A roundup of the past week's notable boxing results from around the world:
Saturday at Hermosillo, Mexico
David Carmona D12 Warlito Parrenas
An interim junior bantamweight title remains vacant
Scores: 115-112 Carmona, 115-113 Parrenas, 114-114
Records: Carmona (19-2-5, 8 KOs); Parrenas (24-6-1, 21 KOs)
Rafael's remarks: With a right hand injury and subsequent surgery keeping junior bantamweight titlist Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7 KOs), the Japanese prodigy, sidelined since he knocked out Omar Narvaez in the second round to win the belt in December, Carmona and Parrenas met for the interim belt with the mandate that the winner would face Inoue upon his ring return. However, now Inoue will be free of an immediate mandatory obligation because Carmona and Parrenas fought to a draw, which means the interim belt will remain vacant.
Carmona, 24, of Mexico, had won three fights in a row since suffering a seventh-round knockout loss in Argentina when he challenged Narvaez for a junior bantamweight world title in December 2013. He was lucky to escape the bout with Parrenas, 31, of the Philippines, with a draw.
Carmona fought back from a big hole to make it a legitimately close fight. With 20 seconds remaining in the second round, Parrenas landed a booming right hand to the head and Carmona went down hard. He collected himself, used most of the count and got to his feet, surviving the final few seconds of the round until the bell. Carmona actually had a solid third round but Parrenas built an apparent lead through the first three quarters of the fight before Carmona rallied in the late rounds to pull out the draw.
Ramon Alvarez No Contest 4 Richard Gutierrez
Records: Alvarez (21-4-2, 13 KOs); Gutierrez (28-16-1, 17 KOs)
Rafael's remarks: Alvarez, 28, of Mexico, is the older brother of former junior middleweight titlist Canelo Alvarez, Mexico's most popular active fighter. He appeared well on his way to victory against the well-conditioned Gutierrez, 36, a native of Colombia living in Miami, before the premature and unfortunate end of the bout.
After a slow first round, Alvarez, riding a seven-fight winning streak, began to land second-round combinations as he took it to Gutierrez, who came into the fight having lost three in a row and five of his last six. Gutierrez could not muster much offense. About all he could do was shake his fist at Alvarez in the third round to taunt him to which Alvarez responded by punching him in the face. In the fourth round, Alvarez landed a hard right hand to the head that shook Gutierrez and sent him into the ropes. Alvarez followed with a stiff jab. But as the action picked up, Alvarez ducked a shot and came up into Gutierrez's chin and mouth for a terrible, accidental head butt. Gutierrez immediately winced and backed away and referee Octaviano Lopez called a timeout. Gutierrez was bleeding badly from his mouth and lip. After being examined by the ringside doctor, the bout was called off with Gutierrez, who was spitting streams of blood, unable to continue. Because four rounds had not been completed the bout was ruled a no contest.
Hernan "Tyson" Marquez TKO8 Jose Alfredo Tirado
Records: Marquez (39-5-1, 28 KOs); Tirado (27-16, 19 KOs)
Rafael's remarks: Marquez, a 26-year-old former flyweight world titleholder from Mexico, dominated countryman and journeyman Tirado, 34, who showed a lot of heart and little else as he lost his fourth fight in a row and fifth of his last six.
With 14 seconds left in the first round, Marquez landed a left hook to Tirado's chin to drop him to his rear end. He barely beat the count and the round ended before Marquez could get off another punch. Late in the second round, Tirado nearly went down again when Marquez clobbered him with a left hand to the head. Round after round, Marquez laid a beating on Tirado in what looked like a whitewash, although Marquez suffered a cut over his left eye.
In the eighth round, he continued to pound Tirado. He had taken a few shots but went down to a knee after he leaned over and Marquez draped himself over him and pushed him down. It was certainly no knockdown and the referee helped Tirado get to his feet. But Tirado appeared reluctant to continue and the referee waved off the fight at 2 minutes, 9 seconds, after which Tirado and his corner began to protest. It was an odd stoppage but after the beating he took, it was not uncalled for -- even if nothing specific had happened at the moment of the stoppage.
Marquez improved to 2-0-1 since being knocked out by McJoe Arroyo in the 11th round of a junior bantamweight world title eliminator 13 months ago.
