Albert Baker

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The Kid can fight. Joseph Diaz Jr. 19-0 11KO’s blasted opponent Hugo Partida 20-7-2 15KO’s, stopping him in the second round.

Diaz landed a hard left hook in the second that shook Partida. Forcing him to the ropes when Diaz threw what looked like ten consecutive left hooks to drop and stop the out gunned Mexican. Diaz looks to be the goods and has chewed up everything thrown at him by promoter GoldenBoy. Following the fight Diaz said “I dug into the body in the first round and had him hurt, then I put some good power shots on top and got him out.”
A step up is in order for the young former Olympian who fought a total of five times in 2015. A future matchup against fellow featherweight former Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez is always a great conversation in media row and would draw a good crowd in Los Angeles but that fight could marinate for a while to let the two build more following nationally and globally.
In a great back and forth, action fight Andrew “Chango” Cancio 16-3-2 12KO’s stopped Rene Alvarado 22-6 15KO’s in the eighth round of a great fight that had the crowd roaring. Cancio, from nearby Blythe, California brought the crowd with him and gave them something to cheer for.
Cancio was the busier of the two fighters and landed a hard left hook in the fifth to rock Alvarado but, Alvarado would come back in the sixth to land hard shots of his own. Fighting at a fast pace Alvarado was the first to slow and in the eighth Cancio made him pay for it by landing another savage left hook that rocked Alvarado into the ropes but not to the canvas. Referee Jack Reiss stepped in and appropriately ruled it a knockdown as the ropes held up Alvarado and without them he would have fell.
Cancio smelled the blood in the water and followed up with flurries of punches prompting referee Jack Reiss to jump in and call a halt to the action. “Rene Alvarado comes and gives it his all. I mean he went toe to toe with JoJo Diaz Jr. earlier this year. We trained hard for this, but we were stronger harder and faster.” Said Cancio after the fight. Cancio made his first appearance in the ring since April of 2014 in a decision loss to Ronny Rios of Santa Ana.
7ft. Chinese Heavyweight Taishan 6-0 3KO’s won a unanimous decision over Daniel Arambula 3-2 1KO of Guadalajara, Mexico. Taishan is a project that may or may not yield profits. Watching a Taishan fight is like watching your best friend fall down the stairs; you just don’t know if you want to laugh or help him up.
On scores of 39-36 twice and 38-37 the behemoth Taishan manhandled Arambula; leaning on him and landing a big jab that was sloppier than grandma’s kisses.
Rafael “El Alikin” Gramajo 6-1-1 2KO’s won a unanimous decision over Michael Gaxiola 4-5. Gramajo has progressively gotten better in each of his outings and beat the spirit out of Gaxiola with an unrelenting work-rate.
In the fourth Gramajo landed a savage left hook that blew the mouth piece out of Gaxiola’s jaws. Gaxiola would lose his mouth piece again in the fifth prompting referee Jack Reiss to dock a point from the Modesto, California native. At the end of the six round bout the judges’ cards read 60-53 twice and 59-53 giving Gramajo the nod. After the fight Gramajo said “We put in work, we did pressure, we fought a fight and that is what we came to do.”
Donnie “Big Nasty” Palmer 7-0-1 6KO’s won a split decision over Tommy Washington 7-8 3KO’s in an uninspiring fight that featured holding and hugging. Palmer remained undefeated on scores of 57-56 twice and 57-56 for Washington. Palmer said after the fight “I think I had a late start, I was a bit sluggish. I got a knockdown and I should have capitalized on that.”
The youngest of the Magdaleno trio of brothers Marco “El Perro Grande” (The Big Dog) Magdaleno 2-0 1KO won his second outing via unanimous decision on scores of 40-36 on all three judge’s cards over Derick Bartlemay 0-1. Bartlemay in his pro debut didn’t come to lose and made this fight closer than the cards showed. Magdaleno controlled the action but, learned early in his career that not everyone goes down easy. A valuable lesson. Following the fight Magdaleno said “I felt great tonight. He was a tough opponent. He came out to fight tonight and that’s what he did; he gave me a really good fight.”
Opening the nights action was Pilipino Jon Jon Dinong 1-0 1KO with a second round TKO of Deartie Tucker 2-3 2KO’s in his pro debut. Dinong is being trained in the Lee Espinoza Boxing Club in Coachella, CA; coming out hard in the second Dinong landed a nice right-left hook combination that put Tucker down. Beating the count was more of a consolation for Tucker as Dinong went in for the kill to drop the Ft. Smith, Arkansas native with a flurry of punches prompting referee Marty Denkin to stop the action.

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