Rene Alvarado shocks fans at The Belasco with victory over Roger Gutierrez
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Rene Alvarado shocks fans at The Belasco with victory over Roger Gutierrez

 

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

Photos by Cynthia Saldaña

Friday night at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, Golden Boy Promotions brought boxing fans another great night of action as undefeated Venezuelan super featherweight prospect, Roger Gutierrez (14-1-1, 11 KO’s), entered the ring against the savvy veteran, Rene Alvarado (25-8, 7 KO’s). Gutierrez, who is ranked #11 by the WBA, made his United States debut and looked sluggish as the more experienced Alvarado used a perfect jab and quick combinations to beat Gutierrez to the punch. Alvarado looked comfortable and in the third round began to hurt Gutierrez with his onslaught of punches. In the fifth, Alvarado caught Gutierrez with a big left hook that opened up a gash over his right eye. Gutierrez never could recover and at the 1:34 mark of the seventh round, the corner of Gutierrez had seen enough, threw in the towel and waived off the fight.

“This was a very meaningful win for me, and it is accomplishment that we trained very hard for,” said Rene Alvarado. “This puts me back on track to fight for a title. My eyes are looking to any of the winners of tomorrow’s Berchelt versus Miura bouts – I want any of the winning super featherweights next.”

In the Co-Main event, undefeated featherweight prospect, Edgar “Kid Neza” Valerio (10-0, 6 KO’s) looked to remain undefeated as he battled the tough Mexican, Jairo Ochoa (18-11, 9 KO’s) from Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico. Valerio seemed as if he would make quick work of his opponent. Early in the first round, Valerio dropped Ochoa with a check right hook. Ochoa beat the count and made it very entertaining the rest of the round as he stood in pocket exchanging with Valerio. In the second, it was Ochoa who used a big hook of his own to drop Valerio. Ochoa had smelled blood and went in for the attack only to taste the canvas for the second time in the fight. Ochoa would beat the count once again and fans knew they were witnessing the fight of the night. Throughout the rest of this slugfest, it was the younger Valerio who would use his reach and overall ring generalship to gain control of the fight and walk away with a unanimous decision victory.

“I couldn’t let him dictate the pace, I had to stand my ground,” said Edgar Valerio. “Even though I tasted the mat, I am proud of my performance. This was my first full eight-round fight, and I know what I need to go back and improve. He’s gone through some tough competition, and some of the guys he’s fought are now fighting for titles.”

Kicking off the televised portion of the night was newly crowned WBC Youth Silver Flyweight Champion, Joshua “The Professor” Franco (11-0, 6 KO’s) of San Antonio, Texas. Franco returned to the ring for the second time in a month – this time moving up to the bantamweight division for a six-round fight against Antonio “Tony” Rodriguez (8-15, 3 KO’s) of Gomez Palacio, Mexico. Franco, who trains under the tutelage of Robert Garcia, looked sharp as he landed several hard left hooks throughout the first two rounds against a game Rodriguez. In a very entertaining battle, Rodriguez stood toe-to-toe with Franco and took Franco’s best shots. Rodriguez gave a valiant effort, but was clearly out-boxed and one-step behind of the undefeated Franco the entire fight. After six solid rounds of boxing, all the judges were in agreement with a score of 60-54, for Joshua “The Professor” Franco.

“I didn’t know much about my opponent, but he was a solid fighter. He could hang in there with me no matter how hard I tried to work him down,” said Joshua Franco. “I’m going to take some time off, and go back home to Texas to rest. When I come back, I know I will have to defend my title.”

Other bouts included:

Cristobal Ortiz (1-0, 1 KO) vs Ronald Rodriguez (1-5, 1 KO) Super Lightweights (4 Rounds), Results; Cristobal Ortiz by 2nd round knockout, Ortiz moves to (2-0, 2 KO’s)

Meiirim Nursultanov (2-0, 1 KO) vs Lanny Dardar (5-7-2, 3 KO’s) Super Middleweights (6 Rounds), Results; Meiirim Nursultanov wins by first round knockout and moves to (3-0, 2 KO’s)

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