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Somebody should’ve told Golden Boy that Romero Duno 13-1 12KO’s is a bad man. It appeared that no home work was done on the fighter from General Santos City whom had 11KO’s out of 12 wins. The script said Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez 16-1 14KO’s was supposed to win and Gonzalez would become the WBC youth champion, apparently Duno didn’t get a copy because he thrashed Gonzalez in a round and a half.
A hard right hand in the first round absolutely pancaked Gonzalez, dropping him to the mat. Gonzalez would beat the count but he was out on his feet and stumbled to the corner. Golden Boy matchmaker Robert Diaz had a serious look of worry and concern on his face and it was well validated 57 seconds into the second.
Gonzalez and Duno traded shots but Duno’s power was on a different level than the hard punching Gonzalez. Another flush right hand crumpled Gonzalez to his back and he was out. After making it to his feet Gonzalez collapsed forcing the doctor to order him out on a stretcher.
Duno came out of nowhere and everyone on media row said the same thing about him. “Who the hell is this guy and when does he fight again!”.
Alexis Rocha 7-0 5KO’s impressed in a fourth round destruction of Long Island’s Marcus Beckford 3-6-3 1KO. Rocha put a hard-right hand on the chin of Beckford in first, dropping him early to set the tone of fight. In the second it was a combination to the body that forced Beckford to a knee but he would beat the count to extend the thrashing that Rocha was eager to deliver.
At the end of the fourth Beckford’s corner called a halt to the fight and save their man for another day. Rocha improves his record and filled the seats of the Belasco theater in downtown Los Angeles.
For the first time since April of 2016 the blue corner picked up a win at LA Fight Club. Jhon Leon 2-0 1KO of Bogota Colombia pulled off a bit of an upset as he handed Angel Bojado 1-1 of Los Angeles his first defeat. Bojado’s name is synonymous in Los Angeles for never living up to its potential and Angel didn’t disappoint. Bojado came out firing in the first round and looked good for as long as it lasted, but once again the inevitable happened. The second round begun and the air had been let out of the Bojado bag and Leon beat him with basic fundamentals.
Nothing flashy, Leon put on a workman performance and did everything average, Bojado was that out of shape. All of his athleticism and school yard talent would do him no good as he was beaten by a disciplined less than average fighter on scores of 39-37 on all three cards.
Baby Face Niko Valdez 4-0 4KO’s stayed unbeaten after stopping Mazatlan Mexico’s Alejandro Osuna 4-3 2KO’s. Osuna came out firing in the first and even had Valdez off balance for moments but then the expected happened, the first round ended and Osuna was completely gassed. Valdez took over and sloppily landed wide looping shots until referee Jack Reiss decided that he had seen enough and jumped in to stop the bout at 2:16 in the fourth.
Marvin Cabrera 3-0 3KO’s looked every bit the seasoned pro during a dominant win over Saadalah Al-Tameemi 2-1-1 2KO’s. Cabrera showed some impressive punching patience and control of the distance as he looked a few classes above Al-Tameemi. Hard hooks upstairs and downstairs throughout the fight landed consistently forcing the referee to call a halt to the fight in the third.
Francisco Esparza 6-0 2KO’s opened the nights action with a very hard fought unanimous decision victory over tougher than expected Emmanuel Castro 2-4 2KO’s. Castro made Esparza work every second of the fight and made him pay often but Esparza would land the cleaner more effective punches on the night to win on scores of 60-54 twice and 59-55.