Gesta was very solid with his right hook that he consistently followed up with straight left hands. Gesta hurt Barnett in round five with hard left that wobbled Barnett and he followed up with a combination. Barnett was able to steady himself and even get in a good right at the end of the round. Gesta started piling up the rounds as he scored the more telling blows of each round.
Gesta landed a hard left that rocked Barnett all over the ring. When Gesta was able to catch up with his prey he was all over Barnett and drop him with a combination. With the round winding down, Gesta landed a huge left that dropped Barnett for the second time in the round. Barnett wobbled towards his corner and fight was stopped at 2:59 of round nine.
Gesta, 137 lbs of San Diego is now 26-0-1 with fourteen knockouts. Barnett, 135 1/2 lbs of Washington, DC is now 20-3-1.
Magdaleno dropped Santos near the end of round with a hard combination that was finished up with a nice right hook. Magdaleno was dominant in round two and it was another right hook that sent Santos to the canvas for a second time. Magdaleno finished off Santos with a hard barrage of punches that forced referee Robert Byrd to stop the fight at 2:54 of round two.
Magdaleno, 121 1/2 lbs of Las Vegas is 11-0 with eight knockouts. Santos, 122 lbs of San Paulo, Brazil is 17-3.
Jose Gutierrez scored a four round unanimous decision over James Burns in a Jr. Welterweight bout.
Scores were 40-36, 40-36 and 39-37 for Gutierrez, 136 1/2 lbs of Las Vegas and is now 5-0. Burns, 137 lbs of Fort Worth, Texas is now 1-2.
Photos by Chris Farina / Top Rank
Mercito Gesta 137 – Ty Barnett 135.5
Jesse Magdaleno 121.5 – Aldmar Silva 122
Mickey Bey 136.5 – Rob Frankel 136.5
Former Light Middleweight Champion Shane Mosley Ringside
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Undefeated Lightweight southpaw Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (25-0-1, 13 KOs) will meet Ty Barnett (20-2-1, 13 KOs) August 3 in the 10-round main event on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra. Friday’s show will air at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN3 from Las Vegas. The card is presented by Top Rank Promotions.
Former Light Middleweight Champion Shane Mosley, filling in for Teddy Atlas, will be ringside with Joe Tessitore for ESPN2 HD and ESPN3 at Texas Station Casino describing the action, while studio host Bernardo Osuna will present all the latest boxing news and highlights, including a report by Atlas from the London Olympics updating the U.S. Boxing team. Alex Pombo and Delvin Rodriguez will call the fights for ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates (Friday Night Fights) with Leopoldo Gonzalez and Pablo Viruega in the studio.
Action will feature the “Live Friday Night Fights facebook Voting App,” an application on the FNF facebook page allowing viewers to vote round-by-round.
California’s Gesta has won his last 15 fights, including an April eighth-round TKO over Oscar Cuero.
After that fight, ESPN.com boxing writer Dan Rafael wrote: “Gesta opened the pay-per-view card with a solid victory against Cuero. He attacked Cuero’s body well and landed good right hands. Cuero absorbed a lot of shots and looked very weary going back to his corner after the sixth round. In the seventh round, Gesta, a southpaw, dropped him with a right hook to the body. Cuero’s pride got him to his feet by nine but he was falling apart. In the eighth round, Gesta landed a right to the temple that sent Cuero down to a knee. He got up, but he was toast and the referee stopped the fight at 1 minute, 38 seconds.”
Washington D.C.’s Barnett, a former stable mate of Anthony and Lamont Peterson is coming off a May seventh-round TKO win over Robert DaLuz.
“I am just going to go in there in do what I do best, any adjustments that need to be made I’ll make the adjustment”, said Barnett about facing Gesta. “Gesta has decent speed and a little power but at the end of the day it’s nothing that I haven’t seen.”
Friday’s co-feature will pit undefeated Lightweight Mickey Bey (18-0-1, 9 KOs) of Cleveland by way of Las Vegas, against “Red Hot” Rob Frankel (30-12-1, 6 KOs) of Denver. Bey, a 2004 U.S. Olympian, is coming off an eight-round decision win over Hector Velazquez, while Frankel will look to rebound from a 12-round unanimous decision loss to Cleotis Pendarvis.
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Mike Alvarado 140 – Mauricio Herrera 140
Mercito Gesta 137 – Oscar Cuero 138
LOS ANGELES (April 3, 2012) – Undefeated former World Lightweight Champion BRANDON “Bam Bam” RIOS (29-0-1, 22 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., and Top-10 world-rated contenders “Mile High” MIKE ALVARADO (32-0, 23 KOs), of Denver, MAURICIO HERRERA (18-1, 7 KOs), of Riverside, Calif., and MERCITO “No Mercy” GESTA (24-0-1, 12 KOs), a native of Cebu, Philippines who now fights out of San Diego, held media workouts today at a jammed Fortune Gym in Los Angeles. All four are in deep training for their career-defining battles which take place next week in Las Vegas, Nev. These warriors, who boast a combined record of 103-1-1 (64 KOs), will be featured in a world championship pay-per-view event that’s so big its main events are originating from two different countries!
Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios
“This is going to be an action fight. I will make absolutely sure Abril sees some real action. April stepped up when he put his hands on me at the Miami press conference. Now after our fight he will return to the dark shadows where he really belongs.”
“Mile High” Mike Alvarado
“Let’s see what Herrera brings to the ring. I have a lot of power and he will have to deal with it. I have been training hard the last six weeks in Los Angeles. I am ready. This is the best I have felt in my career. I am coming off a soul-searching fight so this fight means a lot to me. My “A” Game is on right now – speed, power and footwork”
“Great fighters bring out the best in me and that’s what I am expecting when I fight Alvarado. We are going to war.”
Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta
“I plan to win this fight and then I hope to fight Juan Manuel Márquez. I have no problem taking him on. I am ready for him.”
JUAN MANUEL MÁRQUEZ headlines the event as he goes for an historic fourth world title in as many different weight divisions when he rumbles with World Boxing Organization (WBO) European junior welterweight champion SERGEY FEDCHENKO for the vacant WBO interim 140-pound world title. Márquez-Fedchenko will take place in México City’s brand new Arena México. Rios, who will be in the other main event, will attempt to reclaim his old title when he tangles with Cuban gladiator and World Boxing Association (WBA) interim lightweight champion RICHARD ABRIL in a battle for the vacant WBA lightweight title, Saturday, April 14, at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The Márquez/Rios world championship event will be produced by Top Rank and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
The live pay-per-view telecast (SRP $44.95) will also feature a 10-round junior welterweight collision between Alvarado and Herrera, and open with Gesta in a 10-round lightweight fight. Boxing fans at Mandalay Bay will also see the Márquez-Fedchenko world title fight live, via closed-circuit, on a jumbo screen.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, Tecate and AT&T, remaining tickets priced at $250, $150, $100, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges, are available at all Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Mandalay Bay at (877) 632-7400 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
Rios, the former WBA lightweight champion, enters this fight having won 10 of his previous 11 fights by knockout. Highlight victories on his resume include Miguel Acosta, Anthony Peterson, Urbano Antillon and John Murray, none of whom went the distance. Abril (17-2-1, 8 KOs), a Cuban expatriate who now resides in Miami, Fla., returns to the ring having won seven of his previous eight fights. He captured the WBA interim lightweight title last October, knocking down former WBA lightweight champion Acosta three times en route to a unanimous decision victory.
Márquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs), of México City, is one of only a rare few from México to have won world titles in three different weight divisions. The only man to go the distance with pound for pound superstar Manny Pacquiao three times, Márquez boasts a Hall of Fame resume highlighted by victories over Marco Antonio Barrera, Manuel Medina, Joel Casamayor, Juan Diaz and Michael Katsidis. Fedchenko (30-1, 13 KOs), from Kharkov, Ukraine, enters this fight riding a 28-month winning streak, which has includes WBO European title victories over Willy Blain and Demarcus Corley. He is world-rated No. 4 by the WBO.
Alvarado has won 10 of his last 12 bouts by stoppage en route to a career-high No. 3 world rating, in the World Boxing Organization (WBO). Notable knockout victims include Breidis Prescott, Ray Narh, Emmanuel Clottey and Cesar Bazan. Herrera enters this fight riding a two-year, five-bout winning streak, highlighted by victories over Ruslan Provodnikov (17-0) and Mike Dallas, Jr. (17-1-1). Herrera is currently world-rated No. 7 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF).
Gesta returns to the ring with seven of his last 10 victories coming inside the distance, earning career-high world ratings of No. 7 in the WBA and No. 8 in the WBO.
JUAN MÁNUEL MÁRQUEZ AND BRANDON RIOS HEADLINE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PPV EVENT ORIGINATING FROM MÉXICO CITY AND LAS VEGAS
ALVARADO vs. HERRERA
JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT BATTLE
MERCITO GESTA RISKS
UNDEFEATED RECORD AND TOP-10 RATING
Saturday, April 14 at
Mandalay Bay and Arena México
Distributed Live By HBO Pay-Per-View®
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (March 17, 2012) – Méxican legend and three-division world champion JUAN MÁNUEL MÁRQUEZ and undefeated former World Lightweight Champion BRANDON “Bam Bam” RIOS will headline a world championship pay-per-view event that’s so big its main events are originating from two different countries!
Márquez will go for an historic fourth world title in as many different weight divisions when he takes on World Boxing Organization (WBO) European junior welterweight champion SERGEY FEDCHENKO for the vacant WBO interim 140-pound world title. Márquez-Fedchenko will take place in México City’s brand new Arena México. Rios will attempt to reclaim his old title when he rumbles with Cuban gladiator and World Boxing Association (WBA) interim lightweight champion RICHARD ABRIL in a battle for the vacant WBA lightweight title, Saturday, April 14, at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The Márquez/Rios world championship event will be produced by Top Rank and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
The live pay-per-view telecast (SRP $44.95) will also feature a 10-round junior welterweight collision of top-10 contenders — “Mile High” MIKE ALVARADO and MAURICIO HERRERA — and open with undefeated Top-10 contender MERCITO GESTA of the Philippines, in a 10-round lightweight fight. Boxing fans at Mandalay Bay will also see the Márquez-Fedchenko world title fight live, via closed-circuit, on a jumbo screen.
These warriors boast a combined record of 173-9-4 (110 KOs) – a winning percentage of 94%.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, Tecate and AT&T, remaining tickets priced at $250, $150, $100, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges, are available at all Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Mandalay Bay at (877) 632-7400 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
At a Miami, Fla. press conference earlier this month, the setting for this fight was set when Abril challenged Rios to fight him for the title. As the verbal exchange heated up, Abril slapped Rios across the face, screaming “You aren’t a real champion!”
“Rios won’t need a GPS to find me on April 14. All he’ll have do to is look up and see the referee holding my hand up in victory,” said Abril.
“He may not have thought I was a real champion when he slapped me but he’s going to know I’m a real champion on April 14 when I knock him on his South Beach,” said Rios. “I do give Abril credit for one thing. I know he’s going to show up for this fight. That will be his second mistake with me.”
“We have four great fights that will make for a very exciting event, including a legend from México in Juan Mánuel Márquez and undefeated knockout artist Brandon Rios who is trying to recapture his world title,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank. “The dual-site pay-per-view event will open at Mandalay Bay with Gesta, followed by Alvarado vs. Herrera and the Rios-Abril world title fight. The grand finale will send boxing fans to México City where they will get their first look at the brand new Arena México, and a projected full house, on hand to witness Márquez’s attempt at history. Top Rank owes a great deal to its sponsors, Mandalay Bay and HBO for its continued support of our event.”
“With Juan Mánuel Márquez, Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado all on the same fight card, boxing fans can look forward to a night of non-stop action”, said Mark Taffet, senior vice president, HBO Pay-Per-View. ”We’re delighted to provide the pay-per-view distribution for this event.”
Rios (29-0-1, 22 KOs), the former WBA lightweight champion, from Oxnard, Calif., enters this fight having won 10 of his previous 11 fights by knockout. Highlight victories on his resume include Miguel Acosta, Anthony Peterson, Urbano Antillon and John Murray, none of whom went the distance. Abril (17-2-1, 8 KOs), a Cuban expatriate who now resides in Miami, Fla., returns to the ring having won seven of his previous eight fights. He captured the WBA interim lightweight title last October, knocking down former WBA lightweight champion Acosta three times en route to a unanimous decision victory.
Márquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs), of México City, is one of only a rare few from México to have won world titles in three different weight divisions. The only man to go the distance with pound for pound superstar Manny Pacquiao three times, Marquez boasts a Hall of Fame resume highlighted by victories over Marco Antonio Barrera, Manuel Medina, Joel Casamayor, Juan Diaz and Michael Katsidis. Fedchenko (30-1, 13 KOs), from Kharkov, Ukraine, enters this fight riding a 28-month winning streak, which has included WBO European title victories over Willy Blain and Demarcus Corley. He is world-rated No. 5 by the WBO.
Alvarado (32-0, 23 KOs) of Denver, has won 10 of his last 12 bouts by stoppage en route to a career-high No. 3 world rating, in the World Boxing Organization (WBO). Notable knockout victims include Breidis Prescott, Ray Narh, Emmanuel Clottey and Cesar Bazan. Herrera (18-1, 7 KOs), from Lake Elsinore, Calif., enters this fight riding a two-year, five-bout winning streak, highlighted by victories over Ruslan Provodnikov (17-0) and Mike Dallas, Jr. (17-1-1). Herrera is currently world-rated No. 7 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF).
Gesta (24-0-1, 12 KOs), a native of Cebu, Philippines, fights out of San Diego. He returns to the ring with seven of his last 10 victories coming inside the distance, earning career-high world ratings of No. 7 in the WBA and No. 8 in the WBO.
Diego Magdaleno 130 – Emanuel Lucero 129
Mercito Gesta 136 – Ricardo Dominguez 136
Jesse Magdaleno 121 – Gil Garcia 121
Gambino Saenz 122 – Sergio Cristobal 121
Philippine Lightweight Mercito Gesta scored a closer then the scores unanimous decision over Manny Perez in a ten round bout at the Blue Water Resort and Casino in Parker, Arizona.
Getsa, a southpaw boxed very well and mixed up body and head shots while Perez looked like he took more then one or two rounds with some solid flurry punching.
Scores were 99-91; 98-92 and 98-292 for Gesta, 136 lbs of Lobogan, PHIl is now 23-0-1. Perez, 136 lbs of Denver, CO is now 16-7-1.
Super prospect Jose Benavidez Jr. drilled out Dedrick Bell in round of a six round Super Lightweight bout.
Just seconds in, Benavidez landed a huge right that dropped Bell in the corner. Bell was clearly hurt when Benavidez landed a big shot to the body and and then to head that put Bell down and out 1:29 of round one
Benavidez, 141 lbs of Phoenix, AZ is 13-0 with twelve knockouts. Bell, 139 1/2 lbs of Memphis, TN is 6-10-1.
Heavyweight Andy Ruiz scored a second round stoppage over Ken Frank in a scheduled six round bout.
Ruiz dropped Frank with a left hook AFTER the bell in round one and was correctly ruled no knockdown. Ruiz opened round two by landing a barrage of punched that rocked Frank. With Frank hurt, Ruiz landed a huge flurry for which Frank’s corner threw in in the towel at 1:53 of round two.
Ruiz, 253 lbs of Mexicali, MX is now 12-0 with eight knockouts. Frank. 293 lbs of Lethbridge, CAN is now 6-4-1.
WBA LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION BRANDON RIOS, CHALLENGER URBANO ANTILLON, UNBEATEN, WORLD-RANKED MERCITO GESTA, PROMOTER BOB ARUM MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES
Tuesday, July 5,
Fortune Gym, Los Angeles, California
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLEHEADER This Saturday, July 9,
At Home Depot Center, Carson, California,
Live on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT
LOS ANGELES (July 5, 2011) – Although they were kept apart and at opposite sides of the building, the bad blood and war of words between unbeaten World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (27-0-1, 19 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., and two-time world title challenger Urbano Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs), of Maywood, Calif., continued during a Media Workout Tuesday at Fortune Gym.
This Saturday, July 9, in the main event on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., Rios will make his eagerly awaited first defense against Antillon in a 12-round fight that has become personal and has Fight of the Year candidate written all over it. Rios is extremely upset at comments Antillon made about the defending champion’s wife.
In the Top Rank-promoted co-feature on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, former International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (32-3-1, 28 KOs), of Carolina, Puerto Rico, will be opposed by Mexico’s Carlos Molina (18-4-2, 6 KOs), of Chicago, in a 10-round junior middleweight scrap.
The telecast also will include highlights from overseas as IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (28-0, 23 KOs) defends his title for an eighth time – but first in his home country of Romania – against mandatory challenger Jean-Paul Mendy (29-0-1, 16 KOs) of France.
In a top undercard, non-televised fight this Saturday at the Home Depot Center, undefeated, No, 2-ranked World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight contender Mercito Gesta (21-0-1, 11 KOs), of Cebu, Philippines, faces had-hitting Jorge “El Tigre” Pimental (23-11, 17 KOs) of Sonora, Mex.
Tickets, priced at $125, $75, $50 and $25, are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.Ticketmaster.com as well as The Home Depot Center Box Office (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Suites are available by calling (877) 604-8777.
What they said Tuesday:
PROMOTER BOB ARUM
“This is just a tremendous fight card and Rios versus Antillon is just the kind of non-stop action fight that boxing needs and deserves.
“I am very proud of our card on Saturday. There are a lot of stars on it, top to bottom. As exciting as Rios and Antillon will be, the Cintron-Molina fight will be absolutely great, too. There are some outstanding fighters on the undercard worth watching, talented guys like Mercito Gesta and Mike Lee.
“Fans at the Home Depot Center or those watching on SHOWTIME are in for a real treat.’’
“It’s not like I hate him, but I don’t think we like each other. I don’t like him. He says he is going to test me and that I’m not ready for what he is going to bring to the table. I hope he tests me, but he had better be bringing a really big table. If it’s a small table, he is definitely getting knocked out.
“I feel very good, I’m ready to fight and I’m totally relaxed and focused. This is a great fight for television and the fans. We are both going to be getting after each other.
“I worked very hard to win the belt. No way I’m giving it up in my first defense. Not against this guy.’’
ROBERT GARCIA (Rios’ Trainer)
“I know Brandon and it is not a big deal for him to be mad at an opponent going into a fight. Actually, it’s a good thing for him. If it wasn’t, I would worry about it, or say something. But Brandon needs it and it won’t affect how he performs. I would be more concerned if he wasn’t on edge before a fight.
“Brandon is a true fighter who is 100 percent healthy and fit. He’s looking forward to this fight very much and he’s ready for 12 hard rounds if that’s how long it lasts. We had a tough camp, but camp is always fun when Brandon is involved. We’re all looking forward to Saturday night.’’
“I am totally confident and ready and deep down know I am going to win this fight. Rios is a strong guy but he leaves himself wide open a lot.
“He’s an idiot for continuing to still talk about what he says I said about his wife, and I’m surprised he’s still talking about it. He’s an immature kid who is going to get taken to school.
“People know what they are going to get in our fight. Fans want action, and that’s what they are going to get from the opening bell — non-stop action.
“I’ve put in the time, I’ve put in the work and I am ready to become world champion. I hope Rios is prepared to bring his best because that’s what he’s going to get from me. It will just be a matter of time before I stop him.’’
ABEL SANCHEZ (Antillon’s Trainer)
“This is going to be a great fight for as long as it lasts. I just hope Rios is ready for it. If he needs to come in with a big chip on his shoulder, if that’s what is motivating himself for this fight, then I think he’s making a mistake. I definitely think that’s been a distraction for him.
“He better be totally prepared because Urbano has never been more confident. We had a tremendous camp.’’
“I’m happy about the way my career is going and very excited to be fighting for Top Rank for the first time. I just work and train and continue to wait for my big opportunity.
“I know my time is coming. I just have to be patient.’’
By Mario Ortega Jr (Ringside)
On the cusp of world title contention, super featherweight contender Eloy Perez scored a comprehensive eight-round unanimous decision over veteran Roger “Speedy” Gonzalez in the main event at the Longshoremen’s Hall in San Francisco, California on Friday night. In the co-main event, Filipino prospect Mercito Gesta lit up journeyman Genaro Trazancos for the second time in six months.
Perez (20-0, 5 KOs) of Salinas, California showed his class as he failed to lose a round against the once-determined former contender Gonzalez (27-4, 18 KOs) of Indio, California. Perez, the WBO #2 ranked super featherweight, boxed intelligently throughout and Gonzalez had no answers.
Perez, 130, targeted Gonzalez’ soft body early in what was a feeling out first round. Gonzalez, 133, had come in three pounds over the contracted weight, thus forfeiting 20 percent of his purse at yesterday’s weigh-in, and Perez looked to capitalize on his opponent’s apparent lack of conditioning.
As the fight progressed, Perez applied pressure in spots, but boxed carefully for the most part. Though Perez opened up a bit late in rounds two and three, the difference in class between the two combatants became more readily apparent in round four. Gonzalez continually looked to land a counter, but it was impossible for him to win rounds in that style against a volume puncher such as Perez.
With the fight moving into the later rounds, Gonzalez continued to only offer up his offense once Perez had ceased firing. However, the active Perez left Gonzalez few openings to shoot for and simply kept piling up on points. With the fight well in hand in the eighth, Perez looked to close the show in style and sat down on a combination that rocked Gonzalez.
In the end, all three judges scored every round for Perez, for tallies of 80-72 across the board. Perez is penciled in for the April 29th edition of Telefutura Solo Boxeo, which is ticketed for Reno, Nevada. The fight could potentially be a WBO Super Featherweight title elimination bout.
“I want Vicente Escobedo now,” pronounced Perez’ manager Kathy Garcia after Friday’s fight. Escobedo recently announced plans to campaign at the 130-pound super featherweight class, and hails from Woodland, California. A Perez-Escobedo clash would be a hot ticket almost anywhere in Northern California. Also on the hit list for Team Perez: Rocky Martinez, Rocky Juarez and Jason Litzau.
Mercito Gesta (21-0-1, 11 KOs) of San Diego, California by way of Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines had no trouble dismantling the weathered Genaro Trazancos (22-14-1, 13 KOs) of Fort Myers, Florida by way of Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico.
Gesta, 140, was landing freely by a minute into the bout. As was the case last August, Trazancos, 138 ½, could not find an answer for the speed or boxing ability of Gesta, and it was evident from the outset. By the last minute of the first, it was clear Gesta could land a flurry at any time of his choosing.
Gesta rocked Trazancos early in the second with two right hands, and then calmly went back to boxing. A two-handed Gesta flurry hurt the Mexican against the ropes seconds later. Still on shaky ground, Trazancos moved and covered up enough to make it out of the round.
