By Jake Donovan
Jose Pablo Lopez literally scored a last-second knockout of Fernando Torres in their headlining act Saturday evening in Cancun, Mexico.
The bout was tough to watch for the most part, with Lopez stalking and Torres fighting like he just wanted to go rounds. Frequent clinching marred the main event, to the point where Lopez had to resort to showboating just to keep the crowd entertained.
With the ten-second warning sounding off in the 10th and final round, Torres saw the finish line in sights and kept on his bicycle. Lopez had none of it, winding up with bolo punches before finally connecting with head shots to send Torres sprawling to the canvas.
Had Torres made it to his feet - no matter how badly hurt - chances are the referee would have allowed him to hear the final bell. It didn't happen, however, as the fight was waived off with just one second to go in the contest.
The official time was 2:59 of round ten.
Lopez moves to 26-3 (22KOs), scoring his third straight win while making his 2014 debut. Torres falls to 18-6-1 (10KOs), heading back to Ponce, Puerto Rico having now lost five of his last six.
The bout headlined on Fox Deportes in the United States and on Televisa in Mexico.
Gilberto Gonzalez scored a major upset with a 5th round stoppage of previously unbeaten Jeffrey Fontanez.
The bout was surprisingly one-sided in favor of the Mexico City native, who scored knockdowns in rounds four and five. Fontanez found himself under siege and unable to handle the incoming, as his lack of punch resistance resulted in the stunning result.
The official time was 1:59 of round five.
Gonzalez picks up the biggest win of his career as he improves to 23-3 (19KOs). Fontanez loses for the first time, heading back to Puerto Rico with his record now at 15-1 (12KOs).
Robert Manzanarez picked up his seventh straight win - all by knockout - when Ricardo Castillo opted to not come out at the start of round four of their televised co-feature bout.
The bout was entirely one way as Castillo - a former featherweight title challenger and the younger brother of former lightweight king Jose Luis Castillo - was grossly out of shape for the lightweight bout and constantly a step behind. The 19-year old Manzanarez put his height, reach and power advantages to good use, keeping his aged and pudgy opponent where he wanted him at all times.
A sign that the end was near came late in round three. Castillo took a beating to the body and upstairs, staggered on a few occasions and on the defensive for the entire round. The punishment absorbed was enough to decide following a full minute's rest that the safest place was in his corner and out of the fight.
The offiical stoppage came at 0:10 of round four.
Manzanarez cruises to 28-1 (24KOs). Included among his current seven fight win streak is a 3rd round knockout of Alejandro Barrera, with the Nov. '13 win avenging the lone loss of his career, a 6th round stoppage defeat exactly 52 weeks prior.
Castillo falls to 40-12-1 (26KOs). On a night where his nephew, Jose Luis Castillo Jr. was fighting on the opposide side of Mexico, the 35-year old was brought to the realization that his day in the sun has long ago passed. Failed title bids versus Celestino Caballero and Cristobal Cruz wre as high as he reached over the course of his 17-year career.
Alexander Cazares hadn't scored a stoppage win in nearly two years, but found the sweet spot in a 1st round knockout of Edgar Jimenez in the opening bout of the telecast.
The two were trading early on, with Jimenez even getting the better of the action. Cazares rode out the storm, brushing off a vicious body shot to come back with a counter right hand that put Jimenez down and out for the count.
The official time was 1:59 of round one.
Cazares rolls to 9-2 (3KOs), scoring his fourth straight win while fighting for the first time in 2014. Jimenez sees a three-fight win streak snapped as he falls to 18-11-1 (14KOs).