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Teixeira, Ochoa shine at LA Fight Club

IMG_6598By Michael Montero, photos: Tiffany Lam As advertised, the latest edition of “LA Fight Club” from Golden Boy Promotions delivered action Friday night in downtown Los Angeles. On this night two undefeated prospects would score impressive stoppage victories to move closer to title contention.

A ten round middleweight fight served as the main event, with Brazilian Patrick Teixeira facing off against Houston native Don Mouton. The Texan came out guns blazing in the opening seconds of the first round, but it was Teixeira who quickly established himself with his superior firepower. The taller, rangier fighter mixed up his punches upstairs and downstairs and worked his angles well. Teixeira threw punches in bunches…and bunches…and bunches. Sometimes the best defense is a great offense and that seemed to be the case here, as Mouton just couldn’t get off because he was forced to remain defensive. The Brazilian, who last fought on the Matthysse-Provodnikov undercard in April, hardly had any trouble, except for a brief moment in the sixth round when Mouton landed a hard counter punch that visibly rocked him. He hung tough, got his legs back by the start of the seventh and caught Mouton on the ropes, teeing off with numerous unanswered shots that had his opponent hurt. With Mouton’s right eye nearly swollen shut the referee had seen enough and called an end to the fight. Teixeira scored a seventh round TKO to improve to 26-0 with 22 knockouts, while Mouton falls to 13-10-1 (11KO).

The co-main featured undefeated Brooklynite Zachary Ochoa against Mexican native Alejandro Rodriguez in an eight round welterweight contest. Ochoa’s superior skillset shined throughout, as he picked his spots and seemed to land at will. Late in the second round, a perfect right hand counter dropped Rodriguez. The Mexican rose to his feet, but had rubbery legs and was dropped again near the close of the round, as he once again managed to beat the count and make it to his corner, visibly hurt. Ochoa pounced on his opponent at the start of the third, dropping him with another hard right hand. Again Rodriguez made it to his feet, but the writing was on the wall. Ochoa teed off with shots causing the referee to stop the contest, giving him the stoppage victory. He improves to 13-0 (6KO), while Alejandro Rodriguez drops to 24-19-1 (14KO). Ochoa was excited about his performance, saying “I think a win over a veteran like him shows where I’m at in my career right now”. Indeed this is a good looking prospect in a strong division for boxing fans to keep an eye on.

In the TV opener, middleweights Antonio Gutierrez (18-1-1, 8KO) and Victor Fonseca (9-5-1, 7KO) squared off in a six-rounder. San Diego, California native Fonseca came out with plenty of aggression in the early rounds, but it was Gutierrez, of Tijuana, Mexico, who appeared to be the better technician. The Mexican’s punches were straighter, and it showed as the rounds progressed. Fonseca punched with bad intentions, but he always seemed a half step behind and began to eat more leather with each passing round. Visibly exhausted, with his bloodied mouth wide open gasping for air, Fonseca never stopped ripping hard shots all the way to the final bell, as the fighters embraced in respect. It was the kind of heart and determination that has become a trademark of these LA Fight Club cards. In the end, Gutierrez won a decision by the scores of 60-54 and 59-55 twice to improve to 19-1-1 with 8 knockouts.

The co-main featured undefeated Brooklynite Zachary Ochoa against Mexican native Alejandro Rodriguez in an eight round welterweight contest. Ochoa’s superior skillset shined throughout, as he picked his spots and seemed to land at will. Late in the second round, a perfect right hand counter dropped Rodriguez. The Mexican rose to his feet, but had rubbery legs and was dropped again near the close of the round, as he once again managed to beat the count and make it to his corner, visibly hurt. Ochoa pounced on his opponent at the start of the third, dropping him with another hard right hand. Again Rodriguez made it to his feet, but the writing was on the wall. Ochoa teed off with shots causing the referee to stop the contest, giving him the stoppage victory. He improves to 13-0 (6KO), while Alejandro Rodriguez drops to 24-19-1 (14KO). Ochoa was excited about his performance, saying “I think a win over a veteran like him shows where I’m at in my career right now”. Indeed this is a good looking prospect in a strong division for boxing fans to keep an eye on.

In the TV opener, middleweights Antonio Gutierrez (18-1-1, 8KO) and Victor Fonseca (9-5-1, 7KO) squared off in a six-rounder. San Diego, California native Fonseca came out with plenty of aggression in the early rounds, but it was Gutierrez, of Tijuana, Mexico, who appeared to be the better technician. The Mexican’s punches were straighter, and it showed as the rounds progressed. Fonseca punched with bad intentions, but he always seemed a half step behind and began to eat more leather with each passing round. Visibly exhausted, with his bloodied mouth wide open gasping for air, Fonseca never stopped ripping hard shots all the way to the final bell, as the fighters embraced in respect. It was the kind of heart and determination that has become a trademark of these LA Fight Club cards. In the end, Gutierrez won a decision by the scores of 60-54 and 59-55 twice to improve to 19-1-1 with 8 knockouts.

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