Santa Cruz Defeats Lopez;
Ramos, Caballero & Loya Also Remain Unbeaten
By Barbara Pinnella
Photo: William Trillo
Golden Boy Promotions
put on their card for TeleFutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate”
at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino this past
Friday night. Before the event took place, 2004 U.S.
Olympian Vicente Escobedo and Former World Champion
Daniel Ponce De Leon held a meet and greet. This was a
big success and well-received.
In the televised main event we saw the unbeaten Leo
Santa Cruz (16-0-1, 8 KO’s) going up against a former
World Champion in 39-year-old Jose Lopez (39-10-2, 32
KO’s). This fight was for a scheduled eight rounds in
the Bantamweight division.
A fairly active first round, with Santa Cruz, not
surprisingly, was being more the aggressor. In round two
the right hand of Leo found its target almost every time
thrown and at almost every part of the body. Lopez kept
trying to find an answer for it, but he wasn’t too
Santa Cruz’ right hand continued to be effective in the
third. Lopez did get in some shots but they did little
damage to Leo. The fourth round saw much of the same.
Jose is tough, as he kept taking the shots of Santa
Cruz, but the much younger Leo was far out-punching his
In the fifth the onslaught of punches from Santa Cruz
intensified. Finally, after a barrage of lefts and
rights, the fight was waved off by Tony Crebs at 2:35 of
the fifth round. Lopez was a war horse, I’ll give him
that, but he was no match for all that Santa Cruz
offered up on this night.
After the fight Santa Cruz had this to say. “I was going
to the body at first, but got frustrated. I felt his
power in the third round and just kept working, and
knocked him out. This was my first fight after signing
with Golden Boy Promotions and I wanted to impress
The co-main event, which was also televised and was the
second fight on the card, saw another unbeaten fighter,
Luis Ramos, Jr. (19-0, 8 KO’s) pitted against Francisco
Lorenzo (39-10, 16 KO’s). This fight was also scheduled
for eight, but in the Light Welterweight division this
time. While this has absolutely nothing to do with the
fight itself, Ramos had awesome purple and silver robe
A give and take first round, with both fighters testing
the range and power. Ramos was the more active of the
pair and connected the most, albeit Lorenzo tried for a
flurry at the end. The second round saw Lorenzo on the
attack. He chased Ramos around the ring the entire time.
Because of that, his punches lacked power, as he was
always on the move when he made contact. Still, a good
round for Francisco.
The same course of action for Lorenzo in the third, but
it seemed as if Ramos was ready for the chase this time.
Even so, he did get caught a few times. But a
combination of Lorenzo being a bit wild and Ramos
dodging the throws made for an interesting round. The
fourth found Ramos connecting a lot more, but Lorenzo
refused to give in and kept coming back with more.
Francisco was warned a second time for low blows at the
beginning of the fifth. Not hard to see why that kept
happening, as his wild style just wanted to hit
anything. The punches by Ramos that collided with
Lorenzo, while they were less in numbers, were delivered
with more power. Much was the same in the sixth, except
for the fact that Lorenzo was now looking a bit tired –
not a surprise.
OK, so scratch the tired part. Francisco started right
off in the seventh as if he’d had an hours’ rest. He was
back to pressuring Ramos, who was still laying those
punches on Lorenzo. The eighth and final saw both
fighters trying to end it all, but neither would give
up. A really exciting fight here that went to the
scorecards. 79-73, 77-75, 77-75, all for Luis Ramos, Jr.
With that win Luis extends his undefeated streak to an
impressive 19 victories
Junior Featherweights took to the ring as Randy
Caballero (11-0, 7 KO’s) looked to keep that win streak
alive as he faced off with Sergio Cristobal (3-2). This
bout was scheduled for six. What a visual contrast in
fighters here; the baby-faced Caballero and the rather
tough looking Cristobal complete with Mohawk.
The first round was a bit of a wild one. As if on cue,
right after one of the fans yelled for Randy to knock
out his opponent – well, with a bit different language
than that – a straight right did put Cristobal on the
canvas. Sergio came back though, and his wild and
scrappy style seemed hard for Randy to deal with.
The beginning of round two saw Cristobal pounding
Caballero in the corner, and the two exchanged solid
blows for most of the round, making it a very physical
one. The third round was another very active one, but
Randy was more in control this time. He was able to land
more punches than he was in the second.
All of the punches thrown by Sergio ended up being
meaningless after a well-placed right hand by Caballero
dropped Cristobal and referee Jerry Cantu quickly waved
off the fight before Sergio could stand at 2:06 of round
four. Another win streak remained intact.
“He came forward at the beginning, but I was patient and
was wearing him down,” Randy told me after his fight. “I
knew I could wear him down and then knock him out. I had
to change my plan a little bit. He was in my face
hitting me but he didn’t hit hard, so I just let him
punch himself out.
“I want to thank everyone for their support. I’m going
to make it to the top. I can’t wait to fight again here
in front of my fans.”
Two undefeated fighters stood across from each other in
a Junior Welterweight fight scheduled for six rounds.
Jose Vargas (5-0-2) was to face off opposite Javier Loya
(4-0, 3 KO’s). Vargas, from Coachella, got almost as big
a reception from the fans as Caballero did. But the
fight did not last as long or go as well. It was Loya
who threw the combination that ended the night for
Vargas at 2:53 of the very first round.
There were a lot of unbeaten men on the card, but one
fight saw both fighters making their professional debut.
Jose Gonzales faced Drew Alexander in a scheduled four
round fight in the Super Middleweight division.
So, both men looked as if it was indeed their first
fight, as they appeared a little anxious and
over-excited. Both a bit wild, and yet some contact as
well. Round two, and Alexander came out looking for the
knockout. But when that didn’t happen he appeared to
lose all his steam. He regrouped in the closing seconds
and almost put Gonzales down, but couldn’t finish it
A slow and more plodding round three, as both men did a
lot of holding and then tried to do some damage. But for
the most part this round was illustrating just how tired
the fighters were. The fourth and final round seemed to
go on forever. As in round two, Drew came out for the
knockout, but once again, that failed and we had to go
to the scorecards. They came back 39-37 for Davis, and
38-38 and 38-38 making the fight a majority draw.
The fight that started off the night was a four round
bout that saw Junior Lightweights going at it, as Juan
Sandoval (4-6-1, 3 KO’s) faced off with Rene Torres
(0-5-1). Sandoval got the best of round one, as his
right-handed uppercuts hit their target on more than one
occasion. In round two Juan hit Torres with two hard
rights to the body that sent Rene down as all the air
whooshed out of him. He got back up, but shortly
thereafter another hard right to the head put Torres
down and out at 2:27 of that second round.
Once again an enjoyable evening with good fights. Other
than the 40 minute wait that we had after the first
fight, things ran smoothly. Ah, the joys of television
and the waiting involved in that industry.
Congratulations to all those who were successful!
Be safe and God Bless,
Viva La Raza,