Zepeda arrests Tanajara; Estrada and Fujioka win »July 9, 2021
By Miguel Maravilla and Rocky Morales at ringside
Seniesa “Superbad” Estrada won the WBO women’s lightweight flyweight title with a nearly blank victory over five-time world champion Tenkai Tsunami (28-13-1, 16KO). Estrada landed the cleanest punches throughout the fight while Tsunami mostly advanced unsuccessfully. Tsunami was shifted to the eighth round but held on until the final bell while Estrada never eased off on the gas. The judges scored the bout 99-91, 98-92 and 98-92, all in favor of Estrada. With the victory Estrada is now the 3-0 world champion in three divisions and looks like a true star in women’s boxing.
Lightweight William Zepeda (23-0, 21KO) of Mexico was impressive in stopping Hector Tanajara (19-1, 5 KOs) at the end of six by opening the DAZN stream. It was a quick first lap as Tanajara showed the flash, Zepeda connected with the solid punches. Negotiating in the middle in the third round, Zepeda unloaded combinations connecting and supporting Tanajara. Attacking on the inside in the fourth quarter, Zepeda stalked and headed for the body, followed by a few combinations upstairs as Tanajara boxed and couldn’t keep Zepeda away from him. Continuing to support Tanajara in the fifth, Zepeda continued to impress with good hand speed and effective punches as Tanajara continued to back down. Zepeda’s relentlessness made it as he attacked Tanajara, at the end of the sixth trainer Robert Garcia stopped the fight because his fighter had had enough.
Five-division women’s champion Naoka Fujioka (19-2-1, 7KO) successfully defended her WBA flyweight title with a majority decision victory over Sulem Urbina (12-2, 2KO). It was a tough battle, but in the middle of the rounds defending champion Fujioka showed she was on a different level and took command of the fight. Urbina fought a fiery battle until the very end, but was apparently injured a few times. In what seemed like a clear victory for Fujioka, there was instead a majority decision as the judges scored it 95-95, 99-91 and 96-94 in favor of Fujioka.
Bryan Chevalier (16-1-1, 12KO) won the vacant NABO featherweight title with a hard-fought unanimous victory over difficult James Wilkins (9-2, 6KO). In a hotly contested fight, the judges unanimously did it for Chevalier by scores of 97-92, 96-93 and 95-94. Following the decision, Chevalier knelt down and proposed marriage to his girlfriend to whom she said yes.
Super featherweight Lamont Roach Jr. (21-1-1, 9 KOs) scored a second round knockout against Daniel Rosas (21-5-1, 13 KOs). A barrage of punches from Roach sent Rosas to the canvas as the referee stopped the fight at 2:14 of a second.
Making his professional lightweight debut Miguel Gaona (1-0) of El Sereno, Calif., Won a unanimous decision over Alberto Aguilar of Mexico. Gaona succeeded with Aguilar by covering the distance four laps. The scores were 39-37 overall.
Armenian super bantamweight Azat Hovhannisyan (19-3, 16 KOs) of Glendale, Calif., Won a unanimous decision over Jose Gonzalez of Guadalajara, Mexico. It was a rough fight as Hovhannisyan was relentless throughout the fight. Gonzalez held his own for all ten rounds, but the Armenian pushed his way to a decision as the scores were 100-90, 99-91 and 99-91.
Heavyweights Mihai Nistor (3-0, 3 KOs) and Colby Madison (9-2-2, 6 KOs) went to war for two rounds. A body blow left Madison down in the first round. He stood up and returned the favor by dropping Nistor for the first time in his career. Nistor was bloodied in the second round as Madison sent him to the canvas a second time, but Nistor didn’t finish as he connected a Madison to the left. He stood up but did not continue when referee Raul Caiz waved him at 2:16.
Dominican lightweight Sterling Castillo (15-0, 12 KOs) scored a brutal knockout against Miguel Contreras of Bakersfield (11-1, 6 KOs). A huge left from Castillo knocked out Contreras as the referee immediately called off the fight 46 seconds into the second round.
San Antonio super bantamweight Gregory Morales (13-0, 8 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Mexican veteran Rodrigo Guerrero (26-12-2, 16 KOs) in the opening game at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.