‘L.A Fight Club’ results: Seniesa Estrada shuts out Sonia Osorio
In her debut fight under its banner, Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada confirmed the talent Golden Boy Promotions signed in January, after shutting out Sonia Osorio in a unanimous decision win (80-72 across the board). The flyweight bout was the main event of an “L.A. Fight Club” card held at the Belasco Theater. in Los Angeles, California. and televised live on Estrella TV.
“It’s an honor to be the first woman to headline a Golden Boy Promotions event,” said Estrada. “I hope this is the first of better and even bigger events. I had a bit of ring rust because I hadn’t fought since September, so I look forward to getting back in the gym and coming back soon.”
Fighting out of East Los Angeles, Estrada, 12-0 (2), greeted her next victim just like any other, in the praying mantis-like stance with both her hands up, waiting to strike. On this night, her left hand was the stronger one but, as she constantly switched stances on her opponent and moved around the ring, the versatility was blatantly obvious. A lead left hook was already timed by the end of round three and, although it wasn’t visibly hurting Osorio, the frustration from the Mexican opponent was clear. Soon enough, Estrada seemed to experiment in the ring with the shift of hoping to gain enough leverage for a knockout.
Fighting out of Mexico City, Osorio, 10-6-1 (1), would actually throw punches whenever she was hit, instead of getting out of the way or minding her defense. In the middle rounds, she managed to land a handful of clean shots but the clinches and inadvertent headbutts caused the braids in Estrada’s hair to loosen by fight’s end. In the fifth, with full confidence and the fight in the palm of her hand, Estrada got a roar from the crowd, once taunting Osorio and even blowing a kiss. A left hand in the seventh was perhaps Osorio’s best shot of the night but Estrada took it in stride and never slowed down from trying to get the knockout the crowd desired.
Undefeated prospect Oscar Duarte knocked out Jorge Rodriguez with a body shot in the fifth round to remain unbeaten. The lightweight contest was scheduled for eight.
Fighting out of Indio, California, by way of Parral, Mexico, Duarte patiently waited for the opportunity to strike against an mysterious opponent with a good record, on paper. Rodriguez, 10-2 (10), maybe threw a punch in the opening round but started to open up more in the third round, giving Duarte his opportunity to attack. Body shots with both hands highlighted Duarte’s attack but a power overhand right suddenly dropped Rodriguez in the fourth round. Rodriguez recovered rather well in the fifth round, landing some of his best punches in the fight. However all that was quickly forgotten once Duarte landed a left hook to the body that dropped Rodriguez to a knee. As referee Wayne Hedgpeth counted to 10, Rodriguez couldn’t help but wince and stay on that knee.
“We knew we had a tough opponent,” Duarte, “so we had to work off the jab to get inside. Once we accomplished that, I was able to punish and finish him with shots to the body. Coach Joel and Antonio guided me to victory the entire way. I know I have a long road ahead of me but I’m improving each fight and getting closer to a world title opportunity.”
In the opening bout of the Estrella TV telecast, Jousce Gonzalez kept up a remarkable streak, after forcing a first round stoppage of Jose Martinez. The lightweight contest was scheduled for six.
Fighting out of Azusa, California, Gonzalez, 7-0 (7), quickly figured out his distance and went to work, with some impressive combination punching that gradually broke his counterpart down over the course of 2 minutes 48 seconds. Martinez, 10-13 (6), who is typically put in there against prospects, for the sake of giving them rounds, couldn’t find a safe place once Gonzalez was comfortable enough to attack. With everything coming off his jab, Gonzalez’s right hooks and crosses were particularly sharp and, by the midway point of the first, Martinez was desperately trying to move around the ring. Once Gonzalez, 22, got Martinez in a corner as the 10-second clap loomed, he forced referee Rudy Barragan to step in and stop it, as Martinez was bottled up and not throwing back.
The knockout extends an impressive streak for Gonzalez, who, in all seven of his professional fights, has yet to sit on a stool between rounds, as a pro, winning all seven before the end of the first round.
“Seeing all these prospects go the distance against Jose Martinez really made me want to make a statement,” said Gonzalez. “I wanted to show that I’m on a different level. I wanted to establish myself in the division.”
In the non-televised undercard, Antonio “Relentless” Orozco earned a unanimous decision win over Martin Honorio to remain undefeated and start the process of revitalizing his young career. All three judges at ringside scored it 79-73 in his favor.
Orozco, 27-0 (17), started off hot, landing sharp right hands at will and doing it in a fast pace that threw Honorio off guard for the first few rounds. The straight right hands up the middle were working best for the 30-year old, from San Diego, California, and a consistent body attack had Honorio leaving himself open upstairs for that punch. Honorio, 33-13-1 (16), did better as the fight went on but only in the sense of it not becoming a blowout. In the seventh, Orozco almost fell out of the ring, thanks to some faulty dimensions on the south side of the squared circle, but turned in a good performance, after weight issues late last year created a major speed bump for the former contender.
“I wanted to change my style a bit,” said Orozco, who was fighting under the guidance of Manny Robles for the first time. “So I boxed more. People aren’t used to seeing me do that. Having Manny Robles as my new trainer has helped a lot and I demonstrated that by making 140 easy.”
Edgar “Kid Neza” Valerio turned in a tremendous one-punch knockout, with one second left in the opening round, to earn a victory over Giovanni Caro. The featherweight contest was scheduled for eight rounds.
“I started off like jelly, smooth but a little slow,” Valerio admitted after the win. “The moment came for the knockout and I took it but, at the beginning, I was overthinking. Overall, I’m humble and I’m thankful to God for the victory. I also thank my entire team for doing a great job helping me develop as a prospect.”
Valerio, 13-0 (8), landed a perfect left hook to the head to end Caro’s night and had the Mexican not hit the back of his head on a fluttering camera, at ringside, it would’ve been a knockout, instead of the technical one that was ruled. There was a bit of confusion as Caro was given time, after being counted out by referee Raul Caiz Jr., but the incident was just a mere blemish to an otherwise great stoppage win. Caro, 27-23-4 (21), managed to bloody Valerio’s nose with his head before getting flattened but the featherweight prospect quickly erased a slow start.
In the opening bout of the Golden Boy Promotions card, junior welterweights Blair Cobbs and Mario Esparza remained unbeaten after an accidental headbutt in the fourth and final round left a cut bad enough to warrant a doctor’s stoppage.
Sustaining a horrendous gash over his left eye, Esparza, 4-0-2 (1), hit the turnbuckle once receiving the news, ending a competitive yet ugly affair that was seemingly still hanging in the balance. The accidental butt may’ve been of his own undoing in the opening seconds of the fourth, as the Phoenix, Arizona, native was constantly leading in with his head against the taller opponent. Both southpaws struggled with finding their distance and it made for a physical affair, in which Esparza often fell to his knees because he was pushed off-balance.
Making his debut as a Golden Boy fighter, Cobbs, 7-0-1 (5), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, had the more effective punches throughout the fight. His jab and follow-up left hook landed the most but perhaps the most glaring aspect of the 28-year-old’s game was his ability to move around the ring. In the third, the ringside apron gave way as Cobbs’ back foot skirted it and he slipped through the ropes and almost out of the ring. Besides that blunder, Cobbs had the cleanest shots of the fight but the end result likely kept him away from winning on this night.
“I’m happy to have made my Golden Boy Promotions debut,” said Cobbs “but it was unfortunate that the fight ended in a technical draw. I felt I was winning the fight and wanted to close out strong. All I can do now is be ready for the next fight and give the fans a great performance.”