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Sunday April 9th, 2017-Los Angeles, CA~ Set in the unlikely Novo theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions and Richard Schaeffer’s new venture Ringstar Sports were the creators of a card that featured many familiar names as well as some new ones.
Leading the pack, “The Riverside Rocky” Josesito Lopez 35-7 (19 KO’S) from Riverside, CA defeated a very game Saul Corral 23-9 (14 KO’s) From Agua Prieta, Sonora MX in a 10 round Welterweight fight. The match developed from the start as a sort of chess match, with both fighters being selective about the shots they took. A style that at times did not seem to please the crowd, and yet showcased combination punching from both Lopez and Corral. While Corral attempted to find his rhythm, Lopez showed the typical relentless aggression that characterizes his style and that also garnered him his nickname.
By the end of the 6th round after a violent exchange which Lopez got the best of, it was evident that while Corral stood strong and at times succeeded in landing some shots, Lopez was establishing his desired pace. As the rounds wore on and the back and forth action continued, the final round offered yet more of the exchanges. At one point Lopez landing a series of punches capped by a left hook that dropped Corral against the ropes, beating the count and finishing on his feet was Corral’s mission. After 10 rounds of exchanges, Josesito Lopez gains the Unanimous Decision victory with scores of 100-89 X3.
After the fight Josesito Lopez had the following statements: Tonight was the result of all the work I put in over the last few months with Robert Garcia. I dropped him with a left hook, but he’s a gritty guy. He took some punishment, I was a little careful in there. It’s been a while since I fought some good rounds like that. There were a few times I tried to go for the kill, but he’s a tough guy and stayed alive.
In the co-main event, Alejandro “El Charro” Luna improved to 22-0 (15 KO’s) by dominating a tough Andrey Klimov 19-4 (9 KO’s) in a lightweight bout. The match showcased Luna’s versatility and emphasized on his punching ability. Beating Klimov to the punch was the order of business and Luna was certainly up to par each and every round. After 10 rounds of action, Luna grabs the Decision with scores of 98-92 X2 and 97-93.
After the fight, Luna expressed his thoughts: Klimov is a very tough guy, we’ve seen him go the distance with Terrence Crawford. He’s fought the cream of the crop, so it’s an honor to get the win over him. He’s a top level fighter, so this victory goes to show that we are ready for any top-five lightweight.
In earlier action bouts, Middleweight Misael Rodriguez 1-0, won in his pro debut via UD vs Brian True. Lindolfo Delgado 1-0 from Nuevo Leon, MX also shined in his pro debut by stopping Luis Silva. Money Powell IV also scored his first professional win and TKO vs Todd Templeton. Maricela “La Diva” Cornejo gets her 9th victory with a unanimous decision victory over Sydney LeBlanc. Alejandro Guerrero improves to 3-0 with a 2nd round KO of Isac Avalos.
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