Eros Correa Scores Major Upset Over
World Ranked Contender Saul Sanchez
Photos: Chris Suchánek
This past Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario,
CA, Thompson Boxing Promotions saw the battle of future
world title contenders as bantamweight, Eros Correa (12-1, 8
KOs), upset WBO #5 and WBA #8, Saul "The Beast" Sanchez
(18-2, 11 KOs), winning by split decision. Sanchez vs.
Correa, a scheduled 10-round main event, headlined
Thompson’s “Path To Glory” event.
In a fight that boxing writers and fight fans raved about
how competitive and close it was, we saw Correa control the
second half of the fight with lateral movement, fast hands,
as he dictated the terms of the fight with a good jab.
Sanchez fought valiantly as nearly every round started with
Sanchez putting pressure on Correa, but Sanchez couldn't
keep Correa on the ropes for long periods of time and
struggled to cut off the ring. With the win, Correa now
enters the world title picture in one of the most exciting
divisions in the sport of boxing. Scorecards read 98-92,
97-93 for Correa and 94-96 for Sanchez.
“I fought the fight of my life,” said Correa, who rebounded
from his first career loss in the later part of 2021. "I've
been telling everyone that I'm at my best fighting at 118
pounds. I want to thank Sanchez for giving me a chance to
face him, this was a great fight, and I'm happy that I got
the victory. I have worked my whole life for this moment,
and now I am one step closer to fighting for a regional
title. I also want to thank my team for believing in me, and
Thompson Boxing for giving me this opportunity."
In the 6-round welterweight co-feature, Loui Lopez (11-1-1,
4 KOs), defeated previously unbeaten Jaleik Bogle (4-1-2, 2
KOs), by unanimous decision.
Lopez shined in front of his hometown crowd as Bogle lost a
point in the fourth round after pulling down on Lopez's
neck. Although Bogle had what looked like to be better
boxing ability, he couldn't handle the relentlessness attack
that Lopez was bringing. Scorecards read 59-54, 60-53, and
60-53, all for Lopez.
“I had to look good in front of my hometown crowd,” said
Lopez with a smile. “I kept the pressure coming and he
didn't know how to adapt to my style. I had to make an
adjustment after the first round. After that I was in full
control. I'm ready to take on any of the top contenders in
In a four-round bout, super lightweight Pedro Valencia
(10-0, 7 KOs) showed improvement from his last fight as he
outlasted Mario Aguire (3-17-1, 2 KOs), winning a unanimous
decision. The scorecards read 40-36 in favor of Valencia by
all three judges.
“I am glad I could show different things that I have been
working on in the gym,” said Valencia. “I am satisfied with
my win, but I still know I need to get better. I was hoping
to get the stoppage, but I fought a very tough veteran, who
was not going to go away."
In the second bout of the night, middleweight Nelson
"Knuckles" Oliva (3-0, 2 KOs) stopped Antonio Duarte (2-4, 3
KOs) with a brutal body shot in the opening round of a
scheduled six-round bout. The referee counted out Duarte at
0:55 mark of the first round.
“I keep getting better and better,” said Oliva, who recorded
the fastest knockout of his career. “Duarte was regarded as
a tough guy who would take me rounds, and I showed the world
how hard I hit. I believe that no one is as strong as me in
In the second bout of the night, middleweight Nelson Oliva
(2-0, 2 KOs) dropped Manuel Martinez (6-6-4, 3 KOs) twice in
the opening round, forcing the referee to stop the bout at
the 1:42 mark. Oliva sent Martinez to the canvas both times
with powerful left hooks.
“Getting another knockout to start my career felt
incredible,” said Oliva, who fights out of the southpaw
stance. “I knew it was a matter of time that I would get him
out of there after the first knockdown. My confidence is
right where I want it. I feel I can compete with anyone in
In the opening bout, welterweight prospect Anthony Saldivar
Jr (1-0, 1 KO) had a successful pro debut stopping Genesis
"G" Wynn (1-2) at the 2:08 mark of the first round of a
scheduled four-round contest. A series of punches in quick
succession saw Wynn hit the canvas and get counted out.
“It was as good of a pro debut as I could have hoped for,”
said Saldivar Jr. “I stayed patient and waited for my shot,
when my opponent was hurt, I jumped on him and got him out
of there. I knew I had a chance to stop him, and I wanted to
make a statement in my pro debut in front of all my