Segura Stops Salguero in Final Round; Rosas Hands Cobrita First Loss
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Segura Stops Salguero in Final Round; Rosas Hands Cobrita First Loss
By German Villasenor at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (April 7, 2014)

(R) Giovani Segura -  Felipe Salguero (L)
(R) Giovani Segura  vs. Felipe Salguero (L)
All Photos © German Villasenor, Doghouse Boxing Inc.
Arena Tecate, Tijuana, Mexico (Saturday) Former mini flyweight world champion and southpaw Giovani Segura halted a very game Felipe Salguero in the 10th and final round of an all-out war on the TV Azteca/Zanfer main event on Saturday night.
Salguero, the Tijuana native and clear crowd favorite proved himself an ultra-tough foe, absorbing a frightful amount of punishment by the heavy-handed Segura, who can take most anyone out with either hand. Segura came close to getting it done in the fourth round as a head shot put Salguero down against the ropes. Salguero managed to get up and finish the round though going down once more in the following frame, waved off as a slip by referee Juan Jose Ramirez.
Segura would go on to walk down Salguero with thunderous body shots, putting his opponent in trouble several times throughout the bout. However, Salguero would show tremendous heart by coming back with some sharp shots here and there when things looked bleak, allowing him to last until the 10th round. At that point. Segura opened up, landing nearly every shot in his arsenal.
The accumulation of shots by Segura would ultimately force Salguero to go down from sheer exhaustion as Ramirez jumped in and called it a night for the fallen warrior.
(R) Giovani Segura  vs. Felipe Salguero (L)
All Photos © German Villasenor, Doghouse Boxing Inc.
Giovani Segura
With the win, Segura moved his record to 32-3-1 (28), putting himself in line for a shot at WBA/WBO flyweight world champion Juan Francisco Estrada. Salguero dropped to 19-6-1 (14).
Segura's stablemate, Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr. did not fare as well in the co-featured bout. The highly-regarded prospect saw his undefeated status dashed to the wind at the hands of the wily former IBF super flyweight world champion Juan Alberto “El Topo” Rosas, 39-8 (27), in a junior featherweight bout.
Gonzalez, a very good boxer with power in both hands, looked tight all night long and just couldn’t seem to use his longer reach and height, choosing to fight from the southpaw stance for the majority of the bout. Rosas worked on the inside, staying on top of his foe and firing shots which had Gonzalez’s right eye bruised by the end of the third stanza.
Gonzalez did manage to land some shots on the iron-chinned Rosas, who just kept coming forward. He outworked Gonzalez until an accidental headbutt in the ninth round opened a serious cut above Rosas’ right eye. The ringside doctor called for the stoppage, sending the bout to the cards. As a result, Rosas walked away with a unanimous decision via scores of 78-74, 77-75 and 80-72.
With the loss, Gonzalez saw his record move to 22-1-2 (14).
In a relative upset, super featherweight Gabriel Francisco Pina, 11-11-5 (4), dropped Filipino southpaw Rogelio Jun “Hercules” Doliguez, 18-1-2 (14), in their first round with Doliguez coming back to outwork the Mexican fighter for the remainder of the six-round bout.
The official ringside judges would see things otherwise, as they declared Pina the winner via unanimous decision via scores of 57-56 and a completely unjustified 59-55 (twice) in a fight that could have realistically gone either way.

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