Jose “El Rayo” Valenzuela Headlines PBC on FOX and Capitalizes with a Hard Fought Victory
September 18, 2021
Anthony Saldana (135 articles)
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Jose “El Rayo” Valenzuela Headlines PBC on FOX and Capitalizes with a Hard Fought Victory

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

Saturday night inside of the Mechanics Bank Arena in Bakersfield, California undefeated Jose “El Rayo” Valenzuela (10-0, 6 KOs) entered the ring on short notice to take on the rugged Colombian, Deiner Berrio (22-4, 13 KOs) in a great developmental fight for the up and coming prospect Valenzuela.  From the sound of the bell it was “El Rayo” who used his shotgun like jab early and often keeping control of the distance and Berrio at bay. Valenzuela continued the onslaught of punches landing five and six punch combinations at ease. Berrio would have moments early on, but he was clearly very inactive, only able to land one shot at a time on Valenzuela. Throughout the middle rounds is was v much of the same as “El Rayo” stayed active out punching and out landing the tough and game Berrio. After ten entertaining rounds of boxing the judges returned with the scores of 100-90 99-91 98-92 all in favor of Valenzuela.

Photo by Lina Baker

In the Co-Main Event two undefeated prospects went toe toe as Elon De Jesus (3-0-1, 2KOs) of Orlando, Florida battled Rajon Chance (5-0-1, 5 KOs) of East Orange New Jersey. Early on both fighters used the first round as a feeling out round but by the second round it was De Jesus who stepped on the gas, landing quick combinations and powerful uppercuts. In the third however referee Jerry Cantu, deducted a point a from De Jesus for hitting behind the head. Then in the 5th De Jesus caught Chance with a vicious uppercut flooring him. Chance beat the count but after 6 completed rounds the judges returned with the scores of  57-55 Chance and (56-56 x2) for a very controversial, Majority Draw.  

Elon de Jesus and Rajon Chance fight to a majority draw – Photo by PBC

To kick off the televised card, undefeated Super Featherweight, Amed Medina (4-0, 3 KOs) from Mayweather, California easily outboxed and  defeated Abdur Abdullah (4-5) from St. Louis, Missouri. From the opening bell Medina used his speed and power to land punches at will on Abdullah, including a left hook that floored Abdullah half way through the first round. Medina controlled all four rounds and easily walked away with a unanimous decision victory as all three judges were in agreement with a 40-35 scorecard. 

Ali Medina defeats Abdul Raheem – Photo by PBC

Photo by PBC

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