After his bout with Puerto Rican Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon fell to the wayside because of an injury to the Boricua, WBO minimum weight champion Moises “Moi” Fuentes (15-1, 7KOs) was matched up against Tijuana’s Julio Cesar “Gatito” Felix (17-4, 7KOs) in a twelve round championship fight.
Somebody should have told “Gatito”.
Fuentes of Mexico City needed all but two minutes and sixteen seconds of the first round to retain his title and comfortably wait for Calderon to heal as he easily annihilated Felix in the main event from the El Foro Theatre in downtown Tijuana. The title fight was presented by Zanfer Promotions and broadcast live in Mexico by the Azteca channel.
With the crowd behind him, Felix found his rhythm early in the round as he circled around the perimeter of the ring. Known as a boxer, the WBC #14 and WBO #1 ranked straw weight Felix was looking to survive the early rounds but Fuentes, who captured the title by defeating Raul “Rayito” Garcia last summer, had other plans as he wasted no time in attacking Felix to the body. “Gatito” had one successful moment as he counter punched Fuentes’ jab with an over hand right but that would sum up the extent of Felix’s attack. Fuentes quickly landed a hard left hook to the body that forced Felix to take a knee. Felix beat the count but seconds later Fuentes scored again but this time no count was needed as Felix rolled around the canvas in agony. After about five minutes, Felix was able to compose himself and reach his feet.
Rosas-Bernache Saves the Night
In a street fight disguised as a boxing match, Mexico City’s Daniel “Bad Boy” Rosas (14-0, 9KOs) toughed out ten super bantamweight rounds against Enrique “Duende” Bernache (19-4, 10KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico, to remain undefeated and take a step closer to a world title fight in a war that had more action that all of the other scheduled bouts combined.
The brawl began early as both fighters gave no quarter and began throwing but more importantly landing heavy leather from the opening bell. Rosas made his strategy known as he attacked the body with no avail while Bernache succeeded in counterpunching in between Rosas’ hard power punches. “Duende” looked as the slightly more technical of the two as he continued to counter punch and had to momentum on his side in the first half of the fight. Rosas, who won the second edition of the Azteca Channel’s “Campeon Azteca” by defeating the highly touted Felipe Orucuta, was content in plodding forward and taking three punches to land one on the body of Bernache.
The war opened up in the fourth as an all action give and take gave forth from the opening to ending bell. Both fighters landed hard salvos as they moved around the ring with Rosas landing the harder bombs. The intense action continued through the end of the fifth as the Tijuana crowd showed their appreciation with loud cheering after the end of every three-minute battle. With “Duende” still slightly controlling the action by the end of the sixth, Rosas takes over at the start of the seventh and begins to slug it out at a higher clip. Rosas kept pressuring and as it looked that he was going to completely steam roll over Bernache, the Guadalajara fighter landed an awkward right hand from an off balance angle that surprised and dropped Rosas. Rosas, not visibly hurt, beat the count and continued exactly where he left off and kept going after Bernache, trapping him against the ropes and scoring with no rest.
Despite clearly fatigued and bleeding from the mouth, Rosas kept plugging along as Bernache tried to keep him at bay with short hooks to the head. Rosas looked like a man possessed and thinking that he needed a knock out, went for it in the tenth and final round as Bernache did all he could to stay on his feet except throw punches as Rosas almost had him off his feet.
At the end, all three judges saw it in Rosas’ favor with scores of 97-95 and 94-95 twice.
“Tigre” Tames “Fuerte”
Tijuana favorite Jose “Tigre” Cayetano (12-1, 5KOs) stopped fellow border town fighter Arturo “Fuerte” Badillo” (20-4, 18KOs) in the fifth round of a scheduled bantamweight eight. The hard-hitting Cayetano made his intentions clear early when he dropped Badillo in the first round with a straight left from the southpaw stance.
Surprisingly, the pace slowed down in the second and third round as it became a chess match as Badillo (insert about experience and weight), looked to get the upper hand and score from the outside with straighter punches than the power punches, especially the left uppercut to the body, that Cayetano was scoring with.
Badillo controlled the action in the fourth as Cayetano was having trouble getting inside and scoring on his slighter shorter opponent. When Cayetano switched over to orthodox in the fifth, he began to have success scoring with a stiff jab combined with a right hand to the face of Badillo. By mid round, Cayetano began to attack the body and a right hook hurt Badillo that forced him to retreat against the ropes. With his prey trapped against the blue corner, Cayetano finished him with power punches to the body and head that forced Badillo to take a knee. Badillo was not able to compose himself as referee Juan Morales Lee reached the ten count at the official time of 2:14 of the fifth round.
Culiacan, Mexico’s Orlando “Latigo” Lora (29-2-2, 19KOs), who last year fought Paul Malignaggi, was kept to a six round welterweight draw against Mexicali, Mexico’s Francisco “Kikin” Rios (7-2-3, 4KOs). Rios had a granite chin as he took everything Lora threw his way and them some as he gave the same in return. One judge had it for Lora 58-56 while another for Rios 58-57 with the third judge and even 57-57.
The ordinary but popular Carlos “Baby” Castañeda (3-0, 2KO) earned another KO win over the brawling Bernardino “Benny” Guevara (0-2), both of Tijuana, in the second round of a scheduled bantamweight four. A left upper cut in the first dropped Guevara and a barrage of punches in the second did the trick at the 2:28 mark of the round.
Sixteen-year-old lightweight Rafael “Rafa” Guzman (7-0, 6KOs) of Ensenada, Mexico, was held to a unanimous decision win by Pedro “Pitbull” Lopez (4-5, 1KO) of Tijuana.
Local super middleweight Rogelio Ruvalcaba (10-1, 9KOs) lost his undefeated status against the much more experienced Francisco “Panchito” Sierra of Tepic, Mexico. Sierra (25-5-1, 22KOs) was able to counter attack anything that Ruvalcaba threw at him and despite looking as his gas tank was about empty, Sierra was still able to bait Ruvalcaba to throw punches so that he could land hard power punches to the body and head of Ruvalcaba. Official scores were 60-54 and 59-55 twice.
It took switch-hitting Jose Zepeda nearly all six rounds to stop the game Abraham Alvarez Ozuna (16-3-1, 7KOs) of Rosario, Mexico, in a welterweight bout. After getting cut in the second round, Zepeda (10-0, 8KOs) of Mexicali ramped up the pressure and began to land straight rights as a righty and straight lefts as a lefty to tear down Ozuna. Zepeda dropped Ozuna once in the fifth and twice in the sixth to force referee Juan Morales Lee to halt the action at 1:57 of the round.
In a run of the mill four rounder, featherweight Jesus “Chino” Badillo of Tijuana, Mexico, raised his undefeated mark to 7-0-2, 4KOs by defeating local journeyman Jorge Sillas (1-8, 1KOs) with a unanimous decision. Scores were 39-37, 40-36 and 40-37. Despite Sillas always moving forward, Badillo controlled the action with skilled boxing.
Mexicali, Mexico’s junior welterweight Sergio Adan Ortega (6-0, 4KOs) remained undefeated and handed Ezequiel Avilez (4-1-1, 3KOs) of Ensenada, Mexico, his first loss with a hard earned split decision over four rounds. Official scores were not announced.
Daniel Ramirez (1-0) made his pro debut a good one when he punched out a unanimous decision over fellow first timer Angel “Chamuco” Prado (0-1), both of Tijuana, in a four round super featherweight bout.