Nearly thirty years since first putting on his promoter’s hat, Guillermo “Memo” Mayen Jr. has returned to the Tijuana boxing scene in hopes helping to building the city back to its boxing heyday of the 80s and early 90s. After working behind the scenes on a couple of events late last year, Mayen Jr. decided to come out in the fore front for his first official show under his banner in 2012. Despite some empty seats in the cave-like Las Pulgas Nightclub venue located on Revolucion Avenue in the heart of Tijuana’s downtown and some quick knock out endings which cut the night short, over all the close to 800 patrons that attended the fistic night left satisfied. In the main event, WBC #13 ranked minimum weight Julio Cesar “Gatito” Felix (17-3, 7KOs) of Tijuana scored a rare knock out when he stopped Cristian Aguilar (5-3, 1KO) of Agua Prieta, Mexico in the third round of a scheduled twelve.
The first round was your typical one of study as neither fighter really risked anything by throwing any punches of merit. At the end they did engage in a quick exchange that looked even in speed and power.
Felix brought the heat in the second when he landed a huge right hand right to the chin of Aguilar that sent the Agua Prieta native crashing down to the canvas. Aguilar beat the count and Felix jumped on his prey trying to finish him off right there and there but to Aguilar credit, he was able to survive the round. Felix did not let off the gas pedal in the third and continued going after the much taller Aguilar. Mid way through the round he was able to catch up to Aguilar and repeat the dosis. Another stiff right hand to the chin sent his opponent down but this time, Aguilar was not able to beat the count and he was counted out at the 1:34 mark of the third round.
Emilio “Musico” Bojorquez Notches another Win
Former Tijuana amateur standout Emilio “Musico” Bojorquez earned another win on his comeback trail when he stopped the willing but over skilled Eduardo “Mesero”Iñiguez in the fifth round of a scheduled light welterweight six. After stringing together sixteen wins against only one loss, Bojorquez took a hiatus from his life in the ring to dedicate himself to a budding musical career in his hometown of Tijuana. In September of last year Emilio began his campaign to get back to his natural weight of 135 lbs. as he made a home of the Las Pulgas venue. In his first fight back, Bojorquez earned a unanimous decision over the pedestrian Alejandro Alonso in six and then in two months later, he sent into retirement tough journey man Jorge Juarez.
From the get go, Iñiguez began to utilize the whole ring as he circled around the perimeter looking for a way to connect against Bojorquez. Bojorquez, with over hundred amateur fights and now 20 as a professional, was patient as he bided his time looking to land his now infamous left hook to the body. He didn’t have to wait long as near the end of the round he was able to catch up to Iñiguez long enough to land two thudding hooks to his opponent’s liver that seemed to do some damage.
Emilio turned up the heat at the end of the second as he was able to trap Iñiguez against a corner and throw combinations that included shots to the head and body. Iñiguez was not deterred and he kept throwing his own series of punches which at times would score, especially his right hand that would snap Emilio’s head back. Even though they landed spectacularly, they didn’t seem to do any effect on Bojorquez as he kept moving forward and attacking.
The leather really started to fly in the third as Iñiguez found a home for his upper cuts from either fist while Bojorquez scored with a huge right hand. Despite Iñiguez putting up a fight, Emilio was in control of the bout. Iñiguez began to show wear and there in the fourth as Bojorquez began to land more frequently. Iñiguez still had spurts of success but they were too few and far between and Bojorquez kept punishing him to the body.
Two thirds into the fifth, referee Juan Jose Ramirez had seen enough of the barrage of punches Iñiguez was taking and after Bojorquez landed his hardest right hand of the night, Ramirez decided to put Iñiguez out of misery and halted the bout. Official time was 1:56 of the fifth round.
With the win, Bojorquez goes to 19-1, 13KOs and a step closer to the lightweight division while Iñiguez of Rosarito, Mexico, drops to 2-7-1, 2KOs.
“Huevo” Bojorquez Wins but Doesn’t Impress
Highly touted super bantamweight Christian “Huevo” Bojorquez (5-0, 1KO) of Tijuana remained undefeated with a majority decision over Jose Iñiguez (4-4, 1KO), also of Tijuana, in a halfhearted four rounder. Bojorquez, the younger brother of Emilio, is also a Baja California amateur state champion with a number of city and state wide titles in his trophy room. Despite being the obviously more skillful and talented young man in the ring, Bojorquez looked hesitant to engage with the much shorter Iñiguez for the 12 twelve minutes of action. Bojorquez began well enough in the first round with a quick and educated jab that kept Iñiguez right where he should be, on the outside. What he never did was couple it with any power punches to set up a continued assault. Bojorquez sporadically threw and even landed a straight right hand or a hook from either fist.
Iñiguez tried to work his way on the inside but had not luck getting past the jab until the beginning of the second when he scored with an over hand right that caught Bojorquez flush on the cheek. Despite of that, Bojorquez did not turn up the heat and was content in moving around the right and shooting his laser like ring jab in the direction of Iñiguez.
In the fourth and final round, Iñiguez initiated quite possibly the only true exchange between the two when he led Bojorquez against the ropes and was able to set off a series of punches. Bojorquez responded in kind but then quickly used a lateral movement to get out of harm’s way. After the four listless round, judges Alejandro Rochin and Benjamin Rendon scored it 39-37 for Bojorquez while Carlos Flores had it an even 38-38.
As it is customary, the best fight of the night was compliments of a pro debut match up when former Baja California amateur state champ Carlos “Baby” Castañeda (1-0) survived a tough first round to earn a unanimous decision over the solid Juan “Pitufo” Gomez (0-1), both of Tijuana, in a super bantamweight four. With each stepping into the ring with a heavy contingent of supporters in the stands, both fighters began to exchange from the opening bell with heavy bombs. Gomez hurt Castañeda twice in the first round with stiff right hands and it looked like the “Baby” wasn’t going to see the end of the fight. Castañeda was able to right his ship after the first heat and began to heavily invest into the body as he scored with hooks and mostly upper cuts to the torso of the shorter Gomez. Gomez was still game and kept pressuring Castañeda in hopes of mirroring his success in the first round but the former amateur’s superiority in skill began to shine through as he had an answer for every facet of Gomez’s attack. After the four intense and highly exciting rounds, all three judges, Alejandro Rochin, Benjamin Rendon and Carlos Flores, scored it identical 39-37 for Castañeda.
After six rounds of give and take, Tijuana’s Luis “Chupacabras” Gomez (7-2, 3KOs) won a highly contested unanimous decision over Mario Lara (1-4-2) of Veracruz, Mexico, in a six round bantamweight clash that was much closer than the scores indicated. Gomez took control early with a high punch rate but with not much behind them as Lara tried to counter punch while staying in the pocket. In the third Lara began to turn the tide and began to score with straight punches up the middle. Gomez continued with his frenzied attack but the calmer Lara was able to score with his own set of combinations. Despite Lara’s effort, all three judges saw it for Gomez with Alejandro Rochin and Carlos Flores scoring it 58-56 and Benjamin Rendon with a 60-54.
In a quick bout of two first timers, Guamuchil, Mexico’s Jonathan Medina (1-0, 1KO) completely annihilated the over matched Francisco Flores (0-0) of Guadalajara, Mexico, at the 1:24 mark of the first round of a rare Mexican light heavyweight bout. It was all Medina as he scored with everything in his arsenal from the opening bell. The fatal combination was a left hook followed by a right one to the body and finished off with a right uppercut that opened up a gash over Flores’ left eye. Flores took a knee and refused to get up.
In a knockout for the record books, Tijuana bantamweight Reynaldo “Rey” Russell (4-1-1, 4KOs) earned another knock with just his third punch of the bout over Jose “Rata” Caravantes (0-3-1), also of Tijuana. After landing two straight rights to the stomach, he then landed an overhand right on the chin that completely separated Caravantes from his senses. Caravantes was able to beat the count but on very wobbly legs and referee Juan Morales Lee correctly waived off the contest. Official time was :24 of the first round.