Huerta Blows Away Delgado In
By William Trillo & Albert Castillo
Photos: Marlene Marquez
Super Featherweight Ivan Delgado (11-1-1,4 KO’s) took a huge
step up in competition against Charles Huerta (19-5,12 KO’s)
and let the record reflect it was a huge mistake. Huerta
used his calm experience to feel out the situation early and
then at the opening of the 3rd round Huerta unleashed a
right hand that dropped Delgado like a ton of bricks.
Delgado rose to his feet but Huerta jumped on him like a
house of fire and with just 36 seconds into the third round
gone the ref brought this one to an end.
Honestly, Charles Huerta has been the B-side of the last two
Golden Boy fights and on each occasion, he has more than
made his point. He is still a very relevant contender in the
Super Featherweight ranks. Huerta’s performance put him back
on the map. No discredit to Delgado who came out and gave it
his best against world class competition. But on this night,
it was Huerta who showed he still has what it takes to be an
exciting attraction for Golden Boy promoted cards.
In his previous fight, Huerta lost a nip and tuck split
decision to Carlos “The Solution” Morales. After his
performance this evening Huerta has proved he deserves a
rematch against Morales. It’s a fight the fans would love to
“He was a tough fighter but I knew I had to stick to the
jab,” said Charles Huerta. “As the fight went on I was
seeing everything he was giving me and after the 2nd round
when I went back to my corner, I told my dad, ‘I got him.’
Coming into this fight I knew my experience was key and that
is what I was able to show.”
Super Welterweight Jonathan Navarro (9-0, 5 KO’s) took on a
“too many burritos for his own good” Joan Jose Valenzuela
(4-8-1, 4 KO’s) and the outcome was inevitable although it
lasted way longer than expected. As soon as Valenzulea took
off his robe it was apparent Carnitas were the main staple
on his training table. Navarro wasted no time targeting the
flubber and over the course of the scheduled six rounder
Navarro played a tune on Valenzuela’s lard filled gut.
Surprisingly, the tubby Tijuana fighter lasted 5 rounds
until the ref brought the fight to a halt at the 2:21 mark.
I can neither confirm or deny the rumor that Valenzuela was
seen at the Taco Truck outside The Belasco Theatre moments
after the fight.
“It’s been a while since I’ve had a knock out, so it feels
great to end on that note,” said Jonathan Navarro.
“Valenzuela kept taunting me during the first two rounds,
but I adjusted myself to his style by the third round and
was able to start landing my shots to the body. I’m really
proud of my performance, and I can’t wait to get back into
Super Featherweights Manny Robles Jr (12-0,4 KO’s) and Jose
Antonio Martinez (7-9,5 KO’s) gave the fans six rounds of
good action in this chin checker battle. Both Robles and
Martinez landed heavy blows during the fight but neither man
was willing to go down. It was Robles who controlled the
action for the most part and for his effectiveness he was
awarded the unanimous decision. Scores read 59-55 and 60-54
twice all in favor of Robles.
“I’m happy to be back at a Golden Boy event, and I’m glad I
got this first fight with them out of the way,” said Manny
Robles, Jr. “The plan was to go to the body, and try to hurt
him there. I still have a lot to work on, and when I go back
to the gym I’ll be working on just everything.”
Super Bantamweight Pablo Rubio Jr (9-0, 3 KO’s) took a hard
fought unanimous decision over Angel Enrique Aguilar Jimenez
(8-12, 1 KO). All three judges scored this one 59-55 in
favor of Rubio who keeps his unbeaten record intact. Aguilar
gave a decent account of himself, even winning a round in
the lopsided defeat.
“Every time I would try to press forward and land my
combinations, he would just run away,” said Pablo Rubio, Jr.
“He brought in a lot of ring experience, and he caught me
off guard with some of his punches. My dad and I came in
with a game plan to win, and that’s what helped us secure
Featherweight Edgar Valerio (10-0, 6 KO’s) used a plethora
of power punches to dispatch of Francisco Dominguez (7-10, 1
KO) in two rounds. Valerio didn’t seem to be bothered with
the basics, like using a jab, but instead threw haymakers at
the hapless foe until a right hand at the end of round two
dropped Dominguez as the bell rang. Discretion became the
better part of valor and Dominguez chose not to fight on.
“My dad and I plan for everything, it’s just a matter of
timing,” said Edgar Valerio. “I feel good about the win, but
like how all fighters say, I’m just ready for the next win.”