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Report/gallery: Paez Jr. vs. Chavez II

Ringside report and photos by Felipe Leon

It looked like a classic Mexican showdown from a spaghetti western film as both stood in their respective corners with their supporters behind them. Most expected to see a  tumbleweed to bounce across the middle of the ring. At the end, however, this sequel had a similar ending as Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr. (32-4-1, 19KOs) earned yet another ten round unanimous decision over Omar “Businessman” Chavez (28-2-1, 21KOs), this time for the vacant WBC International Silver light middleweight title. The rematch of their first bout held last December topped off a thirteen-bout fight card held at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium witnessed by a sold out crowd and broadcast live in Mexico by TV Azteca.

After their names were announced and their team, including their respective legendary fighters Julio Cesar Chavez and Jorge “Maromero” Paez stepped out of the ring, the fighters got back to the “Unfinished Business” as the night was billed but if familiar with their first encounter where Paez controlled all the action as he toyed with the clearly overmatched Chavez for ten rounds, then this part two was nothing different.

Paez of Mexicali, Mexico, which is only a three hour drive from Tijuana, took the initiative and followed the original blueprint as he pushed the taller Chavez against the ropes and went to work, landing hard punches to the body and head among the cheers of nearly the five thousand fans in attendance. One thing that was different in the second go around was Chavez of Culiacan, Mexico, was more aggressive and scored more than in their first fight but it came at a heavy price since Paez easily countered Chavez’s attack.

By the third round Paez was comfortable enough to completely drop his hands and use his waist to bob and weave Chavez’s punches. Chavez began to show a large bruise under his left eye that just got worse as the fight and the punches landed by Paez kept coming.

By the middle of the bout, Chavez began to take some rounds as the flabby Paez, who began his career as a super featherweight and slowly as moved up to welterweight and beyond, began to slow down. Chavez took advantage from the outside and began to box but it seemed that every time he landed one punch, Paez would come back with a flurry and land three.

By the ninth, the story of the fight was in their faces as Paez smiled as he stalked Chavez around the ring, baiting the crowd for cheers and scoring almost at will while Chavez’s face was bruised and battered and looked as if he was in a chess match versus Bobby Fischer. Paez used the last round to dart in and out and pot shot Chavez to the final bell.

At the end, all three judges, Max DeLuca, Steve Morrow and Zac Young, scored it 96-94 for Paez. Fightnews had it a slightly wider 97-93 for the Mexicali fighter.

“You don’t gain experience from one day to the next,” Paez Jr. said immediately after the fight. “At the end I toyed with him because I knew I had the fight won.”

As for Chavez, he mentioned that he never was able to find his rhythm in the fight.

Costa Rica’s Vazquez Stops Mexico City’s Lacierva

Billed as Costa Rica’s first world champion, Bryan “Tiquito” Vazquez (29-, 15KOs) returned as such when he stopped veteran Jorge Lacierva (41-9-6, 27KOs) in the first defense of his interim WBA super featherweight title. Vazquez captured the title by defeating Santos Benavides last year via a unanimous decision. Lacierva was coming off a first round knock out of unheralded Heli Quiroz but last year challenged Australia’s Billy Dib for the vacant IBF featherweight title.

The awkward Vazquez, who is married to WBO female light middleweight champion Hanna Gabriel in a boxing power couple, threw punches from weird angles, switched stances and used the shoulder roll made famous by Floyd Mayweather Jr. to defend against the more traditional Lacierva. With not much landed by either fighter in the first three rounds, less came in the middle rounds as the fight morphed into a battle of head butts, low blows and holding. Argentinean referee Romina Arroyo did all she could to return the match up to any semblance of a boxing match.

The action heated up in the seventh from both fighters, as it was obvious that the bout was too close for comfort for either one. Vazquez kept attacking the body; a strategy that began in the early rounds, but by the eighth the Central American made it a point to punish Lacierva’s mid section.

The tactic paid dividends in the ninth as a hard left hook to the liver dropped Lacierva near the ropes. Lacierva beat the count but only to suffer another blow to the same area, this time not able to recuperate. Official time was 1:45 of the ninth round.

Garcia Ruins Herrera’s Party

In the best fight of the night, Tijuana’s Fernando “Cuervito” Garcia (17-4-2, 10KOs) spoiled Aaron Herrera’s unspoiled record by battling himself to a unanimous decision with scores of 76-76 twice by judges Monique Rendon and Esteban Franco and 78-74 by Sergio Lechuga in an eight round lightweight fight.

