Oscar Negrete gets 14th win in Los Angeles super bantamweight bout

Oscar Negrete gets 14th win in Los Angeles super bantamweight bout

By Daniel Zaldivar

July 1, 2016


LOS ANGELES - Super bantamweight prospect Oscar Negrete raised his stock a little more on Friday July 1, as he gained the unanimous decision against Mexico's Jose Bustos on the latest edition of LA Fight Club

The 28-year-old Negrete was hoping for a knockout victory, but Bustos held his ground and took the hard shots that came his way. Negrete didn't seem phased by Busto's power after feeling him out in the first round, and wanted to give the sellout crowd at the Belasco Theater an exciting result. Instead, the unanimous decision came his way by scores of 99-91 (twice) and 100-90. 

Negrete (14-0, 5 KOs) was coming off a previous decision victory back in March against Neftali Campos, also at the Belasco. Bustos (11-7-3, 7 KOs) remained technically sound throughout the fight and was able to land some punches, but didn't have the power behind them that could alter his opponent's game plan. Negrete, who is from Columbia, seemed to show stamina loss in the eighth round, but was able to keep his activity at a decent enough level to finish the fight and gain his 14th professional win. 

I am very grateful to the judges for awarding me the win tonight. this victory is a step closer to getting that shot for the world title. Busts was a difficult fighter — he came to win, and came prepared and in very good condition, and I love opponents like that.
— Oscar Negrete

Negrete and Bustos showcased in the main event of a televised show on Estrella t.v., being the final of three broadcasted bouts. The co-main had two super-bantamweights in Emilio Sanchez and Hugo Partida in an exciting matchup. Sanchez (12-0, 8 KOs) did enough to receive the unanimous decision scorecard and kept his undefeated record intact. 

My uppercuts were the key to pulling out the decision. He kept his head low, so I thought my uppercuts were hurting him. He was a tough fighter and a great experience, and I feel after that, I can continue facing tougher opponents and keep climbing the ladder in the division.
— Emilio Sanchez

The opening fight matched up Niko Valdes of Miami against Michael Andrews (0-2) of New Mexico. The 23-year-old Valdes (2-0, 2 KOs) earned his second professional win as he inflicted enough punishment to have the ringside physician stop the bout. 

I’d give myself a B+ after that performance. I was keeping my hands too far down during that fight and wasn’t putting together my combinations, but I felt very comfortable out there. Maybe the most comfortable I’ve felt in the ring.
— Niko Valdes

The next installment of Golden Boy Promotions' LA Fight Club series will be Friday August 5, at the Belasco. 


Daniel Zaldivar is a boxing contributor for Frontproof Media & Page2sports.com. He is the founder of Z-BoxingNews (a partner with Frontproof Media), a YouTube channel that delivers the latest news, interviews, fighter workouts, & analysis within the sport. Check out the Z-BoxingNews YouTube channel HERE. Also follow on Twitter @Z_BoxingNews

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