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 KO’s) and Gabriel
Rosado (26-13-1, 15 KO’s) 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 won’t 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
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
didn’t 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
“I didn’t 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 KO’s) may have not
expected Jeovanis Barraza (23-2, 15 KO’s) 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
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 KO’s) and Paul
Valenzuela Jr (26-10, 17 KO’s) 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
Lightweight William Zepeda (24-0, 22 KO’s) took on a too
tough for his own good John Vincent Moralde (24-5, 13 KO’s)
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 KO’s) 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
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 KO’s) 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