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Caballero Wins First Title; Gomez Stops Proctor in Four

(Photo © German Villasenor)
(Photo © German Villasenor)

By German Villasenor


July 1st, 2011- Local hero, super bantamweight Randy Caballero, 12-0 (7), took the first step toward a world title shot on Friday night, as he defeated Phoenix, Arizona’s Alexis Santiago, 8-1-1 (2), via eight round unanimous decision on Friday night’s “Solo Boxeo” main event at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, California. With the win, Caballero netted the vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental 122-pound title.
 
Santiago, previously undefeated, proved a capable opponent, throwing punches in bunches, despite having any kind of pop behind them. That would prove to work against him, as Caballero walked through anything Santiago threw, jumping in with lead shots and taking his foe against the ropes, ripping hard shots on the inside. Santiago would work himself out of the trenches with persistent punching on the counter.
 
Neither man would be seriously hurt in the fight, with the judges scoring the bout 80-72 twice and 79-73 for Caballero, though the fight seemed much closer than the scores indicated.

Gomez Stops Proctor in Four
 
Undefeated super lightweight Frankie Gomez moved his record to 10-0 with 8 KOs as he stopped an unorthodox Khadaphi Proctor, 7-6-1, in the fourth round of a scheduled eight-round bout.
 
Proctor made the fight a complicated one, coming in with wide shots, headfirst, wrestling and anything else that could trouble Gomez, which it did, taking him out of any kind of real plan of attack. This would stop when Gomez scored a knockdown in the third round.
 
A spent Proctor would be pounded on against the ropes in the fourth frame, with referee Eddie Hernandez signaling the stoppage at 2:25 of the round.
 
In other results, welterweight Antonio Orozco, 11-0 (8), dropped Joshua Beeman, 4-10-3 (3), with a body shot early in the first round, himself getting caught at the end of the round via flash knockdown from a short, inside right to the jaw.
 
Orozco got back to work in the second round, working the body hard, going on to score two knockdowns in the third round. Beeman opted to sit out the count at 2:03 on the second knockdown.
 
Super lightweight Guadalupe Salcido won his pro debut by defeating Stephen Rubalcava, 0-5, via unanimous scores of 40-36 at the end of four.
 
In a women’s flyweight bout, Seniesa Estrada, 2-0, won a four-round unanimous decision against Blanca Raymundo, 0-4, in the final bout of the night. Scores were 40-36 twice and 39-37.

 



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