By Michael Luketic, ringside [Twitter: @mglcreativebox]
The main event of the evening featured Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (21-5, 7 KO’s) versus “Hammerin” Hank Lundy (25-4-1, 12 KO’s) for the NABF super lightweight title.
Lundy came out to start the fight using his legs and moving around the ring well. This seemed to frustrate Herrera in the first round as he lay on the ropes and waved Lundy in, trying to get Lundy to engage. Lundy seemed content to stick to boxing and refused to give Herrera what he wanted. A clash of heads occurred with seconds left in the round – this would become a common theme throughout the fight.
In the second round, the action heated up as Lundy landed two very big right hands that caught Herrera flush – by far the biggest punches of the fight. With that being said, Herrera was slowly finding some rhythm in his work on the inside.
Herrera began to outwork Lundy especially on the inside, he was able to make the fight somewhat ugly and took Lundy out of his game plan. Clashes of heads seemed to be occurring very frequently and Herrera was checked by the ringside physician after each round.
About a minute into the fifth, another clash of heads took place and Herrera suffered a severe cut to his eye lid. Referee Jack Reese ruled the clash of heads accidental, but he had Herrera examined by the ringside physician and the bout was stopped. Being that the fight had gone past four rounds, the fight then went to the score cards.
The judges score cards were announced 48-48, 48-47 and 48-47; a majority decision victory for Mauricio Herrera. With the victory “El Maestro” claims the NABF super lightweight title.
The co-main event of the evening featured Michael Perez (22-1-2, 10 KO’s) versus Luis Sanchez (17-3-1, 5 KO’s) for the NABO lightweight title.
The fight took on a very slow pace early on, as both fighters fought cautiously feeling each other out. The fans in attendance were not pleased with the level of action taking place in the fight, but that changed quickly in the sixth round as Perez landed a body shot that sent Sanchez to the canvas. Sanchez was visibly very hurt from the shot and struggled to get up just before the referee’s count had reached ten. The referee then took a closer look at Sanchez and called an end to the fight. With the victory, Perez wins the NABO lightweight title and improves his record to (22-1-2).
Further down the fight card, the evening was opened by undefeated prospect Zachary Ochoa (11-0, 5 KO’s) against veteran David Rodela (17-10, 7 KO’s).
Ochoa used his superior boxing skills to out-point Rodlea in a wide unanimous decision – 79-73 on all three judges score cards. Rodela showed up to win but Ochoa was levels above him. Ochoa proved tonight he can handle pressure from a tough veteran fighter and stick to a game plan. He improves to (12-0).
Ivan Delgado (5-0-1, 2 KO’s) fought Angel Albelo (4-7-3, 1 KO) in the second bout of the evening. Delgado out worked and out landed Albelo over six rounds, earning a white wash unanimous decision 60-54 on all three judges score cards, remaining undefeated.
Irish prospect Jason Quigley (6-0, 6 KO’s) took on Tom Howard (8-3, 4 KO’s), making very short work of Howard dropping him twice in the second round. The second knockdown was to be the end of Howard’s night, as although able to beat the referee’s count, he was on very shaky legs and the referee deemed him unfit to continue fighting. With the impressive stoppage victory Quigley keeps his knockout streak rolling with seven knock outs in as many contests.
Rising prospect Nick Arce (3-0, 3 KO’s) was pitted against Ricardo Alvarado (7-6, 6 KO’s) and brought with him a rather large contingency of fans in the crowd rooting him on. In the second, Arce landed a combination on the ropes and strangely the referee stepped in called a halt to the bout. Alvarado did not seemed too badly hurt or in danger of being knocked down and was very displeased with the decision to stop the contest. The crowd in attendance were extremely vocal with their opinion on the stoppage and began to shower Arce with boos as if the stoppage was somehow his fault. Nevertheless with the victory, Arce improved his record to (4-0), with all four wins coming by way of knockout.
Upcoming Golden Boy prospect Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz (16-0, 10 KO’s) took on Rene Alvarado (22-4, 15 KO’s) in what was considered a step up fight for Diaz. Alvarado, described as a rugged veteran, would prove to be a tough challenge for Diaz all night long.
It looked like it might be an easy night for Diaz as he was able to drop Alvarado in the first round with a body shot, but Alvarado was able to get to his feet and from that point on pressured Diaz and got on the inside and forced him into a slug-fest. Diaz throughout the fight was able to land the cleaner shots, countering well on the inside with uppercuts and hooks to the body. Diaz showed that he can fight up close and do it for a full ten rounds. Scorecards delivered a unanimous decision victory 98-91, 96-93 and 95-94 for Diaz, who remains undefeated upping his record to (17-0).