Gaspar stops Bustos
Ringside report & photos by Felipe Leon
PM Promotions helmed by former world champion Diego "Pelucho" Morales returned to the Municipal Auditorium of Tijuana, Mexico, to present an eight-bout fight card televised nationally in Mexico by Cadena Tres Saturday night.
In the main event, David "Flecha" Gaspar came back from his first professional loss at the hands of Nicaragua's Carlos Rueda to stop former WBC straw weight champion Isaac Bustos in the sixth round of a scheduled ten.
Last April, Gaspar of Tijuna, by way of Santa Ana, CA, was knocked out in the third round by Rueda in what slowed down the quick ascend of the super flyweight. In his comeback fight, Gaspar took on his biggest challenge to date in Mexico City's Bustos who captured his title back in 2004 by stopping Eagle Den Jullaphan in Tokyo, Japan, by 4th round TKO.
The first round began slow as both fighters seemed to gauge each other distance by releasing the jab. Gaspar seemed timid in his attack while Bustos attempted to start the action by going to the body. The sporadic activity continued in the second as both fighters used their jab to measure the distance but not following up. By the middle of the round , Gaspar began to couple his jab with straight right hands that began to find its mark and at times adding a left hook for good measure. Bustos kept landing to the body trying to get in the inside of his much taller opponent.
By the third round, Gaspar began to get anxious at lack of aggression from the former champ and he began to challenge him by asking for a fight. Bustos just kept to his game plan of infrequent jabs to the body and an occasional three-punch combination that missed more than landed. Gaspar landed a hard left hook near the end of the round to show Bustos he meant business. Bustos began the fourth by trapping Gaspar against the ropes and having his best moment of the fight as he landed a flurry of punches. Gaspar's only answer was to circle around the ring and establish his space and continue with the jab.
Midway thru the fifth round, Bustos developed a cut over his right eye that needed to be checked by the ringside physician. The doctor allowed the action to continue, with Gaspar going for broke, seemingly motivated by the blood streaming down his opponents face. But Bustos’ experience shone through, and he hurt Gaspar with a left hook that sent Gaspar against the ropes. Bustos continued to attack. Gaspar tied up the former champion and tried to survive the round by boxing from a distance and landing a big right hand at the end of the stanza.
Gaspar, 21, came out strong in the sixth, going back to attacking his thirty-four opponent with a newfound fervor as the blood continued to flow. Near the end of the round, referee Juan Jose Ramirez waved off the bout at the recommendation of the ringside physician, official time was 2:35 of the 6th round.
With the win, Gaspar returns to the win column, adding the biggest name on his resume and seeing his record go to 10-1-1, 7 KOs, while Bustos drops to 25-9-3, 13 KOs.
In the semi main event, bantamweight Rafael Gutierrez (12-2, 6KO) earned a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over the experienced Ramon Leyte (18-12, 15 KOs).
No round of study was needed as both fighters began the bout throwing heavy armor from the first ring of the bell. Gutierrez of Mulege, MX, tried to impose his will from the onset throwing a barrage of punches and getting the best of the action but the southpaw Leyte held his own as he landed his own series of punches near the end of the round. By the second round, Gutierrez found the key to victory as he waited for Mexico City's Leyte to come in and welcome him with a straight right hand that found its home more often than not.
The bout continued with much of the same from both fighters as Gutierrez continued to land the right hand and tenderize the face of the veteran Leyte. Gutierrez added three punch combinations to his arsenal and in the fourth a left hook to the body bothered Leyte.
The sixth round was the best for Leyte as he was able to trap Gutierrez against the ropes and put in some damage to the midsection of his younger opponent in attempt to slow him down.
The assembled crowd rose to their feet with the exchange of leather in the middle of the ring for most of the seventh round with Gutierrez landing more often and solidly. With the win more than sure, Gutierrez decided to take the eighth off as he got on his bicycle and circled the ring for the majority of the round with Leyte having no luck in cutting off his way.
In the ninth and tenth, Gutierrez went back to the game plan and continued to catch Leyte with a solid right hand to the jaw time and time again. After the ten rounds, the inevitable scores were read 97-94, 98-92 and 97-93.
In a joke of a bout, featherweight Jesus Balderas of Carson, CA, punched Juan Bojorquez for half a around to pad his record to 8-3-1, 8 KOs. referee Alberto Ramos stopped the bout after absolutely no response from the 1-18, 1KO Bojorquez. Official time was 2:10 of the first round.
Jr. flyweight Pedro Guevara of Mazatlan, MX, stopped the overmatched Francisco Lopez of Los Mochis, MX, at the 1:34 mark of the third round with a seasoned skill set of technical boxing. With the win, Guevara stays undefeated with a perfect 5-0, 3KO record while Lopez searches for his first win seeing his record go to 0-3.
In a super welterweight four round bout, Edgar Bojorquez earned a unanimous decision in a dirty and untechnical street fight over Ruben Porras, both of Tijuana. Official scores were 40-36 twice and 39-37.
Flyweight Felipe Salguero (8-2-1, 6KO) of Tijuana stopped Los Mochis, MX's Jorge Cruz (10-5, 6KO) with a left hook to the body in the third round of a scheduled four.
In a tough test, junior welterweight Jorge Silva (8-1, 7KO) stopped Gabriel Rosales in the sixth and final round. After having trouble deciphering the southpaw style of Rosales (4-4, 2KO) of Ensenada, MX, Tijuana's Silva was able to land harder and more often combinations in the last two rounds of the bout to finally stop his game opponent. Official time was 2:23 of the sixth round.
Crowd favorite Antonio Castro (2-0, 2KO) of Tijuana, MX, kept his KO streak alive as he landed a perfect right uppercut followed by a left hook to drop Ensenada's Daniel Lopez at the 2:44 mark of the first round of a lightweight bout.
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