By: Sergio L. Martinez
The “Solo Boxeo” boxing series televised on the Unimas Network from Sonora, Mexico was the platform for a come backing legend. The televised portion of the card also featured some young, undefeated prospects looking for name recognition. The night was entertaining.
The main event of the evening featured Jorge Arce, the legendary Mexican small man, continuing his nondescript comeback to boxing. Arce (62-7-2 with 47 KOs) took on Brazilian featherweight Aldimar Silva (19-7 with 10 KOs) in a contest scheduled for 10 rounds. This was the second fight of Arce’s comeback since retiring in December 2012 after being brutally stopped by Nonito Donaire in three rounds.
Coming into the fight, Silva had lost four of his last fights, two by way of knockout. Despite this, the Brazilian’s prefight bravado was unexplainable as his swore that he would send Arce back into a rocking chair. The fanfare was impressive for Arce but the fight itself was not. Arce dropped Silva with a right in the third round and continually stalked the Brazilian from post-to-post. Silva offered little in the way of resistance as he was not able to mount any form of consistent offense. In the fifth stanza, “Travieso” sent Silva back onto the canvas. He beat the count but a follow-up flurry by Arce led the referee to pulling the plug on the bout, awarding Arce a technical knockout victory.
Arce’s declaration that he intends to capture a world title in the featherweight division seems unlikely. Still, he continues to be a draw in Mexico and is always thrilling to watch. These facts will likely keep his comeback alive until he actually fights someone of note.
The broadcast opened up with a fight between two undefeated super bantamweight brawlers from
Nogales, Sonora, Mexico as Israel Lopez (3-0 with 1 KO) took on Miguel Carrizosa (3-0 with 1 KO). The fight was scheduled for six rounds. Both were right-handed combatants looking for hometown bragging rights; they came out quickly, firing at will. Lopez was initially seizing the round but Carrizosa shot back successfully. The fight had a good ebb and flow of action as both Sonoran’s attacked and landed at will.
The third round was a microcosm of the fight: Lopez landed looping shots that prompted Carrizosa to respond with his own leather assault. Lopez closed the last minute of the final round with an all-out assault, sending Carrizosa reeling into the ropes but Carrizosa also landed some hard bombs. The judges awarded Miguel Carrizosa a unanimous decision.
Following the Carrizosa V. Lopez, undefeated Mexican bantamweight prospect Brieguel “Gallito” Quirino (7-0 with 2 KOs) faced off against Jesus Molina (3-2-2 with 2 KOs). The match was scheduled for six rounds. Brieguel is the son of Jose Quirino, a former Mexican champion from the 1990s and looking to add to the lineage. Quirino showed decent skills but it was obvious that he still has a long way to go as Molina accomplished early with winging shots from all directions. Molina landed a lot of telegraphed punches with ease as Quirino struggled to find a stable tempo. Molina took complete control of the fight in the third as he constantly peppered Quirino with hooks, crosses and straight bombs. “Gallito” appeared completely out of his depth. The end came in the fourth round, as after a flurry of punches
landed by Molina, referee Cesar Cepeda decided he had seen enough and halted the bout.