By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
All the featured fighters on Saturday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, ended their bouts early with devastating body shots. In the main event, unbeaten local super bantamweight Randy Caballero moved to 19-0, 11 KOs with a seventh round KO over Miguel Robles (12-3-2, 5 KOs), 2012 Olympian featherweight Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz (6-0, 4 KOs) scored a first round KO over Luis Cosme (8-3-1, 4 KOs) and 2012 Olympian junior middleweight Errol Spence Jr. (7-0, 6 KOs) demolished Eddie Cordova (4-5-1, 1 KO) in round one.
Originally Frankie Gomez vs. Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley was slated to be the main event. However an injury to Gomez forced him to withdraw from the bout and unbeaten super bantamweight Randy Caballero stepped in to headline in his backyard. Caballero struggled at times as Miguel Robles gave him all he can handle, however Caballero sent the hometown crowd home happy by stopping Robles with a body shot in round seven.
In the opening round Caballero boxed patiently using his jab as Robles sneaked in the right numerous times to start off. The Puerto Rican fighter continued to land the right in round two as Caballero adapted working off the jab. Caballero began to land big punches in round three but Robles relentlessness continued to give Caballero problems as his right hand connected again and again.
Starting to fire more combinations off the jab in round four, Caballero began to get comfortable despite Robles’ continued attack. Robles continued to give Caballero fits as he landed some power shots in round five while Caballero continued to rely on his boxing skill. Things began to get rough in the ring in round six as Robles connected with shot below the belt that momentarily stopped Caballero’s momentum, however shortly after referee Jack Reiss warned Robles for a low blow.
The seventh round saw referee Jack Reiss once again warn Miguel Robles for a low blow. Shortly afterwards a left hook to the body dropped Robles to his knees as referee Jack Reiss reached a ten count at 2:09.
Randy Caballero remains unbeaten and is more likely a fight or two away from a big fight as he improves his mark to 19-0, 11 KOs. Miguel Robles was tough making Caballero work as drops to 12-3-2, 5 KOs.
2012 U.S. Olympian middleweight Errol Spence Jr. of Dallas, Texas, made quick work of Eddie Cordova in one round of a scheduled six round middleweight bout. A crunching left hook to the body by the former Olympian dropped Cordova to his knees as referee Wayne Hedgepeth reached ten at 2:13 of the first round. Errol Spence Jr. improves to 7-0, 5KOs, Eddie Cordova falls to 4-5-1, 1KO.
South El Monte’s Joseph Diaz Jr. continued to impress as he scored a first round knockout over Luis Cosme. A body shot by Diaz dropped Cosme as referee Jack Reiss reached a ten count at 2:09 of the first round. The 2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph Diaz Jr. remains unbeaten on his rise as a prospect as he goes to 7-0, 3KOs. Luis Cosme goes to 8-3-1, 3KOs.
In the opening bout, pro debuting heavyweights C.J. Leveque and Alex Rivera of Coachella made their pro debuts in a scheduled four rounder. An overhand right by Rivera dropped Leveque early in the opening round. Leveque beat referee Jack Reiss count however moments later a barrage of punches forced referee Jack Reiss to stop the contest at 2:07. Alex Rivera wins in his debut in front of his hometown fans and goes to 1-0, 1 KO. CJ Leveque goes to 0-1.
Middleweight Angel Osuna of Coachella scored a nasty knockout over Christian Nava in a scheduled six rounder. The action began as both traded punches in the first round. A right uppercut by Osuna rocked and bloodied Nava in the following round. Despite being bloodied Nava continued to trade with Osuna. Moments later the right uppercut found its mark once again but this time Nava went down as referee Jack Reiss waved off the bout at 2:08 of the second round. With the win Angel Osuna improves to 11-3-1, 6 KOs as Cristian Nava goes to 2-4-1.
Santa Ana’s Eric Ituarte and Humberto Zatarain of Whittier battled it out to a draw in a scheduled four round junior lightweight bout that went the distance. The two traded shots from the opening bell getting into exchanges as Ituarde used his distance with the jab following with the rights, while Zatarin pressed forward with power shots. The crowed was on their feet as both sensed the urgency in the last round trading away to the final bell. In the end all three judges scored the bout even 38-38 as Eric Ituarde goes to 5-0-1 and Humberto Zatarin goes to 3-1-2.
Among those in attendance Saturday night was former WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz as fans had the opportunity to meet and greet the former champion who is looking to get back in the ring soon. Also on hand were former champions Israel “El Magnifico” Vasquez and Daniel Ponce de Leon doing the Spanish commentary on Fox Deportes, former lightweight world champion Coachella’s Julio “The Kid” Diaz and his brother former world title challenger Antonio Diaz. Fans were also treated to a special attraction with a pair of two amateur bouts.
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