By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
A festive night of boxing was presented by Gonzalez Boxing Promotions in association with Mayen Promotions at the home of professional boxing in Tijuana, Las Pulgas night club. A healthy attendance of true Tijuana boxing fans were on hand to enjoy six competitive fights between up and coming Tijuana talent. A battle between promoters went down in the main event when Mayen’s Erick “Estrella” Martinez (8-0-1, 5KOs) protected his unbeaten record by easily defeating via unanimous decision Ivan “Oso” Zavala (5-3-1, 2KOs) of Gonzalez Boxing Promotions in a six round super featherweight fight.
Both fighters were very cautious in the first couple of rounds as the local crowd screamed for more action. Zavala looked the more careful of the two as he circled the perimeter of the ring as Martinez controlled the center looking for an opening. Martinez of Tijuana began to impose his will in the third as Zavala began to slow down due to his constant movement. Martinez began to land random right hands as Zavala kept moving.
In the fourth things heated up as they began to exchange heavy leather with Martinez scoring the harder and more effective punches. From that point on Martinez was successful in counterpunching Zavala’s sporadic attack and in turn forced his opponent to get more defensive and lay off on his attack. Martinez kept attacking and making Zavala miss and by the last round was in full control as Zavala looked to survive. At the end, all three judges saw it a landslide for Martinez with a 60-54 each.
Dominguez Beats Bobadilla
In a rare Mexican heavyweight showdown, Tijuana’s Juan Manuel “Buffalo” Dominguez (4-1, 2KOs) scored a tough earned unanimous decision over hugely overweight Victor “Tiburon” Bobadilla (0-1) of Rosarito, Mexico. In what Bobadilla lacked in skill he made up of girth as he resembled a Mexican version of the famous “Butterbean” by nearly tipping the scales at 300 pounds.
It was clearly evident that Dominguez was the more skilled of the two as he landed a jab and straight rights from the opening bell but as soon as Bobadilla was able to score a heavy right hand, Dominguez surprisingly got on his bike and tried to box his opponent.
Dominguez of Tijuana was successful in deftly move around the ring as Bobadilla was unable to close it. In the third and fourth Bobadilla was able to finally catch up to Dominguez and between a flurry of very wide and ugly punches, he was able to score every so often an over hand right that seemed to hurt Dominguez.
To judges, Feranndo Barboza, Teodoro Perez and Alejandro Rochin, Dominguez did enough in three of the four rounds to merit the win via unanimous decision with scores of 39-36 by each.
“Tamalito” Lopez Finds Defeat
One of the break out stars for Tijuana these year has been super bantamweight Angel “Tamalito” Lopez (2-1, 1KO). The diminutive for the weight Lopez burst out some months and with his waist bending, come forward and tough style, won over the local crowd and quickly became a fan favorite. In his last bout, Lopez stopped the much taller Santos Rosales fourteen seconds into the first round with a left hook to the body followed with a huge over hand right. Despite his skill in getting on the inside on his always much taller opponents, Lopez just gave up to many physical attributes to Javier “Wachy” Miranda (1-2), also of Tijuana, who by fighting from the outside and using his log range took a 40-36 twice and 39-37 unanimous decision over Lopez.
Lopez’s best round was in the second when he was actually able to get on the inside and do his usual work to the body and then following up with huge over hand rights. The difference here is that Miranda was able to take the punch and then went back to box back from the outside.
Miranda put the icing on the cake in the fourth and last round when he scored a huge right hand that snapped Lopez’s head back and forcing him to take a couple of steps back.
Super bantamweight Heriberto “Tremendo” Delgado (9-0, 5KOs) took a unanimous decision over clearly over matched first timer Carlos Casillas (0-1), both of Tijuana, in a four rounder. Scores were 40-36 three times.
Tijuana’s Jose “As Negro” Galvez (6-0, 5KOs) finally was taken the distance for the first time in his career by Adalbert “Kiky” Valenzuela (1-4), also of Tijuana. Valenzuela looked in the first round by boxing from the outside but soon Galvez imposed his will and earned the unanimous decision with scores of 40-36 three times. The bout was contested in the super featherweight division.
Christian Nieto (3-0, 1KO) beat Maria Diaz (0-2) with a unanimous decision in a four round super bantamweight bout. Nieto, who began his pro career without any amateur fights, was in control for most of the bout by fighting on the outside. When Diaz was able to get on the inside on the taller Nieto, he would score well to the body but it was not enough to sway any of the judges. Scores were 40-36 three times.