Mares On The Chopping Block
Report & Photos By Roy & Marlene Marquez
Abner Mares shook a
little rust and chopped down Carlos Fulgencio in the
sixth round of their junior featherweight bout to earn
his 19th win in a row. Mares-Fulgencio headlined a full
night of boxing action presented by Golden Boy
Promotions at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles.
“I was a little rusty at
the beginning”, explained Mares (19-0) following the
fight. “I told myself to take my time and I finished him
with a body shot.” The kill shot was a left hook to the
body that left Fulgencio (11-4-1) doubled over in pain.
Referee Lou Moret picked up the count and then waived
off the contest when it became apparent Fulgencio wasn’t
getting up. “He took a lot of punches early. Later he
couldn’t take any more.”
In the first, Mares
staggered Fulgencio with an overhand right. Mares
clubbed Fulgencio with the punch the rest of the fight
and added a jab, a double left hook, and the right hook
to the head to his arsenal. Mares had a hard time
missing Fulgencio with any punch but inflicted the most
damage with the left hook to the body.
Fulgencio enjoyed a
height and length advantage but none of it bothered
Mares. Mares ducked under the jab and worked hooks to
the body once he got inside. By the fourth round
Fulgencio’s hand speed and movement curtailed
dramatically. Unable to keep Mares from walking him
down, Fulgencio absorbed a tremendous number of blows
until the left hook to the body ended the fight at 2:24
of the sixth round.
In a back-and-forth
affair, David Rodela won a six round junior lightweight
bout against Gamalier Rodriguez that was closer than the
score cards indicated. Rodriguez (8-2-2) started the
fight landing uppercuts and left hooks to the body out
of the orthodox stance. After a competitive second round
Rodela (13-2-3) increased his work rate in the third and
pressed Rodriguez with a body attack of his own.
Rodriguez countered by
switching to southpaw to open the fourth and began
landing counter lefts. The switch swayed the momentum
and the tempo of the fight. Rodela was no longer as
aggressive and slowed noticeably over the final two
rounds. But the judges thought Rodela won enough of the
early rounds to award him the fight. Judges Marty Denkin
and James Jin Kim scored the bout 59-55 and Jerry Cantu
scored it 58-56 for Rodela.
It appeared junior
bantamweight Sergio Espinoza was fighting a
featherweight in David Gaspar. He wasn’t, but Gaspar
(11-2-1) punched like a featherweight and dropped
Espinoza in the first round and again in the third round
of their six round bout. Espinoza (16-6-1) pressured
Gaspar and stayed busy but could not deter his hard
punching opponent. Gaspar scored the first knockdown
with an overhand left and the second with a right
uppercut. Gaspar won by scores of 58-54, 58-54 and
Lopez dropped John Wampash three times on route to a
four round unanimous decision win. After losing the
opening round Lopez (6-0) turned the tide with a fight
altering one-two. Wampash (1-2-1) suffered two
knockdowns in the second and one in the fourth.
He also lost his
mouthpiece in the third from a stiff jab to the kisser.
Lopez went for the kill after the knockdowns but Wampash
was able to withstand the onslaught. All three judges
scored the bout 39-34.
Off air bouts
Business” Nelson entered the ring wearing a suit jacket
and soon thereafter was undressed by Carlos Molina.
Molina (9-0) battered
Nelson (7-11-1) for 2:13 before the fight was stopped in
the first round by referee Lou Moret.
Juan Heraldez stopped
Luis Tapia 0:32 seconds into round two of their junior
welterweight fight to win his professional debut.
Heraldez had Tapia (1-3) in trouble near the close of
round one following a series of lead right hands. In the
second Heraldez continued the assault until referee Lou
Moret separated the fighters and halted the bout.
In the final fight of
the evening, Kerry Hope won a closely contested six
round middleweight scrap against local fan favorite
The crowd didn’t
appreciate the decision but the judges got it right when
they scored the bout 57-56, 57-56 and 59-54. Hope (12-2)
of Wales is trained by Talon Boxing out of Lake