On Sunday, April 9, 2017, Josesito “The Riverside Rocky” Lopez turned in a solid performance before a festive crowd at The Novo at LA live. Lopez (35-7, 19 KOs) relied on his accuracy and body attack to take a clear unanimous decision over Saul Corral (23-9, 14 KOs).
After a measured opening two rounds both fighters began to open up in the third round.
Throughout the fight Lopez developed a pattern of closing out each round strong with aggressive punch scoring flurries. This culminated into the tenth round, which saw Lopez teeing off on Corral after hurting him with a left hook to the chin.
As a result of barrage of punches, Corral slumped backward through the ropes, and Lopez registered the only knockdown of the fight.
Lopez won with three scorecards of 100-89.
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In the co-main evet, Alejando Luna (22-0, 15 KOs) took home a unanimous decision over Andrey Klimov (19-4, 9 KOs).
Luna landed a huge overhand right in the second round which rocked Klimov. Luna couldnt miss with the overhand right, and had Klimov in trouble on two other occasions during the fight but ultimately could not knockdown the very game Russian.
The judges scored the fight 98-92, 98-92 and 97-93 for Luna.
Karlos Balderas (1-0, 1 KO), a Santa Maria based Olympian, looked great in his pro debut win. Balderas threw in combination to the head and body, which kept Tomas Smith off balance.
Smith (3-5-1,2 KOs) was hurt multiple times in the first round and his corner elected to stop the fight, giving Balderas a TKO victory.
In the untelevised portion of the card, Misael Rodriguez, (1-0) had a tougher than anticipated fight against Brian True (1-7-1, 1 KO).
Both men disregarded any defense and slugged it out for four brutal rounds. After the first round Rodriguez’s nose was bloody, but he regrouped and come on strong in the last two rounds after True began to gas out.
Maricela Cornejo (9-2, 2 KOs) took home a clear unanimous victory over Sydney LaBlanc (4-1-1), sweeping all rounds on two judges scorecards with scores of 60-54 and 59-55 on the last judges’ card.