3 More Rounds

Diego De La Hoya remains unbeaten

Photo: Golden Boy Promotions

Photo: Golden Boy Promotions

It was a lively crowd at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas as they jammed ‘The Joint’ on the eve of Cotto-Canelo for Golden Boy Boxing on Estrella TV.

Headlining the card was Diego De La Hoya against a solid opponent in Giovanni Delgado.

De La Hoya (13-0, 8KO) controlled the pace throughout as he consistently was able to beat Delgado to the punch. In rounds 4-7, De La Hoya began to find more openings and put together some nice combinations. He eventually stunned Delgado in the seventh, but in round eight he seemed to take his foot off the gas pedal. At the end of the fight, all three judges scored the fight 79-73 for De La Hoya, who keeps his perfect record intact.

In the co-main event, Puerto Rican fighter John Karl Sosa suffered the first loss of his career to Fairfield’s Alan Sanchez.

After competitive, back-and-fourth action through the first four rounds, Sanchez (17-3-1, 9 KO) dropped Sosa early in the fourth round with a right hand. Sosa was able to get back up, but he was clearly dazed. Sanchez delivered a brutal left hook to the body that dropped Sosa for a second time in the round. After Sanchez trapped Sosa in a corner and forced Sosa to drop to a knee for a third knockdown, the fight was stopped.

If Golden Boy was trying to build John Karl Sosa up, matching him up with Alan Sanchez, who is clearly better than his record indicates, was a bad decision. Perhaps Sanchez will now get another push in the talented welterweight division.

In a featherweight bout scheduled for six rounds to open up the TV portion of the card, Horacio Garcia picked up an impressive knockout victory over journeyman Raul Hidalgo.

Garcia (30-1, 21 KO) controlled the action from the beginning. He looked sharp as he threw quick combinations and was able to get out of the way before Hidalgo even had a chance to land anything. In round two, Garcia began to punish Hidalgo against the ropes, mixing it up to the body and head. With Hidalgo no longer throwing any punches, the referee stepped in and stopped the bout, giving Garcia a second round TKO victory.

Irish super middleweight prospect Jason Quigley was in a tough matchup against Marcristopher Adkins.

Adkins tried to make things tough as he opened up a cut near Quigley’s left eye in the third round. Quigley was not as active as his corner wanted him to be, but he fought back to close the fight out with a nice fourth round. While the fight seemed close from ringside, two judges gave Quigley all four rounds at 40-36, while the third scored it for Quigley at 39-37 as he remained undefeated and improved to 9-0.

In the opening bout, featherweights Francisco Esparza and Jose Rodriguez battled in an entertaining four-round affair.

Neither fighter really ever took control. Esparza momentarily stunned Rodriguez late in the third, but Rodriguez came back with a strong closing round in the fourth. Two judges had the fight as a draw but the third judge scored it 39-37 for Esparza. The Fernando Vargas-trained fighter improved to 2-0.

SWING BOUT: In a minor upset, super bantamweight prospect Roy Tapia (11-1, 2 6 KO) of East LA suffered the first loss of his career to Erik Ruiz (15-4, 6 KO).

The first four rounds were close, but Tapia was missing with a lot of his looping hooks. The fatigue from those missed shots began to show in the second half of the fight as Ruiz took over. He hurt Tapia to the body in round six and opened up a nasty cut over Tapia’s left eye in round seven. Tapia was trying to land a big shot to change his fortunes, but it never materialized.

77-75 Tapia and 77-75 twice for Ruiz were the scorecards as the Robert Garcia-trained Ruiz took home the upset victory and perhaps kept his status as a prospect alive.

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