Lemoore, California. Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino.
Thursday, October 22nd.
In the main event of the evening Edison “Pantera” Miranda (33-4,29KO’S) made a short night out of his first fight under Joe Goossen. A huge overhand right to the temple dropped his Mexican opponent, Francisco Sierra (20-3,19KO’S) at 2:16 of the very first round. Referee did not bother to count and stopped the fight. Exciting things await the Colombian banger, even though it was too short to tell if he learned to box under new management.
“This victory puts me right back into title contention,” said Miranda. “Joe Goossen is the best trainer in the world. Everyday I’m in the gym I’m learning something new. With Goossen in my corner, nobody is going to beat me. I want to thank Dan Goossen for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to fight for the NABO title. I can’t wait to see what my team has lined up for me next.”
In the semi main event of the evening, a ten round heavyweight attraction, local favorite Manuel “ El Toro “ Quezada(29-4,18KO’S) took on Nicolai “Stone Man” Firtha(16-7-1,7KO’S) from Akron , Ohio. It was obvious from the onset that Quezada was more skilled and more polished fighter. But what Firtha lacked in skill, he compensated with size advantage and desire. Would that be enough? Even though Quezada landed one two combinations, left jab, straight right hand, almost at will, his opponent did not get discouraged and kept coming forward, throwing punches. Firtha also crowded Quezada and leaned on him making him deal with the weight difference. Quezada landed several very sharp right hands that excited the crowd in the fourth stanza and stunned his opponent, but it was back to the grind stone in the fifth. In the sixth despite wining the round and finishing very strong, Quezada realized he was in a fight as he ate some crushing right hands and was roughed up significantly.
In the seventh after being stunned by a head butt, Quezada upped the attack and landed some bombs that staggered his opponent, but could not put him away. Despite being rocked repeatedly in the eighth and ninth rounds, big man from Ohio kept fighting bravely and never stopped trying to win the battle. It pleased the crowd, but not Quezada’s camp. In the final stanza after being head butted again and dragged around the ring, in obvious discomfort Manuel mounted a final assault and almost had Firtha out, but when the final bell rang both pugs were still on their feet. Judges scored it unanimously for Quezada: 98-92, 97-93, and 99-91. The crowd was happy with the fight and the decision. Both fighters displayed sportsmanship after the bout and praised each others toughness and determination
. “This was a good tough fight for me.” Quezada said. “I gained a lot of valuable experience fighting a bigger man. Joe Goossen guided my corner to perfection. I’m excited to see what my promoter Dan Goossen has in store for me next. Vitali is my main target. I’m willing to fight him anywhere, anytime.”
Super bantamweights Aaron Alafa (3-1,1KO) from Visalia, California and Danny Pontoja (0-2) from Fairfield thrilled the crowd with a very spirited four round scrap. Southpaw Alafa used his speed and reach to get the advantage in the first two frames, but things got really hot in the third when Pontoja dropped Alafa with the left hook in the corner. Even though Alafa complained that it was a slip, he seemed hesitant to engage and gave his adversary confidence to plot forward. The final stanza was exciting and competitive; Pontoja was the aggressor, but Alafa used the ring wisely and landed accurate combinations. Judges awarded a split decision victory to Aaron Alafa. Scores were 38-37, 39-37, 37-38.
In the opening, four round welterweight bout Alan Sanchez (3-0,1KO) from San Diego, California scored a first knock out of his professional career when he stopped his overmatched opponent from Kiev, Ukraine, Mikhail Lyubarsky (3-13,1KO) at 1;06 of the second stanza. Sanchez landed a good straight right hand that staggered his adversary in the middle of the first stanza. Another right hand dropped him later on in the round, but Lyubarsky beat the count and made it through the round only to be dropped two more times in the second in route to a KO loss.
Super bantamweight Ephraim Martinez (3-0,1KO) from Bakersfield, California attacked his opponent from Mexico City, Rodrigo Romero(1-2) with reckless abandon, dropped him in the second and overwhelmed him in the third with an avalanche of punches forcing the referee to halt the bout at 2:28 of the third frame.
Mexican lightweight veterans Marin Honorio (26-4-1, 14 KO’S) and Ricardo Medina (31-35-5,17KO’S) met in the squared circle for a six round tussle. Honorio fell out of favor with the referee in the very first round after his left hook to the body went south of the border repeatedly. Referee warned Honorio few more times in the second and took another point off in the third for low blows, but it only prolonged the inevitable. A huge right hand lead dropped Medina hard at 2:08 of the fifth stanza. Referee did not bother to count as Medina stayed listless on the canvas. Next up, Honorio will face undefeated lightweight prospect John Molina who was on hand to promote upcoming contest. The fight is scheduled to take place on November 28th at Pechanga resort and Casino in Temecula, California and will be televised by Showtime on Sho Box the New Generation.
Despite beating his opponent from pillar to post for the duration of the fight, undefeated welterweight prospect from Bakersfield, California, Mike Dallas Jr.(11-0-1,2KO’S) had to settle for a decision against tough as nails veteran from Escondido, California, Sergio De La Torre (11-13-3,1KO). Judges scored this bout unanimously for Dallas Jr: 60-54, 60-54, and 58-56. If only Mike Dallas Jr had more power; his skills and speed could take him far in the welterweight division.