‘LA Fight Club’ results: Marlen Esparza earns her first KO win

Undefeated flyweight Marlen Esparza (center) vs. Laetizia Campana. Photo credit: Lina Baker/Under The Hand Wraps


Marlen Esparza scored her first knockout win as a professional, after forcing a stoppage of Laetizia Campana on Friday night. The female flyweight contest was the main event of an “LA Fight Club” card held at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, California, and televised live on Estrella TV.


Esparza, 5-0 (1), broke her opponent down with consistent work to the body, when it was all said and done. Campana, 2-5, was a step behind technically, when compared to the Olympic bronze medalist out of Houston, Texas, and it seemed like Esparza knew this, when considering her level of aggression. Beforehand Esparza worked the body; overhand rights and left hooks to the head reddened Campana’s face badly by the end of round one. The French-born fighter out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, hung in there for as long as she could but referee Zac Young had seen enough early in the third and abruptly waved it off after Esparza landed one of her biggest right hands to the head.


Photo credit: Lina Baker/Under The Hand Wraps


“We worked on being more aggressive and landing the right hand,” said Esparza. “People aren’t used to seeing that side of me, so I showed it to make a statement. Who do I want? Did you see me point at her after I won? I want Seniesa Estrada.”


Hector “El Finito” Tanajara Jr. shut out Hector Ambriz in a unanimous decision (80-72 across the board) win after eight rounds of junior lightweight action.


Undefeated junior lightweight Hector Tanajara Jr. (left) vs. Hector Ambriz. Photo credit: Lina Baker/Under The Hand Wraps


Tanajara, 13-0 (5), got some good rounds in his second outing in 2018, opposed to a swift first round knockout win last February. Fighting out of Riverside, California, by way of San Antonio, Texas, Tanajara used his jab to keep Ambriz at bay and often times lunged in with an uppercut that scored more often than not. Ambriz, 12-6-1 (6), took the shots well and had fired off a handful of left hooks, that got a rise out of his corner, but wasn’t much of a threat to the lengthy 21-year old.


“I feel good. I almost had him out but this guy (Ambriz) can take a punch. I hope to be back as early as June or July. I’m ready for a regional title as soon as Golden Boy Promotions says we’re ready for it.”


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In the opening bout of the Golden Boy Promotions card, Jose Vargas knocked out Jorge Careaga in the first round to remain undefeated. The junior featherweight contest was scheduled for four rounds.


Undefeated junior featherweight Jose Vargas vs. Jorge Careaga. Photo credit: Lina Baker/Under The Hand Wraps


Fighting out of Pasadena, California, Vargas, 4-0 (3) quickly went to work on his Mexican opponent and put together combinations that had Careaga reeling within the opening minute. Careaga, 1-2, didn’t even bother to throw punches after he felt the first clean shot and after an uppercut, followed by a brutal body shot, landed, he crumbled to his knees where he was then counted out.


Photo credit: Lina Baker/Under The Hand Wraps


“After all this hard work, I feel great,” said Vargas. “I get in a lot of good work with my teammates Joet and Jousce Gonzalez. They really push me hard. I landed a hard right uppercut that ended the fight quickly, so I hope to be back soon.”


Photo credit: Lina Baker/Under The Hand Wraps




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