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Unbeaten 11th ranked WBA contender Roger Gutierrez 15-1-1 12KO’s came into his first LA Fight-Club main event against the ultra-experienced contender and gatekeeper Rene Alvarado 24-8 16KO’s. Alvarado absolutely dominated Gutierrez in a classic demonstration of the old adage “there are levels in boxing”. Alvarado over-whelmed Gutierrez with his work-rate and picked the Venezuelan apart until his corner threw in the towel, prompting referee David Mendoza to waive off the fight at :34 seconds in the seventh round.
Alvarado picked up a good win and showed GoldenBoy that he will stand as the truest gatekeeper on their roster. “This was a very meaningful win for me, and it is accomplishment that we trained very hard for,” said Rene Alvarado. “This puts me back on track to fight for a title. My eyes are looking to any of the winners of tomorrow’s Berchelt versus Miura bouts – I want any of the winning super featherweights next.”
In an action packed co-main event Edgar Valerio 11-0 6KO’s got off the canvas to win a step-up in competition over Jairo Ochoa 18-11 9KO’s. Ochoa started early firing overhand rights and landing, rocking the head of Valerio until the closing moments of the first when Valerio landed a big left hook to drop Ochoa. In the opening moments of the second round Ochoa landed a thunderous right hand, dropping Valerio to his back to a gasping crowd. Valerio would beat the count to move in and drop Ochoa with another hard left hook to mark the third knockdown of the night.
Valerio would find his groove in the third and control the action but the scrappy Ochoa started to attack the body to slow Valerio down just a half-step. Trading big shots to the crowds entertainment until the eighth bell the scorecards were an amazingly wider than normal 80-71, 80-71, and 79-72. “I couldn’t let him dictate the pace, I had to stand my ground,” said Edgar Valerio. “Even though I tasted the mat, I am proud of my performance. This was my first full eight round fight, and I know what I need to go back and improve. He’s gone through some tough competition, and some of the guys he’s fought are now fighting for titles.”
Joshua “The Professor” Franco 12-0 6KO’s stayed unbeaten after grinding out a ‘harder than it had to be’ decision over professional journeyman Antonio Rodriguez 8-16 3KO’s. Franco, the more technically sound fighter engaged in a dog fight when he didn’t have to often staying inside too long and exchanging hooks after he had already landed. Rodriguez was able to land shots of his own, blunting the assault from the young fighter from San Antonio, Texas. After six the judges’ scorecards read 60-54 on all three to keep the young Texan unbeaten in a quick turnaround fight after impressing on ESPN just a few weeks back.
Cristobal Ortiz 2-0 1KO stopped Ronald Rodriguez 1-6 1KO after dropping him twice in the second round. Fighting out of Los Angeles’s Westside Boxing Gym Ortiz landed a left hook that put Rodriguez down midway through the second. Rodriguez beat the count only to get dropped rushing in with a check left hook from Ortiz, referee David Mendoza immediately waived off the fight to give Ortiz of Huntington Park the stoppage victory.
Opening the nights action Khazakstan native Meiirim Nursultanov 3-0 2KO’s flattened Lanny Dardar of Houma Louisiana in the first round after a barrage of punches put Dardar on the canvas. Nursultanov trains out of Oxnard and left a good impression that begs to be seen again.