Morales & Gesta Battle To Draw In Los Angeles
By William Trillo & Albert Castillo
Photos: Marlene Marquez
Lightweights Carlos Morales (19-4-3, 8 KO’s) and Mercito
Gesta (32-3-2, 17 KO’s) gave the crowd the promised
barn-burner in the Golden Boy promoted Main Event at
Belasco Theater on Thursday night. This fight was all
action from the opening bell as each man let the leather
In the early going it was Morales who was doing the
effective work by making Gesta miss punches and then
come back with pinpoint shots of his own. But as the
fight ensued Gesta began to time Morales and now it was
Mercito who was controlling the action.
But after an accidental clash of heads Morales had a
large cut over his eye that his corner could not stop.
With blood hindering the vision of Morales the Doctor
was left with no choice but to bring the proceedings to
a grinding halt.
Going to the scorecards after six the judges had the
tally 58-56 in favor of Morales and 57-57 twice making
this one a Majority Draw. This one was just heating up
at the time it was stopped. Hopefully they will want to
do it again to settle the score.
“What happened is that we clashed heads while coming
in," said Carlos Morales. “The ref said the cut was too
deep. I had trouble seeing out of my left eye. The
medicine kept getting in my eye, and I kept trying to
get it out. Mercito has a lot of experience, so it was a
good learning experience for me. If the fans want a
rematch, we can do it."
“I wanted to keep going, and I know he wanted to keep
going," said Mercito Gesta."But that's the way it is.
This is boxing, and it happens. We can definitely do
this again if the fans want it.”
Super featherweights Charles Huerta (21-7, 12 KO’s) and
Jonathan Oquendo (31-6, 19 KO’s) took this one inside a
phone booth as they stood toe to toe for the entire ten
round stanza. Apparently, this is exactly the place
Oquendo wanted to be. The Puerto Rican looked sharp and
effective in close quarters.
For Huerta it seemed as though he was smothered by the
in fighting as he was unable to land any effective
punches. Neither fighter went down in the battle and the
fight went to the judges’ scorecards which read 100-90
across the board all in favor of Oquendo who grabbed the
vacant World Boxing Organization Latino Super Feather
"It was a tough fight, and I felt I did well,” said
Jonathan Oquendo.“I hadn’t fought in about six months
when I fought Lamont Roach. But I did a good job. I knew
he was the kind of fighter who likes to trade and I
think I used that to my advantage. I also worked the
body really well. God willing, we’ll get world title
Super welterweight KO artist Travell Mazion (16-0, 12
KO’s) was stretched to the limit by an iron chinned
Diego Cruz (19-8-2, 15 KO’s). Mazion who looked more
like a Middleweight when he stepped in the ring found
out early that he was not in there with just another
Palooka. Cruz came out determined to show he deserved
Mazion’s respect, by the end of the fight there is no
doubt he had that.
Mazion hit Cruz with thunderous blows in every round but
a determined Cruz never hit the canvas. Mazion worked
behind a very impressive jabs followed by scorching
punches while Cruz worked behind a chin of granite and a
heart of stone. That made for a very entertaining fight.
Mazion swept the scorecards with a unanimous decision
victory, 98-91 and 99-90 twice.
“I think my performance was amazing,” said Travell
Mazion.“I did exactly what I wanted to do. Everybody
always thinks that I’m trying to go out there to get the
knockout. You don’t always go out there and go for the
knockout. He was really tough. I knew he was going to
come in with some hell of a shots, and he did, but I
knew I was going to come up top. I would change keeping
my hands a little bit and go for to the body more.
That’s pretty much it. I did what my coach wanted me to
do. Whatever they have for me. I’m going to spend the
holidays with my family, but we’re still going to be in
the gym. Always in the gym.
Lightweight Oscar Acevedo (6-0) took on Darel Harris
(3-18-1, 1 KO) in this four round pillow fisted affair.
In an uneventful bout Acevedo remained undefeated but
showed little spark throughout the fight. The 22 fight
veteran Harris gave Acevedo and his fans something to
think about despite Acevedo’s unanimous decision
victory. Final scores read 39-37 and 40-36 twice.
“I felt good. I had to get rid of some ring rust because
I hadn’t fought since March,” said Oscar Acevedo. “I’m
going to go back to the gym right away and see what’s
next for me.”
Welterweight Evan Anthony Sanchez (6-0, 5 KO’s) opened
the show with an eye-catching KO over Hector Hernandez
(2-2, 1 KO). Sanchez wasted no time as he jumped on his
foe immediately with powerful blows. The shellacking
took a mere 29 seconds before Sanchez dropped Hernandez
forcing the ref to bring a rapid halt to the action.
Boxing fans might want to keep an eye on the southpaw
Sanchez, he looks to have a promising career.
“I feel honored to have been on a Golden Boy card,” said
Evan Sanchez. “I appreciate every opportunity that’s
been given to me. I didn’t know it would end this quick,
but I knew I would get the stoppage because I have been
training extra hard.”