Alfonzo Gomez Wins 5th
By Carlos Cordoba
Photos: Ray Flores
Alfonzo Gomez made his
way back into the ring tonight in impressive fashion 14
months after retiring one of the sport’s most prolific
fighters. Jalisco’s own systematically destroyed Mexican
Legend Jose Luis Castillo, forcing him to not answer the
bell for the start of round number six. The fight was
fought on March 13th, 2010.
Alfonzo’s victory over
Castillo was his fourth straight. The streak began after
he himself was systematically destroyed by one of sports
greats. Miguel Cotto schooled Alfonzo Gomez for five
rounds on his way to his 31st victory on April 12th,
2008.That was then and this is now.
The Contender Alum
entered the ring with some of today’s best fighter’s
watching ring side. The likes of the WBO Featherweight
Champion Michey Garcia, WBC and WBO Junior Welterweight
Champion Timothy Bradley, and rough veteran Jesus Soto
Caras, took in the action ringside.
Alfonso Gomez quickly
KO’d Calvin Green in the second round in a scheduled 10
round welterweight bout at the Morongo Casino Resort and
Spa with all eyes on him. The fight was the main event
of the card promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank in
association with II Feathers Promotions and aired live
on Fox Sports.
Gomez came out swinging
from the opening bell, landing everything in his arsenal
including some swift uppercuts. He quickly put an end to
the show with a devastating right hook that had Green
down on his feet. Referee Tony Crebbs was forced to stop
the bout 1:24 into round number two after Green’s
inability to defend himself against Gomez’s brutal
“You can call me
Benjamin Button if you want,” said the victor in his
post fight interview. “I feel younger, stronger and
faster.” He then went on to call out some pretty big
names in the fight game.
Michael Franco Wins in Unimpressive Fashion
Riverside’s Michael “lil Warrior” Franco 19-0, 12KOs
took on Dominican Republic’s Rafael “The Dominican Man”
Lora 11-5, 5KOs in an 8 round super featherweight bout.
Being the crowd favorite did not serve Franco well as he
allowed the quicker Lora to utilize his speed in round
number one. The Dominican Man beat Franco to the punch
from the outset of the fight and had the Riverside
native’s right eye in bad shape by the end of round one.
If Rafael Lora only knew how to sit on his right hook
instead of throwing a slapping right hook, he would have
ended the bout by round number three. But that was not
the case; Michael Franco knew it and walked straight
through Lora’s right hooks. He even walked straight into
some that would have caused major damage if placed
Franco progressed to take advantage of his opponent’s
lack of punching power and went on to work the body and
land some effective hooks in round number four. The body
attack weakened Lora, who went on to drop his mouth
piece three times in the same round. The ref was forced
to deduct a point on the third occasion.
Round number five was all Franco as he continued to
press Lora’s midsection setting up his left and right
hook. The crowd favorite eventually connected on one of
those left hooks, hurting the gassed Dominican.
The following round saw Michael Franco dominate; albeit,
all that activity from the previous rounds depleted his
energy. It was clear by the end of round six. The lack
of wind followed him into round number seven were he was
vividly winded, allowing Lora to box like he did in the
first three rounds.
Albeit, Lora did not take full advantage of his
opponents lack of wind and gave away the round by
dropping his mouth guard again. The ref once again
deducted a point from Lora. The final round seemed to
mirror the first three rounds but Lora lost the fight
with his inability to keep his mouth piece where it
belongs. It could have been a draw at the least. At the
end of 8 hard fought rounds; two judges ring side
tallied the bout 77-73, and one had it 76-74 in favor of
Riverside’s Michael Franco.
Jose Roman Remains Unbeaten
Santa Ana’s Jose Roman 10-0, 8KOs KO’d Mexican national
Jose Medoza 6-2, 3KOs to retain his unblemished record
in the televised opener. The fight was originally
scheduled for 6 rounds in the welterweight division.
Jose “El Gato” Roman began to work from the outset of
the fight. His calculated attack enabled him to land a
powerful left hook which floored Jose Mendoza for the
first time. Mendoza was able to survive the first knock
down but not the second.
