By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Former world title challenger David Estrada (24-6, 15 KOs) showed he’s still a contender by punishing previously unbeaten welterweight Orlando Lora (26-1-1, 18 KOs) over eight rounds on Saturday night at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California. Estrada simply put a beating on Lora, who was stepping up in class. Lora’s corner pulled their man out after round eight.
Super bantamweight Leo Miranda (25-2, 24 KOs) came in at late notice and scored a sixth round KO over Andre Wilson (11-4-1, 9 KOs). A left hook finished Wilson at :43.
Jr middleweight Angel Osuna (4-2-1, 2 KOs) overwhelmed previously unbeaten Ruben Rivera (4-1-1, 3 KOs). The bout was waved off after 93 seconds.
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Featherweight Eduardo Cruz won his professional debut, knocking out Matthew Salazar (1-1) in the second round of a scheduled four round bout. Cruz was the aggressor in the bout, although he winged his punches. Salazar looked to counter, but was hesitant at times. As both fighters went on the attack in the second, Cruz landed a right hand. Salazar went down, but it looked as though he was pushed after the punch. As Salazar stood up, he looked dizzy, prompting referee Raul Caiz, Jr. to stop the bout. Time of the knockout was 39 seconds.
Lithuanian Super Middleweight Donatos Bondorvas (6-1-1, 1 KO) won a one-sided four round unanimous decision over Jovanni Rubio. Bondorvas used his strength and height to impose his will on Rubio. Bondorvas hurt Rubio twice in the bout, once in the second and once in the fourth, but could not put Rubio (6-11, 2 KO’s) away. All three judges scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Bondorvas.
Featherweight Luis Rosas made his professional debut a successful one, knocking out Edgar Flores (0-2) in second round of a scheduled four round bout. After a competitive first round, Rosas dropped Flores with a counter right hand to the head. After getting up, Flores was knocked down by another right hand to the head, prompting referee Raul Caiz, Jr to stop the fight at 1:02.
Welterweight Alex Paracha (5-0, 2 KO’s) won an unpopular, foul-filled four round unanimous decision over Marlo Cortez. The veteran Cortez (2-8-3) was busier the first two rounds, outhustling Paracha with his awkward style. Paracha came on in the third, even though he got away with numerous elbows and forearms to the head of Cortez. Paracha scored a knockdown over Cortez in the fourth, although Cortez looked busier after the knockdown, pressing the action. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Paracha, with scores of 38-37, 38-37, and 39-36. Originally, Cortez had his hand raised after the decision was announced, but then Paracha’s was correctly raised, drawing boos from the crowd who felt Cortez should have won.
Junior Lightweight Evgency Grandovich (2-0, 2 KO’s) stopped game Benjamin Rivera in the third round of a scheduled four round bout. Grandovich landed at will, especially to the head of Rivera (0-3). Grandovich hurt Rivera in the third round with a barrage of punches, prompting referee Raul Caiz, Jr. to stop the bout at 1:54.