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Diaz thrashes Hernandez on LA Fight Club premiere

Photo: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos / GBP

Photo: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos / GBP

A sold out card christened Golden Boy Promotion’s latest installment of fights as the LA Fight Club premiered from the revamped Belasco Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

Olympian Joseph Diaz looked on point against late sub opponent Juan Luis Hernandez.

Diaz (15-0, 10 KOs), was effective early and looked sharp, notching multiple knockdowns.

However, Hernandez would get from being canvassed and through haymakers, making it an interesting fight until late in round four, when an accidental shot (as claimed by referee Jack Reiss) felled Hernandez again. The shot was beltline and perhaps questionable, but Hernandez reeled around the canvas and didn’t want anymore, with Diaz notching a TKO victory.

In an upset and the only victory for the red corner of the night, Los Angeles’ Carlos Morales fought a taxing fight against undefeated Santiago Guevara in a six round contest.

Morales, (7-1-3, 2 KOs) fought on even terms with Guevara and showed resilience when trading with Guevara. Morales was cut from an unintentional head butt and warred on like warriors do from round two on.

Judges’ cards were 59-5/5 motor strength, 58-56 and even at 57-57 for a majority decision.

Las Vegas resident Cesar Quinonez notched his second career win riding two knockdowns to a unanimous decision nod over opponent Oscar Rojas.

3MR spoke with Quinonez after his victory.

“I was excited and a bit nervous at first, but I always get a little bit of butterflies,” said the lightweight who made his professional debut January 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on the Bermane Stiverne/Deontay Wilder card.

Quinonez is co-trained by former champion Joel Casamayor and Fernando Vargas. Casamayor could not attend, but Vargas, the younget middleweight champion in the sports history, was on hand and also spoke with 3MR.

“It was a great fight to learn from,” said Vargas of Quinonez’ awkward opponent, Salinas, California’s Oscar Rojas.

Jesus Gonzalez went the distance with Rocco Espinoza in a four round lightweight contest to remain undefeated at 4-0 in what was a bit of a grueling fight.

Emilio Sanchez started off the night with three knockdowns and a referee stoppage over Luis Cosme.

Sanchez, (7-0, 6 KOs) wasted no time and used effective body work to force Cosme to a knee on multiple occasions before the referee stepped in.

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