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Fight Night in Montebello: Lopez Derailed; "La Cobra" Storms Ahead

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  • Fight Night in Montebello: Lopez Derailed; "La Cobra" Storms Ahead

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    By David A. Avila

    Montebello, Calif.-One touted prospect Abe Lopez was derailed while a female prospect, Adelaida Ruiz, continued her victorious march toward title contention on Saturday.

    Lopez (10-2-1) got tangled up and lost a split decision against Mexico’s Jesus Cruz Bibiano (18-13) at the Quiet Cannon event center in Montebello, California. The All Star Boxing card was packed with more than 500 screaming fans.

    The super lightweight brawl featured Lopez, who is trained by Freddie Roach, against Bibiano a canny veteran of 31 pro bouts who started his career fighting in Mexico City. In his last fight in Burbank, the Mexican fighter from Acapulco upset an undefeated youngster named Humberto Velasquez last April.

    Once again Bibiano proved experience can beat talent.

    Despite having the faster and more powerful blows, Lopez continually found himself pushed against the ropes and out-worked by Bibiano. The Mexican fighter put his head into Lopez's chest and just worked his punches like pistons scoring round after round.

    Lopez never could find the answer and refused to hold Bibiano. After six rounds all three judges scored it 58-56 for Bibiano.

    La Cobra

    In the female bout, the undefeated Adelaida “La Cobra” Ruiz had no problem against veteran Jhosep Vizcaino of Ecuador. Though Ruiz dropped down another weight division and fought at 114 pounds for the first time in her pro career, she pummeled her foe like a punching bag.

    Ruiz attacks with a measured ferociousness seldom seen with males or females. She’s not wild or unskilled but her speedy pace leaves her opponents seemingly unable to breathe. Within a minute Ruiz had walloped Vizcaino with shots to the body and head with such speed that the Ecuadorian had no escape. Twice Ruiz floored Vizcaino in the first round but she made it out of the first round.

    In the second round Ruiz immediately went into attack and stalked the Ecuadorian fighter around the ring until a short right uppercut connected and ended the fight at 59 seconds of the second round. Referee Raul Caiz Jr. stopped the fight and probably saved Vizcaino’s future career.

    Ruiz career now heads into another realm. It was the Los Angeles-based fighter’s fourth consecutive knockout victory and she’s cleaned out the area of bantamweights. Now that she’s dropped to the super flyweight division it will be difficult to expect anyone in the Southwest region willing to face her.

    The 5’5” in height Ruiz plans to drop down even lower to the 112-pound flyweight class. She’s ready for title fights now. She’s in another realm.

    Jeter wins rematch

    In an evenly matched super featherweight scrap Jarrett Jeter (8-3-1) won by split decision over Roger Gutierrez (7-3-1) after six back and forth rounds. It was a rematch of a fight that took place in February that Gutierrez won by technical decision.

    Both fighters like to fight inside and like to throw a lot of punches. Jeter (pictured) was the stronger fighter and was able to bull his way through the dizzying amount of blows coming his way from Gutierrez. Though each fighter connected neither was ever hurt. After six evenly fought rounds two judges scored it 60-54 for Jeter and another 58-56 for Gutierrez. It was a well fought match between two aggressive but well taught fighters.


    Colombia’s Jhon Sanchez Leon (4-1-1) survived a first round knockdown from Jonathan Espino (2-3) and rallied to win the next three rounds and win by unanimous decision after four rounds. Leon was caught with a left hook and right cross combination from Espino and somehow survived. Then he proceeded to fire from long range and catch Espino who seldom used a jab. After four rounds all three judges scored it 38-37 for Leon.

    Other bouts

    Angel Flores (3-0) floored Darel Harris (1-7-1) in the second round with a left hook to the body but couldn’t finish him. Still, he was the aggressor and won all four rounds to win by unanimous decision 40-35 on all three judges’ cards.

    Vardges Vardanyan (4-0) defeated Claudio Videla (0-1) who was making his pro debut after four rounds in a super welterweight fight. But it wasn’t easy. Vardanyan who goes by the nickname “VVV” showed excellent boxing skills and is a speedy southpaw. But Videla exhibited good timing and was able to connect sporadically with well-timed rights in between Vardanyan’s speedy combinations. Still, VVV was too skilled for Videla and won by unanimous decision 40-36 on all cards.

    Photo credit: Al Applerose