By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Former world champions Freddie Norwood and Mike Anchondo were victorious on the debut of the monthy “Noche de Boxeo” series Thursday night at the El Monte Expo Center in El Monte, California. Former WBA featherweight champion Freddie Norwood (43-3-1, 23 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Jose Celaya. Norwood, who fought at the middleweight limit for this bout, scored a knockdown in the first round. Norwood mostly had Celaya (31-5, 16 KOs) on the defensive throughout the bout, although Celaya did have some of his moments. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Norwood, with scores of 78-73, 79-72, and 80-71.
Former WBO super featherweight champ Mike Anchondo (29-2, 19 KOs) won a six round majority decision over Octavio Narváez (7-5, 4 KOs). “Mighty Mike” won by scores of 58-57, 59-57 and 57-57 in a bout fought at welterweight poundage.
Welterweight Aarón Martínez (11-1-1, 3 KOs) scored a clear eight round unanimous decision over Santiago Pérez (11-3-2, 2 KOs) in the main event. Scores were 80-72, 79-73, 78-74.
Junior Welterweight Abraham Lopez (1-1) scored a four round unanimous decision over Shawn Wate (0-4-1). All three judges scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Lopez.
In a battle of fighters making their professional debuts, Middleweight Manuel Roman scored a first round stoppage over Hector Moreno. After the second knockdown, referee David Mendoza stopped the bout at 1:17.