Jose Roman defeats Marco Antonio Lopez!

Photos: Art Gallegos Jr./

On Friday night, lightweight Jose Roman (21-1-1, 14 KOs) earned a unanimous decision over a tough Marco Antonio Lopez (24-6, 15 KOs) at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario Ca. Roman came out swinging at the bell and in the second round, dropped Lopez with a left hook. It looked like it was going to be an early night for the Garden Grove fight but Lopez survived the round and rallied back in the middle rounds. Lopez had some success against the slightly over aggressive Roman as he was able to counter and land some decent shots during exchanges. Roman however was the aggressor throughout the eight round fight and closed strong. All three judges would have Roman on top with scores of 78-73, 77-74 and a very close 74-72.

In a lightweight special attraction, Cesar Villarraga (8-0, 4 KOs) scored a unanimous decision victory over rugged veteran Jose Araiza (34-12-1, 25 KOs) after six rounds. Araiza did all he could to fight off Villarraga but couldn’t keep the Colombian from coming forward. Though Araiza stayed offensive, it was Villarraga who pressed the action and was more active throughout the fight. All three judges would have Villarraga on top with scores of 60-54 and 59-55 twice.

Heavyweight LaRon Mitchell (8-0, 8 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Roy McCrary (4-4, 3 KOs). Mitchell got off to a slow start and seemed to have trouble finding his range early on but in the third he caught McCrary with a combination that sent him crashing to the canvas. McCrary would hit the deck once more before referee Raul Caiz Jr. stepped in. Time was 2:59.

Hemet’s Fernando Fuentes (6-5, 1 KO) outworked Joe Perez (5-4-1, 4 KOs) to earn a unanimous decision victory after four rounds in the super bantamweight division. Though Perez had a few moments, it was Fuentes who pushed the action and seem to land the more effective shots. Scores were 39-37 and 40-36 twice.

Super bantamweight Humberto Rubalcava (3-0, 3 KOs) stopped Isaiah Najera (0-1) in the first round of a schedule for. Rubalcava dropped Najero twice before referee Raul Caiz Jr. stepped in and waved it off.


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