By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In what was an IBF super featherweight title rematch last night between Mexico City’s Juan Carlos Salgado (26-1-1, 16KOs) and Argenis Mendez (20-2,10KOs) of the Dominican Republic on HBO Latino from the Hangar in Costa Mesa, California. Salgado won a highly contested decision in winning the vacant IBF title back in September of 2011 in Guadalajara, Mexico. In that fight Mendez was deducted a point and Salgado was knocked down in the final round. The rematch was not the same as Argenis Mendez knocked out Juan Carlos Salgado in four rounds.
Mendez displayed his hand speed early as Salgado started off slow with the jab in the opening round. Moments later a straight right by Mendez found its mark as Salgado hit the canvas and slowly got up. Salgado survived the first round knockdown but Mendez continued to beat Salgado to the punch with his speed in round two. The referee Wayne Hedgepeth warned Salgado in round three for holding as Mendez continued to use his hand speed and frustrate Salgado. Salgado began to get on the inside in round four however Mendez connected with a counter left hook that knocked out Salgado as referee Wayne Hedgepeth waived the bout 45 seconds into the fourth round. Argenis Mendez now stands at 21-2, 11 KOs as he wins the IBF super featherweight title. Juan Carlos Salgado goes to 27-2-1, 16KOs.
2008 U.S. Olympian Javier Molina (13-1, 5KOs) won a unanimous decision over Joseph Elegele (13-2, 10KOs) in an eight round welterweight bout. The southpaw Elegele came out shooting the jab as Molina timed him with the right hand in the opening round. Molina pressed the elusive Elegele in round two as he began to cut the ring off connecting with looping rights. Both fighters traded on the inside in round three as Molina connected with the harder punches and Elegele displayed the faster hands. In round four Molina began to back up Elegele to the ropes landing solidly with the looping right that rocked Elegele. The 2008 Olympian continued to attack Elegele on the inside in round five landing left hooks followed by looping rights. Molina continued to dominate in round six as he picked his punches timing Elegele, referee Jack Reiss later warned both fighters after the bell for hitting after the bell. In the seventh round Molina continued to outwork Elegele timing him perfectly with the right hand. The eighth and final round both fighters sensed the urgency as Elegele began to press and Molina continued with his plan on the inside as both finished the fight a bloody mess. Judges scored it 77-75, 77-75 and 78-72 in favor of Molina.
In Light heavyweight action Houston’s Cornelius White (21-1, 16KOs) dominated the veteran Otis Griffin (24-12-2, 10KOs) in winning a unanimous decision. White began the bout sticking the jab as he used his height to his advantage on the shorter Griffin. In round two White continued to use the jab as Griffin attempted to get inside. Continuing to use the jab White stuck to his plan in round three as Griffin closed in. The Houston fighter continued to box well behind the jab and began to follow up with right hands in round four. A counter right by White dropped Griffin in round five as he quickly got up. The knockdown the previous round didn’t faze Griffin as he began to get inside and rough up White in round six. Griffin continued to try to get inside and appeared to have no solution for the taller fighter as he was taking the jab all night. However in the eighth and final round the right hand once again landed solidly for White as he scored a knockdown en route to a decision win. In the end the judges scored it 79-71, 78-72, and 80-72.
Cincinnati Super lightweight Brandon Bennett (15-0, 7KOs) won a unanimous decision over Mario Hermosillo (11-7-3, 2KOs) of Tijuana. Bennett was dominant as he demonstrated good hand speed and footwork in going six rounds with the tough Hermosillo that chased Bennett throughout the fight as the judges scored it 60-54, 60-54, and 59-55.
In the opening bout from the Hangar Miguel Roman (39-11, 29KOs) of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico won a unanimous decision over Mexico City’s Miguel Angel Munguia (28-26-1, 24KOs) in a scheduled eight round welterweight bout. Two judges scored the bout 79-73 and the third judge scored it 78-74.
2012 Mexican Olympian Oscar Molina won a second round TKO over Willie Walton (4-6, 3KOs) in a scheduled four round welterweight bout. Referee Wayne Hedgepeth stop the contest at 35 seconds into the second round as Oscar Molina goes to 2-0, 1KO.
Juan Funez made his debut as he won a majority decision over Jose Garcia (1-5, 1KO) in a four round featherweight bout that went the distance. Garcia gave Funez a tough fight as judges Carla Caiz scored it even 38-38 while judges Max Deluca and Pat Russell scored it 39-37 as Juan Funez wins his debut and now stands at 1-0.
Super Middleweight Immanuel Aleem (3-0,2KOs) won a unanimous decision over Leshon Dante Sims (5-11, 3KOs) in a four rounder as all three judges scored it 40-36. Immanuel Aleem goes to 4-0, 2KOs.
Moshea Aleem made his debut in scheduled four round Jr. Welterweight bout against Dante Spinks (0-1) Aleem dominated the entire bout pitching a shutout as all three judges scored it 40-36 for Moshea Aleem as he wins his pro debut and now has a record of 1-0.
Justin DeLoach scored a third round TKO over Sail Fernandez as they both made their debut. Deloach floored Fernandez twice with right hands as the referee stopped the contest at 2:53 of round three. Justin Deloach now stands at 1-0 as Sail Fernandez goes to 0-1.
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