Story and photos by Felipe Leon
In the career of any up and coming fighter, the time comes when he must step up to the next level of competition and prove of what he or she is made up of up to that point. The time came for Tijuana super bantamweight Edibaldo Ortega (14-0-1, 7 KOs) Thursday night when he defeated cagey veteran Enrique “Cuate” Quevedo (14-5-1, 9 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico, with a work man like unanimous decision at the Las Pulgas night club located on the legendary Avenida Revolucion in the heart of Tijuana’s downtown. The ten round main event capped off a fight card presented by Mayen Promotions in association with Zanfer Promotions and was filmed for later broadcast by Azteca America.
As expected, the first round was one of study as both fighters circled around looking for their own prospective range. By the end of the round the southpaw Ortega began to find a home for his straight left. It looked the fight was going to bust open in the second as Ortega was able to pressure Quevedo against the ropes and begin to land a left uppercut that began to make damage, even making Quevedo back up. The experienced “Cuate”, who is the current Mexico super flyweight champion, went into survival mode and began to box from the outside despite being the shorter man.
Quevedo took over in the fourth all the way to the end of the sixth and made it a point dart in and out, counter punching Ortega’s attempt to land his straight left. The movement began to frustrate Ortega as he was having trouble closing off the ring.
Ortega made the seventh his as turned up the heat and began to trap Quevedo once again against the ropes. Quevedo still was able to slip some punches but Ortega began to land more effectively. By the eighth it was clear that Quevedo was losing steam while Ortega was maintaining the pressure. Instead of capitalizing on that fact, Ortega decided to play it safe and cruised to the final bell. Judges Benjamin Rendon and Leo Ibarra scored it 99-91 while Alejandro Rochin saw it 98-91. Fightnews had it a slightly closer 97-93.
In a much more competitive fight than expected, current IBF light flyweight champion Jessica “Kika” Chavez (15-3-2, 4KOs) struggled against Linda “Muñeca” Suleman (0-1) over eight rounds in the super flyweight division but still took the unanimous decision. Chavez always pushed forward while the taller Suleman tried to counter punch with her longer reach. Chavez was able to take over on the inside and land hard power punches to face that bloodied Suleman’s nose. At the end, both judges Alejandro Rochin and Carlos Flores scored it an identical 80-72 while Benjamin Rendon tallied it 79-73 in a much tighter contest than the scores would indicate.
Middleweight Rogelio “Porky” Medina (28-2, 22 KOs) of San Luis R.C., Mexico, controlled all the action, stopping the over matched Leonardo Resendiz (27-28, 18 KOs) of Tultitlan, Mexico, in the third round after dropping him twice, the last time with a straight right. After Resendiz’s second visit to the canvas, referee Manuel Rincon had seen enough and halted the contest. Official time was 1:05.
Despite getting busted up, cut up over the left eye and with a bloody nose, Nestor Caravantes of Tijuana took a unanimous decision over Gabriel Lopez in a four round brawl. Judges Sergio Lechuga and Jesus Gonzalez scored it 39-37 while Carlos Flores saw it 40-36. With the win, Caravantes made his pro debut a good one, taking his record to 1-0 while Lopez dropped his first fight to go to 0-1.
Tijuana middleweight Antonio Gutierrez (4-0-, 3 KOs) remained undefeated while earning a unanimous decision over Refugio Contreras (1-9-3, 1KO), also of Tijuana, over four rounds. No official scores were announced.
After four high action rounds, super featherweight Ali Gonzalez (3-1) won a unanimous decision over the game Enrique Flores (0-11-1), both of Tijuana. All three judges saw it 40-36.