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  After Victory "Jo Jo" Says Bring On "Mr." Russell

By Albert Castillo
Photos: William Trillo


In the main event former Olympian, Joseph“Jo Jo” Diaz (26-0, 14 KO’s) maintained his NABF and NABO Featherweight titles by knocking out former world champion, Victor, “Vikingo” Terrazas (38-5-2 21 KO’s) at 3:00 of the third round.

Diaz dropped Terrazas in the first with a body shot and then a second time with a short right to the temple. In the third, Diaz dropped Terrazas for good with another devastating shot to the mid-section.

Diaz was in control the entire fight and is definitely ready to put his No.1 world featherweight contender status to the test.

Diaz commented after the fight, “I’m ready to have the world title around my waist. Gary Russell, Jr., you’re next. Once I defeat him and have that belt around my waist, I’m going to give the fight fans what they want to see: champions against champions. Victor Terrazas is a tremendous warrior. I thank him for the opportunity because of all the experience he brought to the ring. He’s a strong veteran and I wish him all the best.”

Dallas, Texas fighter Vergil Ortiz (9-0, 9KO’s) devastated Mexican pugilist, Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez (15-4, 11KO’s) to win the NABF Super Lightweight title. Ortiz racked Alvarez with powerful punches that connected like electric shocks.

He dropped Alvarez in the first round with a hard right hand. Somehow Alvarez got to see his feet and beat the count. In the succeeding rounds Ortiz pounded Alvarez into the ground.

Finally referee Raul Caiz had seen enough and stopped the bout at 2:23 of the third round. Ortiz is a powerhouse who throws every punch with bad intentions. He is the real deal and someone to be reckoned with in the Super Lightweight division.

“I feel really good,” said Ortiz, Jr. “My dad was telling me to work the body. I really started doing it in the third round and it showed. I dropped him in the first round with a right hand because he kept pulling straight back. Now it’s time for me to keep working hard so I can be ready to fight again in a few months.”

Popular Buena Park fighter, Christian ‘El Chimpa” Gonzalez (18-2, 15 KO’s) suffered his second defeat at the hands of another Filipino fighter, this time it was “The Technician,” Rey Perez (22-9, 6 KO’s). Perez delivered a relentless body attack for which Chimpa had no answer.

In the sixth round Perez landed some tremendous blows to Chimpas’ chin followed by more of the same in the seventh. By the eighth round it was obvious that Perez had the edge. Chimpa blinked and winced at every right hand that connected on his jaw.

Chimpa did not battle with the same gusto that had been seen in the beginning of his career before his fight with Romero Duno. All judges had it for Perez -79-73, 79-73, 78-74.

"I had an excellent training camp," said Perez. "The team did something different this time. We thank Coachella Valley Boxing and Luis Espinoza for their hospitality. I don't know what's next for me, but I'll be ready for what comes."

In the opening fight of the night unbeaten Los Angeles native Manny Robles (15-0, 7 KO’s) aggressively pursued the outclassed Tucson, Texas fighter, Martin Cardona (24-11, 16 KO’s).

While Cardona attempted to skip away, Robles landed a series of right hands. Robles looked sharp and relaxed. He expertly cutoff the ring and closed the distance on Cardona.

Robles was landing a stream of unanswered punches and Cardona’s corner waved off the fight at 2:53 of the fourth round. Manny Robles earns his 7th KO and 15th win.

“Even though he wouldn’t go down, I had to keep trying,” said Robles III. “I knew I had to keep working the body and get the knockout. Hopefully I can move to 10-round fights this year. After this, things just get tougher as you move up the ranking.”

Genaro Gamez ( 7-0, 5 KO’s) of San Diego, California, stopped Mexican Miguel Angel Mendoza ( 23-14-2, 22KO’s) when the Mexican could not get off his stool for the fifth round. Gamez’ punches were short and compact while Mendoza swung with long looping right and left hands.

Both headhunted, neglecting the body, but both connected hard shots to the jaw and chin. A cut was opened over the left eye of Mendoza in the third round.

In the fourth round Gamez unleashed a horrific attack on Mendoza connecting with various combinations. This slugfest was a crowd pleaser and fans were disappointed when Mendoza did not come out for the fifth round. Gamez garnered the win by TKO.

“I had a lot of fun in there,” said Gamez. “I was just playing with him in there in the ring and wanted to get rid of him by the later rounds. I can’t wait to fight again.”

Texan Hector Tanajara (12-0, 5 KO’s) made short work of Mexican Eduardo Rivera (10-3-2, 4 KO’s). Tanajara was razor sharp as he connected with a lead stiff uppercut, a crisp left hook and a right hand that had Rivera crumbling onto the canvas.

Referee Raul Caiz Jr gave him the standard 10 count and Rivera could not get to his feet. Tanajara, winner by knockout at 1:58 of the first round. Tough Hector Tanajara remains unbeaten.

“I wanted to switch it up because I was throwing the right hand a lot,” said Tanajara, Jr. “So, I threw the lead uppercut and I hurt him. I had to be cautious before going for the finish because some fighters play it off, but either way I got the first-round knockout. I’m going to stay in camp and get ready for the next fight.”


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