By Felipe Leon
Photos: Renzo Novara
Last night, Mayen Promotions in association with Zanfer presented a special fight card celebrating Mexico’s version of Labor Day. Returning to the new home of Tijuana club fights, the Las Pulgas nightclub, the twelve bout fight card failed to match the quality of the past year and a half offerings promoter Guillermo “Memo” Mayen has been able to put together. Despite of that, the hall was alive with more than twelve hundred fight fans supporting a cast of local fighters as well as some out-of-towners. One of them, Guadalajara, Mexico’s Joselyn Arroyo (13-0, 5KOs) made quick work of the game but over matched Karla “La Diosa” Mora (1-2-1) of Tepic, Mexico, in the second round of a scheduled super flyweight eight.
Arroyo, whose NABF flyweight strap was not in play, took control early as she was able to use superior boxing skills to keep the action from the outside. Mora matched the tall Arroyo’s height but not her record who despite being announced as undefeated at 8-0, a bit research revealed that her actual ledger was nowhere close to that. After a few seconds of the first round, Mora began to shoot her own set of counter punching attack on the straight punches coming from Arroyo. Near the end of the round, Mora was able to score with a hard left hook that got Arroyo’s attention.
Mora’s success was short lived as the confident Arroyo pressed the action and dropped Mora hard with a straight jab followed by a quick right. Mora was able to beat the count but Arroyo jumped all over her and as Mora back up against the neutral corner, Arroyo scored an overhand right that sent Mora again to the canvas but not before her head bouncing against the bottom rope forcing referee Juan Jose Ramirez to immediately stop the fight. Official time was 1:34.
“I felt strong, I was well prepared and there is the result,” Arroyo stated minutes after her win. “We won and the fans liked the fight. Now we are going for what is next and I hope to fight for a world title soon.”
Spinks III Returns to TJ with Same Result
Promoted by San Diego, CA’s Bobby D. Presents, The “Third Generation” Leon Spinks III (4-0-1, 3KOs), the lightweight grandson of former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, returned to Tijuana less than thirty days since his Mexican debut last month with the same result. After knocking out Leonardo Laguna in two rounds last month, the southpaw nephew of super welterweight champion Cory Spinks only needed one round of a scheduled four to stop Enrique “Cid” Guzman (0-2) of Tijuana. The much taller Spinks III, originally of St. Louis but residing in Huntington Beach, CA, stalked Guzman from the get go, landing long right jabs to the head of Guzman. Guzman kept up with Spinks III for much of the initial round even landing a number of hard over hand rights to the chin of Spinks III. Spinks III walked right through them and needed most of the round to decipher the way in beating the Tijuana fighter.
Near the end of the first, Spinks III caught Guzman with a series of hard punches as he pushed “Cid” towards the ropes. With Guzman’s back against the ropes, Spinks III decided to finish him off and went after Guzman with a slew of gun fire from all angles, Guzman tried to keep him off but Spinks III attack was too much which forced referee Cristian Curiel to stop the action at the 2:54 mark of the first.
“Cannon” Adams Detonates on Ortiz
Another fighter promoted by San Diego’s Bobby D. Presents, super welterweight Brandon “Cannon” Adams (10-0, 6KOs) remained undefeated as he passed a stern test against the tough Rafael “Rafa” Ortiz (8-7-2, 4KOs) by forcing the stoppage in the third. Led by famed trainer Dub Huntley, the well-built Adams of Watts, CA, took the fight to Ortiz from the opening bell. Ortiz from Mexicali, Mexico, stood his ground and exchanged with the slightly shorter Adams which produced some fireworks. Ortiz tried to counter punch the power shots coming from Adams, having some success to the head.
Adams almost had his man in the beginning of the second when he landed a huge right hand that almost sent Ortiz to the canvas. The tough “Rafa” stayed on his feet and recuperated soon after despite the cautious Adams tried to finish him off. By mid-round, Adams began to pull away with hard punches to the body and head but Ortiz although showing the damage, tried to keep up.
The third looked like much like the second with Adams pressuring Ortiz while the man from Mexicali scored sporadically with wide punches. As Adams trapped Ortiz against the ropes and scored with a number of punches, referee Cristian Curiel surprisingly stopped the fight. Granted, Adams was on his way to a win but it looked like Ortiz was able to survive the scheduled four rounds. Official time was 1:44 of the third.
Black Eye for Tijuana Boxing
In a severe case of bad judgment from the fighter’s teams, the Tijuana boxing commission and especially promoters Mayen and Zanfer, the self-proclaimed “Real Million Dollar Baby” Maureen Shea (19-2, 11KOs) stepped into the ring with Silvia Zuñiga (5-12, 1KO) of San Luis R.C., Mexico, who outweighed her by more than thirty pounds, and took a quickly forgotten four round decision with scores of 40-36 three times.
The skillful Shea was able to easily out box the much slower Zuñiga, who despite weighing in at almost 171 pounds 24 hours prior was announced with an official weight of 143 lbs. which made her the recipient of the most efficient and effective diets of all time, struggled to catch the Bronx’s native with anything meaningful throughout the night. Shea did not have to do much but move around the ring and shoot out punches at Zuñiga to easily take the decision.
In a slight upset, Rosarito, Mexico’s Jose “Diablito” Escarcega (9-4, 6KOs) took the ‘0’ of hard hitting Rosalio “Aspid” Rios (6-1, 5KOs) of Tijuana by way of Veracruz by dropping him three times in the second of a scheduled featherweight four. After a close first, Escarcega stepped on the gas in the second and dropped Rios with an over hand right. Following the edit, “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it”, Escarcega just looked to land the same punch again and again which he did with two of them dropping Rios again. The third time led referee Juan Jose Ramirez at the 1:27 mark.
Cousin of female Mexican super star fighter Jackie Nava, Daniel Nava 6-0-1, 3KOs, had a tough time against Carlos “Magico” Rivera (1-1, 1KO), both of Tijuana, but still hung on to take a split decision. Nava was able to drop Rivera in the second but gave way in the last two rounds to scrape by with scores of 38-37 for him twice while Rivera took one card with a 38-37.
Tijuana super flyweight Heriberto “Tremendo” Delgado (6-0, 3KOs) remained undefeated by stopping always a loser, never a winner Bernardino “Viejito” Guevara (0-7), also of Tijuana, in the second of a scheduled four.
In a battle for the last name, Antonio Gutierrez (10-0-1, 7KOs) took a unanimous decision over Hugo Gutierrez (0-2) with scores of 40-36 three times. The bout was in the middleweight division.
It took lightweight Jose Galvez (3-0-1, 3KOs) only 2:42 of the first round to ruin Miguel “Mickey” Aguirre’s (0-1) pro debut. A barrage of punches forced referee Juan Morales Lee to stop the action.
Watsonville, CA’s welterweight Oscar “Tigre” Godoy (10-2, 5KOs) made quick work of Alejandro “Alex” Alonso (2-16-2, 1KO) of Tijuana, stopping him at 2:47 of the first.
Son of former WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Ramirez, Jose Luis “Zurdo” Ramirez Jr (2-0-1, 1KO) scored the first knock out of his career by stopping first timer Michelle Cañete (0-1) in the second round. The lightweight southpaw hurt Cañete in the first and finished the job at the 1:45 mark of the second.
140 pounder Jonathan Garcia (11-0, 9KOs) of Watsonville, CA, dropped Ensenada, Mexico’s Ignacio Mondragon (0-15-1) with a left hook to the chin. The southpaw Mondragon beat the count but only to be met with an uppercut and then a right hand. Referee Cristian Curiel stopped the fight at the official time of 1:42 of the first scheduled for four.