DE LA HOYA BEATS DELGADO, SANCHEZ CRUSHES SOSA

Albert Baker

Photo Lina Baker


Diego De La Hoya is still unbeaten. At 13-0 7KO’s, De La Hoya won in a workman-like unanimous decision victory over Giovanni Delgado 15-4 9KOs. Delgado was coming off a unanimous decision loss to blue-chip prospect Joseph ‘JoJo’ Diaz back in May and simply couldn’t match the output of De La Hoya.

De La Hoya does a lot of small things well and few big things wrong. Good side to side movement, combination punching, and good inside movement, coupled with throwing the uppercut from too far out at times and sitting in the pocket for too long make the young cousin of Oscar De La Hoya a fun fighter to watch.

De La Hoya landed his shots throughout the fight and controlled the ring while Delgado settled for onesies and twosies that made you believe he was in the fight, until De La Hoya would land a combination to remind you who was in charge.
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On scores of 79-73 on all three judges’ cards, De La Hoya takes another step forward and continues his unbeaten streak. Moving at a fast pace in his young career, De La Hoya may still need another one or two years to develop before Golden Boy should throw him in with a serious contender or title holder.

The co-main event saw Fairfield California product Alan Sanchez 17-3-1 9KOs put an end to Puerto Rican John Karl Sosa’s 13-1 6KOs previously unbeaten streak. The fight was a tale of two rounds as Sosa’s aggression would win the first half of each round followed by Sanchez’s timing and one-two combinations winning the second half.

In the third round Sanchez landed a solid one-two on Sosa as a symbol of the near future of the fight. At 2:41 of the sixth round Sanchez planted a nice one-two on Sosa like a flag on the moon and dropped him. Sosa beat referee Vic Draculich’s count but was on unsteady legs. One minute later at 1:41 of the sixth Sanchez put Sosa down again with a flurry punctuated by a left hook to the body. Sosa showed heart but the end was near as Sanchez followed up with another flurry to drop him prompting referee Vic Draculich to call a halt to the action at 41 seconds in the sixth round.

Sanchez is a good prospect, after a loss to Luis Collazo in 2013 he has won five straight against decent competition that should put him in line for another televised gig in the future.

The opening bout of the live telecast on EstrellaTV saw Horacia Garcia 30-1 21KOs stop Raul Hidalgo 24-14 18KOs at one minute three seconds in the second round. Garcia landed a good shot in the second the backed Hidalgo to the ropes, after a long flurry of punches to which Hidalgo didn’t respond the referee jumped in to save Hidalgo from taking any unnecessary punishment.

Pulling post-televised duty was a good scrap between previously unbeaten Roy ‘Pitbull’ Tapia 11-1-2 6KO’s and prospect truth tester Erik Ruiz 15-4 6KOs. Ruiz pulled out the split decision over Tapia in a good battle that allowed Ruiz to show his experience.

Ruiz won in scores of 77-75 Tapia, 77-75 Ruiz twice.

In the second bout of the night Donegal, Irelands Jason Quigley 9-0 8KOs remained unbeaten with a unanimous decision victory over Marchristopher Adams of Dallas, Texas. Quigley was the more active of the two fighters and clearly won the fight but Adams was able to push Quigley to end his eight fight knockout streak. At the beginning of the third round Quigley suffered a cut above the right eyeand appeared to tire enough to earn Adams the round.

The final scores from the judges were 40-36 twice and 39-37.

Opening the nights action Francisco Esparza 2-0 of Las Vegas won a majority decision over Jose Rodriguez 2-2 1KO to remain unbeaten.

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