By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
The newest member of the Tijuana boxing promotional fraternity, Gonzalez Boxing Promotions, presented their second fight card of the year with an entertaining fight bout fight card that offered something for everybody, from heavyweights to super flyweights and everything in between. The nightclub Hangar 27 was filled almost to capacity to witness the main event between junior welterweights Rafael Cobos (15-4-5, 3KOs) and Adan “Ojitos” Gamboa (2-17, 1KO), both of Tijuana, in a scheduled six rounder.
Cobos proved to be the much quicker and stronger of the two as he took over from the opening bell, putting his head against Gamboa’s chest and hardly moving it for the entire six rounds as he ripped hard power shots to the mid-section of his opponent. Gamboa woke up somewhat in the third and looked to box from the outside scoring long right hands but Cobos quickly got back on the inside and kept working, pushing Gamboa against the ropes.
Gamboa kept up until the end of the six rounds but always was always just a step behind Cobos. Judges Sergio Lechuga and Carlos Flores both saw it a lopsided 60-54 for Cobos while Jesus Gonzalez was a bit more generous to Gamboa giving him a round with a score of 59-55 for Cobos.
Alexander Stops Lopez
Los Angeles heavyweight Scott Alexander (9-0-1, 5KOs) made quick work in the first round of a scheduled six of Juan Luis “Chango” Lopez (3-8-2, 1KO) of Tijuana to keep his undefeated record intact.
The 6’3” Alexander looked to hang back and counterpunch as Lopez turned into the aggressor early on in the bout. Alexander mixed his punches as he easily landed a jab followed by right hand and then finishing up with a left hook to the large gut of Lopez. That left hook to the body turned to be the end for Lopez as Alexander scored yet another combo at the 2:09 mark of the first. Lopez dropped to one knee and was not able to beat the count by referee Christian Curiel ending the contest.
2012 Olympian Wins in Tijuana
Puerto Rican 2012 Olympian middleweight Carlos “Macho” Lopez (2-1-1, 2KOs) traveled to Tijuana to earn his second win of his career by defeating first timer Fernando Ramirez (0-1) at the 39th second of the first round of a scheduled four. The difference in skill was evident quickly into the fight just from their foot work alone. Ramirez switched guards in a manner of seconds as he looked for the best way to prevent from getting seriously hurt from the taller Lopez. Lopez offered a couple of jabs to measure the distance but then landed three hard left hooks to the body. Ramirez quickly turned his back to Lopez and waived off the fight himself giving Lopez the win.
“El Marro” Cruz Wins 1st Fight
In one of the best fights of the night, San Diego’s Abraham “El Marro” Cruz (1-0) made his pro debut a good one as he went four hard round against Luis “Birrias” Rodriguez (1-2) of Tijuana in the heavyweight division.
The right hand became Cruz’s best weapon when he decided to stay on the outside and launch it following a quick right hand. It was clear that Rodriguez was going to have trouble with the distance as Cruz was able to control it with quick feet and even slightly quicker reflexes. After a quick first round where Cruz caused the most damage with his right hand, the action slowed down in the second as both fighters cautiously circled around. The fight quickly took over a pattern in which Cruz inched his way in and threw his straight punch combinations as Rodriguez waited to counter.
By the the third the rhythm had slowed down considerably but both were still throwing with bad intentions especially in short bursts while they exchanged some heavy leather as Cruz looked to fight on the inside now.
Rodriguez took the fourth and final round with a bit more action since by this time the first timer Cruz looked spent but was able to hold on to take the majority decision with scores of 39-37 twice and an even 38-38.
Welterweight Pastor Elenes (9-1, 3KOs) of Tijuana earned yet another win by mauling slower brawler Rogelio Arenas (0-3), also of Tijuana, for four rounds. Arenas was never in the fight as Elenes was just quicker, stronger and better. Arenas did prove to have a granite chin since Elenes was not able to stop him despite landing pretty much at will. Scores were 40-36 three times.
In an all out brawl, super flyweight Francisco “Rayito Pedroza (3-3-1, 1KO) fought his way to a majority decision over the game David Godinez (1-1, 1KO), both if Tijuana, in a scheduled four rounder. “Rayito” took the first two close rounds but Godinez went for broke in the third throwing punches for the full three minutes. Pedroza closed strong in the last round scoring with hard over hand rights and left hooks which gave him the decision with scores of 39-37 twice and an even 38-38.
Tijuana bantamweight Julio “Sexy Boy” Robles (3-2-1) at times out-muscled while mostly out working winless Marino Cañete (0-7), also of Tijuana, over four scheduled rounds. Cañete had his best round in the second when he out-jabbed and counterpunched well but the southpaw Robles took advantage of Cañete getting tired in the third and fourth and took the fight with scores of 40-36 twice and 39-37.
Juan “Pitufo” Gomez (3-4-1, 1KO) had no trouble dominating first timer Emmanuel Ramirez (0-1), both of Tijuana, for four rounds in the super bantamweight division. Gomez scored the better punches through out the four scheduled rounds while Ramirez tried to make it into a fight but Gomez was just too active. Final scores were 40-36 twice and 39-37.