Bodysnatcher Mendez disposes of another foe
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (Dec 17, 2012)
middleweight Paul "El Gallo Negro" Mendez might have to change his
nickname to the “Bodysnatcher” after his latest victory at the Storm
House in Salinas,Ca. last Saturday night. Mendez (11-2-1, 5 KOs) used a
relentless body attack to stop tough veteran Lester Gonzales (12-8-4, 6
KOs) in the fifth round of a scheduled eight-rounder.
TKO victory was the third in a row for Mendez with all credit going to
his left hook and right hand that found the midsection of Gonzales
consistently. The fight started slowly with Mendez measuring his
opponent. The 22-year-old did land a thudding right to the body.
Gonzales, a southpaw, was drilled by a combination of lead right hands
in round two. He gamely fired back with a left, but was on the receiving
end of a snappy combination.
round three, Gonzales tried to use the ring and box. He did pretty well
until another Mendez body shot made him stumble and crouch. Mendez
backed Gonzales into the ropes and unloaded a combination of shots -
punctuated by a right and left hook to the liver that put Gonzales down.
The San Diego resident managed to beat the count, but looked
35, showed his smarts in round four. He moved and jabbed. Mendez hurt
him with another beauty of a left hook to the ribs. In round five,
Mendez threw the same punch, a wicked left hook to the body that took
most of the fight out of Gonzales. A four-punch Mendez combination
convinced referee Ed Collantes to stop the bout.
The time was 2:35 of round five.
Mendez told this writer how happy he is with the development of his career.
definitely improving in every one of my fights, “Mendez said. “I have a
great team with the Garcia’s. They are the reason for my improvement. I
honestly don’t know what 2013 is going to bring for me, but Kathy
Garcia and Don Chargin said they already have the year planned out.
“So, I’m very excited and motivated to get back into the gym and start perfecting my craft,” he added.
Garcia (10-0, 8 KOs) electrified the crowd with a first round
demolition of Rudolfo Armenta (12-9-1, 9 KOs ). The heavy-handed Garcia,
who hails from nearby Watsonville, connected with a scintillating left
hook in the opening minute of the bout. A few seconds later a counter
right put Armenta on all fours. The warrior got up, but the fury of
Garcia was soon on top of him. Garcia ended Armneta’s night with another
wicked left hook.
The time was 2:03 of the opening stanza.
tried to stay out of his reach by using my jab,” said the 21-year-old
Garcia.“I was working slowly since the fight was a six-rounder. The
knockout just came.”
Myers (9-17-1, 2 KOs) withstood a shaky first round to pound out a
unanimous four-round decision over former welterweight star Jose Celaya
(31-7, 16 KOs). Myers rebounded in round two by pressuring Celaya . His
looping right hand found Celaya ’s chin. In round three, Myers staggered
Celaya with another right. He soon scored a knockdown.
likely sensing he was behind on the cards, tried to end the fight in
the last round. A combination caught Myers solidly, but the iron-chinned
fighter from Fresno ignored it. Celaya continued to punch, but Myers
clipped him with another right hand. Myers proceded to knock Celaya down
for a second time a few seconds later.
Scores were 39-35 and 38-36 for Myers.
“I think those punches (in the first round) woke me up,” said the happy Myers after the bout.
His plan is to return to the middleweight division.
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