Gomez takes out Orrantia
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
Someone should tell Frankie Gomez that he could pace himself to actually fight the scheduled rounds and not end a fight so early.
“Once I saw that he did not have enough on his punches, I went after him," Gomez said after less than one round of action.
Gomez stopped veteran Jaime Orrantia in the first round of a scheduled four round bout before a large crowd of about 1,600 at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA.
The bout headlined a five-bout “Fight Night Club” card, presented by Golden Boy Promotions.
Gomez entered his bout against Orrantia having stopped all of his opponents. Orrantia was supposed to pose a challenge for Gomez and had put together a decent string of fights. Prior to his bout against Gomez, Orrantia had won three out of his four, but those victories were against very limited competition.
Still, Gomez needed a fighter who would give him rounds and provide some test for the young fighter.
Gomez started on the attack, going to the head of Orrantia. Although he was able to land, Orrantia took the punches well. Showing his characteristics that have allowed him to fight 45 times as a professional, Orrantia was able to hold on or would make Gomez miss with punches to the head. Orrantia was able to land a few punches, but those did not have any effect on Gomez.
Towards the end of the round, Gomez connected with a right uppercut to the head that sent Orrantia back against the ropes. Orrantia was not visibly stunned, but referee Pat Russell stepped in and stopped the bout at 2:32. Orrantia protested the stoppage and a number of people in attendance booed the stoppage.
“I felt I could have gone more to the body,” said Gomez, who is scheduled to fight on the undercard of the Juan Manuel Marquez-Juan Diaz rematch in Las Vegas on July 31st. I would like to fight more competition and to go more rounds. I actually wanted to pace myself in this fight. I thought he (Orrantia) would have been a step up in competition.”
Gomez, from East Los Angeles, CA, goes to 4-0, 4 KO’s. Orrantia, from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, falls to 13-27-5, 4 KO’s.
Vargas impressive over Zavala
In the co-feature bout of the evening, unbeaten Jessie Vargas brutally stopped game Ernesto Zavala in the sixth and final round.
The southpaw Zavala opened the first round aggressively, attacking the body of his younger opponent. However, later in the round, Vargas found his niche, firing back and landing right hands to the head. A hard right hand to the head hurt followed by a left hook dropped Zavala. Miraculously, Zavala was able to survive the round.
Vargas was able to stun Zavala again in the second round with more right hands. An accumulation of left hands to the head began to swell Zavala’s right eye, almost grotesquely closing it.
Zavala was able to let his hands go more in the middle rounds. He was much busier and accurate with his punches, but would occasionally find himself against the ropes due to the impact Vargas’ punches had.
The end came in the sixth as Vargas charged at Zavala. He pinned Zavala against the ropes, landing vivacious punches to the head and body. A hard left hand snapped Zavala’s head back, prompting referee Jack Reiss to step in and stop the bout at 33 seconds.
“He was a tough guy,” said Vargas, who is from Los Angeles but trains in Las Vegas. “He came in to go all six rounds and I give him all of my respect. I’ll fight anybody whom they want to put in front of me. I know it will take me some work to eventually get into the top 10.”
Vargas, from Las Vegas, NV, improves to 11-0, 6 KO’s. Zavala, from Burbank, CA, drops to 21-5, 9 KO’s.
Russell overwhelms Aranda
Featherweight Gary Russell impressively stopped Rodrigo Aranda in the second round of a scheduled six round bout.
Russell jumped all over Aranda from the opening bell, forcing Aranda to fight defensively. Russell rained down an array of hard punches on Aranda, slowly breaking him down. A counter left hook dropped Aranda to the canvas towards the end of the first round. After getting up, Aranda did enough to survive the round.
Utilizing his speed and strength again in the second round, Russell was on the attack. Aranda attempted to fight back, but had no answer for the offensive-minded Russell. Russell eventually pinned Aranda in a corner and landed two hard body punches, forcing Aranda to drop to his knees. Referee Pat Russell saw enough and waved the fight over at 34 seconds.
He has now stopped his last five opponents in a row.
Russell, from Capital Heights, MD, improves to 10-0, 7 KO’s. Aranda, from Las Vegas, NV by way of Tabasco, Mexico, falls to 8-13-2, 2 KO’s.
Kavanagh bests Sanchez
Junior Welterweight Jamie Kavanagh won a four round unanimous decision over Luis Sanchez.
From start to finish, Kavanagh was more accurate with his punches. Working at a steady rate, Kavanagh found himself inside the long arms of Sanchez, landing hard right hands and left hooks to the body. Sanchez was game, but only attempted to counter Kavanagh with one punch as opposed to putting his punches together.
Sanchez had his best round in the fourth. After taking Kavanagh’s best punches, Sanchez was able to land in the opening part of the round. However, Kavanagh finished strong, muscling his way inside to land more right hands to the head. It was a decent performance from Kavanagh, who trains out of the fames Wild Card Gym in Hollywood.
All three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Kavanagh.
Kavanagh, from Los Angeles, CA by way of Dublin, Ireland, improves to 2-0, 1 KO. Sanchez, from Fairfield, CA by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, falls to 0-2.
Reyes stops Coronel on cut
In the walkout bout of the evening, Junior Middleweight Roberto Reyes won by technical knockout when Clint Coronel did not come out for the second round of a scheduled four round bout.
Reyes started the opening round strong, but Coronel was able to effectively counter his opponent, landing overhand rights to the head of the taller Reyes. Prior to the bell sounding to end the first round, a cut opened above Coronel’s left eye.
Referee Jack Reiss did not notice a clash of heads and asked the three judges at ringside if the cut was opened because of a head butt. All three judges did not notice a clash of heads. Because the cut did not allow Coronel to continue, Reiss waved the fight over and declared Reyes the winner.
Reyes, from East Los Angeles, CA, goes to 2-0, 2 KO’s. Coronel, from San Jose, CA, falls to 3-1-2, 1 KO.
- Promoter Oscar De La Hoya, world titleholder Alfredo Angulo, Super Middleweight contender Librado Andrade, and Bantamweight Jose Navarro caught the action from ringside.
- Next Fight Night Club will take place on Thursday, July 22nd at Club Nokia. Navarro and Super Bantamweight Nestor Rocha will fight in separate bouts. Tickets are available at the STAPLES Center box office and at Ticketmaster.
- The card was televised on ringtv.com and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net. Check local listings for broadcast times and dates.
- Ring announcer was Joe Martinez.
- From start to finish, all five bouts took place a few minutes under two hours.