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  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 performance.”

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, 2KO’s).

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 Riverside, CA.

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.


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