Saturday at Mazatlan, Mexico
Pedro Guevara W12 Ganigan Lopez
Retains a junior flyweight title
Scores: 117-111, 116-112 (twice)
Records: Guevara (26-1-1, 17 KOs); Lopez (25-6, 16 KOs)
Rafael's remarks: In December, Guevara traveled to Japan and scored a seventh-round knockout over Akira Yaegashi in his home country to win the vacant 108-pound world title. Guevara, 26, returned to his hometown of Mazatlan, Mexico, to make his first defense in April, a first-round knockout of Richard Claveras. Guevara was at home again for his second defense against mandatory challenger Lopez, 33, also of Mexico, who is vastly more experienced than Claveras.
But Guevara had few issues as he outboxed the older, slower Lopez, who saw his five-fight winning streak come to an end. This was not the kind of action-oriented fight that is typically seen in the smaller weight classes. Both spent long periods posing, feinting and feeling each other out. Eventually, Guevara picked things up a bit and his activity carried the day for him against the more reticent Lopez, who did not show much in a forgettable bout. Guevara landed some solid right hands to at least stun Lopez in the second half of the fight, which was good enough to win the rounds and the fight, one which he knew he was comfortably ahead in because the scores were announced after the fourth and eighth rounds due to open scoring (unfortunately) being employed.
Thursday at Los Angeles
Gilberto Gonzalez TKO3 Hevinson Herrera
Records: Gonzalez (26-3, 21 KOs); Herrera (17-11-1, 11 KOs)
Rafael's remarks: It was brief but exciting as Gonzalez and Herrera put on a fireworks show in this shootout, as a one-legged Gonzalez persevered through adversity for the knockout in the main event of Golden Boy's "LA Fight Club" card.
Herrera, 22 , of Colombia, a late substitute for the ill Puerto Rican prospect John Karl Sosa, hurt Gonzalez with a right hand in the second round, sending him into the ropes midway through the frame. He was teeing off on Gonzalez, who appeared to be in some trouble. But later in the round, Gonzalez, 27, of Mexico, came back strong. He hurt Herrera with a right hand on the ropes in the final 30 seconds of the round.
Gonzalez seemed to be in charge in the third round but then as he attacked Herrera, he awkwardly slipped to the canvas 40 seconds into the round and hurt his right knee. Although he continued, he was limping and literally hopping on one leg. But he was also landing punches as they exchanged blows. Back and forth they went until Gonzalez pinned Herrera on the ropes and landed a big flurry of shots, including a right hand and a left. At that point referee Wayne Hedgpeth jumped into stop the fight at 1 minute, 49 seconds. It did seem to be a bit of a quick stoppage in what had been a rousing fight to that point. Herrera seemed OK and complained about the stoppage, while a relieved Gonzalez, who won his seventh fight in a row, immediately dropped to the mat, his leg obviously giving him problems.
Diego De La Hoya TKO4 Jose Estrella
Records: De La Hoya (11-0, 7 KOs); Estrella (14-7-1, 10 KOs)
Rafael's remarks: De La Hoya, 20, of Mexico, the cousin of Hall of Famer (and his promoter) Oscar De La Hoya, is an excellent prospect. So far, he has lived up to the family name as he's coming along nicely in less than two years as a professional. Boxing for the third time already in 2015, De La Hoya took care of Estrella, 22, of Mexico, in pretty easy fashion, ending the bout explosively as Estrella lost his second fight in a row and third in his last four outings.
De La Hoya dominated the fight. With his distinct speed and skill advantage, De La Hoya was sharp with his punches, especially a big knockdown punch that for all intents and purposes ended the fight. In the fourth round, De La Hoya hammered Estrella with an overhand right that nearly knocked him clear out of the ring. He landed rear end first on the bottom ring rope and then fell over onto the ring apron outside the ropes. Estrella was lucky he did not fall all the way to the theater floor. He rolled back into the ring under the bottom rope, beat the count and was allowed to continue. Moments later, with De La Hoya letting his fists fly with unanswered punches, referee Lou Moret stepped in to stop the bout at 2 minutes, 36 seconds.
De La Hoya looked very good but knows he has a name that comes with expectations.
"There is a lot of pressure on me with my family name and it really motivates my opponents to come out strong to try and beat me," De La Hoya said. "My team and I worked hard and were well prepared and it feels great to win by knockout and live up to the De La Hoya name."