Gonzalez stops Herrera on FOX Deportes
In an action-packed main event at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, Calif., Gilberto “El Flaco” Gonzalez stopped Hevinson Herrera in the third round after referee Wayne Hedgepeth waved off the bout. The Golden Boy Promotions card was broadcast on FOX Deportes on Thursday evening.
Herrera, who was a late substitution for John Karl Sosa just days before the fight, wasn’t afraid to press forward against Gonzalez to initiate the brawl. It forced Gonzalez to switch to a southpaw stance and nullified any game plan he previously had. In the second round, Herrera hurt Gonzalez with non-stop uppercuts that eventually stalled him against the ropes. With his nose now bloodied, it looked like Gonzalez was on the retreat but he returned the favor with a perfect overhand right to stop Herrera’s momentum.
It was bombs away until Gonzalez slipped in the third round and immediately winced in pain, holding his right knee. After having the ringside doctor take a look before walking it off, the action resumed and Gonzalez wanted to get the fight over with. Another overhand right started a barrage that kept Herrera’s back to the ropes and, for a split-second, another right hand made him look out on his feet. The instance of unconsciousness was enough for Hedgehopped to decide whether the contest should be stopped and, immediately afterward, Herrera snapped out of it and was visibly irked by the referee’s decision.
Considering he took the fight on such short notice, Herrera, 18-11-1 (12), impressed by being the trigger of a fun fight for three rounds. The stoppage may have been premature and as he walked to his corner in a huff, the argument of the club fighter getting the benefit of the doubt after injuring his knee earlier in the round is completely valid. Gonzalez, 25-3 (21), seemed surprised to get touched up from a menial opponent but nonetheless weathered the storm and answered back at the right time. He knocks out his seventh opponent in a row with the victory.
In the co-feature of the evening, Diego De La Hoya, cousin of Oscar, stopped Jose Estrella, thanks to referee Dr. Lou Moret waving off the bout with less than 30 seconds remaining in the fourth round.
The stoppage came moments after De La Hoya dropped Estrella with an overhand right hand that sent him through the ropes and almost out of the ring. After he withstood Moret’s count, Estrella went toe-to-toe with De La Hoya but Diego was much too accurate for Moret’s liking and waved off the contest to Estrella’s dismay. In the previous three rounds, De La Hoya, 11-0 (7), displayed much improved patience when compared to his earlier performances. He calmly waited for his opportunities to land the big shots by starting out with his jab. Eventually, it opened up a hole on Estrella, 14-7-1 (10), who didn’t see the left-handed uppercuts from De La Hoya that were landing on his chin whenever they were thrown. De La Hoya started to garner a reputation of being too excited with his fights but this fight can suppress that stereotype for now.
In the opening bout of the FOX Deportes telecast, Oscar Negrete received a unanimous decision (80-72, 79-73, twice) over Ramiro Robles in an eight-round, featherweight contest. Negrete, 10-0 (3), touched up Robles for much of the fight, starting with the body, and eventually parlayed that work upstairs. Although he didn’t have trouble finding the target, there was some frustration shown by Negrete, who was looking for the knockout. It may be a testament to Robles, 12-4-1 (7) , being such a tough out as he previously survived Diego De La Hoya and Joseph Diaz Jr. in his prior contests leading up to Thursday night.