By Felipe Leon
Photos: Renzo Novara
In what looked more like a street fight than a boxing match, Tijuana flyweight Brenda Flores (5-1, 1KO) fought Diana “Mamba Negra” Gonzalez’s (5-6, 1KO) fight but still took the unanimous win last night at the Las Pulgas night club in an overall stellar fight night presented by Promociones Mayen in downtown Tijuana. A modest but enthusiastic crowd witnessed Flores fall into the shorter Gonzalez’s mauling style but still score the sharper punches, most of them in combinations.
At the opening bell both women looked like amateurs, closing their eyes and throwing punches at the wind with neither of them landing anything of note. Still at a frantic pace, Flores settled down a bit by the second and began to land combinations let by a three straight punches flush to the face of Gonzalez of Tijuana by way of Toluca, Mexico.
Gonzalez, who is coming off three straight losses in the last three years but whose claim to fame is going ten rounds with former champion Mariana Juarez, attacked the body but Flores was able to weather the attack and keep landing punches although fighting on the inside. Gonzalez at times was content in just putting her head down and winging punches which Flores was able to block the majority of.
At the end it was no secret who the winner was and it was only confirmed when all three judges, Carlos Flores, Diana De La Mora and Jocelyn Ortiz, scored it exactly the same with a 40-36 from each.
Filipino Rolly Lunas Outpoints Reluctant Meraz
WBC #6 bantamweight Rolly Lunas (32-8-1, 19KOs) started off rusty but then took off against mover German “Panteonero” Meraz (44-27-1, 23KOs) of Agua Prieta, Mexico, in an international eight round super bantamweight eight rounder presented in association with San Diego based promoter Bobby D Presents. Lunas, in his first performance in North America, took a unanimous decision with scores of 78-74 twice and 77-75 over the proven veteran.
The slightly shorter Lunas, the current OPBF bantamweight champ, landed in the United States earlier this year and immediately hooked up with trainer Vince Parra. In only his second fight out of Asia, Lunas out of Tabaco City, Philippines, faced off against a proven journey man who has been a tough out for including Tomoki Kameda, Gerry Penalosa and Raul Hirales among others.
Meraz began the fight with circling the ring well, forcing the Lunas to be the stalker. Lunas had no problem in chasing Meraz around the ring looking and landing his devastating right hook to the body. The almost year out of the ring was noticeable early on in Lunas as his timing was still not there yet which led to Meraz making him miss plenty.
The determined Lunas was not deterred and kept looking for openings, especially to the body, as he hoped to slow down the still moving Meraz.
By the sixth Meraz finally began to get winded and stood in front of Lunas a bit more than before but the crafty veteran resorted to clinch as a way to stop the now swift combinations from Lunas. Lunas never gave up going to the body and along with the right hook began to land hard left uppercut to the ribs that looked to slow down Meraz a bit more.
By the seventh Lunas was able to land a straight right which snapped Meraz head back. Knowing that he was behind on the cards, Meraz came a bit more aggressive in the last round which played into the world ranked fighter’s fists. Lunas was able to land power shots to the body and head a bit more before Meraz clinched and was able to take the round.
“I felt a bit rusty but good to get back in the ring, I am glad we went the eight rounds, I needed the work,” Lunas said immediately after the fight. “I came to the states to fight the best and now that I am here, in my first fight, I am ready.”
Undefeated Tijuana super featherweight Erick Martinez (7-0-1, 5KOs) stopped Joan “Amarillo” Sandoval (1-2-1, 1KO) with a devastating straight right in the third of a scheduled four. Official time was :39.
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