On a night when none of the local favorites tasted defeat, Alan Sanchez (8-2, 3 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO victory over iron chinned Clint Coronel (4-3, 2 KOs) at the Fairfield Sports Center in Fairfield, California.
Sanchez took control of the fight immediately by jabbing and using the ring. He landed a nice combination near the two-minute mark and a short uppercut. Coronel landed a decent right of his own, but it had no effect on Sanchez. The Fairfield native kept up his stick and move strategy in round two, while Coronel tried to get under his punches. The 28-year old Coronel knew his best chance for a victory was to work on the inside. Sanchez knew this too, and kept Colonel on the outside of his jab and started to find a rhythm with some short uppercuts.
Sanchez landed a nice five-punch combination to start round three. Colonel was breathing heavy as Sanchez continued to pepper him with combinations. As the fight progressed, Sanchez stayed one-step ahead of Colonel. In round five, Colonel landed a big left hook on Sanchez’s chin, which seemed to stun him momentarily. The hometown favorite boxed his way out of danger and was back in control by the end of the round. Coronel was now bleeding from his nose and a cut near his right eye, which facilitated a visit from the ringside physician who allowed the fight to continue.
In round six, another Sanchez combination caused the referee to call the doctor to exam Colonel’s eye. After conferring for a moment, the fight continued.
Sanchez’s combinations continued to connect on the game Colonel’s chin in round seven.
With blood still dripping from Colonel’s right eye, referee Dan Steel again escorted the fighter to the ringside physician who this time told Steel to stop the fight. The TKO victory was Sanchez’s eighth of his career and third knockout.
“He was heavier then I’m used too”, the 20-year-old Sanchez said after the fight. “I hit him with some good punches on the inside and felt real sharp. I’m hoping to fight again in two months”.
Colonel admitted Sanchez impressed him.
“He’s a tough guy,” he said. “He kept to his game plan and did a good job of tying me up”.
In a four round bantamweight affair, classy Manuel “Tino” Avila (5-0, 2 KOs) notched consecutive victory number five with a unanimous decision victory Salavador Cifuentes (1-2- O KOs).
Avila started each round with sharp jabs and jolting right hands. Cifuentes tried to bull the 19-year-old Avila into the ropes on numerous occasions, but the poised beyond his year’s teenager countered effectively. As fight wore on, Avila continued to beat Cifuentes to the punch, rocking him combinations. His overall skill was never in question, as he outworked and outpunched Cifuentees. In the last round Cifuentes, landed a clubbing right to Avila’s side, which might have been his most solid punch of the fight.
All three judges scored the fight 40-36 for the popular Avila, who looks to stay busy.
Another young prospect undefeated Guy Robb (5-0, 2 KOs) stayed that way by overwhelming debuting Tyshawn Sherman (0-1, O KOs) in the very first round. As the bell sounded, southpaw Sherman moved around the ring as if it his feet were on fire, with Robb in hot pursuit. Sherman kept dangling his right at his hip and unloading his left. Unfortunately, for Sherman none of his punches landed as Robb countered with some rights to the head and body. The last of those rights found Sherman’s chin causing him to stagger and sag against the ropes. He then turned his body in an act of surrender. The referee agreed and stopped the fight at 1:28 seconds.
Sherman’s run and gun style surprised Robb.
“Oh yeah it blew my mind,” said Robb after the fight. “I took a deep breath”.
An accidental head butt caused the welterweight tussle between Omar Sanchez (0-2, O KOs) and Johnathan Zamudio (pro debut) to be a declared a no contest. Sanchez had battled back from a knockdown in the third round to take command of the fight. The cut, on Sanchez’s eyebrow, was bad enough for the doctor to call the fight in the third round.
Michael Ortega (2-0, 1 KO) impressively returned to professional boxing by stopping Mike Alexander (1-5, O KOs) in the fourth and final round. Ortega was sharp from the onset, ignoring Alexander’s attempts to establish the jab by firing combinations. Near the end of the first round, an Ortega right staggered Alexander. Ortega went to the body and the head in the second, catching Alexander with a double left hook. The domination continued in round three as Alexander’s energy began to wan. In round four, Ortega landed a thudding left, right combination, which deposited Alexander on the canvas. The referee took one look at Alexander and stopped the proceedings.
In the opening bout of the evening, baby bull Johnathan Chicas (2-0, 1 KO) and Michael Islas (0-1, 0 KOs) battled evenly in round one. Chicas took over in round two landing some crunching body shots and crisp right hands to Islas’s chin. The pattern continued in round four as Chicas landed the heavier blows. The rangy Islas never stopped trying, but Chicas was just too strong.
Two judges scored the bout 39-37, while the other judge had Chicas winning every round.
Fight night in Fairfield was a Jorge Marron, Don Chargin and Paco Presents promotion.