At the Pechanga Resort & Casino, in Temecula, CA, Friday over ESPN+ and ESPN Bob Arum (Top Rank Boxing) presented in the Main Event both returning after eleven months WBO International Super Lightweight champion Arnold Barboza, Jr. defeated WBO NABO Super Lightweight champion Danielito “El Zorro” Zorrila for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental title over 10 solid rounds.
In the Main Event WBO Super Lightweight Int’l champ WBO ranked No. 8 Arnold Barboza, Jr., 26-0 (10), #139.6, of L.A., CA, WBO NABO champ ranked WBO No. 10 Danielito “El Zorro” Zorrila, 16-0 (12), #139.6, of Toa Baja, PR, 10 rounds.
In the second round’s final minute Barboza landed a good right uppercut on the chin stunning Zorrila. In the final seconds it was Zorrila grazing the chin of Barboza with a right. In the third round Barboza came back well though Zorrila’s right is always dangerous.
In the fourth and fifth rounds both fighters had their moments with Barboza having an edge. In the sixth rounds final seconds Barboza landed a flurry of punches to the chin of Zorrila. In the seventh rounds final minute Barboza rocked Zorrila with a right on the chin. In the eighth round a left to the body from Barboza backed Zorrila to the ropes in the first minute.
In the ninth rounds final seconds both fighters were throwing bombs. In the tenth and final round Zorrila rocked Barboza with a right on the chin halfway through the round. Barboza came back with both throwing punches trying to end it with a knockout. Referee was Edward Hernandez, Sr.
Scores were 98-92, 97-93 twice as did this writer.
Lightweight Raymond “Danger” Muratalla, 15-0 (12), #136, of Fontana, CA, easily defeated Jair “Kaiser” Valtierra, 16-2 (8), #137, of Leon, MEX, scoring a knockdown over 8 rounds.
In the second and third rounds Muratalla went to the body with left hooks and moving well setting Valtierra up drawing blood from the nose of Valtierra in the third. In the fourth round a left hook from Muratalla on the temple dropped Valtierra for an 8-count from Referee Daniel Sandoval.
In the fifth and sixth rounds Muratalla continued outscoring a game Valtierra. In the seventh round Muratalla continued dominating Valtierra. In the eighth and final round Muratalla continued pitching a shutout having his nine fight knockout streak stopped.
Scores were 80-71 as was this writer’s.
Heavyweight Stephen “Big Shot” Shaw, 17-0-1nc (13), #236.6, of St. Louis, MO, stopped southpaw Bernardo “El Tarzan” Marquez, 14-5-1 (10), #231.2, of Imperial Valley, CA, at 2:35 of the first round of a scheduled 8 rounds scoring three knockdowns.
In the first round a right from Shaw on the chin and down went Marquez for an 8-count from Referee Jose Cobian. Upon rising Marquez was hit with a 3-punch combination on the chin and down he went again for an 8-count. Upon rising Marquez fought back well until a flurry of over half a dozen punches from Shaw and down went Marquez causing referee Cobian to wave it off.
Welterweight southpaw Jorge Marron Jr., 20-3-2 (7), #143.2, of San Diego, CA, drew with Adrian “Chinto” Yung, 28-7-3 (22), #142.6, of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, MEX and Lakeside, CA, over 6 rounds.
In the first two rounds the taller Yung is the aggressor as Marron mostly with hands to his side throwing one punch at a time. In the third round Marron outworks Yung who is now backing up. In the fourth round Yung came back getting the edge.
In the fifth round Yung landed a good right on the chin halfway through the round. Marron landed a good left and right in the final seconds. In the sixth and final round Yung kept up the pressure in a close fight always coming forward. Referee was Jose Cobian
Scores were 59-55 Yung, 57-57 twice with this writer 58-56 Yung.
Super Bantamweight Floyd “Cashflow” Diaz, 6-0 (2), #121.6, of Las Vegas, NV, and Bronx, NY, stopped Pedro Salome, 3-1-1 (1), #121.4, of Anaheim, CA, at 1:17 of the third round of a scheduled 6 rounds.
In the first round Salome did the chasing as Diaz the countering. In the second round Diaz started landing well in the final twenty seconds. In the third round a lead right from Diaz on the chin and down went Salome getting an 8-count from Referee Daniel Sandoval. Upon rising Salome was on the receiving end of a 3-punch combination on the chin causing referee Sandoval to call a halt.
Heavyweight southpaw Olympic Silver Medalist Richard Torrez, Jr., 2-0 (2), #224, of Tulane, CA, stopped Robert Zavala, Jr., 2-2-1 (2), #255.2, of Del Rio, TX, at 0:58 of the first round of a scheduled 6 rounds.
In the first round Torrez landed five punches and referee Edward Hernandez, Sr. prematurely stopped one sided contest.
Featherweight southpaw Austin Brooks, 7-0 (2), #125.2, of San Diego, CA, defeated Victor “Dinamite” Saravia, 1-3 (1), #125.2, of L.A., CA, over 4 rounds.
In the first two rounds the taller southpaw Brooks had his way for the most part outworking Saravia. In the third and fourth rounds Brooks countered well and moved well showing good skills. Referee was Daniel Sandoval.
Scores were 40-36 by all and this writer.