By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
Live professional boxing returned to the most famous street of the U.S.-Mexico border when rookie company Dobberman Promotions returned once again to the Rancho Grande nightclub located in the middle of Revolution Avenue in Tijuana, Mexico. In front of a sparse but enthusiastic crowd, super flyweight Jose “Hollywood” Estrella (14-5-1, 10KO) scored an entertaining six-round unanimous decision over the tough as nails Efrain Gonzalez (2-6-1).
Coming off a loss to Luis Nery for the state bantamweight title, Estrella got back down closer to his natural weight of 115-pounds as he pounded out the decision against Gonzalez who despite his record kept up with the more experienced Estrella.
Gonzalez gave as good as he took and when Estrella realized that his opponent, who went down in the third round from a left hook, was going to be able to take that and more, he decided to box a bit more while landing hard left hooks to the body.
Gonzalez stayed in the pocket and exchanged heavy leather with Estrella while displaying a granite chin since Estrella is known for his power. The last round was one of attrition since Gonzalez felt the fight was closer than the judges did and looked to close the fight. They threw punches until the final bell with Gonzalez pushing Estrella against the ropes and going to war for the last ten seconds of the fight.
All three judges, Esteban Franco, Juan Manuel Rincon and Julian Palombo, scored it identical with scores of 60-53.
“Chato” Robles Stops Alonso
Originally from Mexicali, Mexico, bu fighting out of Tijuana, Armando “Chato” Robles (26-3-2, 14KO) stopped Tijuana professional opponent Alejandro Alonso (2-20-2, 1KO) in the third round of a scheduled six while staying busy as he looks for regional title opportunity in the near future. Alonso, who has faced anybody who needs win between lightweight and welterweight and as far as middleweight like Jose Uzcategui, Jose Zepeda and Abner Lopez, knows how to survive. With no power to speak of, Alonso knows how to move around the ring and did that much against Robles as the slightly shorter Mexicali fighter stalked him down.
Robles stayed in the middle of the ring as Alonso moved away, slipped punches and over all looked to not engage. After a chaotic minute in-between the second and third rounds in the Alonso corner where their bucket was dumped all over the fighter, Alonso went back out looking to stay away as possible from Robles.
As Alonso circled the ring, he stepped on the drenched blue corner and slipped, bending his leg in an awkward angle. He stayed down for a bit and when asked by referee Juan Morales Lee if he was able to continue, he shook his head. Morales Lee waived off the contest at the 2:51 mark of the third.
Africano Shines in Pro Debut
Teenage super flyweight Emmanuel Africano (1-0, 1KO) proved to be the crowd favorite as he made his pro debut a good one with a third round technical knockout of the game Christian Quezada (0-2), both of Tijuana. Africano showed a good defense as he slipped punches and countered the frantic attack of Quezada. Things almost didn’t go as planned in the second as Quezada was able to score a little more and pressured the first timer. Quezada worked himself out though and Africano was able to be more precise with his punches as he began to relax inside the ring and get rid of the first time jitters. His main weapon was a looping right hand as Quezada tried to stay away. Quezada took one punch too many flush to the face and referee Juan Morales Lee had seen enough and waived it off at 2:53 of the third round.
Featherweight Abisai Mares (2-0), brother of three-divisional champion Abner Mares, earned a unanimous decision over first timer Juan Delgado (0-1) in a four rounder. The fight was more competitive than the 40-36 x 3 scores that were announced.
Seventeen-year-old Tijuana super flyweight Angel “Zurdito” Barcenas (3-1, 3KO) scored another knockout win, this time over Alfredo Sandoval (0-1), also of Tijuana. Sandoval put up a fight but Barcenas was able to tire him out. Sandoval didn’t come out for the second round. Official time :10.
Tijuana’s Jesus “Bolitas” Delgado (4-1, 2KO) got back in the win columb after losing his first pro fight. Rookie Alonso Estrada (0-1), also of Tijuana, was the victim, going down in the second of a scheduled featherweight four and then stopped with a barrage of punches seconds later. Official time was 1:51.
In a close fight despite the lopsided scores, Francisco “Rayito” Pedroza (4-3-2, 1KO) scored a unanimous decision over Hernan “Conquistador” Corez (0-1) of Rosarito, Mexico. Scores were 40-36 three times.
Tijuana journeyman Rigoberto “Planchitas” Casillas (11-13-1, 9KO) got a win over overmatched Benjamin Lopez (0-1), also of Tijuana. Casillas scored enough punches to have the third man in the ring, Juan Manuel Rincon, to waive off the fight at the 2:39 mark of the second round of a scheduled bantamweight four.
Knockout artist Jack “Bullseye” Tyson (7-0, 7KO) of Tijuana by way of Los Angeles took out Tijuana veteran Pedro “Pit Bull” Lopez (4-6, 1KO) before the end of the first round of the welterweight four. A left uppercut to the mouth of the stomach was all Lopez could take. Official time was 2:14.
Julio “Niño” Castillo (4-1, 1KO) stopped Ramon Gamboa (0-3) to earn his first knockout as a pro. It took him nearly all four rounds with the official time being 2:24.
With a brutal left hook, Hector Garcia (3-2, 3KO) stopped Ramon Palma (0-2), both of Tijuana, in the second round of four in the super featherweight division. Official time was 2:21.