The ever popular Emilio Bojorquez goes down in defeat

At this stage in the fight, Emilio Bojorquez (L) was winning on all scorecards and his opponent, Abner “Fresa” Lopez (R) was still struggling to put some semblance of an offense together.

As the boxers entered Round three, all was going as planned. One of San Diego/Tijuana’s favorite sons, Emilio Bojorquez (20-1-0, 14 KOs), was easily out-pointing Abner “Fresa” Lopez (5-1-0, 4 KOs) of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. As my colleague, Felipe Leon of Fight News put it, “He’s in his groove.”

After getting hit three straight times and hoping to avoid the knockout, Emilio Bojorquez (L) turned away from Abner Lopez (R) in hopes of getting some much needed distance. Photo: Jim Wyatt

Then suddenly, to everyone’s amazement, Bojorquez was in trouble. After getting caught by a hard right that backed him up, a short left followed sending him against the ropes. Then the coup de grâce, another hard right that was right on the button. Bojorquez appeared unresponsive and his eyes were glazed. The veteran referee, Juan Morales Lee, was the first to notice the change and quickly stepped in to protect the fighter. The official time of the stoppage was 2:19 of the third round.

Abner “Fresa” Lopez was so happy about the big win over Emilio Bojorquez that he fell to his knees. He, like most of the bystanders, seemed almost incredulous as to the turn of events. Photo: Jim Wyatt

Abner “Fresa” Lopez has his arms raised in victory after knocking out Emilio Bojorquez on Monday night at the Tijuana’s Municipal Auditorium. Photo: Jim Wyatt

There was no protest of an early stoppage from the Bojorquez corner and no complaining from the boxer. And yes, this surprising development did indeed happen on Monday night at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium. For the greater part of the first two and a half rounds, the younger and larger framed Lopez had taken Borjorquez’s best shots. Even though his head was snapped back on at least four occasions, Lopez proved he was tough enough to take the blows.

Lopez now has a record of three wins and one loss against boxers with a winning record. On closer examination of Bojorquez’s professional record, we discover he’s only fought three other fighters with a winning record and at the time he faced them, their combined record over the past six contests was a woeful 4 wins and 14 losses. In fact, the combined record of everyone he’s faced is just 105-140-14. So you could say Bojorquez’s record has been padded. If the loss hadn’t occurred on Monday night, it was fast approaching.

Bojorquez, who is from Tijuana but trains at the Undisputed Fitness and Training Center at 16th and K Streets in San Diego will now have to reexamine his career options.

Now we turn our attention to the show’s headliner, 20-year old super flyweight sensation Ivan Morales (16-0-0, 11 KOs) who is the younger brother of four-time world champion in as many divisions Erik “Terrible” Morales and former super flyweight champ Diego “Pelucho” Morales. On Monday night he was fighting Anahuac, Chihuahua’s Edgar “Destroyer” Martinez (9-5-0, 5 KOs) for the vacant WBC Youth super flyweight title.

In the first round, the young southpaw took his time and gave every indication that he had a lot of respect for his opponent. At the same time, he kept advancing on his prey as if he were about to perform a surgical procedure. 

Before long, Martinez let his guard down. This was the opportune time for Morales to unleash his powerful right hand and Bang! The spunky Martinez was knocked off his feet. Even though he beat the count, you can see from the photos provided, he was on wobbly legs and fell back against the ropes. It was a no-brainer for referee Jose Cobian to rule in favor of the early stoppage. Official time was 2:45 of the first round.

That lightning fast, crushing blow that ended Martinez’s night helped young Ivan capture the vacant WBC Youth super flyweight title in front of his hometown fans. With the win, Ivan continues his quest to join his brothers as a world champion.

Together, the brothers hope to become the first trio of siblings to ever hold world titles, thus surpassing the many brother combinations who accomplished the fete. We’re talking about the Klitschkos brothers, Vitali and Vladimir; the Spinks brothers, Michael and Leon; the Hiltons, Dave Jr. and Matthew; the Tiozzos, Fabrice and Christophe; the Dundees, Joe and Vince; the Arredondos, Rene and Ricardo, the Montiels, Fernando and Alejandro; the Ruelases, Gabriel and Rafael, the Currys, Bruce and Donald; just to name a few. 

After landing the overhand right on Edgar Martinez’s chin, Ivan Morales (L) heads over to a neutral corner. Photo: Jim Wyatt

After getting clobbered, Edgar Martinez is trying with all his might to get back on his feet. Photo: Jim Wyatt

Sequence number three shows Edgar Martinez trying to get his equilibrium straight so he can stand upright. Photo: Jim Wyatt

Sequence #4 shows Edgar Martinez falling back against the ropes. Photo: Jim Wyatt

Referee Jose Cobian is shown holding Edgar Martinez’s head upright while the boxer tries to regain his senses after being ko’ed by Ivan “Terrible II” Morales. Photo: Jim Wyatt

After the big win, Ivan Morales, wearing the championship belt, was interviewed by a TV personality from Televisa TV who was there to cover the event. Photo: Jim Wyatt

One of the proud cornermen gives Ivan Morales a ride on his shoulders after the big win. Photo: Jim Wyatt

The proud mom joins her three sons (left to right) Diego, Ivan and Erik Morales to celebrate her youngest son’s biggest win.          Photo: Jim Wyatt

On the undercard:

Javier Mendoza has his arm raised after getting the TKO victory over Cristian Aguilar. Ray Solis, Mendoza’s coach, is on the right holding the fighter’s robe. Photo: Jim Wyatt

Junior flyweight Javier “Cobra” Mendoza (17-2-1, 14 KOs) stopped Cristian Aguilar (5-4, 1 KO) of Agua Prieta, Sonora, in what they’re calling a tune up fight.

