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Munguia KO's Kelly in 5



Tijuana’s undefeated middleweight and former world champion Jaime Munguia (40-0, 32 KOs) scored a fifth-round knockout over Jimmy “Kilrain” Kelly (26-3, 10 KOs) of Manchester, England Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

Feeling each other out in the opening round, Munguia and Kelly jabbed. Smith came out firing and had a good round in the second, letting his hands go connecting as he backed Munguia. Boxing and feinting in round three, Munguia stalked as Kelly was on his feet moving and popping the jab. Kelly kept letting his hands go boxing well keeping his distance in round four as Munguia pressed, a solid right hand connected for Munguia at the bell to end the round.





In the fifth, Munguia began to pick up the pressure, a short-left hook found its mark for Munguia as he dropped Kelly. Getting up quickly Munguia sent him to the canvas a second time with an uppercut. Munguia dropped Kelly a third time as he was up, but referee Thomas Taylor had seen enough and stopped the fight at 2:57.


Duarte Wins in Co-Feature


In the co-feature bout of the evening, super lightweight Oscar Duarte (22-1-1, 18 KOs) of Chihuahua, Mexico scored an eight-round stoppage over Mark Bernaldez (23-6, 17 KOs) of the Philippines. Duarte staggered Bernaldez in the opening round as he continued to box aggressively and backing Bernaldez. Attacking smart, Duarte connected Bernaldez with solid punches. Duarte was on the hunt in the fifth and pinned Bernaldez on the ropes overwhelmingly connecting with big punches.


Coming out for the sixth, the doctor took a quick look at Bernaldez and let him continue as they began keeping a close eye on the Filipino fighter, Duarte boxed and attacked precisely. Patiently boxing in the seventh, Duarte controlled the fight as he had Bernaldez backing up. Late in the fight in the eighth Duarte continued to attack as the referee Gerard White had finally seen enough stepping in to stop the fight 2:05.


Yoko Valle Wins U.S Debut


IBF Minimumweight World Champion, Yokasta Valle (25-2, 9 KOs) of San Jose, Costa Rica won a one-sided dominant unanimous decision over Lorraine Villalobos (5-4, 2 KO’s) of East Los Angeles. Fighting at a distance to begin, Valle connected with the jab and followed up with big punches, Villalobos pressured intending to get inside. In the second, Valle kept fighting like the bigger fighter as she continued to connect with the long-range punches solidly. Continuing to use the distance, Valle connected with Villalobos’s aggression costing her as Valle countered effectively. Staying busy in the fourth, Valle pumped the jab as Villalobos pressed. Boxing effectively in the fifth, the champ was dominating as she backed Villalobos and continued to land with solid shots.


Dominating through five, Valle was poised in the ring and backed Villalobos to the ropes closing the round strong with a series of punches. The champ was in control late in the fight as her boxing skill was superior, Villalobos kept fighting but Valle was too much. Villalobos appeared to be tired in the eighth as Valle attacked from a distance with straight shots backing her. In control of the fight, Valle kept boxing and displaying her aggression with Villalobos staying away as she appeared to be fatigued. The tenth and final round saw Valle staying busy as Villalobos held on in going the distance.


All three judges scored the bout 100-90 as Valle retains her IBF title.


Ortiz With the Upset


In an upset, super welterweight Carlos Ortiz (13-5, 13 KO’s) of Torreon, Mexico handed previously undefeated prospect Evan Sanchez (11-1, 6 KOs) of Parlier, California his first loss in scoring a fifth-round knockout. Coming out exchanging wildly, Sanchez and Ortiz were off to a fast start. The fight continued at close range in the second, as Ortiz attacked as Sanchez stood in the pocket trading, but the momentum was in Ortiz’s favor to close the round.


Fighting at a slower pace in the third, Sanchez connected with a straight left as Ortiz kept fighting strong. It continued to be a battle in round four as Sanchez and Ortiz landed and continued to fight on. In the fifth, Sanchez boxed and stayed busy as Ortiz stayed close and was aggressive, with the crowd behind Ortiz, a huge left hurt Sanchez as Ortiz followed up with his attack sending Sanchez to the canvas as the referee Thomas Taylor reached a ten count at 2:59 of round five.


Other Bouts


Ensenada, Baja California’s super middleweight Carlos Ocampo (34-1, 22 KOs) scored a first-round knockout over Vicent Rodriguez (40-11-1, 21 KO’s) of Argentina. A crunching body shot by Ocampo did it as the referee reached a ten count at 2:06


Alejandro "Pin-Pon" Reyes (8-0, 4KOs) of West Los Angeles by way of Mexicali, Mexico scored a second-round knockout over Mexican veteran Moises “Chucky” Flores (25-7-1, 17 KO’s). Reyes cored a knockdown as Flores was up, but Reyes’s attack was too much as the referee stepped in to stop the contest.


Lightweight Japhethlee Llamido (8-0, 3 KOs) of Long Beach, California won a unanimous decision over Saul Hernandez (17-16-1, 12 KO’s) of Tijuana, Mexico. It was a fast paced first round and in round two, Hernandez came out attacking to the body and kept pressing, Llamido picked his shots and attacked patiently. Keeping busy in round three, Hernandez stalked as Llamido boxed trying to keep Hernandez away.


Past the halfway mark, Llamido kept his distance boxing in the fourth as Hernandez kept pressing the action stalking looking to make a dog fight out of it, late in the round Hernandez appeared to be fatigued as Llamido wailed away to close the round. In the fifth, Llamido boxed effectively connecting as Hernandez was gassed looking to finish the fight. The sixth and final round, Llamido fought conservatively tallying up points as Hernandez swung for the fences, but his aggression cost him as a counter shot by Llamido floored Hernandez. The Mexican was up fighting but Llamido boxed his way to a decision win.


All three judges scored the bout 60-54.


In the opening bout from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, super welterweight Jorge Estrada (3-0, 3 KO’s) scored a quick first round knockout over Hassan Coleman (0-1) of Los Angeles. During an exchange, a body shot by Estrada did it as the referee waived it at 1:51 of the first round.


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