By Francisco Salazar
Super welterweight Eric Mendez thought he did enough to win his six round bout against Isaac Tadeo. So did his corner and his fans in attendance.
If it was based on that, Mendez would have won a unanimous decision. Unfortunately for him, the scores of that mattered most were the three judges scoring from ringside.
Tadeo won a six round majority decision over Mendez at El Rodeo Community Center in Oxnard, CA on Saturday night.
The bout headlined a seven-bout "Danger Zone" card, promoted by Rodriguez Promotions.
The taller Tadeo worked behind a jab, attempting to measure Mendez with right hands to the head. Mendez pressed forward, but allowed Tadeo to circle around the ring, not cutting off the ring.
As the bout progressed, Mendez was more aggressive, landing more punches with each passing round. Both fighters had their moments in the final round, trading hard combinations to the head and body.
One judge scored the bout 57-57, while the other two judges scored the bout 60-54 and 58-56 in favor of Tadeo, who goes to 5-0, 3 KOs. Mendez drops to 3-2, 2 KOs.
Super flyweight Daniel Covielles won a hard-fought unanimous decision over Juan Urbina. Covielles (3-0, 1 KO) utilized an aggressive, pressure style to keep Urbina on the defensive. Covielles scored with wide left hooks and right crosses the head and body. A left hook to the head by Covielles dropped Urbina (0-2-1) to the canvas in the second round. Covielles dominated the third round, but had to hold on in the final round, when Urbina landed a series of right hands to the head that slowed him down. Covielles made it to the final bell when Urbina was not able to follow up. All three judges scored the round 39-36 in favor of Covielles.
Featherweight Christian Silva won a hard-fought four round majority decision over Humberto Zatarain. Silva (3-3-1, 1 KO) scored often with left hooks to the head. Not to be outdone, Zatarain (3-3-2) followed up with counter left hooks to the head. Silva pressed the fight in the final two rounds, backing Zatarain up against the ropes. One judge scored the bout 38-38, while the other two judges scored the bout 40-36 and 39-37 for Silva.
Junior lightweight Carlos Morales won a four round unanimous decision over Thomas Herrera. The bigger Morales (5-1-3, 2 KOs) landed repeatedly to the head and body, particularly with left hooks. Herrera (3-11-1) tried to mount an offense, but never did more than fight in spurts and was on the defensive a majority of the time. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Morales, 39-37, 39-37, and 40-36.
Featherweights Rigoberto Hermosillo and Alim Jumakhonov fought to a four round split decision draw. The southpaw Hermosillo (1-0-1) used his height and reach advantage to land to the head of Jumakhanov in the opening two rounds. Jumakhonov, who was making his professional debut, found a home for landing lead right crosses to the head and body of Hermosillo. Both fighters had their moments in the second half of the fight until the final bell. Hermosillo and Jumakhonov each won on one judge's scorecard (39-37), while the third judge scored the bout 38-38.
Lightweight Ray Mena won a four round majority decision over Devonte Donaldson. Donaldson (1-5) started well, beating Mena to the punch during most of the exchanges. Despite having to deal with two cuts over his eyes, Mena (1-0-1) came on aggressively in the last two rounds. He repeatedly scored with right uppercuts and crosses to Donaldson's head. One judge scored the bout 38-38, while the other two judges scored the bout 39-37 in favor of Mena.
In the opening bout, lightweights Percy Lee Peterson and Norberto Pantaleon fought to a four round majority draw. Peterson (0-2-1) dictated the pace in the first half of the fight, landing consistently with rights to the head. His punch output dropped in the second half of the fight, allowing Pantaleon (0-2-2) to walk him down, throwing and landing to the body. One judge scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Pantaleon, while the other two judges scored the bout 38-38.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, RingTV, and Knockout Nation. He could be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing