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2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph “JoJo” Diaz 18-0 10KO’s looked every bit to be “the goods” as he dominated every minute of every round against tough veteran former world title challenger Ruben Tamayo 23-7-4 15KO’s. Diaz was fast with his hands, fast on his feet and looked untouchable against his stiffest test to date. Tamayo proved to be a tough test for the heralded Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez back in June but Diaz appear to get the better of the two fights.
Out of his southpaw stance Diaz pounded Tamayo upstairs and downstairs. Tamayo never posed any real resistance and his best asset was a durable chin that kept him upright for the entirety of the fight. At the end of the fifth round Diaz landed a double right hook, left hook combination that was a thing of beauty to put an end to the confidence of Tamayo.
After the fight Diaz said “I wanted to put on a good performance because I know he’s long and rangy, I felt strong, I felt good and fast in there and I’m glad I pulled out the victory. I want one more fight this year then I want a top ten fighter at 126.”
Un-beaten GoldenBoy prospect Frankie “PitBull” Gomez 19-0 13KO’s won a unanimous decision over Jorge “Pantera” Silva 19-10-2 15KO’s. Gomez needed to show something good and he had a chance to against the rugged gatekeeper Silva who once gave Alfredo Angulo all he could handle in 2012. After failing to make weight this year in what would have been his HBO debut in May as the coveted co-main event spot for Canelo vs Kirkland against Humberto Soto; Gomez still came in heavy again, weighing 150.4 lbs. Gomez (who normally fights at 140) wasn’t over for the bout but he isn’t really demonstrating the type of dedication it takes to get to the elite levels of the sport.
Gomez however, boxed well and showed that he has natural talent and abilities as he dominated Silva with overhand rights and combination punching. In the seventh round he was landing at will, but the tough Silva would shake his head and plod forward as if to say, “You’re hurting me, but not that much”. Round after round the busier Gomez got the best of Silva with solid combination punching. A clash of heads opened up cuts on the left eyebrows of each fighter at the end of the ninth, prompting both men to come out furious to start the tenth
Trained by Freddie Roach; Gomez has a promising future and after the fight he said “I stay away from distractions now, my next fight I’ll be at 145, then the next fight at 140”. Gomez also injured his right hand and it showed visible swelling following the fight during our interview “I hurt my right hand in the seventh round so I took some power off of it”
Local Indio prospect Alberto “Big Meech” Fundora 6-0 2KO’s won a nice unanimous decision over a game Ricki Romero 3-1 3KO’s of Commerce, CA. Fundora used his height and long reach to keep the fight on the outside choosing to box and land single shots almost at will on the forward plodding Romero. Romero would have luck in spots at the end of each round but only enough to take one as Fundora went on to win on scores of 59-55 on all three cards.
The third of the Magdaleno trio of brothers Marco “El Perro Grande” Magdaleno 1-0 1KO made his pro debut in nice fashion as he creamed Phillip Bounds 0-1 of Compton, CA. The southpaw, Magdaleno didn’t give us much to look at as he destroyed Bounds in a minute with a left hook that put him down hard. Bounds beat the count but Magdaleno could smell the blood and went in for the kill prompting the referee to properly call off the fight.
Melsik Baghdasarayan 3-0 1KO squeaked by Diego Padilla 1-2 with a majority decision victory on scores of 38-38, and 39-37 twice. Baghdasarayan was barely the busier fighter in a four round bout that could have gone either way.
In the opening bout of the evening Ke’Andre Gibson 14-0-1 6KO’s made short work of journeyman Thomas Howard 8-6 4KO’s stopping him in the second round with a savage one two combination that prompted the referee to call a halt to the action.