By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
Former super flyweight champion and now boxing jack-of-all trades Diego “Pelucho” Morales dusted off his promotional license once again and presented a low-key for Tijuana standards club show on Saturday night. With the Bradley-Marquez fight as the hook to bring people into the famous Olivaritos Restaurant and Bar in the center of Tijuana’s downtown district, PM Promotions staged three amateur fights and five pro bouts featuring a number of the city’s start ups. In the main event, Tijuana light welterweight Rafael Cobos (13-4-5, 3KOs) reappeared to take a hard earned unanimous decision against journeyman Cesar “Calibre” Sanchez (3-13-3) in a six rounder.
Cobos, who looks to soon be fighting under the Thompson Boxing banner, had not fought since scoring a controversial draw against 14-1 Alberto Beltran in a eight rounder that many saw the Tijuana fighter win last May.
This time he took on Sanchez who despite his less than desirable record is known as one of the city’s toughest outs. Cobos came out quick and hard at the starting bell trying to take advantage of the short notice Sanchez had for the fight. Cobos was able to push his opponent against the ropes but Sanchez was able to score well despite retreating. The pace was a quick one as Cobos kept pushing forward looking for the knock out as Sanchez used his experience to survive.
Sanchez kept throwing with his back to the ropes in the fourth but the shorter Cobos was able to slip the punches with bobbing and weaving. The pace in the fifth equaled that in the first as both fighters scored with heavy power punches with Cobos scoring the better ones. Both went to the body in the sixth and final round with hard hooks as they capped off an entertaining all-action fight.
Judges Jocelyine Ortiz and Sergio Lechuga had it a blow out for Cobos with scores of 60-54 each while Diana De La Mora scored it 59-55 also for Cobos. Fightnews had it a slightly closer 58-56.
“No Money” Scores Knock out
In the co-main event, bantamweight Marcos “No Money” Rios (2-0, 2KOs) scored his second knockout in less than a month when he stopped the clearly over matched Luis “Kid” Flores (0-2) at the 1:20 mark of the second round of a scheduled four. Rios, who Morales is pushing as the newest Tijuana sensation, looked respectable as he went for his prey from early on in the first round with a series of straight punches. Still possessing an amateur style, Rios still excited his large fan base as he slipped Flores’ attack and then made him pay with his own flurry of punches.
The end came quick into the second round as a barrage of unanswered punches forced referee Juan Morales Lee to save Flores from anymore punishment and stopped the fight mid-way through the round.
“He is a good fighter but still has a lot to learn,” Morales said of “No Money”. “I am going to send him to Mazatlan to train with my brother Ivan Morales and Pedro Guevara (WBC light flyweight silver champ) and bring him back in a couple of weeks for another fight.”
With Diego and Erik Morales’ father Jose Morales in his corner, southpaw flyweight Alfredo “Dragoncito” Coronel (1-0) made his pro debut a good one by giving Norberto Espinoza (0-6) a boxing lesson over four rounds. Coronel scored his straight left well as he kept out of harm’s way along with an educated jab. Despite Espinoza having his best round in the third where he pushed Coronel against the ropes and scored to the body, it wasn’t enough to convince the judges of giving him a round. All three judges saw it 40-36 for the first timer Coronel.
Super featherweight Fidel “Chocolatito” Reyes (1-1) earned a four round unanimous decision over thought Jesus Vazquez (0-4). Vazquez heard the end of four rounds for the first time since his three previous losses were by knockout. Scores for Reyes were 39-37 three times.
An entertaining and close four round junior flyweight fight was announced as a no contest when both first timer Alfredo “Chinito” Chanez and Felix “Chapito” Rubio (1-6-1, 1KO) flew out of the ring in the fourth and final round. It looked as an even contest when Rubio the aggressor went after Chanez and as “Chinito” leaned back against the ropes, he felt give way and grabbed on to Rubio taking him down to the ground. After about five nervous minutes, both fighters reached their feet with out any complications.