Romero Duno demolishes Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez

Romero Duno demolishes Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez


LOS ANGELES - This past Friday night at the sold out Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, Golden Boy Promotions' "LA Fight Club" series brought Southern California fight fans a highly anticipated championship fight.

The lively celebrity filled crowd, which included former junior middleweight champion and current trainer, Fernando Vargas, Metta World Peace and Golden Boy Promotions’ stablemates Ronny Rios, Ivan “Striker” Delgado, Ryan “Kingry” Garcia, Edgar Valerio, Oscar “Jaguar” Negrete, David “June bug” Mijares and Charles Huerta stood and cheered as the undefeated Mexican-American prospect and Buena Park native, Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (16-0, 14 KO’s), entered the ring to take on the dangerous Filipino prospect and WBC Asian Boxing Council (ABC) super featherweight champion, Romero “Ruthless” Duno (12-1-0-11 KO’s), for the vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental Lightweight Title. Duno, who was making his U.S. debut, wasted no time in attacking the hometown favorite Gonzalez.

Both fighters exchanged heavy blows from the opening bell, but at the end of the first, it was Duno who caught Gonzalez with a solid counter right sending him to the canvas. Gonzalez beat the count and survived the round, but it was clear he was still hurt. Duno continued the assault in the second and quickly landed a devastating right hook that sent Gonzalez to the canvas for the second time in the fight. Gonzalez again got to his feet, but stumbled back onto the canvas as the fight was being waived off by the referee Thomas Taylor. Gonzalez laid motionless on his back and would briefly lose consciousness. Paramedics entered the ring and carried Gonzalez out on a stretcher as he was taken to a local hospital for precautionary measures. Several hours after the fight, Gonzalez was released from the hospital and took to social media and posted:

Thank you for all the support everyone it was amazing to see so much support tonight. I didn’t come out with the win but I will come be back stronger.
— Christian Gonzalez

With the victory, Duno now has made his name known within the division and will surely garner some more attention going forward.  

Photo: Cynthia Saldaña/Frontproof Media

Photo: Cynthia Saldaña/Frontproof Media

In terms of the knockout, I was just listening to my coach and kept boxing. I fought hard and disciplined myself to not take any lucky punches. I based my strategy in seeing what my opponent was doing and adjusted whenever I needed to.
— Romero Duno

In the co-main event, undefeated Golden Boy prospect, Alexis Rocha (7-0, 5 KOs) from Santa Ana, California, entered the ring with a full head of steam, dropping Marcus Beckford (3-5-4, 1 KO) of Long Island, New York just mere seconds into the first round. In the second, Rocha crushed Beckford with a punishing body shot, causing the Long Island native to take a knee. Beckford recovered and as the bout carried on, Rocha continued to demonstrate his power and ring generalship. Beckford's corner eventually had enough and threw in the towel, ending the fight at the beginning of the fifth round.

From the early knock down, I started to load my hands trying to knock him down again, but I learned that I need to stay composed. In regards to my performance, I did okay and definitely had learning moments.
— Alexis Rocha

Also on the card Friday was undefeated middleweight Golden Boy Prospect, Niko “Baby Face” Valdes (4-0, 4 KO’s) from Miami, Florida, as he looked to keep his knockout and undefeated streak alive when he took on Alejandro Osuna (1-3) of Jalisco, Mexico. The southpaw Osuna made the first round very interesting as he took the fight to the undefeated Valdes. Valdes gained his composure in the last 30 seconds of the first and never looked back. Valdes used his reach and power to counter Osuna and in the third, stunned his opponent with a hard left hook. The pressure continued in the fourth as a barrage of unanswered punches forced the referee to call a halt to the bout at the 2:16 mark of the round. 

My opponent was a very tough fighter. I was throwing a lot of hard punches, but the coach told me to start going to the body and that seemed to work moving forward in the fight.
— Niko Valdes

Former World Champion Fernando “El Feroz” Vargas was in the house and in the corner of undefeated featherweight, Francisco “Alacran” Esparza (5-0, 2 KO’s) from Las Vegas, as he battled Emmanuel Castro (2-3, 2 KO’s) of Los Angeles. The young Esparza came out aggressive, landing hard shots to the head and body of his opponent. However, Castro stayed in the pocket throughout the six round bout, landing several hard shots of his own in this back and forth battle. In a war of attrition, Esparza seemed to withstand the onslaught and pressure of Castro by landing several big counter shots and after six complete, the judges had it 59-55, 60-54 (twice) for the undefeated Esparza.  Esparza moves to 6-0, with 2 KO’s.

My opponent put a lot of pressure, it was a tough fight, but today I feel I grew as a boxer. I did a lot of things in the ring I can learn from.
— Francisco Esparza

Other bouts include:

(Super Welterweights) Marvin Caberra (2-0, 2 KO’s) from Los Angeles, California vs Saadallah Aitameemi (2-0-1, 2 KO’s) from Elkhart, Indiana, Result; Caberra wins by third round TKO and moves to (3-0, 3 KO’s)

(Super Welterweights) Angel Bojado (1-0) from Los Angeles, California vs Jhon Leon (1-0, 1 KO) from Bogota, Colombia, Result; Leon wins by unanimous decision. With the victory Leon moves to (2-0, 1 KO)


Anthony "Stacks" Saldaña is a contributing writer for FrontProofMedia.com. You can follow him on Twitter @StacksRingside 

(Feature photo: Cynthia Saldaña/Frontproof Media)

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