Super-Middleweight Manuel Gallegos scored a fifth round stoppage of veteran Gabriel Lopez on Thursday night at the Auditorio Benito Juarez in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Gallegos used his taller height to keep Lopez at distance where Lopez had trouble getting on the inside and being able to close the distance consistently. In round four, Gallegos dropped Lopez with a left hook to the body that sent Lopez down on his knees in a neutral corner. Although Lopez struggled, he was able to beat the count, but appeared clearly hurt. A short combination highlighted by a right hand to the head sent Lopez down for the second and final time as the bout was stopped without a count following the second knockdown. Official time of the stoppage was 1:21 of round five. Manuel Gallegos advances to 19-1, with 16 Knockouts. Gabriel Lopez falls to 10-6-1, with 7 Knockouts.
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In a grueling Super-Middleweight battle undefeated Lester Martinez overcame a knockdown in the late rounds to earn a very hard-fought ten round unanimous decision over Raiko Santana. The fight was fought in close from the outset with both fighters being more than willing to engage and neither really taking a backwards step. Martinez seemed to pull ahead slightly in the middle rounds, but Santana nearly brought the fight to a sudden conclusion when he dropped the unbeaten Martinez with a left hook to the body in round eight. Despite the ebb and flow seeming to shift towards Santana at that point in the bout, Martinez was able to regain his poise and pounded out the decision win. Official scores were 95-94 (On two scorecards), and 97-92 in favor of Martinez. Lester Martinez advances to 10-0, with 9 Knockouts. Raiko Santana falls to 8-3, with 5 Knockouts.
Undefeated Lightweight prospect Luis Torres scored a second round knockout over late substitute Jose Guevara. Torres systematically walked Guevara down with steady pressure and power punches. The end came in the closing seconds of round two when Torres successfully cornered Guevara and knocked him down with a right hook to the body. Although the end of the round came while Guevara was on the canvas, he was unable to beat the count. Official time of the stoppage was 3:00 of round two. Luis Torres advances to 13-0, with 9 Knockouts. Jose Guevara falls to 6-6-1, with 2 Knockouts.
19 year old unbeaten Lightweight prospect Jorge Lugo Cota began the evening by scoring a six round unanimous decision over Edgar Alameda. Cota displayed superb head movement, a consistent a varied jab that he used to dictate the combat from the opening bell. Alameda was very “Game” and tried to fight back, but he was unable to land anything to quell Cota’s head movement or ability to dictate the fight. As the fight progressed, Cota began to implement a steady body attack and it was a flush left hook to the body that sent Alameda down late in round four. Although at times it appeared that the fight could have and perhaps should have been stopped due to the gradual beating Alameda was taking, he was able to last the six round distance in becoming the first to go the distance with Cota. Official scores were 60-53 (On two scorecards), and 60-52 all in favor of Cota. Jorge Lugo Cota advances to 5-0, with 4 Knockouts Edgar Alameda falls to 4-3-1, with 3 Knockouts.
This card was the first of two consecutive evenings of Boxing in Sinaloa, Mexico promoted by future Hall of Famer Roy Jones’ RJJ Boxing. We will continue our coverage on Friday night in addition to offering a summary of the two nights of Boxing. Stay tuned.
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