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Boxing Results: Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez Defeats Julio “El Rey” Cesar Martinez!

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By Ken Hissner: At the Pechanga Arena, San Diego, CA, Saturday over DAZN Eddie Hearn (Matchroom Boxing) presented in the Main Event former WBA Mini, WBA & WBC Light Flyweight and WBC & WBA Super Flyweight Champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez defeated WBC Flyweight Champion Julio “El Rey” Cesar Martinez over 12 rounds.

In the Main Event, former 3-division world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, 51-3 (41), #114 ¾, of Managua, NIC, defeated WBC Fly champion Julio “El Rey” Cesar Martinez, 18-2 (14), #116 ½, of Mexico City, MEX, over 12 rounds, winning the vacant WBC Diamond Super Fly title.

In the first round Martinez out-landed Gonzalez. In the second and third rounds, Gonzalez picked up the pace taking a close round. In the fourth round, Martinez, the busier in the first minute before Gonzalez took over.

In the fifth round, it was all Martinez, having Gonzalez’s hands high on the defense. In the sixth round, it was all Gonzalez picking his shots with Martinez swinging wildly.

Gonzalez rocked Martinez with thirty seconds left in the round. In the seventh and eighth rounds, Gonzalez continued showing his experience, outworking the younger Martinez.

In the ninth round, Martinez came back better but not quite enough to take the round from Gonzalez, who hurts him on several occasions. In the tenth round, it was more Gonzalez on the offense keeping Martinez against the ropes, for the most part, hurting him in the final minute.

In the eleventh round, Gonzalez had more on his punches as the fast landing punches of Martinez had little power on them. In the twelfth and final round, Martinez seemed to take a close round but not the fight. Referee Jerry Cantu had little to do with hardly a clinch. Since Martinez didn’t make weight, only Gonzalez could win the title.

Scores were 118-110, 117-111, and 116-112, with this writer 118-110.

In the co-feature Featherweight Mauricio “El Bronco” Lara, 24-2-1 (17), #126, of Mexico City, MEX, stopped Emilio “The Kid” Sanchez, 19-2 (12), #126, of North Hollywood, CA, at 2:59 of the third round of a scheduled ten rounds.

In the first round, a counter right by Lara on the chin dropped Sanchez for an 8-count by Referee Ray Corona. Sanchez fought his way back the rest of the round. In the second round, it went back and forth until the final seconds when a wild right from Lara rocked Sanchez on the chin. By the time Lara followed up, the bell had sounded.

In the third round, it was all Sanchez until the final seconds when a 3-punch combination ending with a left from Lara on the chin dropped Sanchez as referee Corona was coming into stop it down went Sanchez and out.

WBO NABO Lightweight Champion Angel “Tashiro” Fierro, 19-1-2 (15), #134.6, of Tijuana, MEX and San Diego, CA, ended in a majority draw with Juan “Miniburgos” Carlos Burgos, 34-6-3 (21), #134.2, of Tijuana, Baja California, MEX, over ten rounds.

In the first round, Fierro did the stalking and Burgos the countering. In the second and third rounds, it continued Burgos getting the better of the two when mixing it up. In the fourth and fifth rounds, Fierro countered well enough to take the rounds.

In the sixth round, both boxers had their moments, with Fierro getting the best of it. In the seventh round, Burgos came back well out, landing Fierro. In the eighth round, Fierro came back well while both had times they dominated. In the ninth round, it was Burgos doing better, with Fierro missing a punch and ending up on the floor. In the tenth and final round, Burgos seemed to have more than Fierro but enough to pull it out? The referee was Thomas Taylor.

Scores were 96-94 Fierro, 95-95 twice, and 96-94 Fierro this writer.

2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist and WBA Inter-Continental Champion Super Welterweight Souleymane Cissokho, 15-0 (9), #153.8, of Dakar, Senegal, Bagnolet, Seine-Saint-Denis, FR, defeated Roberto Valenzuela, Jr., 23-3 (22), #145, of Augua, Prieta, Sonora, MEX, over ten rounds.

In the first two rounds, Cissokho controlled with his jab causing swelling under the left eye of Valenzuela. In the third round, Cissokho caused a cut on the left eyebrow of Valenzuela. In the fourth round, a flurry of punches ending with a right from Valenzuela on the chin dropped Cissokho for an 8-count from Referee Ray Corona. Cissokho came back to score a knockdown from a counter right on the chin of Valenzuela for an 8-count.

In the fifth, through the seventh rounds, Valenzuela stalked Cissokho, who countered well enough to take both rounds. In the eighth and ninth rounds, a frustrated Valenzuela stops following Cissokho, at times challenging him to stand still and fight. Cissokho does for seconds, then keeps moving and giving Cissokho a boxing lesson. In the tenth and final round, Cissokho continued being too quick afoot for Valenzuela.

Scores were 100-90 and 99-91 twice, as did this writer have it.

Impressive Super Middleweight 20-year-old Diego Pacheco, 14-0 (11), #170, of South Central L.A., CA, knocked out Genc Pllana, 9-4-1 (5), #171, of Pristina, Kosovo, Hagerstown, MD, at 1:29 of the second round of a scheduled eight rounds.

In the first round, Pllana came out swinging wildly, walked into a lead right from Pacheco on the chin and went down for an 8-count from Referee Jerry Cantu, and managed to get to the bell. In the second round, a right and left combination from Pacheco on the chin of Pllana and down he went for the count of referee Cantu.

Lightweight Marc Castro, 6-0 (5), #134 ¾, of Fresno, CA, came off the floor to defeat Julio “Duro“ Medera, 3-2 (2), #134 ½, of Mexico City, MEX, over six action rounds.

In the first round, Medera started with a good jab. Halfway through the round, Castro rocked Medera with a left hook on the chin. In the second round, a counter left from Medera on the chin and down went Castro getting an 8-count from Referee Thomas Taylor. He held upon rising with a bloody nose and eventually fought his way back in a good action round.

In the fourth and fifth rounds, Castro showed more punching power with a 4-punch combination, but Madera comes back with his own power punching. In the sixth and final round, both had their moments, with Castro pulling out the fight after a shaky second round.

Scores were all 58-55, including this writers.

Featherweight Olympian southpaw Skye Nicolson, 1-0 (0), #129, of Yatala, Queensland, Australia, defeated southpaw Jessica Juarez, 3-1 (1), #129, of San Diego, CA, after six rounds.

In the fifth round, Nicolson moved around the ring with Juarez following but couldn’t cut off the ring. In the sixth and final round, Juarez landed her best fight of the night, a right on the chin of Nicolson. Nicholson ended the battle with a solid left on the chin of Juarez at the bell.

Scores were 60-54 twice and 59-55.

Bantamweight Anthony Christopher Herrera, 2-0 (2), #118 ½, of L.A., CA, knocked out Jose Toribio, 7-5 (1), #118 ¼, of San Diego, CA, four rounds.

In the second round, Toribio was cut over the left eye. In the fourth round, a body shot from Herrera dropped Toribio, with referee Ray Corona counting him out.

Ring Announcer David Diamante.




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