Zurdo Gives Barrera’s Hopes A Blow To The Gut
By William Trillo @ Ringside
Photos: Marlene Marquez
Light Heavyweight Gilberto Ramirez (42-0, 28 KO’s) hit
Sullivan Barrera (22-4, 14 KO’s) with a body shot in
round three and that was the beginning of the end. And
the end came quickly. In the ensuing round Barrera came
out of the corner with his elbow firmly tucked in to
protect damaged body. That didn’t make a difference as
Ramirez was zeroing in on the damaged liver with
After another perfect shot Barrera stepped back and
after a moment of hesitation he buckled again. Somehow
Barrera found his feet but with expert marksmanship
Ramirez hit the target again, this time Barrera went
down and he would not continue. The fight was over at
the 1:38 mark of round four. If there was any question
about Zurdo being able to handle the competition at 175
pounds this impressive KO victory should answer that.
“I think my performance was great,” said Zurdo Ramirez.
“I was training for the body shot. And I think it was
beautiful. At 175 pounds, everyone saw a better Zurdo
Ramirez. This is my division. I’m going to take the
souls of all the champions in the 175-pound division.”
In a battle of Lightweight Joseph Diaz (32-1-1, 15 KO’s)
took on the seasoned Javier Fortuna (36-3-1, 25 KO’s) in
a battle for the World Boxing Council Interim World
Lightweight Title. This was a close quarters slugfest
for most of the twelve round affair. So much so that
Diaz suffered a cut from a clash of heads in the fourth
round. Jo Jo weathered the storm and went on to win a
convincing unanimous decision victory with scores of
117-110, 116-111 and 115-112.
“Javier Fortuna was a warrior,” said Joseph Diaz Jr. “I
thought I would easily land body shots, but he’s a slick
defensive fighter. He’s very talented. I wish him the
best, and I hope he continues. When I saw the cut, I had
hoped that it wasn’t as bad as the Tevin Farmer fight.
It wasn’t, so I just dictated the pace from then on. I
can fight all the big names, Ryan Garcia or Tevin
Light Flyweight Tenkai Tsunami (28-13-1, 16 KO’s) didn’t
come all the way across the ocean to lose her title. And
though she fought like a tiger she was not able to stop
the still undefeated Seneisa Estrada (21-0, 8 KO’s).
This was a war in the ring, it was an extremely physical
Truthfully, this fight was a lot closer than the
scorecards suggested. Judges scored this one 99-91 and
98-92 twice all in favor of Estrada who grabbed the
World Boxing Organization World Female Light Fly Title.
Lightweight Hector Tanajara (19-1, 5 KO’s) ran into a
Mexican buzzsaw in William Zepeda (23-0, 21 KO’s). From
the onset the outcome was inevitable as the southpaw
Zepeda was relentless in the ring.
How Tanajara lasted As long as he did is anyone’s guess.
After six rounds Tanajara’s corner called a halt to this
one saving their fighter from further punishment.
Flyweight Naoko Fujioka (19-2-1, 7 KO’s) kept her belt
as she defeated Sulem Urbina Ochoa (12-2, 2 KO’s) in a
grueling ten round bout. Scores were all over the map as
one judge saw it close at 96-94 and another saw a wide
margin of 99-91, both in favor of Fujioka. Meanwhile the
third judge saw it dead even at 95-95. At the end of the
day Naoko retained her World Boxing Association World
Female Fly Title.
Super Bantamweight Azat Hovhannisyan (20-3, 16 KO’s)
takes unanimous decision over Jose Santos Gonzalez
(23-9-1, 13 KO’s).
Featherweight Bryan Chevalier (16 -1-1, 12 KO’s) takes
unanimous decision over James Wilkins (9-2, 6 KO’s).
Super Featherweight Lamont Roach (21-1-1, 9 KO’s) KO’s
Daniel Rosas (22-5-1, 14 KO’s) in second round.
Super Lightweight Sparkinson Wilson Castillo (15-0, 12
KO’s) KO’s Miguel Contreras (11-1, 6 KO’s) in second
Heavyweight Mihai Nistor (3-0, 2 KO’s) KO’s Colby
Madison (9-3-2, 6 KO’s) in second round.
Featherweight Gregory Morales (13-0, 8 KO’s) takes
unanimous decision over Rodrigo Guerrero (26-1-2, 16
Lightweight Miguel Gaona takes unanimous decision in his
pro debut over Gilberto Aguilar (0-2).