Results from Saturday’s Boxing Extravaganza in Tijuana

Antonio "Canitas" Lozada Jr. has his arm raised after defeating Hugo Hernandez to retain his WBC Fecarbox Championship belt, July 24, 2010 in Tijuana, B.C., Mexico.

Lozada’s Baja Boxing was the host of this jam-packed “Full Impact” fight card, part of the TECATE BOXING TOUR at the Caliente Hipodromo on Agua Caliente Boulevard in Tijuana, Mexico. The fight card was headlined by four regional title championship bouts with all the participants battling for their division’s WBC FECARBOX belt. Four of the bouts were televised nationally in Mexico by Televisa.

In the first of four title bouts, Antonio “Cañitas” Lozada Jr. was able to defend his Fecarbox super-lightweight title by out-slugging Hugo “Nocaut” Hernández. In his first title defense Cañitas (23-0-0, 20 KO’s) was dominant from the outset using his superior boxing acumen to control the distance with head snapping jabs and straight right hands. As the bout continued, he opened up his full repertoire pounding his opponent with left hooks and damaging uppercuts. Never the less, Hernández (10-2-1, 9 KO’ s) hung in there until the final minute of the fourth round. With Cañitas hounding his opponent and connecting on combinations, the referee Juan José Ramírez finally stopped the bout at 2:54 of the fourth round.

David “Morita” De La Mora defended his newly minted Fecarbox Bantamweight title by gaining a unanimous decision victory over the hard working Elvis García (9-7-3, 5 KO’s) who took everything De La Mora could throw at him and yet stood there like an indomitable tree stump. The crowd favorite battered, but could not destroy the spirit of Garcia who hung tough till the very end. At times you could see the frustration on De La Mora’s face as he must have been thinking, ‘What in the world is it going to take.’

When I last saw De La Mora fight at Pechanga Resort & Casino against Benji Garcia, he was more of a stand-up fighter who patiently waited to counter. On Saturday night he showed that he’s now become the entire package.

Marvin “Cachorro” Quintero now 20-2-0, 16 KO’s was far too much for Jean Javier Sotelo to handle. After one barrage Sotelo took a knee in a neutral corner and then tried to get back on his feet but couldn’t as referee Juan Morales Lee counted him out at :43 seconds of the fifth round. Quintero’s constant barrage of power punches to the midsection did him in. Quintero, who’s ranked among the top Super Featherweights in the world, is ranked #14 by the IBF and #18 by the WBC and now gets to wear the Fecarbox super-featherweight belt.

The last time I saw Quintero fight was against Tyrone Harris and I believed back then he was about to win that fight, up until the moment he hurt his hand. Anyway, it appears he is back and a real force in his weight class. Especially after manhandling this tough Colombian. The 35-year-old Sotelo had been in against four former world champions (Ricardo Cordoba, Jorge Linares, Toshiaki Nishioka and Jhonny Gonzalez); he had 30 plus professional bouts, ten years as a fighter for pay, and participated in six international title challenges.

In the 10th and final round of his match, Antonio “Bazooka” Cervantes managed to gain the upper-hand over Alain “Konnan” Hernández and had him against the ropes. Since it appeared Hernandez wasn’t fighting back with the same intensity he had earlier, the referee decided to call for an early stoppage. The ruling angered Hernandez who still had all of his faculties. If it be any consolation to Hernandez, I believe he would have still lost if it had gone to the scorecards. As a result of the TKO in the 10th round, Cervantes became the interim Fecarbox lightweight champion. With the win Cervantes upped his record to 19-5-5 with 13 KO’s, while Hernandez drops to 17-8-2 with 10 KO’s.

On the undercard in the 10 none TV bouts, Julio César “Gatito” Félix scored a second round TKO victory over Jesús Antonio Valenzuela. Felix was magnificent, landing accurate, lightning fast shots from every angle imaginable. After he won, Felix did something boxers have been yearning to do for years. He surprised both of the Tecate Beer ring card ladies by kissing them on the cheek.

Jorge De Alba easily won his bout, a second round TKO over Manuel Armendariz. Under the tutelage of former world champion Raul “Jibaro” Perez, DeAlba has become quite special. While an amateur, he earned gold medals in the Mexican national Olympics in 2007 and 2008 and now as a pro his ledger reads four wins against no losses and all the wins came by way of knockout.

The Rubén “Canelito” Tamayo versus Jesús “Chino” Badillo “draw” decision will remain a mystery. From the outset, Badillo had decided he was going to fight his fight from long-range. That meant it was up to Tamayo to slow him down and cut off the ring. Well, Tamayo, a southpaw, did his best but he just couldn’t slow down the merry-go-round. Several of the people in the audience began to refer to Badillo as “the runner.” How you can come up with a draw when one guy is running the entire fight; I just don’t know.

In the Edibaldo Ortega victory over Mario Cruz, it was all about landing that big left hook and keeping the pressure on to have his opponent fight while backing up. The big knockdown came by way of the powerful left hand that sent Cruz to the canvass.

Alejandro López prevailed over Víctor Rodríguez by securing a TKO victory in the very first round. Alejandro Rangel did the same thing to Aaron Apolo by refusing to allow his opponent to get started. Apolo ended up making a quick exit with cotton stuffed up his nose. Diego Cosme kayoed Juan Leyva; Jovan “Vaquero” Muñoz knocked Edgar Quiroz for a loop; and Juan Pablo “Che Che” López kayoed Carlos Luzanía. Again, all of these matches ended in the very first round. Enrique Tinoco scored a quick second round TKO victory over the outclassed Alejando “Mantequitas” Rubio.

Many of Mexico’s top pugilists were present to watch this great show. To mention just a few: Erik Morales, the current WBC International Welterweight Title holder and arguably the best boxer ever out of the Tijuana/San Diego area, Manuel “Mantecas” Medina the five time world Featherweight Champion and Humberto “Zorrita” Soto, a three time world champion.

After a while, there was a long line of fans lining up to get a photo with Morales. One gent waited so long that when he finally got in front of his hero, he turned around and the guy that was supposed to snap the photo had vanished.

All bouts were under the auspices of the Tijuana Baja California Boxing, Wrestling and Kick Boxing Commission; Benjamin Rendon was the Supervisor in Attendance.

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