Undefeated Welterweight contender Santiago Dominguez scored a dominant fifth round stoppage of Jesus Rubio on Friday night at the Auditorio Benito Juarez in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Dominguez pressed the issue from the outset landing hooks to the body and head as well as mixing in uppercuts and right hands that kept Rubio moving backward trying to evade. Although Rubio was able to land a solid left hook to the head of Dominguez in round four, it was mostly one-sided in Dominguez’ favor. Following a Dominguez combination in round five Rubio turned his back appearing to indicate that he did not want any more and the fight was stopped. Official time of the stoppage was 1:03 of round five. Santiago Dominguez advances to 25-0, with 19 Knockouts. Jesus Rubio falls to 13-5-1, with 7 Knockouts.
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Jr. Lightweight contender Jose Nunez scored a one-sided ninth round stoppage of Osvaldo Maldonado. Nunez implemented a body, head attack from the opening bell consistently forcing Maldonado back and landing hard, thudding punches. Nunez suffered a low blow in round seven where he was on the ground for several minutes and appeared to be debating as to whether he was going to continue the combat. The action was halted when Maldonado’s corner stopped the fight at 1:02 into round nine when Nunez appeared to be nearing putting their fighter on the canvas. Jose Nunez advances to 22-1, with 22 Knockouts. Osvaldo Maldonado falls to 10-2, with 5 Knockouts.
Featherweight Nazario Castro outworked Enrique Morales over six rounds to earn a unanimous decision. Morales was more active early on, but Castro picked up his pace in the third round and generally landed the harder punches of the two to earn the decision win. Official scores were 60-54, 59-54, and 58-56 all in favor of Castro. Nazario Castro advances to 7-2, with 3 Knockouts. Enrique Morales falls to 3-2, with 0 Knockouts.
This card ended a two night run of Boxing cards promoted by future Hall of Famer Roy Jones’ RJJ Boxing. While cards under the RJJ Boxing banner usually serve as a showcase for prospects nearing contention, these two cards in particular showed a mix of both prospects and contenders nearing the next levels of their respective careers. This observer was particularly impressed by unbeaten Lightweight Jorge Cota, who on night one was dominant in his fight with Edgar Alameda. Despite it only being his fifth professional bout, the nineteen year old Cota displayed a skillset of a fighter that is a seasoned professional and if he is able to continue his winnings ways, he may likely be in the mix of contenders in the talent deep 135lb. Lightweight division sooner than later. This was followed by a grueling battle that frankly stole the show on night one between Super-Middleweights Lester Martinez and Raiko Santana, who engaged in a near non-stop ten round battle where I felt Santana got the edge due to a knockdown in round eight. Though I could see an argument for Martinez as having won the fight or one that would have resulted in a draw due to the ebb and flow constantly changing hands throughout, I would love to see a rematch between the two.
As for night two, both Santiago Dominguez and Jesus Nunez were impressive in their respective bouts in fights where frankly they did not face much resistance. It would be good however, to see both step up in the caliber of their opposition in their next bouts as both look to progress towards potential world championship opportunities down the road. Both fighters did make convincing arguments with these performances as fighters to watch as 2022 nears.
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