Alfonso Gomez Makes Quick Work of Calvin Green
By Gabriel Montoya at ringside, from Maxboxing.com (May 22, 2011) Special to Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor)
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Alfonso Gomes punches Calvin Green
It was an all-action Saturday night at the Morongo Casino in Cabazon, CA as “Top Rank Live” brought the fights to the desert. Welterweight Alfonso Gomez, 23-4-2 (12), made very quick work of Calvin Green, 21-6-1 (13), stopping him at 1:24 of the second round. Gomez was sharp in the first round, working his way around Green and boxing smart but it was in the second round that Gomez did the damage. A left hook got things going, followed by a one-two that drove Green, who has now been knocked out by two members of the first season of “The Contender”, into the corner. Gomez saw his opponent vulnerable and let his hands go. A left hook, followed by a right hand started a long barrage that saw Green disappear gradually into unconsciousness. Finally, referee Tony Crebs had seen enough and jumped on in to stop it.  

Riverside, CA super featherweight Michael Franco, 19-0 (12), and New Jersey’s Rafael Lora, 11-6 (5), put on an action-packed eight-rounder in the co-feature. Lora started out sharp, getting to Franco off angles, using hooks and a solid right hand. Franco followed a lot, eating leather and waving in Lora but, bravado aside, Franco was getting worked and by round’s end, he had a red face and a mouse under his right eye.  

Franco spent a lot of the second headhunting the shifty Lora. The New Jersey native stayed on the outer edges of the ring, utilizing a jab and staying out of exchanges. Franco did get to his body a few times but overall, it was Lora who dictated pace and further reddened Franco’s face.  

The pressure of Franco began to wilt Lora just a bit in the third. Rights to the body and an uppercut found their home as Franco got closer and closer to the target. Lora was still landing seemingly at will, though, and got in a brutal left hook/right-hand combo to the stationary head of Franco. It was a close round but it felt like Franco’s and certainly the momentum moved in his direction.  

An early fourth round left hook buckled Franco but he answered soon after with a right/left of his own. Suddenly, during an exchange, Lora lost his mouthpiece. Trapped in the corner and complaining of low blows that were not there, Lora lost his mouthpiece again. While he was turning Franco into shots, the bigger fighter from Riverside, CA was getting to Lora more and more and the early pace Lora set for himself seemed to be moving against him. In a clinch, Lora yet again lost his mouthpiece, much to the chagrin of the crowd. Referee Zac Young wisely took a point, as it felt more like a tactic to stem the tide of Franco than a legit cause from a punch.  

Franco continued to close the gap and trap Lora on the ropes. Once again, Lora responded to the pressure by losing the mouthpiece. Franco began to get very physical, bullying Lora into the ropes, working his body and then working to the head. Lora was looking worse and worse each time Franco dug to his body. The crowd was going crazy chanting “Franco!” as the two traded left hooks that Lora got the worse of. Lora seemed to be about to go along the ropes as Franco dug to the body. Lora looked to the ref to complain of low blows but the ref missed the display and the action continued as Franco teed off. Lora seemed very discouraged in the corner between rounds.  

Both men dug very deep in the sixth. Lora put his head down and dug to the body of Franco as he churned his legs forward. Franco knew the drill and returned the favor. Sloppy right hands from both men landed but it was Franco who landed the harder, straighter right hand that backed up Lora. A tough round to score as the windmill right of Lora landed several times and Franco did better work to the head and body. This was a full-on war of attrition.  

Lora began to mix his attack in a seventh that saw a slower pace than the ferocious sixth. Lora slowed things down to a jab to the body and jab/right upstairs. He’d follow that up with movement, reset and do it again. Without a willing brawl partner, Franco was alone in the middle of the ocean, reaching for land that was not there.  

Lora boxed the majority of the eighth and well but once again, he lost his mouthpiece, which sat for a good minute. Referee Zac Young finally saw it and took a point once again. Lora went for broke to finish the round and Franco obliged. Losing the mouthpiece so many times may have cost Lora a fight he was winning.  

In the end, the judges had it 77-73 twice and 76-74 for Franco, who won by unanimous decision.  

Santa Ana, CA lightweight Jose “El Gato” Roman, 10-0 (8), was impressive in taking out Jose Mendoza, 7-2 (3), in just one round. Roman dropped Mendoza with a counter left hook along the ropes that put him on his knees to the count of nine. Mendoza was on shaky legs as Roman followed up with left hooks and a right hand that dropped him again in a heap. Mendoza thought hard about getting up but shook his head slowly to himself as the count reached ten. The time was 2:03.  

Exciting featherweight prospect Gabino Saenz, 3-0 (3), stopped James Owens, 4-4 (2), at 2:40 of the first. The action was hot from moment one as Owens tried to rush Saenz. Gabino stayed patient, working in uppercuts and left hooks to the body. A left hook to the body right on the beltline hurt Owens and he teetered before the follow-up dropped him. He complained to ref Zac Young but the blow was rightly ruled legal. Saenz followed up and rocked Owens, who was soon after waived off by ref Young. The kid seems to have a nice following here in Cabazon, CA near Indio, CA, where he hails from. He is one to watch.  

In a tough fight, Nigeria’s Daniel Attah, 25-7-1 (9), lost a majority decision to Michael Farenas, 31-3-3 (26), by scores of 75-75, 79-71, 78-72. Attah lost a point in the sixth round for holding and was knocked down in the seventh.  

Super bantamweight Roman Morales, 3-0 (2), stopped Santiago Alonso, 0-2, at 2:51 of round one with an overhand right. Morales scored a knockdown moments earlier and jumped all over Alonso once the latter got up, dropping him moments later.  

In an entertaining welterweight scrap, Ricky Duenas improved to 9-1 (3), with a unanimous decision over Alfredo Rivera, 1-8. The records did not show how competitive this one was as both men stood and traded, boxed when they needed to and put on an entertaining show. Scores were 55-56 twice and 59-55.

You can email Gabriel at maxgmontoya@gmail.com, follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/gabriel_montoya and catch him on each Monday’s episode of “The Next Round” with Steve Kim or tune into hear him live on Thursdays at 5-8 PM PST when he co-hosts the BlogTalk radio show Leave-It-In-The-Ring.com. Gabriel is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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