Last Thursday night, Quiñones Promotions took the reins of professional boxing in the border city of Tijuana, Mexico, once again when they returned with a six bout fight card to Las Pulgas night club located on the legendary Avenida Revolucion in the heart of the city. The night was full of local rising talent looking to leave their stamp on the collected consciousness of the nearly 1000+ fight fans that made the trek from San Diego, California, San Diego or from all points in Tijuana. In the main event, exciting local southpaw Edivaldo “Indio” Ortega (12-0-1, 6KOs) remained undefeated as he stopped the over matched hard hitting Loreto “Pichy” Medina (5-3, 5KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico.
The first was a round of study as the southpaw Ortega tried to find his range versus the slightly taller and lankier Medina. Both fighters attacked at times but with neither causing much damage until the end of the right when Ortega found his range with a hard left hand that made Medina take a step back. After an accidental low blow by Ortega that forced Medina to take some time to recuperate in the second round, Ortega turned up the flame and began to pressure Medina around the ring with hard combinations to both the head and body. Medina kept moving and scoring occasionally but it was evident that Ortega’s southpaw stance coupled with the volume of punches he was unleashing was a bit too much for the Mexicali native.
In the fifth round, Ortega came out with bad intentions and began to score more and more with hard lefts that made Medina’s head snap back. Near the end of the round, Ortega pushed Medina against the ropes and unleashed an assault that prompted referee Juan Jose Ramirez to halt the action with out a count, giving the win to the crowd favorite Ortega, official time was 2:32 of the fifth round.
Bojorquez Retires Juarez
In the lead up to the most anticipated fight of the night, no love was lost between super welterweight Emilio Bojorquez (18-1, 12KOs) and Jorge Juarez (8-18-3, 2KOs), both of Tijuana, as they traded barbs in the local papers regarding their scheduled six round bout. Juarez, whose claim to fame is a draw against the current super welterweight WBC champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, was not hesitant in stating that Bojorquez was only a manufactured fighter despite his near perfect record and his impressive amateur career which included several state titles. Juarez went as far as to state that if he lost to the twenty-four year old Bojorquez, he would retire.
It looks like Juarez will never lace up a pair of gloves again.
In the first, a duel of hard left hooks to the liver ensued as both fighters tested their opponent with hard body blows but by the second, Bojorquez began to push the action. Juarez experience was evident as he used every dirty trick in the book, from shoves to elbows to the face to keep Bojorquez at bay and on his toes. In the third, a cut over Bojorquez left eye began to bleed profusely which was ruled an accidental head butt.
Despite Bojorquez landing the harder punches and more of them, Juarez was right there with him as he had seen everything that Bojorquez was dishing out in his most extensive career. Bojorquez, who after a two year hiatus from the ring found himself in his second come back fight, didn’t seem to enjoy the power he usually carried in his more natural weight of 135 lbs. and so struggled to hurt Juarez. In the second half of the fight, it was evident that Juarez was not in there to win but to survive and did just enough to thwart Bojorquez advance but never tried to actually win the contest. Bojorquez actually did through out the fight but at the higher weight it was just not enough to put his man away. At the end, a unanimous decision was announced for Bojorquez with no scores announced.
“Huevo” Bojorquez Improves in Win over Torres
In a much better performance than in his last two previous ones, rookie super bantamweight Christian “Huevo” Bojorquez (4-0, 1KO) earned a work-man like unanimous decision over perpetual loser Antonio “Foco” Torres (1-16-1, 1KO). Bojorquez, a Tijuana amateur stand out and Emilio’s younger brother, looked much more in control and focused than in his previous outings this year.
Always working behind a jab, Bojorquez boxed the charging Torres, also of Tijuana, around the ring, planting only long enough to throw two and three punch combinations that found their mark especially a crisp right hand. The much more experienced Torres kept coming forward and made the third round his best when he was able to corner Bojorquez and score sporadically.
In the last round, Bojorquez did jump on his bicycle and circled around the ring not allowing Torres to get a punch in edge wise as he cruised to the unanimous decision win. No scores were announced.
In an entertaining four round light welterweight scrap, Tijuana’s Eduardo Vazquez (4-1, 2KOs) earned a fair unanimous decision over rugged Eduardo Iñiguez (2-5-1, 2KOs), both of Tijuana. No scores were announced.
Oscar Godoy (3-1, 1KO) earned his first knock out as he stopped game Jose Luis Vazquez (0-1) in the first round. Godoy of Watsonville, California, needed only half a round to take control of the bout and score with hard straight right hands. That punch was the one that did it and Vazquez met the canvas prompting referee Agustin Rivera to call a halt to the action. Official time was 2:54.
After dropping the first three rounds, Tijuana’s Luis “Chupacabras” Gomez (5-3, 3KOs) turned on the after burners into the fourth as he scored a left upper cut followed by a hard right hand that dropped Jose Iñiguez (3-8, 1KO), also of Tijuana, to the canvas. Gomez then cruised to a unanimous decision with an effective assault that had Iñiguez retreating for the remainder of the six round bout. No scores were announced.