LaRon Mitchell took out Raymond Ochieng in the first round “Night of Champions” Main Event
ORANGE, Calif. (March 12, 2016) – Heavyweight LaRon Mitchell (12-0, 12 KOs) punched his way to yet another knockout win, pushing his unbeaten streak to twelve and sending Kenyan Raymond Ochieng (8-18, 6 KOs) back home with an embarrassing defeat.
The “Night of Champions” main event was scheduled for six rounds, but the San Francisco-based Mitchell needed only one. Halfway through the opening stanza, Mitchell sent Ochieng to the floor with a counter left hook. Moments later, Mitchell crushed the Kenyan with a counter right, which was enough for Mitchell to bag his twelve straight win by knockout.
“He had a very awkward style,” Mitchell said. “I had to be careful because he was throwing punches from strange angles. I was patient though. I didn’t rush anything. I just needed a few openings to do my damage.”
In the co-feature, lightweight Manuel Mendez (9-1-1, 5 KOs) of Indio, Calif. showed off his power and hard-nosed boxing style by knocking out Jesus Manuel Angulo (8-10, 6 KOs) of Nuevo Laredo, Mex. in the second round.
Mendez, trained by Joel Diaz, advanced on Angulo from the start. In the first, he consistently backed up Angulo with powerful hooks to the head and body. The second round followed a similar script. Mendez fired away at will, prompting referee Raul Caiz to stop the fight.
Recently signed heavyweight Scott Alexander (11-1-1, 6 KOs) of Los Angeles boxed his way to a unanimous decision win over Sylvester Barron (9-8, 3 KOs) of Tacoma, Wash. Alexander’s quick hands and nifty defense were on display throughout the four-round fight.
“After the first round, I knew I could get through his defense,” said Alexander, who swept the three scorecards, 40-36. “I was able to land my jab whenever I wanted.”
Opening the “Night of Champions” event were all-action junior bantamweights Isaiah Najera (3-2, 2 KOs) of Pasco, Wash. and Ricardo Espinoza (7-0, 6 KOs) of Tijuana, Mex.
Najera and Espinoza burst out of the gates with non-stop, back and forth exchanges. In the opening moments of the second round, Najera dropped his guard long enough for Espinoza to launch a vicious combination that floored the Washington-native. Najera could not beat the count, and Espnizoa registered another knockout win.
The event took place on Saturday, March 12 from the Doubletree Hotel in Orange, Calif.
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LaRon Mitchell catches Raymond Ochieng seconds before he delivers the knockout punch
LaRon Mitchell knocked out Raymond Ochieng in the first round (2:54)
Manuel Mendez, left, after his second round KO over Jose Manuel Angulo
Scott Alexander, right, outboxed Sylvester Barron through four rounds
Scott Alexander, left, improved to 11-1-1, 6 KOs on “Night of Champions”
Ricardo Espinoza, left, finished Isaiah Najera in the second round
Ricardo Espinoza watches on as Isaiah Najera is counted out in the second round
PHOTO CREDIT: CARLOS BAEZA / THOMPSON BOXING PROMOTIONS
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