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  Duarte’s Body Attack Stops Rodriguez Cold

By William Trillo & Albert Castillo
Photos: Marlene Marquez


Lightweight Oscar Duarte (13-0-1, 9 KO’s) put on a consistent body attack against Jorge Rodriguez (10-2, 1 KO) and when all was said those deposited body shots paid huge dividends for Duarte. The young Duarte looked powerful and sharp with the victory that helped keep him without a loss on his ledger.

Rodriguez was a tough customer who came into this fight as a game underdog. But whenever he dished out punishment on Duarte he was met with return fire, at one point the shelling dropped him on his rear.

It was in the fifth round that Duarte landed a well placed hook to the liver that sat Rodriguez down once and for all. The bout was declared over at the 1:35 mark.

"We knew we had a tough opponent," said Duarte, "So, we had to work off the jab to get inside. Once we accomplished that, I was able to punish and finish him with shots to the body.Coach Joel & Antonio guided me to victory the entire way. I know I have some a long road ahead of me, but I'm improving each fight and getting closer to a world title opportunity."

Super lightweight Antonio Orozco (27-0, 17 KO’s) returned to the ring against trial horse Martin Honorio (33-13-1, 16 KO’s) in a bout that went the eight round distance. Orozco was in control of the fight for most of the night but Honorio gave him a good eight rounds of work. In the end the bout went to scorecards that read 79-73 across the board.

“I wanted to change my style a bit,” said Antonio Orozco. “So, I boxed more. People aren’t used to seeing me do that. Having Manny Robles as my new trainer has helped a lot, and I demonstrated that by making 140 easy.”

Featherweight Edgar Valerio (13-0, 8 KO’s) dropped Giovanni Caro (27-23-4, 21 KO’s) with a hard left hook in round one and that was all she wrote. Officially the bout was brought to a halt at 2:59 mark.

“I started off like jelly: smooth but a little slow. The moment came for the knockout and I took it, but at the beginning I was over thinking. Overall, I’m humble and thank I’m thankful to God for the victory. I also thank my entire team for doing a great job helping me develop as a prospect.”

Lightweight Jousce Gonzalez (7-0, 7 KO’s) kept his KO ratio at a perfect 100% as he mauled Jose Antonio Martinez (10-12, 6 KO’s) in the first round until the ref had no choice but to save Martinez from continued carnage. Mark this one down as a TKO victory at 2:48 of round number one.

“Seeing all these prospects go the distance against Jose Martinez really made me want to make a statement,” said Jousce Gonzalez. “I wanted to show that I’m on a different level. I wanted to establish myself in the division.”

Welterweight Blair Cobbs (7-0-1, 5 KO’s) and Mario Esparza (4-0-2) opened the show with a decent little scrap until an accidental headbutt opened a gash over the eye of Esparza that forced the ref and doctor to stop the fight in the fourth round. The bout was declared a technical draw.

“I’m happy to have made my Golden Boy Promotions debut, but it was unfortunate that the fight ended in a technical draw. I felt I was winning the fight and wanted to close out strong. All I can do now is be ready for the next fight and give the fans a great performance,” said Blair Cobbs .

In the walk bout, (I can’t help myself), Flyweight Seniesa Estrada (12-0, 2 KO’s) and Sonia Osorio (10-6-1, 1 KO) fought in an eight round bout that ended in a unanimous decision victory for Estrada. Final scores read 80-72. Estarada’s moniker pretty much sums up this battle; “Super Bad”.

In something that has become a post fight habit, Estrada made excuses again even though she was victorious saying, “I had a bit of ring rust because I hadn't fought since September, so I look forward to getting back in the gym and coming back soon."


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