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
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
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
“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
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
“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
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
“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.”