Cornejo Nips Toughill In Close Battle
By Albert Castillo
Photos: William Trillo
In the main event of the evening at a full house at Avalon
Nightclub middleweight contender Maricela Cornejo (13-3,
5KO’s) out of Los Angeles, CA, battled a tough Erin Toughill
(7-4-1) of Huntington Beach.
The femme fatales scrapped to an eight round unanimous
decision awarded to Maricela, “La Diva” Cornejo. This
classic matchup featured the triumph of youth and skill
overcoming age and experience.
Both fighters gave it their all, often fighting in close
quarters, but were unable to put a real hurt on each other.
The highlight of this donnybrook was in the last ten seconds
of the eighth round when both ladies stood toe to toe and
traded some heavy punches.
Throughout the fight Cornejo was the quicker, younger
fighter who connected with a snapping jab and crisp right
hands and this proved to be the difference. Toughill, at 41
years of age, certainly held her own and kept the fight
close. However, in the end, judges saw it all for Cornejo –
79-73, 78-74, 79-73.
After the fight Cornejo commented, “She’s a very tough
opponent and a very well trained athlete. It was a fun fight
and we both have mutual respect for each other. Said
Toughill, “It feels great to be back, I’m happy with my
Perfectly conditioned and patient welterweight up and comer
Brian Ceballo (7-0, 3KO’s) got off the canvas after a 5th
round knockdown to outlast a tough Randy Fuentes (8-8-1,
Although Ceballo was leading throughout the fight, southpaw
Fuentes caught him in the 5th round by a straight left hand
that put Ceballo on the floor.
Fuentes pursued but he couldn't catch Ceballo again, who to
his credit got his legs back under him and finished the
fight. Judges had it close: 58-55, 57-56, 57-56 all for
Ceballo who keeps his record intact at 7-0 with 3 knockouts.
Happy after the fight, Ceballo stated, “This was the first
time I was down as a pro and it was definitely a learning
experience. This was also the first time I faced a southpaw
and although I got knocked down –it all happened so quickly
that I just got back up and kept my head in the game.”
Christian Robles (2-0) out of Bellflower, CA, in a
dominating performance knocked out Joel Bermudez (0-3) of
Los Angeles, CA. At the end of the first round Robles
dropped Bermudez with a solid right hand.
The bell saved Bermudez as he wobbled back to his corner. At
9 seconds of the second round Robles immediately flattened
Bermudez again and the referee waived off the fight. Robles
is a prospect with a promising future. He remains undefeated
and garnered his first knockout.
George “El Fantasma” Navarro (4-0-1, 2KO’s) of Los Angeles,
CA, made short work of Anthony Torres (0-3) of Visalia, CA,
with a brutal beating.
Referee stopped the fight at 2:32 of the second round after
Torres had been dropped twice and got caught in his own
corner with non-stop punches by Navarro.
Navarro was relentless in his attack and after Torres got
off the canvas for the second time Navarro trapped him in
the corner to the point where Torres could no longer defend
himself. Navarro remains unbeaten in five fights.
In the opening bout of the evening Tom Loeffler’s 360
Promotions presented young prospect, Alberto Jr. Felix (3-0,
2KO’s) of Ontario, CA, against Cody Sessions (0-2) of
In a lively two round bout Alberto “Tito” Felix proved that
he has some gumption along with some quick hands. Cody
Sessions came out in the first round ready to brawl and
demonstrated heavy hands as he landed numerous shots to the
head and face of Felix.
He clearly won the first round. In the following round Felix
let his hands go and caught Sessions with a barrage of
non-stop punches that had referee Hedgepeth stopping the
fight at 1:46 of the second round. Felix remains undefeated.