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Los Angeles: LA Fight Club at the Belasco theater is becoming something of a tradition in the Los Angeles boxing scene. Not quite the Grand Olympic Auditorium but, its growing on me. Christian “El Chimpa” Gonzalez 18-1 15KO’s made his second return to the ring in a series of confidence building fights since being blasted early by Romero Duno early in the year, against cagey veteran Gamaliel Diaz 40-18-3 19KO’s of Michoacan, Mexico.
Diaz did his best to ugly up the fight and was even docked a point late for holding in an attempt to throw Gonzalez off but the young fighter from Buena Park stayed the course. Gonzalez landed the cleaner, heavier shots throughout and boxed his way to a unanimous decision victory on scores of 79-72 twice and 76-75. A clash of heads in the seventh round opened up a nasty cut on the brow directly over Gonzalez’s right eye.
“A win is a win, and this was a difficult fight,” said Gonzalez. “We knew watching the tapes that he’d be a more experienced, slightly dirty fighter. But we weren’t expecting him to be that dirty with all the headbutting and hitting to the back of the head. I want my next fight to be a ten-rounder.”
Los Angeles product “Kid Neza” Edgar Valerio 12-0 7KO’s looked impressive during his televised co-main bout against experienced Martin Cardona 24-9 of Tucson. Valerio is tall for a featherweight and uses it like a thing of beauty to twist his long frame into a torque generating machine of power. Late in the first round Valerio landed a big punch to drop Cardona, the Tucson fighter would make it to his feet and survive the round. A monstrous right hand would put Cardona down for good at :21 in the second round to notch another victory for the local prospect.
“I felt good. I had an amazing training camp,” said Valerio. “I was being smart, and working smart pays off. I give all the glory to God, my family and my manager, Joel De La Hoya.”
Jousce Gonzalez 6-0 6KO’s kept the knockout train rolling with a first round stoppage of Ricardo Fernandez 3-7-4. Gonzalez landed big shots to drop Fernandez early in the round, Fernandez would make it to his feet but it would only be a consolation. Gonzalez pounced with punches in bunches prompting referee Jack Reiss to call a halt to the fight at 2:10 of the first round.
“I’m happy with the victory, but there are mistakes that I could fix,” said Gonzalez. “I could maintain my composure a little bit more after I see that my opponent’s been hurt. But those are just things you learn as a professional. Hopefully, I’ll be back in the ring soon.”
Opening the nights action Armenian Ferdinand Kerobyan 6-0 3KO’s made short work of entry level opponent Uriel Gonzalez 1-2-1 of San diego stopping him in 1:08 of the first round. Kerboyan is an aggressive puncher that trains and fights out of North Hollywood, California.
“I felt great, and I didn’t want to rush it,” said Ferdinand Kerobyan. “But when the opportunity presented itself, I had to take full advantage of it. Hopefully, I’ll be fighting again very soon and hope to deliver another knockout performance.”