By Felipe Leon
Photos: Renzo Novara
Celebrating his thirtieth year as a promoter and sixtieth of life, Guillermo Mayen along with his crew of Mayen Promotions returned to the Las Pulgas nightclub for his second show of the year and was joined by a sold out crowd of slightly over one thousand Tijuana, Mexico, boxing fans last night. In typical Tijuana fashion, the night was shock full of local cross border talent in twelve bouts. In the main event, super bantamweight Baja California state champion Edivaldo “Indio” Ortega (16-0-1, 8KOs) of Tijuana, climbed four pounds north and survived a knockdown to eventually stop via a controversial TKO Mexicali, Mexico’s Jose Guadalupe “Lupillo” Tapia (7-7, 3KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico, in a scheduled ten rounder.
The southpaw Ortega controlled the action early using short punches in the inside and finding success with upper cuts from either fist. Tapia seemed content to just keep up with Ortega, not attacking much but when he did; he would score to the face of Ortega with a straight right.
Tapia found his rhythm in the fourth as he raised the bar in the pace and began to pressure Ortega from the bell. Ortega seemed to be confused by the sudden rush of activity from Tapia and was caught with yet another straight right to the nose that sent him sprawling back to the canvas. Ortega beat the count and tried to regain the round but Tapia was able to do enough to earn it and the next as he felt that he had the answer for Ortega’s steady attack.
Ortega regained control in the sixth as his punches began to take some effect on Tapia. As Tapia rushed in, Ortega was able to pound him on the back which caused the Mexicali fighter to drop to his knees. Surprisingly, referee Juan Jose Ramirez ruled it a knockdown amidst Tapia’s protest. Sensing his chance, Ortega went after Tapia and began to score with a barrage of punches to the upheld arms Tapia. As Ortega’s rush seemed to be coming to an end, referee Ramirez unexpectedly jumped in between both fighters and halted the action with Tapia looking on with disgust. Official time was 2:37 of sixth round.
Arellano on Short End of Decision
Antonio “Bazooka” Arellano (6-1-1, 2KOs) of San Ysidro, CA, was on the bad side of a controversial decision after a close unanimous decision was awarded to Tijuana’s Jesus “Bombardero” Valadez (7-1, 3KOs) in a four round light welterweight bout.
Arellano controlled the first two rounds with concise combination punches as he was able to stay in the pocket and attack Valadez. Slightly shorter than Valadez, who was fighting tall, Arellano quickly seemed without answers for the Tijuana fighter’s long punches from the outside. “Bombardero” took over the second half as he stayed away and with his long rangy punches was able to land to the face of Arellano with jabs and rights. Valadez kept punching as Arellano tried to find his real estate in the inside but “Bombardero” was able to keep him at bay until the final bell. In the third, Valadez punctuated his performance with a multi punch combination that Arellano had not answer for. All three judges, Benjamin Rendon, Jose De La Mora and Guillermo Moreno, saw the fight exactly the same, 39-37. Fightnews scored it a draw.
Robles Beats the “Huntress”
Only in her second pro bout, Sandra “Perla Negra” Robles (2-0) remains undefeated as she ruined the coming out party of former MMA fighter Diana “Cazadora” Marquez (0-1) in a four round bantamweight female fight. What began as a showcase for the southpaw Robles after she knocked down Marquez with a straight left, turned more competitive as Marquez began to circle around the ring and pot shot Robles. Robles kept her cool and did not move from the center of the ring. Besides landing more and the harder better punches, Robles did not escape without any marks of war as her faced was visible scratched and bruised. Scores were 40-35 three times for Robles.
“Mr. KO” gets Kayoed
Younger Arellano brother, Israel, (5-1, 4KOs) suffered his first loss as he was stopped with a perfect landed left hook to the chin by Ensenada, Mexico’s Jose Ezequiel “Cheke” Avilez (6-1-1, 4KOs) in the second round of a scheduled light welterweight four. “Mr. KO” as Israel is known, looked to have trouble finding his range as he kept inching towards and away from Avilez in the first round. Avilez had none of that trouble as he seemed to be always in the perfect spot to land left hooks to the head of Arellano of San Ysidro, CA.
