TEMECULA, Calif. - In the main event of the MarvNation Promotions card, featherweight Jonathan Lopez of Orlando, Florida defeated Eduardo Baez by unanimous decision.
All three judges scored the bout 97-92 for Lopez, who improved to 11-0, 7 KOs.
The southpaw Lopez utilized an array of combinations to outbox the aggressive Baez, who had his best moment in the third round, connecting with straight right hands to the head of Lopez.
During the middle rounds, Lopez found a rhythm, utilizing angles to continue outboxing Baez. Lopez would sit down on his punches, throwing lead left crosses and right hooks to the head of Baez.
Lopez scored a knockdown of Baez in the ninth round, landing a left hook to the head, sending Baez staggering across the ring. The corner padding held Baez up, prompting referee Ray Corona to correctly administer a standing eight-count. Lopez was content to outbox Baez from distance for the rest of the fight.
The 20-year-old Lopez entered the Baez fight having stopped his previous five opponents. He is trained by Eddy Reynoso, who also trains undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez.
Baez, who is originally from Mexicali, Mexico and now resides across the U.S. border in Calexico, California, falls to 21-5-2, 7 KOs. The 27-year-old challenged former world featherweight titleholder Emanuel Navarette on August 20, losing by knockout in the sixth round. He was up on two judges' scorecards at the time of the stoppage.
Junior bantamweight contender Adelaida Ruiz remained unbeaten, dropping Maria Cecilia Roman (17-8) of Argentina once en route to a knockout win in the eighth round.
Ruiz, who resides in the Los Angeles suburb of Lynwood, improved to 14-0-1, 8 KOs.
Roman was game, but received punishment in each passing round. The 34-year-old Ruiz was effective in mixing her attack throughout the fight, but was most effective in throwing and landing left hooks to the body. Towards the end of the sixth round, a counter right to the head momentarily dropped Roman to one knee. Roman continued to fight on, but Ruiz continued to land at will.
Midway through the eighth round, a combination to the head staggered Roman. Ruiz went in to end matters, backing Roman against the ropes, forcing referee Ray Armendariz to stop the fight at 1:19.
Hard-hitting light heavyweight Lawrence King battered former fringe middleweight contender Marcos Reyes of Mexico before the fight was stopped after the sixth round.
The southpaw King (13-1, 11 KOs), who resides in nearby San Bernardino, was the more-accurate fighter, breaking Reyes down with the more-accurate and effective punches throughout the fight. Reyes was game, but outclassed, and had to deal with blood seeping out from a cut along his left eye since the fourth round that was caused by a punch.
Although he had his moments in the middle rounds, Reyes' corner elected to have him remain on his stool after the end of the sixth round.
Reyes falls to 37-10, 28 KOs and has now lost his last five bouts.
Junior middleweight prospect Mario Ramos battered Mexico’s Jesus Cruz Silva (6-3, 1 KO) before ending matters in the fourth round.
The southpaw Ramos (11-0, 9 KOs), who resides in nearby San Diego, was on the offensive from the opening bell. After the first round, Ramos began landing more-accurate punches and combinations to the head of Cruz, who was game, but was not able to keep the bigger Ramos at bay.
Ramos battered Cruz during the fourth round, pinning him against a corner and ripping vicious combinations to the head and body. Cruz began to bleed profusely from the nose, but kept fighting back. Cruz’s corner threw in the towel, but referee Ray Armendariz never acknowledged the corner, allowing Cruz to take further punishment. After several moments, Armendariz finally stopped the fight at 2:09.
In junior welterweight action, Jimmie Nunez of Temecula improved to 4-1, 4 KOs, stopping Denver’s Deljerro Revello (1-6) at 1:39 of the fourth round. Revello went down from an accumulation of punches in round 2.
Middleweight Orlando Salgado of Grand Junction, Colorado defeated Squire Redfern of Temecula by unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout 39-37 for Salgado, who improved to 3-2, 2 KOs. Redfern was making his pro debut.
In the opening bout of the MarvNation Promotions card, heavyweight Mike Diorio of Cortland, New York won his first pro fight, defeating Ian Morgan by unanimous decision. Scores were 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37 for Diorio (1-5-1).
Redfern and Morgan both reside in Temecula and were making their professional debuts.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for BoxingScene since September 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing