Lopez Counter-Right Results In Victory

By Roy Marquez
Photos: Marlene Marquez

Light welterweight contender Josesito Lopez eked out a split decision over Patrick Lopez of Caracas, Venezuela in a tougher-than-expected eight round bout. A knockdown in the fifth sealed the deal in a contest scored 77-74, 77-74 and 75-76 for Josesito Lopez.

“I thought I pulled it off by one or two points at most,” explained the victorious Lopez, who added “It was a close fight to score.” The fight was close. It was also ugly at times as the fighters held and head-butted one another. Though no points were deducted in the bout referee Jack Reiss had his hands full separating the combatants.

Josesito Lopez earned the first two rounds by landing the telling blows. Patrick Lopez picked up the pace in rounds three and four to even the score. An elusive fighter who slips punches and moves his feet, Patrick Lopez proved hard to hit. The fifth round was up for grabs when Josesito Lopez landed a counter-right that floored the Venezuelan. Determined to recoup the points lost from the knockdown, Patrick Lopez stormed back in the sixth to take the round. Josesito Lopez bounced back in the seventh behind a few straight rights that landed on the button.

The eighth was competitive from bell to bell and could have been awarded to either Lopez. Pound-4-Pound scored the bout 76-75 for Josesito Lopez.

What started out a chess match ended with a flurry when Mauricio Herrera pummeled William Correa against the ropes forcing referee Dr. Lou Moret to step between the fighters and halt the bout. The early rounds of the welterweight contest were give and take but Herrera (10-0) seized control of the fight in the fourth. A tiring Correa (8-3) could no longer avoid Herrera’s jab and he absorbed a great deal of punishment in the round.

The assault continued in the fifth until Herrera pressed Correa to the ropes and unleashed the fight stopping flurry. The end came at 2: 39 of the fifth round.

Promising featherweight Abraham Lopez commits to every punch. The commitment paid off with a sudden second round stoppage of Daniel Lorenzana (4-5-1).

Lopez landed a sneaky left to body that forced Lorenzana to his knees. Referee Jack Reiss started the count but waived off the contest at 1:05 of the second.

Undefeated lightweight Danny Hernandez staggered Kadaphi Proctor (4-3-1) in the first and went on defeat Proctor over four spirited rounds.

Hernandez (5-0) smartly used the jab to create openings for his double left hook to the body. With a tight defense and quick combinations Danny Hernandez is one to watch.

Two aspiring welterweights traded leather over four tightly contested rounds to open the evening’s action. When the scorecards were read, Ricky Duenas raised his hands in victory.

A knockdown in the second was the difference for Duenas (1-1), a southpaw training out of El Monte, CA. Eric Garcia (3-1-1) was competitive throughout but suffered his first defeat as a professional.