Hunter destroys Escalante in 1!

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Super featherweight Eric Hunter (20-3, 10 KOs) destroyed Antonio Escalante (29-7, 20 KOs) in less than a round on Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio Ca. Hunter came out and walked down Escalante behind a high shoulder guard and caught him with a quick left hook two minutes into the round. After beating the count, a right hand put Escalante down for a second time. A follow up flurry punctuated by a vicious right hand put Escalante down a third time and for good. Referee Ray Corona stepped in and waved it off at the 2:45 mark of the opening round.

Unbeaten featherweight prospect Abraham Lopez (17-0-1, 12 KOs) stopped veteran Alfred Tetteh (23-3-1, 20 KOs) inside five rounds of a scheduled ten. Lopez controlled the action in the opening rounds and landed head-body combinations at will. Tetteh rallied back in the third and forth as he pressed the action and seemed to land the heavier shots. In the fifth however, a perfectly timed counter shot to the body floored the vet and left him unable to continue.

Middleweight Paul Valenzuela (6-1-1, 5 KOs) upset previously unbeaten Antonio Gutierrez (18-0, 8 KOs) by majority decision after six rounds of action. Both guys came out throwing from the opening bell but it was Valenzuela who seemed to land the cleaner shots. After six, one judge had it even at 57-57 while the deciding judges had it 60-54 and 58-56 for Valenzuela.

Taishan (4-0, 2 KOs) stopped Lance Gauch (5-8-2, 3 KOs) in the opening round of a scheduled four. Taishan unloaded a huge right hand that sent Gauch to the canvas like a sack of potatoes. Referee Ray Corona quickly stepped in and waved it off without a count. Gauch left the ring on a stretcher.

Unbeaten featherweight Joet Gonzalez (9-0, 4 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over veteran Jose Angel Beranza (36-32-2, 28 KOs).


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