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  Munguia Defeats Rosado In 12 Round War

By William Trillo
Photos: Marlene Marquez


There was never any doubt that the battle between Middleweights Jaime Munguia (38-0, 30 KOs) and Gabriel Rosado (26-13-1, 15 KOs) was going to be anything short of a barnburner. Before the fight was over the packed house at The Honda Center in Anaheim found out why. The two warriors let in all hang out in a bout that wont soon be forgotten.

The opening round started out strategic but when Rosado clipped Munguia with a couple of sharp blows at the end of the round it was clear this fight was going to get rugged. In the next round Munguia came on strong as he gave as good as he got.

In round three as the men exchanged punches Rosado let fly with a punch that narrowly missed its target. Had it landed the night might have ended quickly but Munguia slipped the blow avoiding near disaster.

In round four the fighters went pedal to the metal and let the leather fly. Hard punches were landing at a rapid pace. The crowd became frantic as the two men exchanged punches with bad intentions.

Over the mid-rounds the fighters kept up their attacks, but it appeared Munguia was doing just enough to win the rounds. Rosado was making it clear the shots from Munguia were not enough to slow him down, but he was tasting a lot of leather.

In the championship rounds Munguia displayed some very impressive combination punches that were landing with pinpoint accuracy. Almost as impressive was the fact that Rosado was taking the punches and still coming forward. As expected, this was a battle of two seasoned warriors who didnt have an ounce of quit in them.

The bout went the distance and went to the judges scorecards. Final tallies read 118-110, 119-109 and 117-111 all in favor of Muguia. With the victory Munguia held onto the World Boxing Organization Inter-Continental Middle Title.

I didnt think that Rosado would last that long in the ring, said Jaime Munguia. He was very resilient, but I think I showed in the ninth round and on that I was dominating the fight. I am happy we were able to take the victory today. Now, I want to go back to the gym, work on a few things and fight for a world title eliminator or a world championship at 160.

I think I did all I could to win, the score cards are bullshit. I won the fight, said Gabriel Rosado.

Welterweight Alexis Rocha (18-1, 11 KOs) may have not expected Jeovanis Barraza (23-2, 15 KOs) to be as tough as he was, but soon found out the Columbian could take a punch. Rocha was laying the leather to Barraza over the course of the fight but try as he might he just could not put the grizzled foe down.

But after a methodical beating Rocha put the finishing touches on Barraza and finally stopped him in the tenth and final round.

It may not have been the most fan friendly fight of the night but trust me when I tell you the Middleweight bout between D'Mitrius Ballard (21-0-1, 13 KOs) and Paul Valenzuela Jr (26-10, 17 KOs) was a grueling contest that saw both fighters give everything they had.

Standing toe to toe in the middle of the ring for almost the entire ten round battle the two fighters slugged it out in tough man fashion. Neither fighter went to the canvas and at the end of the ten round scrap it went to the scorecards. All three judges saw it 98-92 in favor of Ballard who remains undefeated.

Lightweight William Zepeda (24-0, 22 KOs) took on a too tough for his own good John Vincent Moralde (24-5, 13 KOs) in a battle for the World Boxing Association Continental Americas Light Title. Zepeda worked behind his slick Southpaw stance with the greatest of ease.

Dropping right hooks to the body early and often Zepeda methodically broke down Moralde. Then in surgical fashion he moved in for the kill forcing the ref to stop the bout at the 1:59 mark of the fourth round.

Welterweight Alejandro Reyes (5-0, 4 KOs) simply outclassed Osmel Mayorga (2-3, 1 KO) in this scheduled four rounder. After a series of unanswered blows to the head in round three the ref saw fit to stop the fight at the 1:22 mark of round three.

Super Featherweight Jorge Chavez made an impressive pro-debut as he put the wood to Gilberto Aguilar (0-4) inside of three rounds. After staggering Aguilar at the ends of rounds one and two Aguilar finally beat his foe enough to see the ref stop the fight at the 1:24 of the third round.

Flyweight Arely Mucino (30-3-2, 10 KOs) and Jacky Calvo (14-7-2, 1 KO) fought to a split decision in this ten round female attraction. Final scores read 96-93 Mucino, 96-93 Calvo with the deciding score reading 96-93 Mucino giving her the nod. It was a very unpopular decision with the fans.

Super Bantamweight Asa Stevens (2-0, 1 KO) disposed of Felix Mendez Vasquez (0-1) in rapid fashion in the opening bout of the evening. Not wasting anytime Stevens pummeled a hapless Vasquez into the corner and beat him like snare drum until the ref brought a halt to the bout at the 1:59 mark of round one.


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