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Mendez, Robb, Vences victorious at Cache Creek

Mendez remains the IBA middleweight champion.

Mendez remains the IBA middleweight champion.

Some of Northern California’s top prospects were on display at the Cache Creek Casino Resort last night.

The main event was rather anti-climactic. Salinas fighter Paul Mendez was matched against Ernesto Berrospe of Guadalajara, Mexico in what was scheduled to be a 10 round bout for the IBA middleweight championship. Round one began as a feeling out round, with Mendez increasing the activity towards the end. He controlled the pace throughout. The two fighters walked back to their corners and just before the beginning of the second round, the fight was waved off. A few moments later it was announced that Berrospe had ruptured his right bicep and was unable to continue. Mendez, who was frustrated by the way the fight ended, improved to 17-2-2 and retained his middleweight title.

The co-feature bout showcased Sacramento’s Guy Robb against Jose Silveira in a battle of junior lightweights. The first round saw Silveira attempt to apply pressure, but Robb was unfazed. After that, Robb was on cruise control. His corner encouraged him to use his jab more and Robb obliged. As each round went on, Robb gradually increased his punch output, using the jab to set up combinations. In round four, Robb was punishing Silveira on the ropes with some brutal body punches. By the time round seven came along, Silveira was clearly gassed and Robb was toying with him, completely in control. Silveira’s corner saw enough and decided to stop the fight. It was a seventh round TKO for Robb as he improved to 15-1.

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The fight that really stole the show was a junior lightweight showdown between San Jose’s Andy Vences and Cesar Valenzuela of Arizona. Vences began the fight with a sharp first round that saw him utilize his jab, or “stick” as his coach Gabe Flores kept referring to it, to set up the hook. Rounds two through four, however, saw Vences deal with some adversity. Valenzuela’s height and lanky arms appeared to give Vences some trouble, culminating in a fourth round that saw Vences momentarily stunned by a punch. Despite the trouble, Vences remained calm. About halfway through the fifth, Vences landed a bomb of a left hook that dropped Valenzuela to the canvas. While he managed to get back up, Vences did not let him off the hook as he got his opponent into the corner and finished the job just before the end of the round. The fifth round dramatic knockout helped Vences improve his record to 10-0 with 6 KO.

Another San Jose fighter in Arturo Quintero was also victorious. He dropped Mario Hermosillo twice in the fight en route to a third round TKO to improve his record to 17-4-1 with 10 KO.

Vacaville’s Ryan Bourland and Modesto’s Michael Gaxiola earned decision victories to improve their records to 5-0 and 2-0, respectively.

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