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Columbian prospect Oscar Negrete 15-0 (5KO’s) moved into his first ten round bout against journeyman Jose Bustos 11-7-3 (7KO’s) with intentions of impressing with a solid victory in his first main-event. Mission accomplished, well half of the mission at least.
Negrete won a workman fight that was very much closer than the cards of 100-90 and 99-91 (twice) reflected but he failed to impress and was in trouble down the stretch as Bustos came on strong in the back half of the fight.
In the fifth round Negrete was cut over his left eye from a head-butt. Firing single shots Negrete appeared an inch or two from rocking Bustos but never got the damage done to hurt the fighter from Mexico. In the eighth round Bustos landed a big shot to rock Negrete, but he would recover well and win the ninth. The win should setup another step up in competition in the future, or a spot on a higher profile undercard.
Following the fight Negrete said “Bustos was a difficult fighter, he came to win and came prepared and in very good condition” “Opponents like that challenge me to be better.”
In a good action fight Emilio Sanchez 13-0 (9KO’s) of Pacoima learned a few new lessons after out boxing Hugo “Olympico” Partida 20-8-2 (15KO’s) of Mexico City. Partida came to fight and win, there would be no blowout in the same fashion Joseph Diaz Jr. dispatched him back in December of last year.
Sanchez rocked Partida in the fifth round with a right uppercut that sent his mouthpiece flying across the ring. Instead of holding, Partida managed to fight back and fight his way out of trouble with sheer volume punching to back up the younger and fresher Sanchez. Sanchez landed combinations with good in-fighting technique and showed that he has been a good investment thus far for Golden Boy. The gamble of matching him tough in only his thirteenth pro fight payed off. Sanchez showed he has the grit and determination to stay with a game plan against a tough opponent that fires back with bad intentions.
At the end of eight rounds official scores were 79-72, and 78-73 (twice) all for Emilio Sanchez. “My uppercuts were the key to pulling out the decision. He kept his head low, so I thought my uppercuts were hurting him. He was a tough fighter with good experience” Sanchez said after the fight.
Niko “Baby Face” Valdez 2-0 (2KO’s) opened the nights action with a barrage of straight left hands to the head of opponent Michael Andrews 0-2 of Hobbs, New Mexico. Valdez dominated the action but failed to show a crisp technique and fight discipline when his opponent didn’t go away quickly. Hobbs was durable and provided three rounds as a heavy bag but also landed shots on the prospect that he shouldn’t have. After the third round referee Wayne Hedgepeth had seen enough and called a halt to the fight on the advice of the doctor.
“I’d give myself a B+ after that performance. I was keeping my hands too far down during that fight and wasn’t putting together my combinations, but I felt very comfortable out there, maybe the most comfortable I’ve felt in the ring. It was very important for me to be patient when I saw he kept coming back, I didn’t want to flurry and unleash my entire punch load at once.” Valdez said after the fight
The bulk of the night’s action served as a benefit for the Susan G. Komen foundation in their fight against breast cancer. A battle of the badges between various Los Angeles and New York police and first responder agencies served as entertainment with a portion of the evening’s proceeds going to the charity. Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya lost his mother to the scourge of breast cancer and famously dedicated his gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics to his mother.