Rancho Mirage, CA (April 25, 2014) In front of a huge crowd at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions and telecast on a Special Edition ESPN Thursday Night Fights and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates and presented by Corona Extra, former world title challenger Josesito Lopez of nearby Riverside, California made a huge statement with a dominant fifth round stoppage of Mexican veteran Aron Martinez in their scheduled ten-round welterweight battle.
In a bout featuring outstanding two-way action from the opening bell, Lopez took the fight over in the third round with crunching left hooks to the body and battering right hands to the head of Martinez.
In the fifth round, Lopez poured it on the game but outgunned challenger trapping him in a neutral corner with a big right hand causing his mouthpiece to jettison out of the ring. Seemingly panicked, Martinez turned his back on Lopez causing referee Jack Reiss to call an immediate halt to the action at the 1:19 mark of the stanza.
With the win, Lopez improved to 31-6-0 (18KO’s) while Martinez moved to 19-3-1 (4KO’s).
Following the victory, Lopez credited his excellent conditioning from training in San Diego with top heavyweight contender Chris Arreola and longtime trainer Henry Ramirez.
Chris Arreola, Dan Goossen, Josesito Lopez, Henry Ramirez
In the scheduled ten round co-feature, Washington D.C.’s Thomas Williams Jr. continued to put the light heavyweight division on notice, scoring a third round stoppage of former world title challenger Enrique Ornelas of Guanajuato, Mexico.
Drilling the aggressive Andrade to the canvas in the second round, Williams Jr. dropped him again in the third to earn the stoppage at the 2:48 mark of the stanza.
Williams Jr. improved to 16-0-0 with 12KO’s while Ornelas moved to
Said Williams after the fight, “I wanted to take my time, he’s an experienced veteran. He made a couple mistakes and I was able to capitalize on them. Hopefully I continue to move up in the rankings towards a title opportunity.”
Thomas Williams Jr.
In undercard action, super middleweight Immanuel Aleem of East Meadow, New Jersey improved to 8-0-0 (4KO’s) with a second round stoppage of Brawley, California’s Michael Noriega, now 4-3-0 (4KO’s).
Displaying very fast hands, Aleem earned the stoppage at the 2:04 mark of the second stanza.
In a four round welterweight clash, Maurice Lee of Covina, California continued to shine with a four round majority decision against Pasco, Washington’s Eduardo Melendrez. Scores were 40-36, 39-37 and 38-38.
With the win Lee improved to 4-0-0 (2KO’s), while Melendrez fell to 0-4-1.
Junior middleweight prospect Moshea Aleem of East Meadow, New York earned his fourth victory with a spirited efforts, taking a four round unanimous decision over Edward Cordova of Provo, Utah.
Dropping Cordorva in the second, Aleem went on to win by scores of 40-35 on all three score cards. Aleem improves to 3-0-0 (2KO’s) while Cordova falls to 4-7-1 (1KO).
Van Nuys, California lightweight Juan Funez returned to action stopping Acapulco, Mexico’s Sergio Najera in the final round of their scheduled four rounder.
Fighting evenly for the first three rounds, Funez halted the action with a huge left hand at the 1:48 mark, improving to 5-0-0 (3KO’s) while Najera’s record moved to 6-14-2 (1KO).
In a highly entertaining four round middleweight clash, San Bernardino, California’s Joshua Conley improved to 8-0-1 (6KO’s) taking a four round unanimous decision over Jamal Harris of Los Angeles, California, now
Rounding out the card, Philadelphia based light heavyweight Dennis Hasson improved to 16-0-0 (5KO’s) with a second round stoppage of Roberto Ventura of Tabasco, Mexico, now 14-9-0 (13KO’s).