Two Mexican boxing legends laced up their gloves for the ultimate time on Saturday night time as Corridor of Famer Marco Antonio Barrera and former two-time world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon fought to the space in an entertaining, six-round middleweight exhibition reside on FITE and Golden Boy Battle Evening on Fb Watch Paid On-line pay-per-view from the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & On line casino in Mescalero, New Mexico.
Barrera (67-7, 44 KOs) returned to the ring for under the second time in additional than a decade in Tapia Promotions’ “La Ultima Batalla” (The Final Stand), whereas his counterpart De Leon (45-7, 35 KOs) made his first squared circle look in additional than seven years.
Each fighters rewound the clock and seemed sharp within the particular attraction full of nostalgia for boxing followers all over the world. Barrera, who battled lots of the sport’s finest fighters together with fellow Worldwide Boxing Corridor of Famers Erik Morales (3 times), Johnny Tapia, and Juan Manuel Marquez, in addition to the candy science’s lone eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, displayed lots of the abilities that made him ESPN’s No. 43 best fighter of all time.
The southpaw-slugging Ponce De Leon confirmed off his acquainted awkward model that made him a matchup nightmare all through his profession. After six rounds of crowd-pleasing motion, each fighters escaped unscathed and left the ring with their legendary standing intact.
Within the co-featured pay-per-view bout, El Paso, Texas’ Abel Mendoza (31-0, 24 KOs) took one step nearer towards a world title shot within the tremendous featherweight division by stopping Mexican brawler and three-time world title challenger Victor Zaleta (20-6-1, 10 KOs) within the fourth spherical.
Mendoza’s gameplan to assault the physique was evident from the onset as his relentless strain and physique blows shortly paid off with a left hook to the chin that buckled Zaleta. The undefeated Mendoza then pressured his veteran opponent to take a knee within the closing seconds of the opening spherical after connecting with a punishing proper hand to the physique that took the air out of Zaleta.
“He (Zaleta) is understood for being a tricky man,” Mendoza stated following his thirty first consecutive victory. “He has the expertise. I knew the physique photographs would gradual him down loads. That’s at all times my gameplan: attempt to break him down, cease him, and do no matter it takes to win the struggle. We follow all totally different types within the gymnasium. We knew that we’d break him down with the physique photographs and gradual him down. I began off somewhat gradual, however we knew we’d break him down.”
Mendoza’s unrelenting strain and ahead motion paid dividends within the fourth spherical when he landed one other vicious physique shot that despatched Zaleta down a second time. Referee David Rios stepped in to name a halt to the motion at 2:23 of the spherical.
With the win over a professional former contender who challenged Leo Santa Cruz for his world title in 2012, Mendoza continues to knock on the door for a big-time struggle on a big-time stage.
“We’re hoping to get the struggle with Leo Santa Cruz. We’re prepared for him,” Mendoza declared.
In different motion, Albuquerque, N.M. native Xavier Madrid (3-0, 1 KO) scored the knockout of the night time when he stopped skilled debutante Daniel Arriaga within the preliminary stanza. Madrid related with a brief left hook flush on Arriaga’s chin, knocking him flat on his again and placing an finish to the competition only a minute after the opening bell.
Madrid’s ending sequence began with an overhand proper that buzzed Arriaga, earlier than connecting with the left hook that his counterpart by no means noticed coming. The 29-year-old Madrid, who earned his first professional knockout, proved that he’s one to observe within the welterweight division.
In a battle of two fighters making their professional boxing debuts, former Streetbeafs standout Jonathan Rice (1-0, 1 KO) scored a second-round TKO over Josh Holguin (0-1). After an exhausted Holguin punched himself out, turned his again on the motion, and left himself open to the aggressive Rice, referee Rocky Burke stepped in at 1:20 of the second to place an finish to the proceedings.
In an attraction of two fighters making their newbie debuts, Johnny “Nicco” Tapia, son of the legendary, late six-time world champion and Corridor of Famer Johnny Tapia, got here out victorious by incomes a cut up determination over El Pasoan Brandon Lira.
The middleweight bout, which featured three two-minute rounds, may have gone both approach. Lira began the struggle on the entrance foot, popping out extra aggressively than Albuquerque’s Tapia, bloodying his opponent’s nostril. Nonetheless, Tapia closed the bout by urgent the motion. After listening to the judges’ determination, an excited Tapia celebrated within the ring together with his mom/president of Tapia Promotions, Teresa Tapia.
Within the preliminary pay-per-view bout, Albuquerque’s Clinton “Native Child” Chavez (6-0, 4 KOs) cruised to a six-round unanimous determination over veteran Anthony Hill (1-31, 0 KOs).
The 31-year-old Chavez out-boxed Hill from begin to end, using a vicious physique assault on the overmatched Hill. Regardless of Chavez’s finest efforts to attain a knockout, a recreation Hill refused to go down. Within the remaining spherical, Chavez pressed the motion and almost KO’d the 30-year-old veteran, who has solely been stopped 4 instances in 32 professional fights. All three judges scored the struggle 60-54.
In preliminary motion previous to the pay-per-view motion, gentle heavyweight prospect Angel Chavez (6-0, 5 KOs) made fast work of Michael Sanchez (2-9, 2 KOs) by scoring a first-round knockout, whereas Luis Angel Ledesma (1-1-1, 1 KO) and John Herrera (5-18-3, 2 KOs) fought to a majority draw. Rounding out the opening bouts, undefeated featherweight prospect Avoran Graham (8-0, 5 KOs) saved his excellent file intact with a unanimous determination over 75-fight veteran Alejandro Moreno (24-48-3, 11 KOs).
The published was referred to as by former heavyweight and El Paso native David Rodriguez, and present professional welterweight and New Mexico native Josh “Pitbull” Torres.
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