Roman continued to apply pressure eventually connecting
with a right hook that ended the bout 2:03 into the
Non Televised Bouts
Gabino Saenz Doesn’t Disappoint
Gabino Saenz 3-0, 3KOs took on James Owens in a
scheduled 4 round featherweight scrap. The crowd
favorite was accompanied into the ring by Junior
Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley. With the
champions support and the backing of the crowd, Gabino
did not disappoint.
The left hook was the first to land for Indio’s Gabino.
Two more landed consecutively forcing Owens to the
canvas. Gabino continued to assault Owens until the ref
stopped the bout 2:40 into the opening round.
Michael Farenas Overcomes Attah’s Holding and Wins a
The Philippine’s Michael Farenas 30-3-3, 25KOs earned a
hard fought majority decision against Nigeria’s Daniel
“The Prophet” Attah 25-7-1, 9KOs in an 8 round super
The fight began as evenly matched as possible, even the
pugilist trunks matched. The action was lackluster at
best in the first three rounds due to Attah’s holding.
He was warned in the second and third round by referee
Tony Crebbs. Farenas’ straight left was the reason why
the Nigerian employed holding as a tactic to slow down
the Freddie Roach trained boxer. Despite his holding,
Attah was still putting in work by landing some
effective blows in round number four. Farena countered
with a left to the body which seemed to hurt his
opponent in round number six.
Attah continued to hold after he was hurt by Farenas’
left to the body forcing Tony Crebbs to momentarily stop
the bout, deducting a point from the Nigerian in the
process. The ref’s actions drew cheers from the crowd.
Motivated by the crowds support, Ferana was able to
connect with a left hook while Attah crouched against
the ropes in round number seven. The blow hurt Attah and
sent him reeling against the ropes and almost out the
ring for Ferenas’ first knockdown. He proceeded to close
the bout by continuing to apply pressure on his winded
counterpart. After 8 rounds of fighting one judge ring
side scored the bout a draw 75-75 while the other two
scored the bout 79-71 and 78-72 respectively handing
Michael Farenas a majority decision victory.
Roman Morales KO’s Santiago Alonso
Fresno’s Roman Morales 3-0, 2KO’s knocked out Garden
Grove’s Santiago Alonso 0-2 in a scheduled 4 round Super
Bantamweight bout. The diminutive Alonso began the bout
by landing a right haymaker that was partially blocked;
however, that was it. The favored Morales, was able to
connect with an effective right hook that sent Alonso to
the canvas in the middle of round number one. He then
followed through and connected with another right hook
that ended the bout 2:52 into the same round.
Alfredo Rivera Impressive in Second Professional Victory
Alfredo “The One” Rivera 2-7 stepped into the ring
tonight against El Monte’s Ricky “El Amarrillo” Duenas
8-2, 3KOs in a scheduled 6 round welterweight bout. “The
One” began the bout fighting much better than his record
reflected. He did what any orthodox fighter must do when
fighting a south paw – he let loose with precise
straight lefts targeted to the body and to the head.
The favorite on paper, Duenas, was completely confused
by round number three. He did not know if he should
continue fighting as a south paw or attempt to avoid
Rivera’s left by fighting as an orthodox boxer. In the
meantime, Rivera continued to double up his jab to set
up his left; subsequently, controlling Rivera’s
aggression in round number four. Duenas was able to
awake in round number five and land some crisp rights.
Rivera stymied that attack on his way to a unanimous
decision victory. Two judges ringside scored the bout
58-56, and the other had it 59-55 handing Rivera his
second professional victory.
Gossen’s Vahe Saruhan Wins Pro Debut
Joe Gossen trained Vane Saruhan 1-0 made his pro debut
in the opening bout of the night. He took an unusual
veteran in Jose Pacheco 2-15-6 in a scheduled 4 round
lightweight scrap. Saruhan had Pacheco on his heels from
the outset of the fight. He did so with his powerful
right which landed at will. The overmatched Pacheco
eventually caved under Vane’s pressure. The bout ended
2:59 into round number one.