Navarro Steals The Show In Hollywood
By William Trillo
Photos: Marlene Marquez
Featherweight Jesus M Rojas (26-2-2, 19 KO’s) lost a dull
one-sided bout to Joseph Diaz (27-1, 14 KO’s). Since Diaz
decided not to make weight for this World Boxing Association
World Featherweight Title fight he effectively rendered this
fight as meaningless as shredded hay. I am going to put as
much effort in the fight recap as Diaz put in to make
weight. Final scores read 116-112, 117-111 and 115-113.
Super lightweight Damon Allen (15-1-1, 5 KO’s) came in as
the highly touted A-side from Philly but soon learned coming
into the back yard of Jonathan Navarro (15-0, 8 KO’s) is
anything but a walk in the park. Allen started out the fight
looking like a confident smoothie but once Navarro started
laying the leather on the Philly fighter everything changed.
Once he was hurt Allen went to his bag of dirty tricks and
started landing low blows. The first one hurt Navarro but he
would not let it deter him. The next low blow was blatant
and obvious and this time Navarro needed to take a few
moments to gather himself. Allen was deducted a point for
the obvious premeditated foul. Navarro was also wearing the
dripping blood of a cut caused by an iffy Allen head butt,
but you could sense he was gaining control.
As the fight went on Navarro was getting closer and closer
to landing the big shot. He did in round five and Allen was
in big trouble. This time in desperation Allen tackled
Navarro to buy more time. It was clear Allen had no answer
for the power of Navarro outside of cheating.
Round six was close but as the bell rang Allen was
simultaneously clipped with a great shot from Navarro. As
Allen turned to return to his corner Allen did a face plant
into the canvas. Somehow he recouped and made it back to his
In round seven Allen was looking for some kind of survival
mode to stay safe but a patient Navarro waited until the
right moment and then dropped a barrage of punches on Allen
that left the tough Philly fighter looking like a soggy day
old Cheese Steak as he sank in the corner.
Officially this one ended at the 1:33 mark of round seven.
This was a huge win for Navarro who showed he has what it
takes to step up to the challenge. Let’s hope to see more of
him in the near future.
“It just wasn’t my night – he had the better class and
action plan and we just came up short. We’re both top
prospects and we knew it was going to be a war in there,”
said Damon Allen. “I failed to keep my hands up and let him
take control of me. I have to go back to the drawing board
and see what’s next. I’ll be back – we just have to
re-evaluate some things.”
“I feel great. Stepping up in class really made the
difference. He [Allen] took everything out of me. He’s a
prospect, and he’s hungry, and he brought a lot out of me,”
said Jonathan Navarro. “I knew that once he felt my power,
he would be out. I’m ready for whatever is next. I have to
talk to my dad, my manager and Golden Boy Promotions, but
I’m ready for anything.”
It’s highly unlikely that Middleweight Ferdinand Kerobyan
(10-0, 5 KO’s) ever took a backward step as he pummeled Jose
Rivera (6-4, 4 KO’s) over the six round scrap.
Kerobyan, the undefeated fighter from Hollywood was on
constant attack with brutal shots to the body being his main
weapon. Somehow Rivera was able to withstand the onslaught
all night. Judges were in agreement as they all scored it
for Hollywood’s fighter 60-54.
“I came to give a great performance to the fans and to my
family. I feel so blessed to be a part of the first Facebook
Watch show, and I hope my performance tonight shows that I’m
capable of taking advantage of these opportunities,” said
Ferdinand Kerobyan. “I wanted to get the knock out, but I am
pleased with the result we got tonight. He was tough, and we
were able to get some good exchanges. I look forward to
jumping back into the ring soon.”
Welterweight Aaron McKenna (5-0, 3 KO’s) threw everything
but the kitchen sink at Rolando Mendivil (10-5, 3 KO’s) but
the tough whiskered fighter from Sinaloa refused to go down.
Not only did Mendivil refuse to hit the deck but he kept
things interesting by landing some pretty impressive shots
of his own.
But make no mistake about it; this fight belonged to
Irelands McKenna who pitched a dominant shutout with scores
of 40-36 on all judges cards.
“Being a part of the Golden Boy Fight Night on Facebook
Watch was amazing. I’m glad that I get to be a part of
boxing history, and that my family from back home can
watch,” said Aaron McKenna. “I thought that we did great – I
went in there with an opponent with more experience than me
who was ready to go in. I learned a lot from those four full
rounds. I’m looking forward to going back into the ring with
an opponent GBP and my team think would be a good fit for
Featherweight Leonardo Reyes (7-18, 3 KO’s) went down in
round one twice thanks to body shots from a tough Jose
Vargas (5-0, 4 KO’s). Vargas would up his attack in round
two and followed that up in round three with a vicious
one-two combination to the head. That was all she wrote as
Reyes crumbled to the canvas and took the ten count.
For the record the fight came to a halt at the 38 second
mark of the third round.
“I’m barely starting out, so everything I do still needs
work,” said Jose Vargas. “I’m glad we got the knock out, and
now it’s back to the drawing board to prepare for the next