Lopez True To Form
Report & Photos By Roy & Marlene Marquez
Some fighters assume a
nickname before it is earned. Patrick “El Elegante”
Lopez is not one of them. Blessed with hand speed to
spare and precise punching accuracy, Lopez elegantly
picked apart Sergio Rivera before an appreciative fight
crowd at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA.
Lopez (17-2) built an
early lead and an insurmountable advantage by landing a
head-snapping jabs between Rivera’s gloves. A southpaw,
Lopez used the jab to set up left hands to the head.
Undeterred, Rivera (14-4-2) brought the fight but
learned he was outgunned in this junior welterweight
bout. Every time Rivera pressed forward he was greeted
by a Lopez right or left. Lopez grew in confidence with
each passing round and was toying with Rivera in the
second half of the fight.
The fight took a turn
for the worse near the conclusion of the fourth when the
fighters clashed heads and both men suffered cuts.
Rivera received a gash high on the forehead that painted
his face red with blood. Though the Lopez cut wasn’t
nearly as deep, it too was troublesome given its
location. Lopez sustained a cut on the right eyelid that
bled for the balance of the fight.
All three judges scored
the bout 80-72 in favor of Patrick Lopez.
separated Jesus Vallejo from his mouthpiece in the first
round and from his senses in the second forcing referee
Lou Moret to stop the fight early in the contest. A
minute into the second Herrera (6-0) dropped a left hand
on Jesus Vallejo (3-2) that left him momentarily
defenseless along the ropes.
Referee Moret came to
Vallejo’s aid by stepping between the combatants and
stopping the junior middleweight contest at 1:06 of the
second round. With the KO victory Herrera remained
perfect as a pro.
Jaime Orrantia (11-25-5) did his job. He forced
undefeated light welterweight Hector Serrano (10-0) to
fight six spirited rounds. Orrantia didn’t win a round
but he did extend Serrano while landing some good shots
of his own.
Serrano worked the jab
to start each round before letting loose with hooks and
uppercuts. Serrano stunned Orrantia in the second and
again in the fourth but could not put the seasoned
pugilist on the deck. Serrano closed the show with a
furious attack in the sixth and won the fight easily on
the judges’ scorecards.
Pavel Miranda and Vardan Gasparyan waged a
back-and-forth affair that ended in a majority decision
pressed the action throughout and was effective when he
trapped Miranda against the ropes. Miranda (18-4-1)
scored by throwing the left to the body followed by a
Judge David Denkin
scored the bout 58-56 for Gasparyan while judges Ray
Corona and Jerry Cantu both scored the fight a 57-57
Ramon Valenzuela Jr.
stopped fellow junior middleweight Leonardo Saldivar
with a left hook to the ribs at 1:59 of the second round
to win his professional debut. Saldivar (0-1) started
fast but slowed quickly and could not keep pace with the
surging Valenzuela (1-0). Valenzuela survived the early
onslaught and slowed Saldivar by winging hooks to the