Photos: Lina Baker
“King” Gabe Rosado 23-9 (13KO’s) and Tijuana Mexico’s Antonio Gutierrez 20-2-1 (9KO’s) waged a war over ten rounds to whet the appetite of the predominantly Mexican-American crowd of the Stubhub in Carson near Los Angeles.
Gutierrez came out fast throwing big hooks to the body of Rosado in an attempt to wear down the Philadelphia fan favorite. In the fourth round Gutierrez landed a big right hand that sent Rosado to the canvas and the crowd erupted. Rosado got back to his feet and returned fire to let Gutierrez know that he wasn’t going away quietly and won the next few rounds.
Following an action packed sixth round that saw both fighters trade heavy leather Rosado rocked Gutierrez in seventh to win the round. The pace continued at a furious pace with Gutierrez appearing to get the better of each stanza until the end of the tenth.
Official scores for the fight were 96-93 and 95-94 twice to give Gabe Rosado a unanimous decision. The crowd booed at the announcement showing its displeasure but Rosado was sportsmanlike and held Gutierrez’s arm up following the fight in a symbolic gesture that he knew he was in a close fight.
Following the fight Rosado said “I was hoping this fight would go a little differently” “I wasn’t expecting to get knocked down. I knew I was making some mistakes and he was coming at me really hard.”
Gutierrez said “This has been the most difficult fight of my career, but I feel that I was very impressive and dominated many of the rounds tonight.”
“El Chimpa” Christian Gonzalez 14-0 (12KO’s) rolled to a decision victory over Jhon Gemino 12-7-1 (5KO’s) of the Phillipines. Gonzalez took a lot of punches while dominating Gemino en route to a unanimous decision via scores of 80-72 twice and 79-73. Gonzalez, who usually packs the house at Belasco didn’t impress at the Stubhub.
Nick Arce 8-0 (7KO’s) who is trained out of the famous Westside Boxing Club in Los Angeles rolled to a unanimous decision victory over veteran opponent Francisco Dominguez 8-9 (2KO’s). Dominguez did his job and gave the young Arce a target that wouldn’t go away easily without providing too much resistance. Arce dominated and moved forward to continue his careers impressive start. Following the fight Arce said “I trained for everything to go as planned, as it did. My opponent was a tough guy who can take lots of punches”.
East Los Angeles native Jonathan “Thunder” Navarro 6-0 (5KO’s) notched another impressive victory against Marc Torres of 4-2 (1KO) McAllen, TX stopping him with a right upper cut in the second round after dominating the fight and dropping him in the first. Navarro is becoming a favorite of promoter Golden Boy and has performed well thus far. After the fight Navarro said “I could tell in the first round that the body was open” “When I got him down in the first, I knew then for me the fight was all about the body”
Santa Ana product Alexis Rocha 3-0 (2KO’s) was taken the distance for the first time in his short career after being unable to finish the durable Anthony Woods 0-5 of Las Vegas. Rocha learned that not everybody goes down when he punches them. The youngster form Orange County California settled down in the last round of the fight and worked his lead left and combinations to win on scores of 40-36 on all three judge’s cards.
After the fight Rocha said “I come out to win and I was expecting to knock out my opponent out, but he was giving me a ton of trouble” “I know what I’m going to have to do to improve- including working on my combinations and staying collected during a fight.”
Rocha trainer Hector Lopez, who is also the trainer of Rocha’s older brother and WBC Silver Featherweight Champion Ronny Rios has some work ahead of him and said “I think Alexis did well, he fought an awkward veteran and gave Alexis four good rounds. Fights like this make you better in the long run”.
Genaro Gamez 2-0 (2KO’s) of San Diego looked impressive while dispatching opponent Juan Bryand 1-4 in the first round. Gamez flashed his power and placed a nice left hook to the body of Bryand that sent him down and out of the fight.
Opening the action for Vargas vs. Salido was Parral, Mexico’s Oscar Duarte 5-0 (2KO’s) with a unanimous decision victory over Luis Lizarraga 5-9-1 (2KO’s). Duarte managed to put Lizarraga down and dominate the four round affair to win on scores of 40-35 on all three judge’s cards.