Story and photos by Felipe Leon
Friday night, July 27th, proved the return of PM Promotions, led by Diego “Pelucho” Morales, two-time super flyweight champion and brother of Erik “Terrible” Morales, to Tijuana, Mexico’s boxing scene with an exciting six bout fight card “Guerra En El Centro (War in Downtown)” held at the Mutualista Hall. A modest but enthusiastic crowd witnessed seventeen year old Jesus “Bombardero” Valadez (6-1, 3KOs) completely disconnect Edgar Vazquez (4-3-1, 2KOs) from his senses in the first round of the light welterweight six round main event.
Tijuana’s Vazquez came out fast and furious at the opening bell, hoping to catch Valadez, also of Tijuana, off guard. Valadez remained calm and baited his time as he defended himself against Vazquez’s flurried attack. Once Vazquez slowed down, Valadez began his assault and as Vazquez scored with a left hook, Valadez counter attacked with a jab followed with a straight right that caught Valadez flush on the chin. Vazquez immediately crumpled to the ground but his left arm got caught in the second rope of the ring. Referee Juan Morales Lee hurriedly called off the fight and called in the ringside medical service. After several minutes, Vazquez was able to reach his feet. Official time was 1:13 of the first.
Cebreros Wins Again
Local super bantamweight favorite Erick “Tepeyac” Cebreros (3-0, 1KO) earned the first stoppage of his young career when referee Juan Morales Lee decided the game Benny Guevara (0-1), both of Tijuana, had seen enough and waived off the fight in the fourth and last round.
Cebreros, who is trained by two-time world champion Raul “Jibaro” Perez, boxed from the outside in the first, using his range advantage on the much shorter Guevara. Near the end of the round Cebreros began to score with his straight right and then added a left hook to the body for good measure.
With chants of “Tepeyac, Tepeyac” from his large supporting crowd, Cebreros began to apply more pressure in the second as he began to chase down Guevara. Guevara sporadically scored with a looping right hand that would occasionally score to Cebreros chin but “Tepeyac” kept coming all the way through the third.
By the last round, Guevara was spent and was just trying to make it to end of the bout but Cebreros kept punching. The third man in the ring had seen enough since Guevara was not attacking and barely defending and waived off the fight. Official time was 1:26.
Kingston’s Simpson Makes Good in International Debut
Jamaican light welterweight Aldwayne Simpson (2-0, 2KO) remained undefeated and earned another knock out win to keep his record perfect when he impressively stopped late sub Jorge “Metralletas” Sillas (1-9, 1KO) of Tijuana. After a mere seconds of study, the stance changing Simpson, who now lives in Richmond, CA, went after Sillas as the Mexican back pedaled and caught him with a glancing straight left to the chin that sent Sillas down. Referee Manuel Rincon began to administer the count but after examination of Sillas, waived off the contest. Official time was 1:43 of the first round scheduled for four.
In a rare heavyweight four round bout between two Mexicans, tough as nails Juan “Bufalo” Dominguez (2-0, 1KO) stampeded over Rodrigo Ramirez (0-2) to remain undefeated and earn his first knock out victory. After measuring each other up for the first round and each scoring power punches to the face, Dominguez pushed the issue in the second and forced the stoppage by referee Manuel Rincon at the 2:58 mark of the second round. Dominguez and Ramirez hail from Tijuana.
Light welterweight Martin Gomez (0-1) of Tijuana might have lost his first fight but he didn’t make it easy for Ciro “Gallo” Arrellanos (2-0), also of Tijuana, to take the majority decision. Gomez had his moments, especially in the two middle rounds but Arrellanos was more consistent with his attack. Judges Sergio Lechuga and Jose Gonzalez scored it 39-37 while Carlos Flores saw it 38-38.
In an all out street fight, lightweight Pedro Garcia (1-2) earned his pro win over Jesus Montenegro (0-4), both of Tijuana. Both fighters never took a step back and threw punches for the whole four rounds. Judges Carlos Flores and Jose Gonzalez saw it 39-37 while Sergio Lechuga had it an even 38-38 giving Garcia the majority decision.