanimous decision over Sergio De La Torre just four weeks ago in Corona. Prior to that bout, he scored an impressive eight round split-decision over Patrick Lopez, who also fought on the card, in April.
Mora entered the bout against Lopez having lost his last three in a row after beginning his professional with 15 straight victories.
Lopez came out aggressively from the opening bell and did not let up against the tall, lanky Mora. Lopez landed right hands at will to the head behind a jab. To his credit, Mora took the punches well, but did not have the offensive firepower to counter that of Lopez’.
However, Lopez did not just score to the head. He attacked the body with left hook and straight right hands. Lopez continued to mix his attack from the body to the head almost flawlessly.
All of that began to take a toll on Mora. He fought from his heels during most of the fight and his punch output began to drop.
At the end of the third round, Mora’s corner told referee Jack Reiss that he was not able to continue due to an injured rib. Mora had a bag of ice and pressed it against his side after the fight.
“He was tall and awkward and I had to chop him down,” said Lopez, as he described his plan of attack against Mora. “I was getting frustrated because of his style and he took my punches well. But my trainer (Henry Ramirez) just kept reminding me to not go for the head and just keep going to the body.”
Asked about future plans, Lopez responded, “I figure maybe one or two more fights before the end of the year. Then we hope to fight a big fight soon. I can make 140 pounds easier. Any fight at 135 or 140 pounds is what we’re shooting for.”
Lopez has now won his last three bouts in a row.
Lopez, from Riverside, CA, improves to 26-3, 15 KO’s. Mora, from Denver, CO, drops to 15-4, 10 KO’s.
In a shocking upset, veteran Ilido Julio knocked out Dominic Salcido in the fifth round of a scheduled eight round Lightweight bout.
Salcido had the size, reach, and strength advantage over Julio, who normally fights at the Super Bantamweight limit. Julio has also fought as high as 142 pounds.
Salcido kept Julio at bay with jabs followed by right hands to the head. He would dance away as Julio attempted to get inside or would try to land wide counter left hands to the head.
The crowd began to get restless in the third round as Julio kept stalking Salcido around the ring with very little action. Julio would motion with his arms for Salcido to fight.
It was in the third round that Julio began to land more left hands to the head. Salcido attempted to counter and did get the better of the action between the two.
Salcido scored a knockdown at the end of the fourth round with a right hand to the head. Julio was not hurt and was more upset than hurt because of the knockdown.
To the crowd’s pleasure, both fighters went toe to toe and had exchanges in the center of the ring in the fifth round. Salcido momentarily stunned Julio with a combination to the head and went in for the kill. Salcido would throw more combinations while Julio attempted to slip and counter.
It all ended dramatically as Salcido missed with a punch and Julio countered with a left upper cut that landed on Salcido’s chin. Salcido was out before he hit the canvas on his back. Referee Raul Caiz, Sr. immediately stopped the bout at 1:59 of the round.
Julio, from Miami, FL by way of Turbo, Colombia, goes to 39-15-1, 35 KO’s. Salcido, from Upland, CA, falls to 17-2, 9 KO’s.
Junior Welterweight Patrick Lopez scored a knockout victory over Tyler Ziolowski in the first round of a scheduled eight round bout.
Lopez was still smarting over his split-decision loss to Josesito Lopez, a fight that he felt he won. Friday night was his first time back in the ring since that April night where he lost to the fight from Riverside.
The shorter Ziolowski was able to connect with some punches on Lopez. However, the southpaw Lopez ended things dramatically with a right-left combination to the body that dropped Ziolowski. Referee Jack Reiss counted out Ziolowski at 2:16 of the round.
Lopez, from Caracas, Venezuela, improves to 16-2, 10 KO’s. Ziolowski, from St. Joseph, MO, falls to 11-9, 6 KO’s.
Lightweight Daniel Hernandez won a six round unanimous decision over veteran Jose Alfredo Lugo.
Hernandez threw combinations to the head and body of Lugo, but not enough to put him in danger. At times Hernandez was caught with counter right hands to the head by Lugo.
Nonetheless, Hernandez controlled the action for most of the fight. Hernandez found more of a rhythm in the second half of the fight and was able to connect more with his punches.
All three judges scored the fight in favor of Hernandez, with scores of 60-54, 60-54, and 58-56. Fightnews.com scored the bout 59-55 in favor of Hernandez.
Featherweights Aaron Garcia and Jesus Hernandez fought to a six round split decision draw.
The bout was a rematch from their last bout and it was a carbon copy to say the least, when both fighters also fought to a draw.
Hernandez momentarily wobbled Garcia in the opening seconds of the round. Garcia recovered, but Hernandez started strong and landed lead right hands or combinations. Garcia was at his best when he was on the attack against Hernandez, but did not do it enough in the first half of the fight.
In the third round, Hernandez stunned Garcia with a combination to the head. Garcia did enough to weather the storm in that round.
Just like in the last fight, Garcia came on strong in the second half. Garcia took the initiative and pressed the action. He was rewarded by landing to the head of Hernandez, who began to slow down particularly in the final round.
One judge had Hernandez winning 58-56, another had Garcia winning 59-55, while the third judge had the bout scored 57-57. Fightnews.com scored the bout 57-57.
Garcia, from San Diego, CA, goes to 9-1-2, 2 KO’s. Hernandez, from Huntington Park, CA by way of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, goes to 8-0-2, 2 KO’s.
Junior Welterweights Raul Franco and Sergio Macias fought to a six round split-decision draw.
Both fighters were coming off a long layoff and hoped to resurrect their careers at the expense of the other.
Franco controlled the first half of the bout, using a jab and following it up with combinations to the head and body of Macias. Undeterred, Macias controlled the second half, countering to the head and body of Franco. Good two-way action between the fighters although Franco’s punch output dropped towards the end of the fight.
One judge scored the bout 58-56 for Franco, another had Macias winning 59-56, while the third judge scored the bout 57-57. Fightnews.com scored the bout 57-57.
Franco, from Costa Mesa, CA, goes to 22-6-1, 15 KO’s. Macias, from Pacoima, CA, goes to 14-17-1, 6 KO’s.
In the opening bout of the evening, Heavyweight Scott Alexander stopped Dusty Callender in the first round of a scheduled four round bout.
Alexander jabbed his way in at will and followed up with right hands. A right hand dropped Callender to the canvas. Although Callender stood up, it was only a matter of time before the bout would be stopped. Alexander went right at his opponent and unleashed more punishment before referee Jack Reiss stepped in and stopped the bout at 1:26 of the round.
Alexander, from Los Angeles, CA, improves to 3-0, 2 KO’s. Callender, from Indianapolis, IN, falls to 0-2.
– Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola, Junior Middleweight contender Alfredo Angulo, unbeaten Bantamweight Yonnhy Perez, Junior Welterweight prospect Mauricio Herrera, former champion Rodolfo Gonzalez, and former contender Armando Muniz caught all of the action from ringside.
– Thompson Boxing Promotions’ next show will take place on Friday, October 9th at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario. For tickets and information, contact Thompson Boxing at (714) 935-0900.
– There was a delay before the main event as paramedics rotated shifts. A new crew was delayed in arrival at the Doubletree Hotel.
– Ring announcer was Jimmy Lennon, Jr.