By Francisco Salazar
BAKERSFIELD - Former WBC welterweight world champion Victor Ortiz (32-6-2, 25 KOs) returned for the first time since last April's knockout loss in his rematch with Andre Berto, with a fourth round knockout of Saul Corral (25-10, 16 KOs).
Junior middleweight Nathaniel Gallimore dropped Justin DeLoach twice en route to a knockout victory after the fifth round. Gallimore (19-1-1, with 16 KOs) dropped DeLoach with a left hook near the end of the opening round. Gallimore would drop DeLoach again, this time with a right-left combination to the head in the second round. DeLoach attempted to rally, but none of his punches seemed to have any effect on Gallimore. A barrage of punches wobbled DeLoach (17-2, with 9 KOs) at the end of the fifth round. After the fifth round, and after consulting with the ringside physician, DeLoach's corner told referee Zac Young to stop the fight.
In a swing bout, featherweight Adam Lopez won a six round majority decision over Paul Romero. Ochoa (8-0, with 3 KOs) was the more-effective fighter during the first half of the fight, but the shorter Romero (7-1-1, with 1 KO) did his best work in the final two rounds. One judge scored the bout 57-57, while the other two judges scored the bout 58-56 in favor of Lopez.
Live results from Rabobank Theatre - Lightweight prospect and 2016 U.S. Olympian Carlos Balderas (2-0, 2 KOs) scored a one-punch knockout victory over Eder Amaro Fajardo. A left hook to the body dropped Fajardo (3-4, with 2 KOs) to the canvas. Referee Marcos Rosales counted Fajardo out at 1:36 of the opening round.
Alejandro Guerrero (4-0, with 3 KOs) stopped veteran Matt Murphy (2-15-3, with 2 KOs) at 2:35 of the fourth and final round. Guerrero is trained by Robert Garcia.
Welterweight prospect Eimantas Stanionis (2-0, with 2 KOs), who is trained by Freddie Roach, stopped Isaac Freeman (3-6-1, with 3 KOs) in the third round. Stanionis broke down Freeman throughout the bout until referee Zac Young stopped the bout at 50 seconds of the third round.
Welterweight Money Powell IV (3-0, with 2 KOs) won a four round unanimous decision over Carlos Lozano (7-7, 4 KOs) who was deducted a point in round two for hitting Powell IV on the break. All three judges scored the bout 40-35 in favor of Powell IV.
Middleweight Oluwafemi Oyeleye (3-0, with 1 KO) stopped Uriel Gonzalez (1-1-1, with 1 KO) at 1:52 of the opening round.
In the opening bout of the Ringstar Promotions card, welterweight Emmanuel Medina won a one-sided four round decision over Edgar Garcia (5-14-1, with 1 KO). Scores were 40-36, 40-36, and 40-35 for Medina, who improves to 13-0, with 9 KOs.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper, RingTV.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing