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  Munguia Savors "El Grito" Victory

By Albert Castillo
Photos: Marlene Marquez
 

Mexican champion Jamie Munguia (34-0, 26 KOs) defended his WBO World Super Welterweight Title for the fifth time with an outstanding performance over Ghanas Patrick Allotey (40-4, 30 KOs). After a previous sluggish performance in his last fight Munguia was back in form overpowering Allotey beginning with a beltline hook that Allotey claimed was a low blow and dropped to a knee.
 

Referee Jack Reiss would have none of it and called it a knockdown. Later in the round a huge Munguia left hook put Allotey on his back. He barely made the ten count and the bell saved him from further punishment. In the fourth round Munguia expertly cut off the ring and pursued Allotey.
 

Munguia let fly a few combinations that didn't squarely connect and three seconds later Allotey took a knee and quit. Allotey was overpowered, overmatched, and basically out of his league. He is appropriately ranked 138th in the world. Munguia continues his unbeaten streak and although he is till young and growing he may be ready to attempt to unify some titles.
 

After the fight Munguia stated, The journey getting here was hard but I feel really good with these people who came to support me. This is Mexican Independence Day and I feel really good and Im ready to go further for more.
 

In the co-main event Franchon Crews Dezurn (6-1, 2 KOs) earned a unanimous decision over Maricela Cornejo (13-4, 5 KOs) to maintainer her WBC Super Middleweight Belt and gained the WBO Super Middleweight belt to become a unified champion. Boxing aficionados endured this 10 round yawner with the two females unable to hurt each other and many missed punches.
 

Both ladies escaped the bout virtually unmarked. The rematch proved that their should not be a trilogy evidenced by the eruption of boos from the crowd the last ten seconds of the fight. Dezurn earned the decision by being the aggressor and throwing the majority of the punches.
 

In the ninth and tenth rounds Dezurn did connect with some solid combinations but it was not enough to satisfy the audience. All judges scored it exactly the same, 98-92 all for Dezurn.

Stated Dezurn post fight, Im so happy. First of all, I have history with Mexico, my sister is Mexican, I love boxing just like you. Im for unity and this is not just for me. This is for women boxers from Mexico and China and Russia and America. This week has been hell and I stood and held strong. This is just another testimony to show if you believe in yourself you put the work in, you stay focused, no matter how many distractions, no matter how much bull crap comes your way, you just stick to the plan and complete the mission. Thank you to DAZN, by the time I finish, Its going to be Dezurn!
 

Romero Duno (21-1, 16 KOs) of Los Angeles via the Philippines maintained his WBO NABO Lightweight title by stopping challenger Ivan Delgado (13-3-2, 6 KOs) when Delgado decided not to come out for the 8th round. Duno was all business attempting to go for the knockout in the second round with a barrage of power punches.

Delgado withstood the attack a testament to the toughness of the kid known as Sniper. Although this was the best fight of the evening Delgado fans had to be disappointed when he showed up 4 pounds overweight and appeared soft in the midsection.
 

In the fourth round Delgado connected with a flurry of punches that surprised Duno. Duno responded with an attack of his own sending Delgado back on his heels. However, Delgado closed the round with a left right combination that again surprised Duno. By the 7th round Delgados nose was bloodied and Duno continued to work body and head.

A previous body shot to the liver had hurt Delgado but he made a gallant attempt to work through it. By the end of the 7th Delgado had run out of gas and the fight was called. Duno earned his 21st win and has called out Ryan Garcia for his next fight.

Rafael Gramajo (11-2-2, 3 KOs) worked over Daniel Olea (13-9-2, 5 KOs) to garner his 11th win in this super banty match up. Gramajo looked sharp and his punches crisp. His defense was on point slipping and parrying many of Oleas punches.

By the 4th round Gramajo had beat Olea into submission when Olea sat on his stool and refused to come out for the 5th round. Gramajo, winner by knockout.

On how he feels about the win after being added to the card with just one weeks notice: I feel great. First of all I appreciate God for that, second I want to thank my team, Westside Boxing, you guys already know how we do it. I feel great.

Alejandro Reyes (1-0, 1 KO) made good in his pro debut knocking out Jorge Padron (3-5, 3 KOs) at 1:55 of the second round. Reyes dropped Padron in the first with a solid right hand but referee called it a slip.

Reyes continued with a vicious body attack. Finally in the second round a Reyes left hook to Padrons ribcage put Pardon down and while he writhed on the floor holding his midsection he was counted out.

Hot prospect Mexican Super Fly Joselito Velazquez (11-0, 9 KOs) dropped journeyman Francisco Bonilla (6-7-3, 3 KOs in the second and fourth rounds causing the bout to be stopped. No complaints from Bonilla and Velazquez remains undefeated.

Quote from Velazquez: I feel really happy and blessed. The truth is that this is a dream come true to fight here, and the way that the fight went with a difficult rival who took my punches, he made me work at 100%. Im going home really happy to celebrate Mexican Independence Day.

In the opening bout of the evening 18 year old, undefeated powerhouse prospect, Diego Pacheco (6-0, 5 KOs) scored a TKO over previously undefeated Terry Fernandez when the referee stopped the bout in the third round.

Post fight Pacheco reported, I feel really good fighting back in my hometown. People here cheering me on, its a great feeling. During the fight I felt really good. This guy was tough, you know, he was eating up all the punches but I was able to get him on the third round.

Alejandro Reyes (1-0, 1 KO) made good in his pro debut knocking out Jorge Padron (3-5, 3 KOs) at 1:55 of the second round. Reyes dropped Padron in the first with a solid right hand but referee called it a slip. Reyes continued with a vicious body attack.

Finally in the second round a Reyes left hook to Padrons ribcage put Pardon down and while he writhed on the floor holding his midsection he was counted out.



 

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