Hector Tanajara defeats Ivan Delgado in Tijuana, Mexico
By Joel Tavizon Jr. | Contributing Writer
Published: February 24, 2019
In front of an electric crowd at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, Mexico, Hector “El Finito” Tanajara (17-0-0-5ko’s) handed Ivan “Striker” Delgado (13-2-2-6ko’s) his second loss after only four rounds. Due to a cut over Tanajara’s right eye, the referee stepped in and stopped the fight giving Tanajara the victory after going to the scorecards. Tanajara came into this fight looking to remain undefeated but in front of him would be tough challenger Delgado not letting him get the easy win. Tanajara was coming off a tough win where many thought it was his biggest challenge up to date, while Delgado was coming into this fight with a victory over Jesus Ontiveros (5-5-0-4ko’s). This was a heavily anticipated fight for those who know the sport of boxing.
The first round was nothing special, both smart and patient, read each other carefully while Tanajara did a little bit more and got a few combinations in. As soon as the second round started Delgado applied a bit of pressure standing in front of Tanajara with his guard up. Tanajara, the taller and lankier opponent, used his height, reach, and jab to keep Delgado at a distance. The fight was turning into a chess match heading into the third round with Tanajara landing the combinations staying busier. Delgado kept his earmuffs on while Tanajara hit and moved.
Tanajara’s footwork was noticeable every time Delgado tried throwing a looping shot he moved away making Delgado miss. A cut was caused over Tanajara’s right eye due to an accidental clash of heads which made blood stream down Tanajara’s face.
As soon as the fourth round started, the referee pulled Delgado aside taking a point away due to the head clash. Delgado had his moments and a few flurries, but it seemed Tanajara was the one controlling the fight boxing cautiously getting the better of Delgado. Delgado looked to start going to the body swinging with left hooks, but once again Tanajara was ready to move out of the way.
The fight seemed to be still warming up when out of nowhere the fight was stopped while the fighters were waiting to come out for the fifth round. The referee waived off the fight due to the cut over Tanajara’s eye ruling it was dangerous for him to continue. The fight being called over all of a sudden even had the commentators confused. The fighters and everyone watching waited impatiently for the official ruling to be announced. The winner of this sudden ending would be walking away with the WBC United States Lightweight Title.
The fight went to the scorecards, and all the judges had it 40-36 all in favor of Tanajara. The crowd let their thoughts be known with boo’s coming down from the stands. Delgado would go home with another disappointing loss while Tanajara kept his perfect record moving on to the next challenge.
(Featured Photo: Golden Boy Promotions)