Story and photos by Felipe Leon
After a years-long hiatus, Mayen Promotions, led by Guillermo Mayen, returned to professional boxing last year and since then has been consistent in presenting fights cards shock full of local talent. Setting his home base at Las Pulgas night club, Mayen Promotions has offered monthly events since its return and with joining forces recently with Zanfer Promotions to promote club shows televised by Azteca America, has stepped it up to at times two boxing events in thirty days.
Last night, Mayen put together and entertaining multi-bout fight card in which all the contests, including the main event, were slated for four founds. In the star bout, Tijuana’s Reynaldo “Rey” Russell (7-1-1, 4KOs) earned a workman-like unanimous decision over the hard charging Pablo Cupul (6-7, 4KOs) of Lakeside, CA, by way of Yucatan, Mexico.
The action got hot and heavy from the opening bell as both fighters met in the middle of the ring and began to exchange heavy leather. Russell had the better punch combinations and defense while Cupul had more guts as he went face first against the local favorite. Russell began to land a quick, short left hook almost at will to the chin of Cupul but the fighter from Yucatan was undeterred as he just came charging in despite suffering a bloodied nose at the end of the first.
After two more rounds in which Cupul kept up the pressure and Russell kept scoring although boxing around the ring, Cupul finally was able to get the upper hand in the fourth and final round as he caught up to the tiring Russell and began to score more effective. Unfortunately for him and the enthusiastic crowd of nearly 1000 fight fans, the action came to an end at the sound of the final bell. After the four rounds, judges Benjamin Rendon and Alejandro Rochin had it 39-37 while Sergio Lechuga 40-36, all for Russell.
“Baby” Beats “Bebe” In War
No quarter was granted in a super bantamweight four rounder war between Saul “Bebe” Hernandez (1-2, 1KO) and Carlos “Baby” Castañeda (4-0, 2KOs), both of Tijuana. Castañeda, the more technical of the two, was the stalker as he continuingly moved forward while Hernandez threw punches from awkward angles as he contorted in every direction looking for an opening in Castañeda’s tight defense. In the third, “Baby” scored with crispier punch combinations, some below the belt or to the back of the head, as “Bebe” landed to the body with authority. The difference was the fourth and final round as Castañeda was able to land in between of Hernandez’s wide and winging punches and hurt “Bebe” with his own set of over hand rights to the head. In a last ditch effort, Hernandez landed a hard right hook to the chin that forced Castañeda to take a step back but it wasn’t enough to take the round or the fight. All three judges, Benjamin Rendon, Sergio Lechuga and Alejandro Rochin, scored it 39-37.
Another Farce at Las Pulgas
In what has become a regular theme at Mayen fight cards and abetted by the Tijuana Boxing Commission, another blatant mismatch was made, this time between female flyweights, scheduled for four rounds. Tijuana’s own Kenia “Jaguarcita” Enriquez (1-0, 1KO), a veteran of over eighty amateur fights, completely devoured Guadalupe Valdez (0-1) of Aguaprieta, Mexico, in only 46 seconds of the first round. Valdez, who didn’t look a day over fifteen years of age and with a skill set that defied the term “professional”, did not score one punch, did not attempt one defensive maneuver and it was obvious she was convinced to travel to perhaps a new city and make a quick peso. The paramedics had to be called in after Valdez took a right hand to the chin that sent her to the canvas for the second time and showed trouble getting back on her feet.
Pitta Struggles to a Draw
Overrated Tijuana super bantamweight Alfredo Pitta (2-0) struggled but kept his unbeaten record intact against Hector Figueroa (0-3), also of Tijuana, in a four round bore fest. Neither fighter attempted or landed anything of note. At the end, all three judges, Benjamin Rendon, Alejandro Rochin and Sergio Lechuga, scored it an exact 38-38.
Flyweight Rubio and Vaal Fight to a Controversial Draw
After an exciting first round that saw Norberto Vaal (0-0-1) meet the canvas from a wild over hand left from Felix “Chapo” Rubio (0-1-1), the four round flyweight bout became tedious as the taller Vaal out boxed the hard charging Rubio for the remainder of the bout. Despite the pro-Rubio crowd seeing it for their man, judge Leo Ibarra saw it 38-37 for Vaal while Christian Curiel 40-35 for Rubio. Third judge Carlos Flores scored it an even 38-38 to deem the fight a draw.
Flores Wins Exciting Light Heavyweight Contest
A light heavyweight four-round slugfest broke out between Tijuana fighters Juan Carlos Moreno (0-1-1) and Francisco Flores (1-0) that captured the enthusiastic fight crowd. After controlling the first round and half with mostly punches to the body, southpaw “Zurdo” Moreno floored Flores with a left hook in a wild exchange. Flores got up and scored a devastating punch of his own seconds later that sent Moreno down. From that moment on, the momentum shifted and Flores became the aggressor as Moreno got on his bike and danced around the ring for the majority of the third. In the fourth and final round, Flores adapted to Moreno’s southpaw style and was able to slip punches and counter to the body and head of the clearly fatigued Moreno to earn the unanimous decision. All three judges, Leo Ibarra, Carlos Flores and Christian Curiel, saw it 39-37.
Crowd Favorite Pastor Gets First Win
Welterweight first timer Pastor Elenes (1-0, 1KO) scored a second round TKO over Roberto Acosta (0-1), both of Tijuana. The first round was as average as it comes as neither fighter threw or even less, scored. After a head butt early in the second which caused a cut on the bridge of Acosta, also in his pro debut, Elenes was able to measure his distance and begin to score with long straight punches. It didn’t take much to floor Acosta who seemed to wither at the sight of his own blood and the end came from a straight right to the temple. Acosta beat the count but his corner waived the while flag, or in this case a red and white towel, of surrender. Official time was 2:32 of the second, scheduled for four.
Munguia Impresses versus Torres
In a spectacular performance, Guillermo “Borrego” Munguia (1-0, 1KO) knocked out Juan Carlos Torres (0-2) in the second round of a super bantamweight four rounder. Munguia of Tijuana was in control from the get go as he counter punched with precise punches, especially a short left hook to the chin that rarely missed its mark. Ensenada, Mexico’s hardly put together an offense since he was busier defending himself of the majority of the bout. When Torres did score, it was sporadic punches that had little effect. The end came near the end of the second when after Munguia scored again with the left hook, Torres took a couple steps back and Munguia went after him. Torres went down and beat the count but referee Agustin Rivera had seen enough.
Venezuela’s Rodriguez Makes Quick Work of “Nugget”
Angel Rodriguez (1-0, 1KO) of Venezuela stopped Tijuana’s Hiram Lopez (2-2) in the first round of a scheduled four. After about twenty seconds of light study, Rodriguez, a quick fisted featherweight, let his hands go with abandon and connected with a left hook to the top of the head that sent the clearly over matched Lopez down. Lopez beat the count but only to receive another left hook to the chin and although still on his feet, referee Agustin Rivera saw enough on waived off the beating. Official time was 1:36 of the first.