Pablo Cesar Cano (32-7-1, 22KOs) has been forced to wait 10 months to cash in on a career resurrecting knockout win, as he returns to the ring Saturday evening in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
The resurgent welterweight from Tlalnepantla, Mexico takes on countryman Roberto Ortiz (35-4-2, 26KOs) in a 10-round regional title fight, which will air live on Golden Boy Promotions’ official Facebook Page (Facebook.com/GoldenBoyFN).
The bout marks the first piece of ring action since Cano officially kicked off the year of the upset with a one-round drubbing of former three-division titlist Jorge Linares this pat January in New York City.
Also on the show, 2016 Olympic Gold medalist Hasanboy Dusmatov makes his long awaited pro debut. The 26-year old welterweight from Uzbekistan—who now trains out of Indio, California—will face Mexico’s Jesus Cervantes (9-7, 5KOs) in an ambitiously scheduled eight round affair.
Ricardo Rafael Sandoval scored two knockout wins in the same fight, stopping Venezuela’s Gilbert Gonzalez in the fifth round of a strange yet one-sided flyweight affair.
Sandoval—a 20-year old rising flyweight prospect from Rialto, California—walked down Gonzalez in every round, slowly chipping away at his overmatched foe but remaining patient in building towards a fantastic finish.
He would have to work twice as hard to get one stoppage, thanks to some bizarre officiating in round five. Sandoval floored Gonzalez (15-3-1, 12KOs) hard early in round five, connecting with a left hook upstairs and a right hand to the body.
Gonzalez initially failed to convince the referee that he was able to continue, prompting the third man to wave off the contest. An immediate protest followed, convincing the referee to allow action to resume. Sandoval closed the show, ripping a left hook to the body that forced Gonzalez to collapse in a heap. A brief count was issued before the fight was officially halted, this time for good despite another protest from the fallen fighter.
Sandoval has now won 13 straight since dropping a disputed decision in just his 5th pro fight. His last four bouts have all ended inside the distance, none lasting more than six rounds.
Sulem Urbina remained perfect as a pro, forcing Luz Ellen Martinez to retire in her corner after three rounds.
The unbeaten 28-year old from Hermosillo, Mexico was dominant from the opening bell, showing a rare power surge as her last five victories have all gone to the scorecards. An early night was destined in this matchup, as Martinez (6-3, 3KOs) was an all-too willing target in offering limited mobility.
The bout was stopped after the end of round three, when it was decided during the one-minute rest period that Martinez was longer able to continue. Urbina (11-0, 2KOs) picks up her first knockout win in 2 ½ years, and just second overall.
Laura Leyva (1-1, 0KOs) earned her first career victory on her second try, scoring a four-round decision victory over debutant Monica Camargo. Scores were 40-36 across the board in the four-round lightweight affair, in which Leyva was able to connect with frequent right hands in pushing Camargo (0-1) around the ring. Camargo was able to score with right hands of her own, but infrequent enough to impress the judges in any given round.
Kevin Mendoza picked up his first knockout in nearly 21 months, as he stopped Enrique Leal (1-3) in two rounds.
The 20-year old lightweight prospect stalked his overmatched early in the bout, throwing one punch at a time but each with fight-ending intention. One such shot found its way through in a big way, a right hand crashing on Leal’s chin and crumpling him to the canvas early in round two. The bout was instantly waved off without a count, with Mendoza (6-0, 3KOs) scoring a knockout for the first time since last April, having gone the distance in his past three starts prior to Saturday.
Rookie junior welterweight Enrique Mendez remained perfect yet still without a stoppage win as he outpointed Aguascalientes’ Brandon Ivan Najera. Scores weren’t announced, but Nuevo Leon’s Mendez (4-0, 0KOs) kept his countryman at the end of his right jab for much of the night in a battle of 19-year olds. Najera (5-3, 1KOs) spent most of the bout fighting in reverse, attempting to work the body but unable to push past his opponent’s superior boxing skills.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox