Diego De La Hoya Victorious
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By: David Colon
May 18th, Casino Del Sol, Tucson, Arizona: In the ten round super bantamweight main event of Golden Boy Promotions on ESPN Mexicali, Mexico’s Diego De La Hoya, the 22-year-old first cousin of promoter Oscar De La Hoya claimed his biggest victory of his young career out boxing and out pointing Oxnard, California’s Erik Ruiz.
Off to a cautious start De La Hoya using his jab and punching in combination from a smart distance closed the range in round four allowing Ruiz to gain some confidence landing several clean solid shots.
Returning to the earlier Ruiz neutralizing distance De La Hoya moving and punching forcing Ruiz to reach coasted to a convincing 99-91, 100-90 times two unanimous decision. De La Hoya improves to 18-0, 9Ko’s while the Robert Garcia trained Ruiz 1-3-1 in his last five falls to 16-7-1, 6Ko’s.
In the semi-main attraction Temple Hills, Maryland, super middleweight D'Mitrius “Big Meech” Ballard remained unbeaten scoring a tougher than expected ten round unanimous decision over Ciudad, México’s, late replacement Adrian Luna Flores.
Ballard off to a good start flooring Luna with a drilling left hook in round two would be rocked several times himself winning some hard-fought rounds down the stretch to secure a tough 97-92, 95-94 times two unanimous decision win. Ballard moves to 17-0, 12ko’s while Luna 3-3 in his last six falls to 20-5-1, 13Ko’s.
On the undercard:
Phoenix, Arizona 22-year-old lightweight Robert “Tito” Manzanarez out boxed Tijuana, Mexico’s Erick “Facebook” Martinez to a shutout 80-72 times three eight round unanimous decision. Manzanarez improves to 35-1, 28Ko’s while Martinez falls to 13-7-1, 7Ko’s.
In a six-round scheduled super flyweight bout San Antonio, Texas, Joshua “El Profesor” Franco securely held onto his zero disposing of Mexicali, Mexico’s Marco Antonio Sanchez with a big left hook in one round. Franco moves to 9-0, 5Ko’s while Sanchez unbeaten in his last seven drops to 12-4-3, 7Ko’s
East LA 20-year-old super lightweight Jonathan “Thunder” Navarro banged out a one sided 60-54, 60-53 times two points win over Juarez, Mexico’s ready to be taken Ricardo Alan Fernandez. Navarro improves to 10-0, 6Ko’s while Fernandez winless in his last three sinks to 3-5-4.
San Antonio, Texas 20-year-old, blue chip super featherweight Hector “El Finito” Tanajara held onto his unblemished record scoring a lopsided 60-54 times three unanimous decision over Monterrey, Mexico’s, over matched Daniel “Menona” Bastien. Tanajara improves to 9-0, 4Ko’s while Bastien without a victory in his last four sinks to pure opponent status at 4-5, 1Ko.