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  Munguia Stops Johnson After 6th Round

By William Trillo
Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy


In the main event of The Golden Boy promoted card from Fantasy Springs Casino, Middleweight Jaime Munguia (36-0, 29 KOs) took on the rugged Tureano Johnson (21-3-1, 15 KOs) with the vacant World Boxing Organization Inter-Continental Middle Title weighing in the balance.

As expected, this one didnt take long to get rolling as Johnson jumped all over Munguia early and often in round one. Taking in the first few minutes of the fight it looked as though Munguia was in for a long night.

But in the ensuing rounds Munguia found a home for some wicked uppercuts that were made to order for the bull rushing style of Johnson. Suddenly we had a pretty good fight on our hands. This looked like it was going to be a war of attrition.

For brief moment Johnson looked spent in the corner and it appeared he had blown a gasket. But surprisingly he caught his second wind and from that moment on he appeared to be dominating the rounds.

But in a sudden twist of fate Munguia landed another one of those crisp uppercuts. That punch split Johnsons lip as if he was hit with a meat cleaver. It was as ugly a cut as one could imagine. The last twenty seconds of the sixth round was allowed to continue but there was no way it would go any further than that.

After that sixth round the bout was halted because of the gash and Munguia was giving the victory via KO.

It was a bitter pill to swallow for Johnson as it seemed he was working a perfect game plan. Its a shame this fight came to such an abrupt end. It looked like it was going to be a good one.

It was a battle of undefeated Golden Boy promoted Welterweight as Rashidi Ellis (23-0, 14 KOs) squared off against Alexis Rocha (16-1, 10 KOs). With the vacant World Boxing Council International Silver Welter Title up for grabs this was a very important fight for the young fighters who wanted to take it to the next level.

This was a nip and tuck battle but in the end it was the speed of Ellis that was the difference maker. Rocha had his moments midway through the fight but Ellis was able to recapture control to win the final and championship rounds. Scores in favor of Ellis by 116-112 twice and 115-113.

Light Flyweights Elwin Soto (18-1, 12 KOs) & Carlos Buitrago (32-6-1, 18 KOs) battled it out over 12 rounds with the World Boxing Organization World Light Fly Title on the line. By coming forward and pressing the fight throughout the fight Soto swayed the judges and got a very questionable and lopsided decision. Wide scores read 119-109, 117-111 and a more reasonable 115-113 all in favor of Soto.

Flyweight Marlen Esparza (8-1, 1 KO) gets the decision nod (take term literally) over Sulem Urbina (12-1, 2 KOs). Final scores all in favor of Esparza read 78-74 and 80


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