Munguia Stops Johnson After 6th Round
By William Trillo
Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
In the main event of The Golden Boy promoted card from
Fantasy Springs Casino, Middleweight Jaime Munguia
(36-0, 29 KO’s) took on the rugged Tureano Johnson
(21-3-1, 15 KO’s) with the vacant World Boxing
Organization Inter-Continental Middle Title weighing in
As expected, this one didn’t take long to get rolling as
Johnson jumped all over Munguia early and often in round
one. Taking in the first few minutes of the fight it
looked as though Munguia was in for a long night.
But in the ensuing rounds Munguia found a home for some
wicked uppercuts that were made to order for the bull
rushing style of Johnson. Suddenly we had a pretty good
fight on our hands. This looked like it was going to be
a war of attrition.
For brief moment Johnson looked spent in the corner and
it appeared he had blown a gasket. But surprisingly he
caught his second wind and from that moment on he
appeared to be dominating the rounds.
But in a sudden twist of fate Munguia landed another one
of those crisp uppercuts. That punch split Johnsons lip
as if he was hit with a meat cleaver. It was as ugly a
cut as one could imagine. The last twenty seconds of the
sixth round was allowed to continue but there was no way
it would go any further than that.
After that sixth round the bout was halted because of
the gash and Munguia was giving the victory via KO.
It was a bitter pill to swallow for Johnson as it seemed
he was working a perfect game plan. It’s a shame this
fight came to such an abrupt end. It looked like it was
going to be a good one.
It was a battle of undefeated Golden Boy promoted
Welterweight as Rashidi Ellis (23-0, 14 KO’s) squared
off against Alexis Rocha (16-1, 10 KO’s). With the
vacant World Boxing Council International Silver Welter
Title up for grabs this was a very important fight for
the young fighters who wanted to take it to the next
This was a nip and tuck battle but in the end it was the
speed of Ellis that was the difference maker. Rocha had
his moments midway through the fight but Ellis was able
to recapture control to win the final and championship
rounds. Scores in favor of Ellis by 116-112 twice and
Light Flyweights Elwin Soto (18-1, 12 KO’s) & Carlos
Buitrago (32-6-1, 18 KO’s) battled it out over 12 rounds
with the World Boxing Organization World Light Fly Title
on the line. By coming forward and pressing the fight
throughout the fight Soto swayed the judges and got a
very questionable and lopsided decision. Wide scores
read 119-109, 117-111 and a more reasonable 115-113 all
in favor of Soto.
Flyweight Marlen Esparza (8-1, 1 KO) gets the decision
nod (take term literally) over Sulem Urbina (12-1, 2
KO’s). Final scores all in favor of Esparza read 78-74