Arellano began to have better luck in the second as he began to let his hands go a bit but failed to bring his right hand up to his chin. Avilez took advantage and launched a perfectly placed left hook that sent Arellano to the canvas. Israel beat the count but on wobbly legs and the experienced referee Juan Jose Ramirez made the right call in not allowing him to continue. Official time was 2:45.
Tijuana super bantamweight Rosalio “Aspid” Rios (6-0, 5KOs) looked impressive as he completely dismantled Ivan “Tin Tan” Reyes (4-4, 4KOs), also of Tijuana, over four nearly lopsided rounds. Rios scored with everything in his arsenal, mostly power punches to the body and head, and by the second round caused Reyes to bleed from the nose. Reyes, who owns a win over Rios in the amateurs, tried to out muscle “Aspid: but had not luck as Rios was just that much better. Halfway through the last round and with Reyes visibly hurt, Rios put into the next gear and forced referee Christian Curiel to stop the action at the 1:49 minute of the fourth giving Rios the TKO win.
With the shoulder roll as the starting point for his defense and offense, San Diego bantamweight Jorge “Tito” Ruiz (2-0, 1KO) cruised to an easy win as he picked apart Gustavo “Canelito” Muñoz (0-1) of Tijuana. Muñoz had no answer for Ruiz as he pot shot him with right upper cuts and left hooks all night long leading to a flash knockdown in the last second of the bout. At the end of four, all three judges saw it 40-35 for Ruiz.
Despite his left eye a bloody mess, game Francisco Flores (1-1) of Guadalajara, Mexico, kept going after Tijuana’s Jose Manuel Hernandez (1-0-1, 1KO) and applying wild but effective pressure. Hernandez looked ready to crumble but referee Christian Curiel decided to consult ringside physician Jose Luis Hernandez who after special consideration decided to halt the action. Official time was 1:35 of the third round of a scheduled middleweight four.
In a battle between two first time flyweights, Julio “Sexy Boy” Robles (1-0) took a workman-like unanimous decision over the slightly taller Marino Canete (0-1), both of Tijuana. Robles landed the most telling shots but Canete was able to move around the ring in the second half of the fight and make “Sexy Boy” miss. At the end, Robles did enough to take the unanimous decision with scores of 40-36 twice and 39-37.
Sixteen year old local favorite Carlos “Baby” Castañeda (4-2, 2KOs) suffered his second loss of his young career when Carlos Avila (1-1-1) took a split decision with scores of 39-37 by Benjamin Rendon and Jose De La Mora while Carlos Flores saw it 40-36 for Castañeda.
Tijuana flyweight Hector Flores (2-0, 2KOs) looked impressive stopping Francisco Pedroza (0-2) in the second round of a scheduled four. After an even first round, Flores just took over the second and dropped Pedroza once with a slew of punches before forcing referee Juan Morales Lee to stop the action at the 2:02 mark of the second round.
In a rare showing of compassion, Tijuana middleweight Angel de Jesus Estrada’s (0-1) corner threw in the towel mid-way through the second round after their charge did absolutely nothing against much bigger and better Antonio Gutierrez (9-0-1, 7KOs). Official time was 1:10 of the second round of a scheduled four.
In one of the best fights of the night, Rosarito, Mexico’s Kevin Moreno (1-1) squeaked by first timer Jose “Sonrics” Suarez (0-1) of Tijuana with a majority decision in a four round bantamweight battle. After dropping Suarez in the first, it looked as Moreno was going to cruise to an easy win but the Tijuana fighter had other plans and he began to stalk his opponent around the ring. Moreno had success playing possum, letting his back hit the ropes and then attacking but Suarez was able to stay right there with him. At the end, the knock down was enough to give Moreno the win with scores of 38-37 twice and an even 38-38.