Duarte’s Body Attack Stops
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
"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
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
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."