By Felipe Leon
Photos: Renzo Novara & Leonso Nuñez
The Tecate Box Tour tent has been set up at the parking lot of the historic Caliente Racetrack and Casino in Tijuana for about six months and since then Zanfer Promotions, arguably considered the biggest and most active promoter in Latin America, has presented a number of high profile fight cards at the venue. Antonio DeMarco and Jorge “Maromero” Paez Jr. are a couple of the fighters who have graced the tent’s ring as well as much smaller cards with local talent. This past Saturday night a mid-range fight card was featured at the tent as well as broadcast live in Mexico by the Canal Azteca channel. In the main event, super bantamweight Felipe “Gallito” Orucuta (28-2, 23KOs) of Mexico City came back from his first title challenge six months ago to take a strange technical decision over the local Javier Gallo (21-8-1, 12KOs) in the fifth round of a scheduled ten.
In his last fight Orucuta traveled to Argentina last May and dropped a split decision to long-reigning WBO super flyweight champion Omar Narvaez. As far as Gallo, he was a on a three fight win streak since losing to Vic Darchynian in four also last May.
The much shorter Gallo made his intentions clear in the first round as he went straight for Orucuta’s body from the opening bell. He attacked well with power punches to the soft regions of the Mexico City fighter’s torso. Orucuta tried to establish some distance but Gallo was just to intent on applying pressure.
Orucuta, who had the great Nacho Beristain in his corner, let his hands go in the second at this point had no trouble scoring with upper cuts from either fist in close range. Gallo kept trying to score but Orucuta was well in control from the third on as Gallo kept falling short with his reach and activity.
As it looked that Orucuta was on his way for stoppage win in the middle rounds as he was stepping up the pace and scoring more an accidental head butt opened up a cut over each other’s eyes half way through the fifth. Both complained about the other’s dirty tactics and as the bell was ringing to signal the end of the round, their heads met again but this time Gallo got the worst of it with a huge cut on his forehead.
Disoriented and clearly in trouble, Gallo walked back on unsteady legs back to his corner and had trouble even sitting on his stool. His trainer, Pedro Moran Jr, rightfully called over the ringside physician Juan Luis Hernandez as he complained to the city’s boxing commission. Hernandez deemed Gallo to unstable to continue and the fight’s decision went to the cards.
Judges Carlos Flores and Alejandro Rochin both scored it for Orucuta with a 49-46 and 49-45 respectfully while Guillermo Moreno had it for Gallo 48-47.
Gonzalez Handles Velazquez
In the semi-main event of the night, Oscar “Fantasma” Gonzalez (23-2, 14KOs) took a just earned unanimous decision over Tijuana veteran Hector “Artillero” Velazquez (54-19-3, 37KOs) in a ten round super featherweight bout. Gonzalez of Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico, recently signed with Top Rank promotions through his manager Erik “Terrible” Morales and since then has been featured on a number of Zanfer Promotions’ cards including his last win over the favorite Adrian “Chinito” Young earlier this summer. Gonzalez also holds wins over former world champion Rico Ramos and world title challenger Giovanni “Ruso” Caro.
Velazquez is a twenty-year veteran who has faced a number of the biggest names of the sport including Manny Pacquiao, Edwin Valero and Jorge Linares among others. In the last legs of his career the tough as nails Velazquez had won his last two.
Gonzalez had no trouble establishing his combinations early on as went to the body and head well. In the first couple of rounds it looked as if Velazquez was looking to score something significant. Gonzalez kept going to the body and soon enough Velazquez followed suit as they began a hook contest to the liver.
Gonzalez began to apply more pressure in the fourth and pushed Velazquez against the ropes and went to work with punches to the head and body. By the sixth Gonzalez went for the knock out as he intensified his work rate but Velazquez kept up with him. Fighting on the inside, Gonzalez scored well as Velazquez tried with stiff right hands that didn’t seem to faze “Fantasma” at all.
The fight turned into a clinch fest in the eight as it was clear that both fighters were tired coming into the home stretch. Gonzalez was able to do enough with clear effective punching to take the fight with scores of 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93.
In a slight upset, eighteen-year-old Carlos “Chukis” Diaz (11-0, 6KOs) of Guadalajara hurt and cut Sylmar, CA’s Sergio “Tarasco” Nuñez (10-1-1, 7KOs) en route to a six round unanimous decision. Scores were 77-75 all the way across.
Undefeated Venezuelan middleweight Jose “Bolivita” Uzcategui (19-0, 15KOs) remained undefeated by stopping Jesus Nerio in the sixth round of a scheduled eight. Uzcategui, who fights out of Tijuana, landed a big right hand that laid out Nerio (12-3, 6KOs) of Monterrey at the :34 mark of the round.
A draw was given to Sergio “Finito” Frias (14-3-2, 7KOs) and Mario Lara (5-10-3, 1KO) in a six round bantamweight fight. Many saw Lara of Tijuana win as he constantly applied the pressure on Guadalajara’s Frias. Scores were 58-56 for Frias and 57-57 twice.
Super featherweight Angel Rodriguez (8-0, 4KOs) of Tijuana by way of Venezuela got a gift six round split decision over Ensenada’s Francisco Piña (5-6-4, 2KOs). Piña clearly scored the most telling shots and always brought the fight to the slightly taller Venezuelan. Scores were unjustly 58-56 and 59-55 for Rodriguez while one judge did see it for Piña with a score of 58-56. Fightnews also scored it 58-56 for Piña.
Mexicali’s Sergio “Checho” Ortega (11-0-1, 8KOs) put Victor Mata (1-1, 1KO) of Tijuana lights’ out at the 2:59 mark of the second round. A barrage of punches punctuated with a right hand forced referee Juan Jose Ramirez to stop the fight originally scheduled for six junior welterweight rounds.
Female bantamweight Maria Guzman came from behind to take split decision over the Nacho Beristain-trained Celia Roman in a six rounder. Scores were 59-55 and 58-56 for Guzman (1-4) and 58-56 for Roman (5-3, 2KOs). Both women are from Mexico City.
Super flyweights Jose “Gallito” Quirino (5-0-1, 2KOs) and Angel “Diablito” Ramos (6-0-1, 3KOs) fought to a four round draw. Ramos of Ensenada took the odd numbered rounds while Quirino the even numbered ones. Scores were 39-37 each from two judges and 38-38.
Jose “Sonrics” Suarez (3-1) came back from his first professional loss to score a unanimous decision in the super bantamweight division over David Zavala (1-2), both of Tijuana. Scores were 39-37 three times.
Junior flyweight Hector “Rapidito” Flores (4-0-1, 2KOs) swept the three last round of a four rounder to protect his undefeated record over the tough Diul Olguin (8-4-2, 6KOs) in a slight upset. The judge’s saw it a split decision with scores of 39-37 twice for Flores and an unexplainable 40-36 for Olguin.
Alejandro “Chatito” Hernandez (1-0, 1KO) made his pro debut a good one as he stopped the over matched Alvaro Diaz (0-1) in the third of a scheduled super flyweight four. Official time was 1:46.