Herrera (24-1, 16KOs) of Yucatan, Mexico, who is coming off a win over Zaid Zavaleta and also owns a win over Joksan Hernandez, dropped Garcia in the third round with a straight right but the Tijuana fighter was the more active and landed the harder more effective punches through out the night.

Garcia found a home for his lead left hook early and Herrera, despite having the longer reach, had no answer for the punch and Garcia’s aggression.

Other Results:

Junior flyweight Jorge Guerrero (7-10, 5KOs) of Ciudad Obregon, Mexico, gave a good fight but at the end the skills of Monterey, Mexico’s Francisco “Chihuas” Rodriguez (7-0, 6KOs) were too much and he was stopped 4th round due to a body blow. Official time was 2:27.

Once again Venezuela’s Jose Uzcategui (13-0, 10KOs) gets fed a soft touch and remains undefeated as he stops the almost grossly over weight Edgar “Cochito” Quiroz (20-14, 13KOs) of Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua. Uzcategui dropped Quiroz early in the middle of the first with a barrage of power punches to the mid section and then again in the second with a left uppercut to the mouth of the stomach to end the fight. Official time was :39 of the second round of a scheduled middleweight six.

A good action bout between two Tijuana flyweights was stopped after the second round when Leonardo Reyes Leon (0-1) suffered a thumb in the left eye against Jose “Gallito” Quirino Jr. (1-0, 1KO) which impeded him to continue for the last two rounds. Quirino Jr is the son of former WBO super flyweight champion Jose “Gallo” Quirino, a local hero in Tijuana. Official time was ten seconds of the third round.

It only took Merida, Yucatan’s Jose “Barretas” Pinzon (21-4, 13KOs), flanked by the great Nacho Beristain in his corner, seconds of the first round to score a spectacular knock out victory over Rafael “Chamaco” Ortiz (8-6-2, 4KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico. Ortiz met the canvas the first time due to a left hook to the body and then got nearly stopped cold from a stiff right hand. Referee Manuel Rincon jumped in to stop the action as a white towel flew in from the Ortiz corner. Official time was 1:12 of the first round of a scheduled super welterweight eight.

Despite only having one more pro fight, super featherweight Miguel Angel “Humilde” Perez (2-0, 1KO) looked the more experienced fighter as he ruined the pro debut of Michel Alcazar (0-1), both of Tijuana, in a super featherweight four rounder. Alcazar tried to get on the inside but Perez was quicker and hit harder which led to the unanimous decision win. No scores were announced.

A fast paced bantamweight match up between Guadalupe Barrera (4-2-1, 1KO) and Gregorio Ronquillo (3-0-2, 3KOs), both of Tijuana, was called to a halt in the second round when Barrera suffered a cut over the left eye. After examination, the ringside doctor decided it was too dangerous to let the contest go on and Ronquillo was awarded the TKO. Official time was 1:35. The bout was scheduled for four rounds.

The shorter Jasmin Meza never was able to get inside on the much taller Joselin “Princesa” Arroyo, both of Guadalajara, Mexico, and after receiving a shellacking, decided to stay on her stool for the beginning of round four of a six round scheduled junior flyweight contest. Official time was :10 of the fourth. With the win, Arroyo remains undefeated and goes to 9-0 with two knockouts while Meza drops her first loss going to 0-1.

It was no contest as bantamweight Omar “Metralleta” Rosales (12-3-1, 8KOs) gave a beating to Tijuana’s Francisco “Miky” Lopez (2-2, 1KOs) for five and a half rounds. After a slow first round, Rosales took it to the much shorter Lopez and trapped him against the corner. Once there, Rosales would score with straight punches that cut Lopez over the right eye. After five rounds, referee Manuel Rincon had seen enough and waived off the contest at the 1:48 of the last round.

In a good junior welterweight tussle scheduled for four rounds, Mexicali, Mexico’s Sergio “Checo” Ortega (7-0, 5KOs) remained undefeated by stopping tough Cesar “Calibre” Sanchez (2-9-3) in the third round. Ortega took the first but Sanchez landed good combinations in the second including hard upper cuts that would snap Ortega’s head back. Ortega pressured more in the third and scored the stoppage with a left hook to the chin. Official time was 2:36 of the third round.

After super featherweight Filiberto “Fili” Andrade (1-7-1, 1KOs) posed and darted around the ring, Daniel “Huracan” Ramirez (3-0, 2KOs) finally caught up to him and landed a hard right hand to send “Fili” to the canvas. Official time was 1:54 of the second round in a scheduled four round bout.




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