Herrera stops Hinojosa
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
After losing a controversial eight round decision in his last fight, junior welterweight Mauricio Herrera wanted to take matters into his own hands.
He was in the process of doing just that until his opponent was not able to continue in their eight round fight due to an injury in one his hands.
Veteran Efren Hinojosa was not able to continue after the fifth round, making Herrera the winner before a sold-out crowd of about 1,400 at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.
The bout headlined a five-bout “10th Anniversary Path to Glory” card, presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions.
Herrera was coming off an controversial eight round eight round split decision los at the hands of former world champion Mike Anchondo in December. It was a fight a majority of ringside observers felt Herrera did enough to win the fight.
Entering Friday night’s fight, Hinojosa had now lost five of his last six bouts. He was knocked out at 34 seconds of the first round in his last fight in September at the hands of lightweight John Molina.
Herrera worked behind a jab, followed by combinations from the opening bell. Hinojosa attempted to counter with straight right hands, landing a few to the head of Herrera. As the bout progressed, Herrera found a home for the left hook to the head. He would land it regularly behind a jab or as a lead left hook.
There were times in the early rounds that both fighters tied up or spun one another around too aggressively, drawing the ire of referee Dr. Lou Moret.
As Hinojosa attempted to mount an offense in the third round, it played into the hands of Herrera. As Hinojosa pressed the action, Herrera landed more to the head of Hinojosa. After the four round, blood began to seep out of Hinojosa’s nose.
Herrera came on in the fifth round, aggressively pressing the action as Hinojosa began to backpedal. Herrera again scored with hard left hooks to the head, at times going to the body or following it up with occasional right hands. Hinojosa was not visibly hurt, but he slowed down considerably.
“I saw that he came out dry,” said Herrera, who retained his regional title with the victory. “I could tell that he wasn’t quite warmed up yet, so I went right after him.”
After the fifth round ended, Hinojosa complained that he hurt his left hand and was not able to continue, prompting referee Dr. Lou Moret to stop the bout left hand was hurt.
Asked if he wanted to make a statement from his previous fight, Herrera replied, “In my last fight, I felt I got robbed. My plan was to go for the knockout. I was a little overanxious at the beginning. I got caught with a few head butts and I didn’t want to get cut. I didn’t see any videos of him. I knew that (John) Molina stopped him. My plan was to go at him.”
Herrera, from Riverside, CA, improves to 14-1, 7 KO’s. Hinojosa, from Lakeside, CA by way of Mexico City, DF, Mexico, falls to 30-8-1, 17 KO’s.
Lopez wins one-sided decision
Fighting at welterweight, junior welterweight contender Patrick Lopez won a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Cristian Favela.
Lopez had won three bouts in a row since his close eight round split decision defeat at the hands of Josesito Lopez just over a year ago. Favela won a six round decision over Jose Montes a week prior to his bout against Lopez. The victory snapped an eight-bout losing streak for Favela.
Lopez was in command from the opening bell, as he was the quicker and more effective fighter. The southpaw Lopez controlled the action by landing short right hooks and straight left hands. Lopez was effective, whether it was throwing and landing one punch or a three-punch combination.
Favela attempted to get on the inside of Lopez. Favela was more effective with throwing and landing lead right hands to the head or body of Lopez, albeit he did it few and far between.
The action picked up in the fifth round. Favela began to land more as he attempted to counter Lopez’ offense. He was able to land more lead right hands. However, it was not enough as Lopez continued to control the tempo of the fight.
Towards the end of the seventh round, Favela landed a counter right hand to the had of Lopez, momentarily stunning him. However, he was not able to follow up, as Lopez was able to recover and cruised to the final bell.
All three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 80-72 in favor of Lopez.
Lopez, from Londonberry, NH by way of Caracas, Venezuela, improves to 19-2, 11 KO’s. Favela, from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, falls to 18-26-6, 9 KO’s.
Lopez stops Rorie
Featherweight Abraham Lopez stopped Jason Rorie in the first round of a scheduled six-round bout.
Both traded wild crosses and hooks from the opening bell, with Lopez’ punches having more effect. A barrage of punches hurt Rorie, backing him up into a corner. Lopez went right at Rorie until referee David Mendoza saw enough and stopped the bout at 2:18.
Lopez, from La Puente, CA, goes to 11-0, 9 KO’s. Rorie, from Winston Salem, NC, drops to 5-7-2, 2 KO’s.
Esquivias tops gutsy Pantoja.
Esquivias decisions Pantoja
Featherweight Efrain Esquivias won a four-round unanimous decision over Danny Pantoja.
Esquivias was able to control most of the action using his quickness to his advantage. Esquivias went towards Pantoja, but only throwing one punch at a time. At times, Pantoja would catch Esquivias with a counter right hand to the head.
Pantoja started the third round aggressively, landing a fair amount of punches on Esquivias. However, Esquivias rallied in the second half of the round, landing hard punches flush to the Pantoja’s chin. Referee David Mendoza kept a close eye on Pantoja, but Pantoja bravely fought back although he looked unsteady at times.
Despite being down in the fight, Pantoja never gave up, showing grit and determination. However, Esquivias was too much as he was too fast for Pantoja.
All three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Esquivias.
Esquivias, from Carson, CA, improves to 8-0, 5 KO’s. Pantoja, from Fairfield, CA, falls to 0-3-2.
Lobatos decisions tired Tucker
Heavyweight Enrique Lobatos won a four round unanimous decision over Charles Tucker.
Tucker started strong in the opening round, landing hard hooks and right hands to the head of Lobatos. After the first round, Tucker’s offense was non-existent. Tucker would back up, covering up in an attempt to smother Lobatos’ punches.
Tucker attempted to mount some offense in the third round, but Lobatos controlled the fight. It was not so much that Lobatos was the more skilled fighter. It was more that Tucker looked fatigued, not wanting to fight and eventually tying up towards the final bell.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Lobatos, by scores of 39-37, 39-37, and 40-36. Fightnews.com scored the bout 39-37 in favor of Lobatos.
Lobatos, from Bell, CA, goes to 1-0-1. Tucker, from Lakeside, CA, drops to 1-1, 1 KO. According to boxrec.com, Tucker was listed as 2-1, 2 KO’s before Friday night’s fight.
- Super Featherweight Dominic Salcido, female Bantamweight contender Kaleisha West, Lightweight prospect Daniel Hernandez, Super Bantamweight prospect Jonathan Arellano, HBO boxing judge Harold Lederman, longtime promoter Benny Giorgino, former fighters Rodolfo Gonzalez and Armando Muniz, and trainer Jack Mosley caught the action from ringside.
- Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola was also in attendance, despite the face that he was fighting the next evening against Tomas Adamek. Arreola has fought a number of times at the Doubletree Hotel.
- Next Thompson Boxing Promotions show will take place on Friday, June 18th. For tickets or information, contact Thompson Boxing at (714) 935-0900.
- A moment of silence was observed for the recent passing of both Arthur Mercante and Lorraine Chargin.
- Ring announcer was Sonny Franco.