The back-and-fourth action in the main event led to a very entertaining 2018 debut for Golden Boy Promotions‘ LA Fight Club.
Seniesa Estrada (12-0, 8 KOs) from East Los Angeles won a unanimous decision over Sonia Osorio (8-6-1, 1 KOs) on Saturday night at the Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California.
All three judges scored it, 80-72, in favor of Estrada who outboxed, taunted and battered her opponent for eight rounds.
The new Golden Boy signee said it felt great being the first woman to headline for GBP. Estrada was able to shake off some ring rust and display her full arsenal of jabs, uppercuts and a vicious left hook.
“I knew she was a tough opponent but I tried to mix it up as best as I could,” said Estrada. “Tonight was special and I’m ready to represent women’s boxing.”
Both fighters started out slow but the action picked up quickly. Estada staked Osorio in the early and found success with the left hook.
Estrada switched from southpaw to orthodox and landed good combinations while trying to confuse Osorio. Estrada landed 1-2 combination before Osorio responds with a three-punch combination in round 4.
Osorio was very game and willing to exchange with Estrada. As the fifth round closed, Estrada started to find her timing with the left hook. In the sixth round, Estrada landed a hard right followed by a straight left but Osorio ends the round with a left hook of her own.
Estrada said she hopes this is the first of better and even bigger events and very happy to entertain her fans.
“I’m so blessed to have so many people come out and support me,” said Estrada. “I was happy to fight in my hometown and have my supporters here.”
In tonight’s co-main event, Oscar Duarte (13-0, 9 KOs) of Parral, Mexico fought an intelligent and aggressive fight before stopping Jose Rodriguez (10-2, 10 KOs) of Tepic, Mexico at 1:53 of the fifth round. Duarte scored two knockdowns: one by a right hand in round four and a body shot that ended the bout in the first round.
“We knew we had a tough opponent,” said Oscar 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 & Antonio guided me to victory the entire way.I know I have some a long road ahead of me, but I’m improving each fight and getting closer to a world title opportunity.”
Jousce “Tito” Gonzalez (7-0, 7 KOs) opened the televised portion of the card with a first-round TKO victory against veteran Mexican pugilist Jose Martinez (10-12, 6 KOs) in a bout initially scheduled for six rounds in the lightweight division. Gonzalez stopped Martinez at 2:48 of the first round.
“Seeing all these prospects go the distance against Jose Martinez really made me want to make a statement,” said Jousce Gonzalez. “I wanted to show that I’m on a different level. I wanted to establish myself in the division.”
Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (27-0, 17 KOs) of San Diego, Calif. successfully returned to 140 pounds with an eight-round unanimous decision victory against the durable Mexico City, Mexico native Martin Honorio (33-13-1, 16 KOs). All judges scored the fight 79-73 for Orozco.
“I wanted to change my style a bit,” said Antonio Orozco. “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.”
South Central’s Edgar “Kid Neza” Valerio (13-0, 8 KOs) scored a first-round technical knockout win against Giovanni Caro (26-21-4, 21 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico in what was a scheduled eight featherweight battle.
“I started off like jelly: smooth but a little slow,” said Edgar Valerio. “The moment came for the knockout and I took it, but at the beginning I was overthinking. Overall, I’m humble and thank 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.”
Blair Cobbs (7-0-1, 5 KOs) of Las Vegas made his Golden Boy Promotions debut by fighting to a controversial fourth-round technical draw against Mario Esparza (4-0-1, 1 KO) in the first bout of the evening, which was scheduled for four rounds in the super lightweight division. An accidental headbutt caused the cut on Esparza that forced the fight to be halted at :19 of the fourth round.
“I’m happy to have made my Golden Boy Promotions debut,” said Blair 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.”
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