Navarrete Crushes De Vaca In 3
By Albert Castillo
Photos: William Trillo
In the very first boxing card from the Banc of
California, Bob Arum’s Top Rank Boxing put together a
fantastic show highlighted by the main event of the
evening in which Emanuel Navarrete (28-1, 24 KO’s)
stopped previously unbeaten tenth ranked contender
Francisco De Vaca (20-1, 6 KO’s) at 1:54 of the 3rd
round. Although the fight was short it may have been the
most exciting bout on the card.
After a feeling out first round Navarette stepped it up
in the second round by dropping De Vaca with a vicious
right uppercut, followed by a left –right hand
combination. In the third round Navarette continued to
tag De Vaca with thunderous right and left hands. Any
other fighter would have gone down, moved away, or held
on. But not De Vaca, instead he chose to fight back and
attempted to go toe to toe with Navarette. Big mistake.
Navarette walked through De Vaca’s punches and hammered
him mercilessly. Referee felt compelled to stop the
fight and although De Vaca was still throwing punches he
could no longer defend himself.
De Vaca showed tremendous heart tonight and although he
lost he will return. For Navarette, he proved why he is
the champ and a legend in the making. He is a murderous
hitter, with great hand speed and masterful footwork.
During the post fight interview Navarette commented, “I
want to thank my supporters, and second of all, I want
to continue the tradition of Mexican boxing in Los
Angeles. I want to fill the arenas and follow in the
footsteps of Mexican legends. Im talking to Top Rank
about fighting September 14 on the Tyson Fury card in
Las Vegas. I want to thank Bob Arum and Zanfer
Promotions for the opportunity. Top Rank’s Bob Arum said
Navarrete will be returning to the boxing ring next
month in Las Vegas on the same fight card as lineal
heavyweight champion Tyson Fury on Sept. 14.
Jesse Magdaleno (27-1, 18 KO’s) captured the WBC USNBC
Featherweight Title winning by technical decision when
Rafael Rivera (27-4-2, 18 KO’s) accidentally elbowed
Magdaleno at 2:55 of the ninth round causing a cut over
his right eyebrow at which time referee Thomas Taylor
called a halt to the fight. The scorecards were revealed
showing, 89-81, 88-82, 88-82 all for Magdalendo.
For the first three rounds Magdaleno was untouchable
which had Rivera frustrated. However, Rivera continued
to pursue Magadaleno and caught him in the fourth round
with solid combinations. Then in the seventh round
Magdaleno hurt and staggered Rivera but the bell saved
him. In the eighth round Magdaleno finally put Rivera
down with a straight left hand.
Although the fight was stopped in the ninth round
Magdaleno was well on his way to victory. “He’s an
aggressive fighter, he’s a warrior as we say in boxing,”
said Magdaleno, who did not think it was an intentional
elbow. It’s part of the sport. I have a lot of respect
for Rivera. I felt very good. I felt strong. I want a
world title. I m ready.”
In this slugfest Chris ‘The Heat” Van Heerden (28-2-1,
12 KO’s) took Russia’s Aslanbek Kozaev (33-3-1, 8 KO’s)
the distance to earn a unanimous decision. By the 6th
round both fighters were bloody. Van Heerden was cut
over both eyes while Kozaev had a cut over his right
This blood - soaked fight saw Van Heereden get the best
of Kozaev with fierce combinations for which Kozaev had
no answer. In the end judges scored it 79-73, 79-73, and
78-74 all for Van Heerden.
Van Heerden for the record stated, “Listen, it was a
tough, hard fight, but I got the victory. Hopefully, the
cut doesn't keep me out of action too long. I’m starting
to get more active, and before long, I will be ready to
fight any of the top welterweights.”
Undefeated South El Monte fighter Arnold Barboza (22-0,
9 KO’s) was on his game tonight as he tore apart tough
Ricky Sismundo (35-15-3, 17 KO’s) out of Yokohama,
Japan. Barboza was razor sharp and couldn't miss. He hit
Sismundo with just about every punch he threw.
In the second round Barboza dropped Sismundo but
Sismundo made the eight count. Finally in the 4th round
non-stop combinations caused Referee Corona to stop the
fight. Barboza is ready to step up in competition and
possibly a title shot down the road.
“I want a world title shot now,” Barboza said. “I want
to challenge all the champions. It doesn’t matter who it
is, or where it takes place. All I want to face is
Ramirez, Prograis, or Taylor, and I want it now!”
Kazakistan pugilist Janibek Alimkhanuly (7-0, 3 KO’s)
retained his WBO Global and WBC Continental Americas
titles by knocking out Stuart McLellan (27-4-3, 11 KO’s)
at 2:51 of the 5th round. Alimkhanuly over powered and
overwhelmed McLellan from the opening bell.
In the second round McLellan put his hands behind his
back and invited Alimkhanuly to attack. This lit a fire
under Alimkhanuly who dropped McLellan with a straight
left hand. Alimkhanuly continued to clobber McLellan in
the next few rounds until the fifth round when a nonstop
barrage from Alimkhanuly caused his corner to throw in
the towel right after the referee had already called a
halt to the fight. Alimkhanuly remains undefeated.
Former Olympian Javier “El Intocable” Molina (20-2, 8
KO’s) out of Norwalk, CA, outlasted Colton, CA fighter
Manuel Mendez (16-6, 11 KO’s) in this super lightweight
match-up. The fighters were evenly matched and although
Molina landed the cleaner punches he never hurt or
Judges scores were accurate giving Molina a unanimous
decision win with scores of 79-73, 79-73, and 78-74. I
moved down to 140 pounds and it felt comfortable,” said
Molina. “It felt good to be back in the ring.”
In only his second fight Russian lightweight Dmitry Yun
(2-0) survived two knockdowns, one in the first and one
in the third to garner a unanimous decision over Javier
Martinez (4-7, 3 KO’s) out of Austin Texas. Both
knockdowns were the result of straight right hands.
Martinez was deducted two points for dropping his
mouthpiece seven times during the fight. Judges
scorecards were 57-54, 56-54, and 56-54 all for Yun.
Elvis “The Domincan Kid” Rodriguez (3-0-1, 3 KO’s) made
short work of Jesus “Speedy” Gonzalez (6-3, 2 KO’s)
stopping him at 1:42 of the first round. Hard hitting
Rodriguez dropped Gonzalez twice.
Upon making the 8 count for the second time the referee
looked closely at Gonzalez and waived off the fight.
Rodriguez remains unbeaten, three wins, three knockouts
with one draw.
In the last fight of the evening undefeated Brian
Mendoza (18-0, 13 KO’s) of Rio Rancho, New Mexico,
dropped Miami, Florida’s Rosenberg Gomez (20-8, 16 KO’s)
with a left hook to the body. Gomez stepped back, took a
knee, and then dropped to the floor. He could not
recover. Mendoza by knockout at 2:12 of the first round.