Report and photos: Felipe Leon
Known for his marathon fight cards, Antonio Lozada’s Baja Boxing did not disappoint this past Friday night when it presented, along with Promociones Del Pueblo, a twelve bout night at the Ernesto Ruffo Appel Municipal Gymnasium of Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico, a small beach town fifteen minutes south of Tijuana. The last card of the 2012 season for the Tijuana/San Diego season, the night featured plenty of fireworks including in the main event which showcased WBF light welterweight champion Antonio “Cañitas” Lozada Jr. (30-1, 26KOs) as he successfully defended his title against Mazatlan, Sinaloa’s David Cavita (7-2-2, 6KOs) with a third round stoppage. The fight card was broadcast in Mexico by Cadena Tres.
The twenty-two year old Lozada Jr. of Tijuana captured the WBF title earlier this year when he stopped Daniel Valenzuela in four rounds. After losing his only pro fight in June ’11 when he fought Roberto “Massa” Ortiz for the vacant WBC Silver 140. lbs. title, Lozada Jr. has rattled off six straight wins, five of them inside the distance. Clearly over matched on paper, prior to the bout Cavita had only been a veteran of ten professional fights with his only loss suffered in ’11 via unanimous decision to Ramiro Alcaraz.
Cavita, the smaller in size and stature, came out pressuring from the opening bell on the lanky and taller Lozada Jr. Lozada Jr. did well to keep him at the end of his job but Cavita did have some success in getting inside and scoring to the body in the first round. In the second, Lozada Jr. felt more at ease and actually welcomed Cavita and in as he was effective with his own set of power punches to the body. As Cavita was stepping away, Lozada Jr. caught him to the body with a left hook that crumpled Cavita to the canvas. Visibly hurt, Cavita surprisingly beat the count administered by referee Juan Jose Ramirez.
Cavita survived the round but only to get caught again by another body shot early in the third and this time, Ramirez just like in the previous bout did not even bother counting and just waived off the fight. Official time was :43 of the third.
Lopez Wins Easy
Tijuana light welterweight Juan Pablo “Che Che” Lopez (23-2, 20KOs) closed his 2012 with a wining record as he easily stopped the experienced by limited Daniel “Mulato” Valenzuela (28-15-1, 16KOs) of Yavaros, Sonora, Mexico.
Interestingly, the bout with Lopez was not the first time that Valenzuela made an appearance in the ring since he worked as the chief second for a fighter on the undercard, hand wraps and all. The fact that he was able to do this only speaks of the lack of professionalism of the Rosarito Boxing Commission who quite frankly has no business sanctioning professional bouts.
Valenzuela had no answer for Lopez’s hard body attack as e went down twice in the first from body shots. Once that he saw the effect of his left hook to the liver was taking on Valenzuela, Lopez forgot about the head and continued to punish his opponent to the right side of his torso.
It only took half a round more to finally force Valenzuela to give all he had as he dropped after another body shot and referee Juan Jose Ramirez just waived off the bout. Official time was 1:30 of the second of a scheduled ten.
Ceja Is No Chicken
World ranked super bantamweight Julio “Pollito” Ceja (23-0, 21KOs) of Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico, remained undefeated and scored yet another knock out win when he annihilated Eden “Anestesista” Marquez (25-13-2, 19KOs) in the second round of a scheduled ten.
Known as the “Anesthetist”, Marquez was actually not put to sleep but laid out after a hard left hook to the body landed in the second had the ringside doctor coming to his aid as it seemed as he would not catch his breath.
Judging from the first round, it looked as if Marquez was going to be able to give the only twenty-year old Ceja a run for his money as he stayed busy from the outside and was seemingly proving to be a tough nut to crack for the power hitting, at least for the first three minutes. Nonetheless, Ceja was able to catch up to him in the second and score the fight ending left hook at the 1:46 of the second.
By far the best fighter of the night was teenage junior flyweight Jorge “Kley” Martinez (3-0, 2KOs) as he was taken the four round distance for the first time by Arcadio Salcido (0-9). Granted, Salcido of Agua Prieta, Mexico, is no measuring stick but proved to be a good learning test for Martinez of Monterrey, Mexico, who displayed great ring generalship, defense and a sophisticated offense. Martinez was awarded a unanimous decision but scores were not announced for this fight or any of the card by the lacking and seemingly over whelmed Rosarito Boxing Commission.
In his pro debut, Alejandro “Peque” Santiago (1-0, 1KO) of Tijuana’s CREA gym put the right foot forward as he stopped Mario Valdez (0-1-1) of Agua Prieta, Mexico, at the 2:24 mark of the second round of a scheduled junior flyweight four with a left hook to the chin.
After putting up a fight in the second, Enrique “Cholito” Flores (0-14-1) of Tijuana lost yet another fight as he was caught with a left uppercut by Marco Antonio “Poema” Juarez (5-0-1, 2KOs), also of Tijuana, at 1:02 of the third. Bout was scheduled for four rounds in the featherweight division.
Southpaw German “Zurdo” Perez (8-1-2, 3KOs), another fighter out of Tijuana’s CREA gym run by Romulo Quirarte and home of former lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco and title challengers Marvin Quintero and David De La Mora among many others, took a six round light welterweight unanimous decision over Eduardo “Mesero” Iñiguez (2-9-1, 2KOs).
Tijuana’s featherweight Enrique “Bravis” Arevalo (4-0, 2KOs) remained undefeated with a unanimous decision over Rosarito’s Ivan “Chino” Diaz (0-2). It was all Arevalo for four rounds.
With a great left hook that followed a jab/straight right combination, super welterweight Eric “Pantera” Robles (4-1, 4KOs) scored his fourth knock out in as many wins over home grown Samuel Puentes (0-2) at the 2:07 mark of the first round.
In one of best fights of the night, local favorite Enrique “Torito” Tinoco (8-1-2, 4KOs) dominated the game Cesar De La Mora (3-3-1, 2KOs) of Tijuana over six super featherweight rounds. De La Mora gave as well as he took but Tinoco was just quicker and stronger than the Tijuana fighter. De La Mora was visibly hurt in the first and tired by the sixth and barely survived to hear the final bell. Tinoco was awarded the unanimous decision.
Jose “Diablito” Escarcega wowed his hometown with a devastating knock out of Tijuana’s Hiram “Nugget” Lopez in the second round. After wobbling Lopez (3-3, 1KO) in the first with a big right hand, Escarcega landed the same punch in the second and succeeded in dropping “Nugget”. Lopez beat the count but only to find himself hit again by another right that crushed him. Time was 2:01 of the second of a scheduled super bantamweight six.
After scoring a flash knockdown, Adrian “Diamante” Estrella (9-0, 9KOs) keeps his perfect record going with a frightening left hook that laid out Luis “Bofo” Viedes (7-7-1, 2KOs) in only the first round of a scheduled super featherweight eight. Viedes of Tijuana was laid out for the better part of five minutes as the ringside doctor brought him back to life.