By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Welterweight contender Victor Ortiz (26-2-1, 21 KO’s) knocked out Hector Alatorre in the 10th and final round at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA. Ortiz started slow against the defensive-minded Alatorre, but came on aggressively as the bout progressed. Although Alatorre (16-9, 5 KO’s) had his moments, Ortiz was in command as he landed the more effective punches. In the 10th round, Ortiz stunned Alatorre with a left hand before dropping him with a right uppercut to the head. Alatorre stood up and walked to his corner on shaky legs, prompting referee David Mendoza to step in and stop the bout at 51 seconds. After the bout, Ortiz said that he hurt his right hand in the third round. Next for Ortiz is a rumored bout against former world champion Nate Campbell.
Featherweight Charles Huerta (13-1, 6 KO’s) won a six round majority decision over Guadalupe De Leon (8-10, 4 KO’s). De Leon was able to work on the inside of the taller Huerta. However, Huerta came on strong as the bout progressed and was the more effective fighter of the two in the final round. One judge scored the bout 57-57, while the other two judges scored the bout 58-56 and 59-55 for Huerta.
Lightweight Luis Ramos (14-0, 7 KO’s) won a four round unanimous decision victory over Walter Estrada. Ramos was quicker and worked well behind a jab. Estrada (35-12, 24 KO’s) was at his best when the fight was sloppy and on the inside. However, Ramos was the clear victor as all three judges scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Ramos.
Lightweight Karl Dargan (7-0, 3 KO’s) punished the normally-durable Jose Alfredo Lugo (10-13-1, 6 KO’s) for four rounds, before referee David Mendoza stopped the bout. Mendoza stopped the bout based on the advice of the ringside physician. There were no knockdowns, although Dargan was in complete control of the scheduled six round bout.
Junior featherweight Ricky Lopez (7-0, 2 KOs) struggled against Hugo Ramos before pulling away with a four round unanimous decision victory. Ramos (2-5-2, 1 KO) would score with upper cuts and occasional wild right hands, as the more athletic and polished Lopez landed the more effective punches. All three judges scored the bout 39-37 in favor of Lopez.
In a battle of unbeaten welterweights, Jessie Vargas (9-0, 4 KO’s) dropped Robert Luna three times in the first round, prompting a stoppage by referee Dr. James Jen-Kin. Luna (5-1, 3 KO’s) was dropped twice the first two times with left hooks to the head. He was dropped a third time by a counter right hand to the head, prompting the stoppage at 1:56.