Herrera, Lopez score stoppages in Ontario
By German Villasenor (April 24, 2009) Photo © German Villasenor
Once-defeated super lightweight Mauricio ''El Maestro'' Herrera, 14-1 (7), got back into the winning column on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario California, halting Efren Hinojosa in five.

Herrera, who lost his undefeated status back in December to former super featherweight world title holder “Mighty” Mike Anchondo, worked well behind sweeping shots which kept the light-punching Hinojosa behind the eight ball, through five rounds of action.

Hinojosa, now 30-8-1 (17) with one no-contest, would not come out for the sixth round, as he complained of an injury to his right arm.

“El Elegante” Decisions Favela in Eight

In the co-featured bout, Patrick “El Elegante” Lopez, 19-2 (11), won a dull eight-round decision against a late replacement in the veteran Cristian Favela, 18-26-6 (10).

Lopez, clearly the superior of the two, would do much posing against the light-punching Favela, whose good chin and decent defense made for a bad-match-up. Lopez would throw one punch at a time for most of the fight, with little combinations thrown by either men in the eight-round super lightweight bout- fought closer to the welterweight division, come fight night.

Scores were 80-72 across the board for Lopez.

Lopez Stops Rorie in One

In the best performance of the night, highly-regarded and talented featherweight Abraham Lopez destroyed Jason Rorie in one.

Landing fast, sharp combinations from all angles, Lopez, 11-0 (9), had Rorie, 5-7-2 (2), in trouble from the onset. Unable to set up any kind of defense/offense, the flurry of shots raining down on Rorie would be too much to overcome. Giving his back to Lopez late in the round, the referee stepped in and called the fight off at 2:18 of the frame.

Featherweight Efrain Esquivias, 8-0 (5), battered a game Danny Pantoja, 0-3-2, through four rounds, winning a unanimous 40-36 decision at the end of four.

In the first fight of the evening, heavyweight Enrique Lobatos, 1-0-1, won his first fight, outlasting while landing thudding shots against Charles Tucker, 2-2 (1), who faded badly in the second half of the four-round bout.

Managing to stay upright for the remainder of the contest, Tucker went on to lose a unanimous decision. The judges’ official scorecards read 40-36 and 39-37 (twice).

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