By Francisco Salazar
After his 10 round unanimous decision loss to Luis Collazo in September of last year, Alan Sanchez needed to make a decision regarding his professional career.
While he loves his hometown of Fairfield, Calif., Sanchez understood that he needed a change of scenery to enhance and improve his career.
So far that plan his worked.
Sanchez won a 10 round unanimous decision over Ed Paredes at the Bing Crosby Hall in Del Mar, Calif. (just north of San Diego) on Thursday night.
The bout headlined a Golden Boy Promotions card and was televised live on Fox Sports One and Fox Sports Deportes.
While he lives in the Northern California city of Fairfield, Sanchez decided about a year ago to train at Marron's Gym, which is located in the San Diego area.
In his last fight on July 9, Paredes lost a 10 round unanimous decision to Alfonso Gomez, snapping a 15-bout unbeaten streak. Paredes dropped Gomez twice in the bout.
From the opening bell, Paredes worked from the center of the ring, trying to get on the inside of Sanchez's longer reach. Paredes would find success, but Sanchez was able to time him coming in, throwing double left hooks, with the second hook connecting to the head.
Paredes swung momentum in his favor in the fourth round, but Sanchez was able to gain control of the fight by the sixth. Sanchez was able to feint enough, then scored again with lefts and an occasional right to the head.
Sensing he was down and with his corner imploring him to do more, Paredes pressed the action in the final two rounds. He seemed to hurt Sanchez in the ninth round with a counter right to the head. Towards the end of the 10th round, Paredes continued to press the action, but was dropped by a counter left hook to the head by Sanchez. Paredes was able to beat the count of referee Wayne Hedgpeth before the bell sounded.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Sanchez, 98-91, 98-91, 97-92.
Sanchez improves to 15-3-2, 8 KOs, while Paredes drops to 35-5-1, 23 KOs.
Lightweight Will Tomlinson stopped Miguel Zamudio in the eighth and final round.
Within 30 seconds of the opening bell, Zamudio butted Tomlinson to the head as both were in a clench. It looked intentional, prompting referee Thomas Taylor to deduct a point from Zamudio.
From that point on, it was all Tomlinson from the opening bell as he landed at will against the Mexican fighter. Tomlinson (23-1, 13 KOs) easily countered Zamudio from the outside, as Zamudio (31-6-1, 18 KOs) would land an occasional wild right or left to the head of Tomlinson. For every punch Zamudio landed, he would get hit two or three times by Tomlinson.
Tomlinson abandoned utilizing a jab that had worked well from the beginning of the fight. As the bout progressed, any punch or combination was a lead hook or right cross to the head of Zamudio.
The end came in the final round when Tomlinson hurt Zamudio with a right uppercut to the head. Tomlinson followed up with another right to the head that promoted referee Thomas Taylor to stop the bout at 56 seconds.
In the opening bout of the "Golden Boy Live" telecast, middleweight Elias Espadas won a six round majority decision over Carlos Perez.
The taller Lopez (5-2-1, 3 KOs) was able to beat Espadas to the punch in the first couple of rounds. Espadas (7-1, 3 KOs) was able to fight from the outside, landing lead right hands to the head. As the bout progressed, Espadas landed the more-telling blows. Both had their moments in the final round, but Espadas did enough to get the nod on two of the judges' scorecards.
One judge scored the bout 57-57, while the other two judges scored the bout 60-54 and 58-56 in favor of Espadas.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Salazar also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, RingTV, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing