Via Ken Hissner: At Centro Internacional de Convenciones, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, Friday before DAZN (Zone), Saul Alvarez (Canelo Promotion) and Eddie Hearn (Matchroom Boxing) were in the Main Event WBA Women’s World Featherweight Champion Erika Cruz Hernandez defended her title for the first time defeating Melissa Esquivel by split decision in an all-Mexico match.
(Image source: Gabe Rivas for Matchroom Boxing)
In the co-main event, WBO NABO lightweight champion Angel “Tashiro” Fierro, of MEX and San Diego, CA, stopped Cristian “El Gato Gordo” Bielma of Mexicali, MEX, for four rounds.
In the main event, WBA Women’s Featherweight World Champion Erika “Dinamita” Cruz, 14-1 (3), #126, of Mexico City, MEX, held her belt by split decision against Melissa Esquivel, 12-2-1 (4) , #124 ½, out of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, MEX, over 10 × 2 innings.
The first two innings were played at an even pace, with Esquivel in first and Cruz in second. In the third inning, a clash of tops ended the round, and Esquivel got the worst result. In the fifth inning, Cruz played his best to that point, knocking out Esquivel.
In the sixth round, Cruz finished it off with an excessive backhand to Esquivel’s chin, sending her back to the ropes. During the seventh and eighth innings, nampaw Cruz continued to land with his left hand on Esquivel’s chin. In the ninth inning, Cruz continued to push forward, with Esquivel finally countering with a right on the chin. In the tenth and final inning, Cruz tried for a knockout, which, though not coming, won the round in a big way. The referee is Aida Tejada.
Scores are 97-93 Esquivel, 97-93 Cruz and 98-92 Cruz. This writer had it 97-93 Cruz.
“I want to thank my savior Jesus Christ for the victory. I knew it was close enough to get a draw in a very good game. Out of a long list of fighters, I want to fight Amanda Serrano. As a member of the Mexican National Guard, I wanted to be in touch with my fellow bodyguards,” said Cruz.
During the WBO NABO co-main event, Lightweight Champion Angel “Tashiro” Fierro, 19-1-1 (15), #134 ¼, of MEX and San Diego, CA, stopped Cristian “El Gato Gordo” Bielma, 18-4. 1 (7), #134, of Mexicali, Baja California, MEX, at 2:08 of the fourth of ten scheduled innings.
In the first two rounds, each boxer had their moments, with Bielma mostly the aggressor getting off to a good start against Fierro on the counter-attack. In the third inning, Fierro rocked Bielma mid-half with a header from right and left and again at the last minute, injuring Bielma. In the fourth round, a left hook to Fierro’s body followed by a right hook to Fierro’s head turned Bielma around, causing referee Miguel Canul to stop the match because Bielma was out of reach.
Fierro entered the ring carrying a Minnie Mouse doll. It was later announced that it was at the request of his daughter. Fierro said, “In 2022, I want to fight for the WBC belt against Devin Haney. He is coached by former 4th place world champion Erik Morales.
Welterweight Christian Alan Gomez, 22-2-1 (20), #146 ¾ of Guadalajara, Jalisco, MEX, stopped Javier “El Chivero” Franco, 35-22-6 (16), #146 ¼, of Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, MEX, at 1:08 of the third of eight scheduled innings.
In the first round, Franco used a good body attack to win the round. In the second half, Gomez returned with a body attack by Franco that injured Franco. In the third inning, a right from Gomez reached Franco’s left shoulder and he went down. At the age of 8, Franco showed a problem with his shoulder when trying to correct the situation when referee Jesus Ruiz Ramirez sent him off.
Super middleweight Raul “Money” Salomon, 8-1 (8), #165, of Long Beach, CA, lost to Aaron “Superman” Silva, 9-0 (6), #164 ¼, of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, MEX , scoring kills in eight tough rounds.
In the first inning, Silva used an effective slit but was countered once by a punch straight to Salomon’s chin. In the second half, Silva overcame Salomon, who seemed the heavier of the two. In the third half, after half a minute, Silva had a right, left, right heart cut on Salomon’s chin, knocking him out. Salomon immediately got up and made it through the rest of the round.
In the fourth half, Salomon came back well, closed in and was able to win the first round with a good combination with his chin, which injured Silva. In the fifth inning, it went back and forth, with Salomon finishing the round with a punch to Silva’s chin. In the sixth inning, Silva returned well, making him a battle dog in the first half.
In the seventh inning, that was the spirit of both, with Silva finishing the final thirty seconds. In the eighth and final round, a fight broke out over their “0”. Silva landed more, but Salomon landed with stronger punches than either of them because they were both landing on the bell.
The scores are 77-75, 78-73, and 77-74, as did this writer who scored it.
Ultralightweight Gabriel Gollaz Valenzuela, 25-2-1 (15), #137 ¾, of Guadalajara, Jalisco, MEX, impressed when stopping Juan “El Penita” Jimenez, 30-21-3 (20) , #139 ¾, of Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, MEX, at 1:59 of the first of the 8 scheduled rounds.
In the first half, after a rough attack, Valenzuela rushed straight into Jimenez’s body, seriously injuring him when referee Ramirez sent him off the field a few minutes into the game.
Puerto Rican middleweight “King” Gabe Rosado joins Michael Sullivan as commentator
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