With the end in sight, Gesta landed a straight left that stunned Trazancos early in the third. Gesta flurried to follow-up and appeared to have a stoppage on his mind. The slippery Trazancos moved and flailed, but eventually got caught again and looked to cover-up. Again, Gesta calmed down and began to pick his shots.
In between rounds three and four, Trazancos expressed that he did not want to continue, which forced referee Ray Balewicz to stop the bout. Trazancos left the ring favoring his ribs. It was the second stoppage of Trazancos for the Filipino prospect, the first coming in the seventh round six months ago. For Trazancos, it was his ninth loss in his last ten bouts. His only win during that stretch came against Waldo Vela, a reported 0-6-3 fighter.
For Gesta the future looks bright. The Filipino plans to make his stand in the 135-pound lightweight division, a weight his has not made since April 2008. Gesta, currently the WBO #12 ranked lightweight, had hoped to fight Hector Velazquez tonight, but that did not come together. Based on recent performances, Gesta appears ready for the next step up in competition.
In a bout where somebody’s ‘O’ had to go, nobody’s did as Adolfo Gonzalez (1-0-1) of Salinas and Jose Leon Jr. (1-0-1) of Visalia, California fought to a four-round draw. Gonzalez, 149, started the bout looking to touch gloves, but was met with an unsportsmanlike right hand from Leon, 150.
Both fighters had their moments in a difficult fight to score, as was evidenced by the final official scores. One judge had it 40-36 in favor of Gonzalez, while another had it 40-36 the other way. The third judge had it even, 38-38, thus forcing the draw. Though Leon showed poor sportsmanship in the opening, he very classily raised the arm of Gonzalez after the decision was read.
Making his professional debut, local favorite Joe Gumina (1-0, 1 KO) of San Bruno, California pleased his hometown crowd with a first-round stoppage of Jose Jesus Hurtado (3-3, 3 KOs) of San Ysidro, California.
It ended up being both a long and short night for the two fighters, who originally entered the ring as the first fight of the event. Shortly after their introductions, it was announced that required paramedic had not yet arrived at the building. After waiting in the ring for over twenty minutes, they were sent back to the dressing room.
The raucous pro-Gumina crowd stuck around until the night’s first walkout bout, and Gumina, 182, took little time giving them what they wanted. Gumina came out in his trademark free-swinging style, forcing Hurtado, 186, to quickly cover-up. The chubby Hurtado defended well before a right uppercut landed clean and sent him backing up. The following barrage sent him to the ropes and eventually down to a knee for the first knockdown. Two hard lefts and another right forced Hurtado down to a knee again, prompting referee Dan Stell to stop the fight at the 1:02 mark of the first.
Former amateur standout Richard Hargraves (2-0-1, 2 KOs) of San Francisco ended an eleven-month layoff in his hometown, but came up with a draw against a determined Clint Coronel (3-1-2, 1 KO) of San Jose, California.
Hargraves, 151, reportedly held two amateur wins over Coronel, 152 ½, who fought professionally as a mixed martial artist before returning to boxing in 2009. In rounds one and two, Hargraves boxed and moved, avoiding the swings of Coronel for the most part. When on the inside early in the bout, Hargraves was quick to tie up in shorter opponent.
Coronel came out more aggressively in the third and quickly caught Hargraves with two solid right hands. Hargraves fell out balance, but regained his footing as he stepped back towards the ropes. Coronel took more chances coming into range, which resulted in a bloodied right eye, but also gave him an opportunity to turn around the fight. An energetic Coronel remained standing for much of the rest period before the fourth.
Sensing he needed the round, Coronel game out guns blazing to start the final stanza. Hargraves weathered the early rush and began to settle back into his box from outside, tie up when on the inside game plan. However, Coronel may have caught the eye of the judges with the one or two hard right hands he landed later in the round. In the end, one judge had the fight for Hargraves, 39-37, while the other two had it even, 38-38.
Mario Ortega Jr. can be reached at email@example.com.