The latest installment of LA FIGHT CLUB featured the next generation of boxing stars and kicked off the weekend of back-to-back fight nights in downtown Los Angeles, preceding the highly-anticipated Lucas Matthysse vs. Viktor Postol card at the StubHub Center on Saturday, October 3.
The night featured Brazilian heavy hitter and fellow training partner of Lucas Matthysse, Patrick Teixeira (26-0, 22 KOs) taking on Don Mouton (13-10-1, 11 KOs) of Houston, TX in the main event of the evening. Joining the fighters were some of boxing’s most notable champions such as the Golden Boy himself Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, Future Hall of Famer and Golden Boy Promotions Partner Bernard Hopkins and current IBF Bantamweight World Champion Randy Caballero. Making an appearance to cheer on Patrick Teixeira were members of Team Matthysse before their showdown tomorrow night. Also in attendance were Golden Boy fighters, Jonathon Navarro, Hector Tanajara, Carlos Morales, Lamont Roach Jr., Ivan Delgado, and Jesus Soto Karass.
The Teixeira vs. Mouton battle thrilled the crowd, ending the card in an explosive crescendo. Teixeira dominated the early exchanges, landing hard power shots to the head and body of Mouton. Mouton weathered the storm and fought back landing shots to stun Teixeira in the 6th round. Teixeira showed his championship quality by recovering and landing a barrage of punches in the 7th round. With Mouton unable to defend himself, the ref stopped the fight. Teixeira remained undefeated with the technical knockout victory.
“I’m happy to have put on a great show here in the Belasco. I have a lot of respect for Mouton and his toughness,” said Teixeira.
“I have to give it to him. He has great rhythm and a strong punch. I felt I really hurt him and wanted to finish the fight, but he held and I wasn’t able to close. I have a lot of respect for him and was happy the fans liked the show we put on,” said Mouton.
In the co-main event of the evening, Golden Boy Promotions fighter Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa (13-0, 6 KOs) faced the tough Alejandro Rodriguez (24-19-1, 14 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico in a scheduled eight-round welterweight bout. Ochoa showed great speed early on, landing sharp combinations on Rodriguez. In the second round, Ochoa managed to drop Rodriguez. Rodriguez made it out of the round but was not able to survive the attack of Ochoa in the beginning of the third. Ochoa blitzed Rodriguez knocking him down twice and forcing the ref to call a halt to the bout giving Ochoa another victory by way of technical knockout.
“I felt really good about the fight. I was able to stay calm and not let Rodriguez get too comfortable. He is a veteran, and I think winning this fight proves to me and my trainer where I am and where I’m going as a fighter,” said Ochoa.
In the first televised bout of the evening on Boxeo Estelar on Estrella TV, both fighters showed skill and tremendous will in the ring as Antonio Gutierrez (19-1-1, 8 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico took on Victor Fonseca (9-6-1, 7 KOs) in a six-round middleweight bout. Gutierrez boxed well in the early rounds, but as the fight went on, Fonseca started to lure Gutierrez into exchanges leading to fireworks down the stretch of the bout. The two fighters battled to the last second where Gutierrez earned a unanimous decision victory
“I felt good and was glad to put on a good show for the crowd. I prepared for three months for this fight and I think it really showed.” said Gutierrez.
As part of The Ring TV’s live stream, Francisco Ochoa (3-0, 2 KO) took on Isaac Avalos (0-1)of Tijuana, Mexico who made his pro-debut, in a four-round lightweight bout. The fight picked up the tempo of the last bout as both men came out aggressively. Ochoa landed a crippling body shot in the first round ending Avalos’ night early and earning himself a technical knockout win.
“I felt nervous at first but started to relax after I landed some hard punches. I think I performed well and hope to stay busy and keep up the momentum,” said Ochoa.
Los Angeles prospect Pablo Rubio Jr. (3-0, 3 KOs) held onto his undefeated status with a win over Adrian Rodriguez (1-8-1) of Guadalajara, Mexico in a four-round super bantamweight fight also part of The Ring TV’s live stream. The action packed bout featured fiery exchanges with both men landing hard shots. The fight went to the judges scorecards where Rubio Jr. earned a hard-fought majority decision.
“This was a difficult fight. He kept coming and made it rough, but I was able to land good shots and get the win. I’m looking to keep working and improving every fight.” said Rubio Jr.
In the second fight of the evening, rising prospect Joshua Franco (2-0, 1 KO)faced off against Saul Hernandez (5-8-1 3 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico. Hernandez fought hard early, showcasing his aggression and solid defense, however Franco began to dominate the exchanges with his power finishing Hernandez in the third round, earning a technical knockout victory to remain unbeaten.
“I felt great tonight. Our strategy was to break him down and finish him with body shots. After the first round I could feel him getting weaker. It was great to hear the crowd tonight and I look forward to being back soon,” said Franco.
Opening up The Ring TV’s live stream, Abraham Lopez (2-1, 1 KO) of Rowland Heights, California battled Andrew Gomez (0-3) of Mission, Texas in a four-round super lightweight battle. Thrilling the crowd from the start, the two fighters traded shots back and forth. Lopez took control of the first round and in the second round knocked down Gomez, leaving him visibly shaken. Gomez answered the ref’s count but was shaky on his legs forcing the ref to call the fight, giving Lopez a technical knock out victory.
“I came out aggressive and landed some hard shots. In the second round I felt more relaxed and that allowed me to land that hook. I’m really happy with tonight and hope to continue showing everyone who I am and what I’m about,” said Lopez.