Fresh off of a controversial split decision loss to Mike Anchondo, local hot light welterweight prospect Mauricio “ El Maestro” Herrera (14-1,7KO’S) headlined the fight night at Double Tree Hotel in Ontario against tough as nails Mexican veteran, Efren Hinojosa (3-8-1,17KO’S) in an eight round bout. His come back fight a great success; Herrera registered a TKO victory to the delight of home town fans. Hinojosa‘s corner stopped the contest at the end of the fifth round.
Learning from his past mistakes Herrera went to work early. Usually a slow starter, El Maestro pressed the action from the onset landing hard accurate shots, pushing his opponent back. Each round more dominant than the previous one, Herrera punished his opponent to the head and body, clearly dominating the fight.
La Puente’s unbeaten featherweight Abraham Lopez (11-0,9KO’S) wasted no time feeling out his opponent from North Carolina, Jason Rorie (5-7-2,2KO’S). Both combatants came out throwing bombs with deadly intentions igniting the crowd.
Lopez was landing almost every punch he threw; he forced Rorie to turn away from getting hit and referee David Mendoza to halt the action at two minutes and eighteen seconds of the very first round. Managed by Frank Espinoza, twenty two year old Lopez looks to be an exciting young prospect.
The advantage in skills proved to be the difference in an eight round junior welterweight contest between Colombian Patrick Lopez (19-2,11KO’S) and Mexican tough guy, Christian Favela (18-26-6,10KO’S). Despite an obvious advantage in speed, power and technique Colombian fighter failed to impress fans, rarely throwing more than one punch at a time. All three judges awarded the fight to Lopez by wide margins: 80-72.
In the fourth Lopez sent Favela into the ropes with the right hook, but referee Lou Moret did not call it a knock down. Lopez upped the punch output and the pressure in the latter rounds but failed to hurt his adversary sufficiently. This fight resembled a glorified sparring session.
In the opening bout heavyweight Enrique Lobatos (1-0-1) from Bell, California outpointed Lakeside’s Charles Tucker (1-1, 1 KO) over four rounds. It was an ugly affair as both pugs were out of shape. Lobatos got the nod from the judges by scores 39-37, 39-37, and 40-36 because he was more aggressive.
Carson’s featherweight Efrain Esquivas Jr (8-0,5KO’S) continued his winning ways by dominating Fairfield’s Danny Pantoja (0-3-2) over four rounds. All three judges scored the fight the same 40-36.
Efrain Esquivas Jr. came out anxious to finish early, loading up on his punches and missing widely. He settled in a little in the second and started to land shots. Left hook dropped Pantoja, but referee David Mendoza called it a slip. In the third after weathering initial storm, Esquivas Jr. dominated the round to the point where referee was considering stopping the action. Danny Pantoja fought bravely and heard the final bell on his feet.