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  Estrada Defeats Orucuta In
Third Installment Of SuperFly

By Albert Castillo
Photos: William Trillo


In the WBC Super Flyweight Title Eliminator bout and main event of the evening a well conditioned and focused Juan Francisco Estrada (37-3 25 KO’s) slugged out a unanimous decision over Felipe Orucuta (36-5, 30 KO’s).

Estrada landed many bombs on the jaw of Orucuta and Orucuta demonstrated that he was a game opponent by returning fire. Although Orucuta was slower and plodded most of the fight he surprised Estrada by cracking him with a few right and left hands.

Estrada lit up the last round by connecting with several combinations. Both fighters displayed a great chin as neither were ever rocked by the shots that connected cleanly on their whiskers. In the end the judges saw it all for Estrada 118-110, 117-111, 117-111 for a unanimous decision win.

“It was a good fight, no question,” said Estrada afterward. “Any time you have two Mexicans in the same ring it’s going to be a good fight and Orucuta is a good fighter. He’s taller, he’s got longer range, he’s difficult but at the end I got the win.”

In the co-main event Donnie Nietes (41-1-5, 23 KO’s) fought Aston Palicte (24-2-1, 9 KO’s) to a split draw. This championship more aptly named the Pitter Patter Championship would be a testament to the power of their punches reminiscent of rain hitting a pane glass window.

Although there was an occasional right hand from either fighter the majority of their jabs were much like someone dipping the nibs of their pens into an inkwell. Nietes did make a showing in the last round, probably inspired by the booing crowd, by connecting with at least five unanswered rights and lefts. However it was too little, too late leaving the judges unable to come to an agreement as to who won the fight. Nietes may have done slightly more to win the fight and Judge Danny Sandoval certainly saw it that way, handing in a 118-110 card in his favor; Robert Hoyle, however, scored it 116-112 for Palicte, and Max DeLuca split the difference with a 114-114 card. Nietes was upset with the decision.

“Of course I won the fight,” he said. “I dealt with his reach, I hurt him, and I controlled the fight.” Aston Palicte stated, "It was a close fight, but I thought I won it in the first half of the fight. I threw more punches and landed more punches. He came on in the last few rounds. Let's do it again, anytime.”

In this back and forth slugfest Kazuto Ioka (23-1, 13 KO’s) claimed the WBC Super Flyweight Title by unanimous decision over McWilliams Arroyo (17-4, 14 KO’s). Ioka did flatten Arroyo in the 3rd round with a left right combination but Arroyo got up to finish the fight.

The contest was a lot closer than the scorecards indicate. Both Arroyo and Ioka connected on a multitude of punches and gave as good as they got. While Ioka won the majority of the rounds and clinched the fight with the knockdown Arroyo also had his moments and got in his licks to give a respectable performance. In the end judges had it 99-90,97-92,97-92 all for Ioka.

"I'm very happy with performance and very happy to have fought in America. The atmosphere was fantastic. I can't wait to come back and fight on the next Superfly card and against the best in the division." "He was a tough opponent but I was in the control of the fight. We had a great game plan and I executed it to perfection."

Arroyo concluded, “Tough fight, very close, I knew he was very good fighter when I took the fight and he showed how good he is. I gave it my all and I am ready to come back and fight on the next Superfly show. That’s three fights here in Los Angeles against top opponents and I want to continue to fight the best”

For the Interim WBC Atomweight World Championship Louisa “Bang Bang” Hawton (8-2 4 KO’s) and Brenda Flores (13-4-1 2 KO’s) fought a tough battle with Flores squeaking out a split decision to become the newly crowned champ.

In the first round Flores cracked Hawton with a straight left hand breaking her nose and turning it into a bloody mess. However, this did not stop Hawton from pressing the fight and being the aggressor.

Smiling through a bloody visage Hawton threw twice as many punches as Flores but judges saw Flores connecting with more quality combinations. One judge had it 97-93 for Hawton while the other two judges saw it 97-93, 96-94 for Flores.

Alexandru Marin (17-0, 11KO’s) retained his IBF Super Flyweight Intercontinental Championship by garnering a split decision win over Filipino pugilist Bruno Escalante (17-4-1, 7 KO’s). Marin suffered a cut over his right eye courtesy of an Escalante straight left hand.

In the last round southpaw Escalante dropped Marin with a crisp left hand but the referee maintained that it happened after the bell and therefore was not counted. According to the scorecards a counted knockdown might have given Escalante a draw. Regardless Marin scored on solid combinations throughout the fight to get the victory and to retain his crown. One judge had it 97-93 for Escalante while two other judges had it for Marin, 98-92 and 96-94 respectively.

Anaheim, California middleweight Jonathan “Diamante” Esquivel (7-0, 7 KOs) destroyed Mexican pugilist Joan Jose Valenzuela,(5-10, 5 KO’s) with a devastating haymaking right hand that dropped his opponent in the first round. Seconds later another right hand dropped Valenzuela to one knee and the referee called an end to the contest at 1:51 of the first round. Esquivel is a beast who overshadowed his opponent in size and strength. Esquivel shows great promise and will be an exciting fighter to follow in the future.

San Diego Super Featherweight Mario, ‘El Matador” Ramos (6-0 6 KOs) scored a TKO over Alex Solorio (4-4) when the referee called a halt to the bout at 2:17 of the 4th round. Solorio was looking for the easy way out as he was getting beat to the punch on every exchange. In the fourth round he appeared to feign an arm injury from a Ramos punch and looked to Referee Sharon Sands to stop the fight. In effect Solorio found Ramos a Rubiks cube that he couldn’t figure out. Ramos is a slick boxer with good hand speed and accurate combinations that found their home on the face of Solorio. The fight was best ended when it did or Solorio was going to be seriously hurt.

In the opening bout of the evening at the Fabulous Forum, Flyweight prospect out of Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Joselito Velasquez (6-0, 5 KO’s), defeated Mexican fighter, Jose Alfredo Flores Chavez (6-7, 3 KO’s) pitching a shutout on all the judges scorecards, 60-54,60-54, and 60-54. Velasquez landed hard and often; his weapon of choice being the left hook, which found its mark on Chavez’ chin numerous times in every round. Although Vasquez did not record a sixth straight knockout he looked impressive in his victory.


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