With a mountain range as the backdrop and the ring set up in the middle of a beautiful vineyard in Ensenada, Mexico’s Guadalupe valley, Tijuana’s favorite daughter, WBA super bantamweight female champion Jackie “Aztec Princess” Nava (28-4-3, 12KOs) administered a three round beatdown Saturday night on highly ranked Lisa “Bad News” Brown (19-6-3, 6KOs) of Trinidad and Tobago, before stopping her near the end of the third round to defend her title for the second time.
The scheduled ten round main event capped off a night presented by Zanfer Promotions and broadcast live in Mexico by the Azteca network. Near two thousand fight fans took in the action at the small bullring where the event took place.
After holding the WBC 122 lbs. title in different versions for much of her career, including being the first woman to be crowned by the council back in ’05, Nava returned with the WBA earlier this year when she captured the belt with a unanimous decision over Chantall Martinez. Nava had held the bantamweight version in early ’05 when she stopped Martha Arevalo in seven rounds. In her first defense, Nava went ten rounds with Diana Ayala to take the unanimous decision. Brown was coming off a convincing win over Angela Marciales, stopping her in four rounds.
Brown came out aggressive at the sound of the first bell but Nava was waiting to counter with a stiff right hand over the wide left hook. Nava looked quicker and in better control of her skills as she out boxed Brown and consistently beat her to the punch.
With chants of “Jackie, Jackie”, Nava took the initiative in the second and it was her that began to dictate the rhythm of the action as she pressed forward. Brown stood with her and exchanged punches but got the worse from the transaction. Near the end of the third, the cool, calm and collected Nava scored with yet another right hand but this one made Brown reel back towards the red corner. Seeing her chance, Nava went after and unleashed a multiple punch assault, all of them unanswered. Referee Raul Caiz Sr. had seen enough and stopped the action. Official time was 1:46.
Nava is now ready for her next announced assignment against flyweight champion and Playboy model Mariana “Barbie” Juarez set for Mexico City in November.
“Gato” Guerrero Uses One of his Nine Lives
Former IBF super bantamweight champion Rodrigo “Gatito” Guerrero (17-4-1, 11KOs) of Mexico City survived a first round knock down to systematically finish off fellow Capitalino Jonathan Lecona (10-12-2, 4KOs) in a scheduled ten round bantamweight.
Guerrero captured the IBF title against San Antonio, Texas’ Raul “Cobrita” Martinez late last year but succumbed to Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr. in his first defense earlier this year via unanimous decision. Lecona, an experienced but proverbial opponent, is known as a tough out for anybody and has a number of scalps of over confident up and coming prospects on his ledger. His last win came over the then 26-1, 15KOs Ramon Maas in December of last year but since then has dropped two in a row.
As Guerrero tried to force the action on the inside, the southpaw Lecona had no trouble countering the straight right from Guerrero. A left hook/upper cut hybrid hurt Guerrero near the end of the first when sent him down to the canvas. Guerrero beat the count but Lecona was not able to finish him off before the bell.
Lecona continued his strategy of boxing around the perimeter of the ring as he waited for Guerrero to attack then hoping to make him miss and then make him pay. Lecona was effective as he was able to catch Guerrero coming in plenty of times in the first rounds.
The tide began to turn in the third as Guerrero began to catch the slowing Lecona more often with hard body shots against the ropes. Guerrero succeeded as he changed guards from orthodox to southpaw as he stalked Lecona around the ring. By the end of the fifth, Guerrero was controlling the action and punishing Lecona to the body and head almost at will. Lecona had his moments but not as often as in the first two rounds.
Due to the mounting pressure that Guerrero was administering, Lecona failed to answer the bell for the fifth and remained on his stool giving Guerrero the TKO win.
The walkout bout of the night was stopped early in the first round of a scheduled eight when super bantamweight Ruben “Canelito” Tamayo (20-3-3, 14KOs) of Ciudad Obregon, Mexico, suffered an accidental clash of heads with La Paz, Mexico’s Raul “Rayito” Hirales (16-1-2, 8KOs). The contest was ruled a technical draw.
In an entertaining give and take featherweight contest, Venezuela’s Angel Rodriguez (2-0, 1KOs) gave Jesus “Chino” Badillo (7-1-2, 4KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico, the first blemish on his record with a six round unanimous decision. Both fighters had their moments as Rodriguez boxed Badillo while the Tijuana fighter tried to make it into a brawl. Rodriguez helped his cause by dropping Badillo in the second round with a quick straight right. Badillo beat the count and put up a fight but it wasn’t enough as Rodriguez was just the slightly better of the two. No official scores were announced.
Venezuela’s Jose “Bolivita” Uzcategui (14-0, 11KOs) but fighting out of Tijuana was fed yet another soft touch in Jose Luis Vazquez (2-1, 2KOs), also of Tijuana, who “Bolivita” stopped with a body punch in the first round. Official time was 2:02. The bout was scheduled for six in the middleweight division.
Puerto Rico’s Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez (10-0, 9KOs) landed bombs on Saul “Bebe” Hernandez of Tijuana from the opening to earn a quick second round knock out victory. The over matched (1-3, 1KO) had no hope from the get go as the much faster and stronger Gonzalez did what he wanted. A stiff right hand was the finishing punch in the second round of a scheduled flyweight six after Gonzalez dropped Hernandez once in the first.
Featherweight Eduardo Galindo (2-0, 1KO) scored a first round TKO over first timer Miguel Angel Zapata (0-1), both of Tijuana. An assault of unanswered punches forced referee Juan Duarte to call halt to the action at the 2:22 mark of the first round.
Local Favorite Jonas Salvatierra (4-0) remained undefeated with a four round bantamweight unanimous decision over Juan “Pitufo” Gomez (2-2, 1KO) of Tijuana.
In a four round bout in the lightweight division, Miguel Angel Prado (1-1) of Ensenada, Mexico, earned his first pro win via unanimous decision over Fidel Mascorro (0-1), also of Ensenada.
With a four round split decision, Tijuana, Mexico, super lightweight Alonso Chavez (1-0) won his pro debut over Jose Luis Cervantes (0-2), also of Tijuana, who is looking for his first win.