By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
As the boxing boom explodes this year in Tijuana, Gonzalez Boxing Club Promotions has been a big provider of a constant feed of boxing averaging one show a month of solid local club-level fight cards. Making their home in the intimate but accommodating Hangar 27 nightclub in the Rio district of Tijuana, promoter Monroy Gonzalez has proven to be an enthusiastic new member of the Tijuana boxing scene. Last night he offered an action-packed ten bout card headlined by a rare showing of Mexican heavyweights. Former world kickboxing champion Fernando Fernandez (2-0, 1KO) was taken the distance by the experienced Jose Luis “Chango” Lopez (3-9-2, 1KO) in a four rounder.
If you caught the first round, you saw the whole fight as the action quickly developed a pattern of the much taller Fernandez trapping Lopez against the ropes while “Chango” took the punches to the head and body trying to protect himself with a high guard. Lopez did just enough to not have the fight stopped on him although referee Juan Manuel Rincon looked ready to stop at various times throughout the bout. Fernandez, who in his last fight laid out Juan “Buffalo” Dominguez in an impressive debut bout, landed everything with bad intentions but Lopez was able to take it all and then some. All three judges awarded Fernandez a lopsided but well deserved unanimous decision with scores of 40-36 each.
“Flat Line” Ellis Ends Garcia
Boston, Massachusetts’ Ronald “Flatline” Ellis (9-0, 7KO) made quick work of the usually durable Guillermo “Durango Garcia (6-11-2, 1KO) of Tijuana by stopping him at the 1:21 mark of the first round of a scheduled super middleweight six. Ellis, in his second visit to Tijuana and third in a row south of the border, was just too quick and strong for the Mexican journeyman and sent him down with a fast combo against the ropes. “Durango” looked hurt despite beating the count as Ellis looked to finish him off which he did with an effective barrage that forced Juan Manuel Rincon, the third man on the canvas, to stop the fight.
Jackson Stops Calderon
At the minute with thirty-seven seconds of the first round, Jonathan Jackson, nephew of the legendary Thomas Hearns, earned his third win and first inside the distance by stopping over matched Jorge “Pelon” Calderon (0-2) of Tijuana. Jackson (3-1-2, 2KO) of Las Vegas by way of Detroit was the much taller of the two and took advantage of the fact as he kept the fight at a distance and let go of long straight punches that once they landed would shake up Calderon. A straight right got through the high guard of Calderon and dropped him early. As Jackson was warming up and scoring more often, the corner of Calderon did the sensible thing and stopped the fight. The bout was scheduled for four rounds in the middleweight division.
Sanchez Beats Vazquez
Welterweight Miguel “Zurdo” Sanchez (8-0, 6KO) of Culiacan, Mexico, remained undefeated but had a hard time against Jose Luis “Pepe El Toro” Vazquez (3-10-1, 3KO) of Tijuana earning a unanimous decision that wasn’t as lopsided as the scores indicated. Its not that Vazquez did enough to win the fight or even a round but was durable and savvy enough to make it a long night for the southpaw Sanchez. “Zurdo” forgot about the jab and opted to instead go after Vazquez with hooks to the body as Vazquez didn’t throw much in return but took everything that Sanchez dished out.
In the middle rounds Sanchez would put enough punches together that seemed to hurt Vazquez but the Tijuana fighter kept surviving and scored good shots of his own including a couple of uppercuts and right hand in the fifth that sent Sanchez back against the ropes.
Sanchez opened up the sixth with a hard straight left that snapped Vazquez head back and went after his prey with abandon looking for the stoppage but Vazquez had enough experience to know when to hold and when to let go and easily made it to the final bell. Scores for Sanchez were 60-54 twice and 59-55 giving him the unanimous decision.
Super bantamweight Alejandro “Chatito” Hernandez (3-2, 3KO) struggled at first but then dropped Javier Castro (0-2), both of Tijuana, twice in the second to prompt referee Juan Manuel Rincon to waive off the bout. Castro went down once in the first from a right uppercut but then proceeded to catch up by landing hard counter left hooks and hard over hand rights. Hernandez kept his cool despite taking a lot of punches and dropped Castro in the second with a right hook to the head. Seconds later he landed another right uppercut and the fight was called. Official time was 2:19 of the second round of a scheduled four.
Popular super bantamweight Angel “Tamalito” Lopez (4-1-1, 1KO) earned a unanimous decision over Hector “Fuerte” Bararagan (0-3) of Tijuana over four rounds. Lopez basically beat Barragan with two punches, a left hook to the body followed by a long and wide over hand right. Barragan had no answer for the combination and mostly moved around the ring throwing arm punches. Scores were 39-37 three times for Lopez in the four round bout.
First timer Miguel “Gitano” Lopez (1-0, 1KO) earned a quick technical knockout win in his debut fight as he survived a knockdown to stop Adrian “Guapoe” Gonzalez (0-9), both of Tijuana, late in the first round of a scheduled four in the light welterweight division. Official time was 2:41.
Jesus “Billy” Briseño (3-0) boxed in the first round but then stopped Bernardino “Viejito” Guevara (0-10), both of Tijuana, in the second with a right hook to the head. Guevara complained of a rabbit punch but referee Juan Manuel Rincon waived off the bout after starting the count. Official time was :42.
In a strange result, local favorite Pedro Hacha (4-2, 1KO) dropped a technical decision to Alvaro Diaz (1-5), also of Tijuana, due to a cut suffered in the first round. The question is whether the cut came from a punch or a head butt. Hacha’s corner claimed a head butt which would have been a no-contest but the commission ruled it from a punch giving the win to Diaz since the ringside doctor judged that Hacha could not continue. The bout was scheduled in the light flyweight division.
Jorge Sillas (2-13, 2KO) stopped Mario Diaz (0-7), both of Tijuana, with a barrage of power punches in the 2:21 of the first round of a scheduled featherweight four.