By Felipe Leon
Photos: Renzo Novara
As they accustomed, Zanfer Promotions brought to their hometown yet another spectacular fight card last night. Pushing the 2,500 capacity of the Tecate Box Tour tent to the hilt, an excited border town crowd shock full of local celebrities witnessed Mexicali, Mexico’s own Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr (36-4-1, 21KOs) won a busy but much to be desired ten round welterweight fight against the game Rodolfo “Rudy” Quintanilla (13-3-3, 10KOs) of Tepic, Mexico. The Paez-Quintanilla contest came up short to the fight that took the night was the super bantamweight clash between the undefeated rising star Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr. (20-0-2, 13KOs) as he struggled against local favorite Jose “Tigre” Cayetano (15-2, 7KOs) over ten rounds but took the win.
Paez Jr., who is on a nine-fight win streak as is rumored to be inline to face Mike Alvarado for the WBO junior welter title, dropped Quintanilla in the first with a left hook to the chin even though it looked like a slip. The knockdown seemed to push Quintanilla forward as he looked for the inside as Paez Jr. seemed to bide his time.
Quintanilla, 1-1-3 in his last five fights, kept coming forward and scoring with a looping right, a couple which made the much more experienced Paez Jr. take a couple of steps back. By the mid rounds, Paez Jr picked up the pace, allowing Quintanilla to get in close and then shooting a series of slapping hooks to the head.
By the fifth round it was clearly evident that Paez Jr was the better of the two but was either hesitant or lacked conditioning to put on a big push to finish off Quintanilla. Quintanilla was always in the game but just a step too slow or one punch too many missed to be able to put really put Paez Jr in danger.
Little by little in the second half of the fight Paez Jr. turned on the screws ever so slightly but never enough to really put Quintanilla in trouble.
After ten heats, nobody was surprised when scores of 99-90, 97-92 and 98-91 were all read in favor of Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr.
“Cobra” Gonzalez Jr Overtakes the “Tiger”
In a chess match contested with punches instead of pieces, super bantamweight Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr of Guadalajara, Mexico, son of former WBC featherweight champion Alejandro Gonzalez, took an unpopular unanimous decision win over local favorite Jose “Tigre” Cayetano in a world class ten round bout.
Despite his tall, lanky frame and long arms, Gonzalez Jr, who in his last visit to Tijuana last February stopped another popular local prospect in Hanzel Martinez in two, did not utilize his jab as often as he should have in the early going. Cayetano found success early by going southpaw and since then found his golden ticket, as Gonzalez Jr was never able to decipher the straight left from “Tigre”.
Cayetano would start the rounds as an orthodox and Gonzalez Jr succeeded then like he did at the onset of the fourth when he landed over hand rights that sent Cayetano reeling towards the ropes. With the full capacity crowd conscious of every punch landed or missed, near the end of the fifth as Cayetano finished off a combination and was off-balanced, Gonzalez Jr found him with another right to the chin that sent Cayetano down with a flash knockdown.
With factions for both fighters clearly audible over the ruckus of the crowd, it seemed as Cayetano landed the better punches in the home stretch despite Gonzalez Jr being the aggressor. Still as a lefty, Cayetano was able to counter punch well the long punches of Gonzalez Jr, darting and at times lunging in like a tiger to score left right hooks to the head from the outside and sitting in the pocket to score with the straight left.
With what seemed the fight close on the cards, Gonzalez Jr began to use his defense a bit more in the last third of the match up, slipping punches but not really succeeding in making Cayetano pay. Obviously fatigued by the fast pace of the fight, the clip slowed with the Tijuana fighter scoring the better shots. Cayetano kept pushing with his offense being his defense as he kept trying to score, not landing punch but with sheer aggression keeping Gonzalez Jr from doing much damage until the end when a flurried exchange in the tenth and final round brought the crowd to its feet cheering for their fighter.
At the end, judge Alejandro Rochin had the widest margin with a score of 98-91 while Guillermo Moreno saw it 96-93 and Fernando Barboza with a 97-92, all for Gonzalez Jr. Fightnews scored it 96-94 for Cayetano.
Lopez Upsets Garibay
In a somewhat of an upset, hard hitting Abner “Castigador” Lopez (14-3, 13KOs) of Agua Prieta, Mexico, completely annihilated previously undefeated Dario “Sargento” Garibay (7-1-1, 6KOs) in the second round of a scheduled light welterweight eight.
Garibay of Tlalnepantla, Mexico, began the fight putting combos together of two and three punches but not landing much while Lopez looked for that big punch from the opening bell, left hooks whizzed by Garibay’s head as Lopez wanted to end the night early.
What seemed like a foolish strategy proved everything but as Lopez landed that hook at the start of the second, hurting Garibay and going after him. As the crowd went crazy, a straight right seconds later forced Garibay to touch the canvas with his gloves marking a knock down but Garibay did not go down. Veteran referee Juan Morales Lee tried to get in the middle and when he did just that Lopez scored with another right that sent Garibay down cold. Morales Lee did not even bother to administer a count. Official score was 15 seconds of the second round.
Super featherweight Humberto Pitbull” Rodriguez of Tepic, Mexico, earned his second win with as many knock outs by stopping Abraham Apodaca (0-3) of Tijuana with a barrage of punches at the 2:21 mark of the second.
As he was beginning to come on, 140 pounder Cesar Sanchez (3-11-3) of Tijuana was stopped on cuts against Ensenada, Mexico’s Carlos “Chema” Ocampo (6-0, 4KOs). Official time was 1:20 of the second round of a scheduled six round contest.
Known as the king of Tijuana sparring, Omar Estrella (18-5-2, 11KOs) finally made good on his talent by dropping with a beautiful right in the first and then beating via unanimous decision Alan Herrera (32-5, 21KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico, over six lightweight rounds.
Super flyweight Jose “Gallito” Quirino Jr (5-0, 2KOs) remained undefeated by taking a unanimous decision over Felipe “Greñas” Reyes (0-2) with scores of 40-36 three times.
Super lightweight Daniel Nava, nephew of Jackie “Aztec Princess” Nava, had all he could handle against Victor Capaceta. Capaceta had not fought in over a year and was well above his natural weight class of 122 pounds but still was in the fight and even scored some well-placed shots. Despite of that, Nava was still awarded a four round unanimous decision with scores of 40-36 twice and 39-37.
2013 Mexican national tournament gold medalist Elvis “Rockanrolero” Torres (1-0, 1KO) made his pro debut a good one by stopping Carlos Omar Mendoza (1-4-1), both of Tijuana, with a right hand in the second. Time was 1:53.
Super featherweight Jafel “Leon” Perales (5-0, 2KOs) from the state of Mexico easily defeated previously undefeated Miguel “Sinaloa” Perez (3-1-1) over six rounds. Scores were 60-54 twice and 59-55.