By Jake Donovan
Riding high off of a pair of wins over Omar Chavez, Jorge Paez Jr. attempts a run towards a future welterweight title shot. The second-generation boxer steps up in class as he faces former title challenger Charles Jose Navarro on Saturday evening in Mexicali, Mexico.
The bout - which features a minor title stake which in actuality is a placeholder for a mandatory title shot - is billed as the show's headliner later this evening. However, it won't find its way to television states for those who get TV Azteca in the states.
Instead, the network ran with a mismatch of a makeshift televised main event as unbeaten Jose Zepeda bloodied and stopped local journeyman Antonio 'Foco' Torres in the opening round.
Zepeda went to work early, which proved to be enough to permanently remain in control for the brief encounter. Torres seemed clueless during any exchanges that took place, which explains his drawing blood early due to a cut surrounding his right eye.
A combination of the blood flowing and a power-punching attack from Zepeda caused the referee to step in and take a look at Torres during a brief clinch. The exam was enough to determine that the mismatched affair had no business advancing any further.
The official time was 2:30 of round one.
Zepeda improves to 13-0 (11KO) with the win. The exact record - and weight class - of Torres isn't immediately known. The Tijuana fighter was announced as 14-7 (6KO) prior to the bout, while Boxrec.com lists him as a featherweight with a record 1-16-1 (1KO).
Angel Rodriguez remained unbeaten in his still infantile career after scoring a four-round decision over Andres Tapia in their featherweight contest.
Scores were 39-37 across the board for Rodriguez, who improves to 3-0 (1KO). The decision was met with boos, though most likely due to the Mexicali roots of Tapia (3-2-2, 0KO), as the final outcome was the right call.
Local super welterweight Rafael Rios won by disqualification after barely five minutes of action against Orlando Escobar in their televised swing bout.
The bout barely had a chance to get going before it came to an abrupt end after Escobar caught Rios squarely in the back of the head with a right hand. Rios briefly paused before stumbling to the canvas. The referee correctly ruled time and deemed the incident a foul from an illegal punch, granting Rios five minutes to recover.
Rios did his best to make it to his feet, but his equilibrium was thrown out of whack as he struggled to steady himself. The Mexicali boxer went down again, prompting the ringside physician to enter the ring and issue immediate medical attention.
The official ruling was that because the fight ended on an illegal punch, that Escobar would be disqualified. The outcome will most likely be met with a protest from the camp of the Culiacan brawler, but for now results in his second loss in the past three fights as he falls to 15-8 (9KO).
Rios advances to 8-3-1 (6KO). It's not an ideal way to score a victory, but at the very least breaks up a three-fight losing streak.
Cult favorite Luis 'El Vampiro' Arceo opened up the telecast with a 7th round stoppage win over Adalberto Borquez.
The bout was an awkward affair for the most part, which probably makes it a good thing that it took place in front of a sparse crowd. Arceo began to pick up the pace as the fight progressed, going full throttle in the sixth and seventh rounds. No singular punch proved damaging, but Borquez' reactions became slower with each exchange before being rescued by the referee following a barrage and a clinch.
The official time was 1:54 of round seven.
Arceo advances to 25-11-4 (16KO) with the win, his second straight amidst an uneven stretch over the past three years. Borquez' own two fight win streak comes to a close as he falls to 25-10-1 (23KO).
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