Antonio Orozco Maintains Undefeated
Record With Knockout Of Keandre Gibson
Photos: Marlene Marquez
Antonio "Relentless" Orozco (26-0, 17 KOs) wasn't up to
any tricks this April Fool's Day as he proudly
pronounced his return to the ring with a dominating
knockout over KeAndre "The Truth" Gibson (16-1-1, 7 KOs)
in the fourth round of the main event live from The
Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and televised on ESPN Deportes
and ESPN2. Both fighters entered the ring undefeated,
yet it was Orozco who walked away as the new WBC USNBC
Super Lightweight Champion.
"From start to finish, I stuck to the fundamentals in
this fight," said Orozco. "I'm very happy to have won
this fight, and now it's time to go home to my family."
"I tried to outbox him," said Gibson. "Unfortunately, I
got caught. It happens."
Celebrities in attendance at Orozco vs. Gibson included
WBC World Champion Jorge "El Niño de Oro" Linares,
former IBF Middleweight Champion Fernando Vargas and
Golden Boy Promotions' fighters Mauricio "El Maestro"
Herrera, Marcelino Lopez, Joseph "Diamante"; and Bernard
Hopkins and Bernardo Osuna, who also served as ESPN's
commentators for the evening's televised bouts.
In one of the most entertaining fights of the night, San
Diego, CA's Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta (30-1-2, 16 KOs)
and Gilberto "Flaco" Gonzalez (27-4, 22 KOs) of Mexico
City went to war in a barn burner co-main event. With
non-stop action, Gonzalez used his impressive reach to
knock Gesta down in the third round.
However, for every hit taken, Gesta lived up to his
nickname and showed 'No Mercy' bouncing back and putting
his opponent up against the ropes in no time.
Ultimately, the judges scored the fight with 99-91,
98-92, 96-93 all in favor of a unanimous decision for
"I listened to my corner in the fight, and never let my
opponent get too close," said Gesta. "I'm happy with the
outcome, and I plan to lie low after this."
Participating in the swing bout televised on ESPN, the
pride of Palmdale, CA Cesar Diaz (5-0, 4 KOs) went the
distance for the first time in his career against
seasoned fight veteran Felipe "Panterita" Rivas
(17-19-4, 11 KOs) of Nogales, Mexico. At the end of the
fight, the judges announced their scores of 60-54
awarding the unanimous decision victory to Cesar Diaz.
"I think this was a good fight," said Diaz. "I knew
going in he was an experienced fighter, so it was good
for me to learn from this and know how to improve for
Part of the livestream, Glendora, CA's Joet Gonzalez
(16-0, 8 KOs) stayed undefeated with a fifth round
stoppage over Derrick Murrary (13-2-1, 5 KOs) of St.
Louis in their featherweight event. In the first rounds,
both fighters were testing one another exchanging a
series of hits and blows. Gonzalez gained steam in the
fourth round and began putting and stifling Murray with
his signature power punches, which continued into the
fifth round when it ended.
"Going in, I wanted to be smart and cut him off," said
Gonzalez. "Overall, this was a great fight, and I'm
happy to have another victory."
Fighting in the opening bout of the evening, Emilio "The
Kid" Sanchez (15-0, 10 KOs) of Pacoima, CA proved
himself to be an expert counterpuncher in this
featherweight fight against Ciudad Juarez, Mexico's Jose
"Flash" Bustos (11-8-3, 7 KOs). For every punch thrown,
Sanchez would follow it up with a smoldering hook to
Busto's body. As the rounds weathered on between the
fighters, it was Sanchez who defeated Bustos by way of
technical knockout at the :51 mark in the eighth round.
"My plan going in to the fight was to be smart and not
get hit," said Sanchez. "I didn't plan on knocking him
out in the last round, the knockout came on its own, and
I'm happy with the outcome."