Mendoza, who enjoyed a height and leverage advantage, had no trouble going after the shorter Aguilar. At only a minute and a half into the first round, Mendoza landed a hard shot to his opponent’s midsection and Aguilar dropped to his knees. The official stoppage came at 1:41 of the first round.

Osvaldo “Waldo” Castro has his arm raised in victory after defeating Luis Gonzalez. Photo: Jim Wyatt

Bantamweight Osvaldo “Waldo” Castro (13-4-1, 9 KOs) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa stopped Luis “Diablita” Gonzalez (8-3-1, 5 KOs) with a left hook to the body in the third round of their scheduled eight rounder.

In Round one, it was all Castro who landed the more meaningful blows. Gonzalez did much better in the second round by working himself inside for the short uppercuts and crosses. Then in the third, with Castro maintaining a stronger and better perimeter, he shot inside to land that body blow to end Gonzalez night at 2:36 in the third round.

After getting knocked on his buttocks by Adrian Vargas, Gerardo Chavez looks around the ring trying to figure out what went wrong. Photo: Jim Wyatt

After the bout is over, Adrian Vargas (C) goes over to the Gerardo Chavez corner to pay his respects to Gerardo Chavez (R) and his coach, Miguel “Maykito” Martinez. Photo: Jim Wyatt

At 2:07 of the second frame, Jonathan Castro (0-1) of Tijuana, was calling it a night. His first mistake was to go up against the hard punching, all business Adrian Vargas (7-0-1, 5 KOs) in his pro-debut. The more experienced Vargas from the Undisputed Gym in San Diego’s Downtown kept Castro at a distance with his pesky jab and then when the time was right, he stepped forward to land that devastating body shot.

Boxers Christian Bojorquez (L) and Benjamin Garcia (R) and their coaches face the crowd before the opening bell. Photo: Jim Wyatt

Super bantamweight Christian “El Huevo” Bojorquez (7-0, 1 KO) the younger brother of Emilio Bojorquez, remained unbeaten after getting an unanimous decision victory over Chihuahua, Chihuahua’s Benjamin Garcia (1-2). For the majority of the fight, Bojorquez just waited for Garcia to throw a punch and then countered with a three and four punch combination. You can be certain, the punches that landed count on this one favored Bojorquez by at least three to one.

After their bout, Pablo Armenta (R) and Wilber Ortiz (L) posed for a photo. Photo: Jim Wyatt

Next up, we have Pablo “Bronco” Armenta (9-1-1, 5 KOs) who registered his third KO victory of the year. He stopped Wilber Ortiz(3-10, 1 KO) of Agua Prieta, Sonora, in the second round of their scheduled four round super featherweight contest.

You’d have never predicted a KO victory after watching the first round. In that round, Ortiz was on his bicycle circling around the ring. Then in the third round, Ortiz got off that bicycle and Armenta was right there to greet him with a bout ending left hook to the body, which turned out to be the theme of the night.

Pedro Melo (rear right) heads over to a neutral corner after putting Juan Jimenez (L) on his back. Photo: Jim Wyatt

We also had bantamweight Pedro “Guerrero” Melo (8-3-1, 2 KOs) from Mexico City going up against Juan Jimenez (7-2, 7 KOs) from Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua. Melo’s eventual success came from working over Jimenez’s midsection and having him backpedal for most of the fight, while the majority of Jimenez’s punches were off the mark.

In the third round Melo landed the now familiar left hook to the midsection and like in the other matches, down went Jimenez with excruciating pain.

Rosalio Aspid Rios (L) got himself a TKO victory over Cesar De La Mora. Photo: Jim Wyatt

Cesar De La Mora is photographed leaving the ring area.

In the opening bout of the show, Erick Parra (R) defeated David Vega (L). Both young fighters were making their pro-debut. Photo: Jim Wyatt

In another bout, Rosalio Aspid Rios (2-0, 1 KO) scored a third round TKO victory over Cesar De La Mora (3-3-1, 2 KOs).

While Round #1 was uneventful, things heated up in the second round, especially after Alvarez landed these sneaky uppercuts and countered well. De la Mora was competitive but never landed a punch of any consequence.

In an impressive pro debut, Erick “Tepeyac” Parra of Tijuana, the 2011 super bantamweight Tijuana municipal champion, won an unanimous decision over fellow debutant, David Vega. After only a few minutes Parra had Vega figured out and began landing his combinations, then skirted out of harms way. Parra won every round and in most rounds had Vega either pinned in a corner or against the ropes.

Well, “La Dinastia Continua (The Dynasty Continues)” presented by Erik “Terrible” Morales’ Box Latino is now in the history books. With the many talented boxers in Tijuana, the many available venues, gyms and promoters plus the city’s long tradition in the sport, it appears the city now has the momentum to make itself the boxing capital of the world.

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