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  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 eye.

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 rocked Mendez.

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.


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