By: David Colon
October 14th, StubHub Center, Carson, California: In the main attraction of a TGB and Ringstar Sports co-promotion Rosemead, California’s Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz successfully made the first defense of the WBA Super World Featherweight title scoring an eighth round TKO stoppage of Lancaster, California, “Hitman” Chris Avalos.
Santa Cruz nine month away from reclaiming his WBA strap with a rematch majority decision over Carl Frampton started a bit tentative beginning to find his range in round two finally hitting that standard high tempo attack leading to several exciting exchanges in round three.
Santa Cruz sitting down on his shots in round four rocked Avalos with a left hook but the tough “The Hitman” held on just enough to finish the round.
Sensing Avalos was hurt, “El Terremoto” a sure-fire finisher went to work landing heavy combinations to the head and body meticulously opening Avalos up and tearing him down in round eight with a set of heavy shots forcing referee Thomas Taylor to call the fight at 1:34 of round eight.
Santa Cruz on a collision course with Mares improves to 34-1-1, 19Ko’s while Avalos, stopped four times in his last six bouts falls to 27-6, 20Ko’s.
In the scheduled twelve round co-feature Montebello, California’s former IBF Bantamweight, WBC Super Bantamweight and WBC Featherweight Champion Abner Mares retained his WBA World Featherweight Title and a\the prospect of a future rematch shot at WBA Super World Featherweight Champion Leo Santa Cruz scoring a lop sided ten round technical decision over Guadalajara, Mexico’s, Andres “Jaguarcito” Gutierrez.
Opening just his second fight under the tutelage of Robert Garcia the rejuvenated Mares just one split decision win away from aa majority decision to Santa Cruz, the champion Mares opened up behind a very busy and accurate jab building to rapid fire combinations opening a cut over Gutierrez left eye in round two.
Mares going on the move in the second half continued to dominate leaving the game and very durable Gutierrez very few moments continuing to pile on the punishment, highlighted by big right hands prompting several inspections by referee Jack Reiss who finally calling the ring doctor brought the bout to a close at 2:40 of round ten sending it to the judge’s cards which were then announced 100-90, 99-91 times two all for Mares. Mares looking primed for a rematch with Santa Cruz moves to 31-2-1, 15Ko’s while the 26-year-old Gutierrez who’s only other defeat is a majority decision to Cristian Mijares June 2016 dips to 35-2-1, 25Ko’s.
Heading the undercard: Tijuana, Mexico’s, 31 year old former WBC Lightweight Champion, Antonio DeMarco put Aurora, Illinois, Eddie “El Escorpion” Ramirez through an old style initiation styled first round taking the best the young gun had to offer before battling back off the ropes catching the talented prospect with a ripping southpaw left uppercut putting him in full defensive mode backing him to the opposite corner for a volley of heavy shots underscored by a crushing right hook forcing referee Gerard White to step in and wave it over at 156 of round one. DeMarco moves back into the mix at 33-6-1, 24Ko’s while the 25-year-old Ramirez suffering his first pro loss returns to the gym 17-1, 11Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round lightweight bout Dallas, Texas, Roberto Marroquin bounced Sonora, Mexico’s, southpaw, Ruben “Canelito” Tamayo off the canvas once in rounds three, four and forcing referee David Mendoza to call the action at 1:49 of round five. Marroquin moves to 27-4-1, 19Ko’s while Tamayo winless in his last seven drops to 26-11- 4, 18Ko’s.
Oxnard, California, based Lithuanian, welterweight Eimantas Stanionis forced to go the distance for the first time boxed his way to a 79-73, 80-72 times two eight round unanimous decision over Rayne, Louisiana’s, stubborn Todd Manuel. Stanionis moves to 4-0, 3Ko’s while Manuel 2-3 in his last five evens out at 14-14-1, 3Ko’s.
In a six-round middleweight affair Chihuahua, Mexico’s, Misael “El Chino” Rodriguez and Tracy, California’s, Cesar Hernandez traded leather for the better part of six rounds with Rodriguez body work paying off to the head in the in the end of a 60-54 times three unanimous decision. Rodriguez moves to 4-0, 2Ko’s while Hernandez levels out at 3-3-1, 1Ko.
Santa Maria, California, bantamweight Jose Balderas shut out Modesto, California’s, Victor “El Torito” Torres, 40-36 times three after four. Balderas moves to 2-0 while Torres falls to 2-6-1, 1Ko.
In a four found super featherweight match Oak Hills, California’s, Jerry Perez remained unbeaten out boxing and out pointing San Bernardino, California, journeyman Juan Sandoval to a 39-37 times three unanimous decision. Perez climbs to 3-0, 2Ko’s while Sandoval drops to 7-19-1, 4Ko’s.
In the evening opener Pasadena, California, super bantamweight Jose Vargas floored Oak Hills, California’s, Jose “El Mudo” Perez twice in the opening frame enroute to a second round TKO win with referee David Mendoza stepping in to call it over at 2:00 of round two. Vargas improves to 3-0, 2Ko’s while Perez evens out at 1-1, 1Ko.
In the surprise of the night San Jose, California super featherweight, Percy Peterson put Moreno Valley, California’s previously unbeaten Luis Coria on the canvas in round one, then battling a cut over the left eye held off the talented 19-year old’s late charge escaping with a 38-37 times three four round unanimous decision. Peterson coming off a last round knockout of Kevin Alfonso Luna in June moves to 4-14-3, 2Ko’s while Coria suffering his first loss drops to 4-1, 3Ko’s.
In a six-round bantamweight bout Antonio “El Tekereke” Santa Cruz, the 21-year-old, cousin of Leo Santa Cruz walked Sinaloa, Mexico’s, Jesus Godinez into simple 1-2’s for most of six minutes before closing the show with a big right hand, dropping Godinez for a referee Gerard White ten count at 1:37 of round three. Santa Cruz improves to 6-3, 3Ko’s while Godinez breaks even at 2-2.