ORANGE, Calif.: Junior welterweight Pedro Moreno (12-0, 7 KOs) outclassed Gilberto Espinoza (11-2, 6 KOs) through eight entertaining rounds Saturday night from Moreno’s hometown of Sacramento, Calif.
Moreno, 22, largely boxed from the outside using a lead left hook to set up his power attack. He consistently rocked Espinoza with heavy rights and lefts. Espinoza had his best round in the fifth, when he went all in to try to rattle Moreno.
“The better fighter won tonight,” said Moreno, who won with scores 80-72 and 79-73 twice. “I landed some big shots in almost every round.”
Indeed, Moreno proved the bigger, stronger boxer. TB Presents livestream commentator Rich Marotta likened it to a welterweight fighting a middleweight. It was apparent to anyone watching that Espinoza’s punches had very little effect on Moreno.
Welterweight prospect Luis Lopez (7-0, 3 KOs) stayed unbeaten with a unanimous decision win over Dwain Victorian (5-5-1, 3 KOs). Lopez landed the heavier shots throughout the six round fight.
Junior lightweight Manuel Jaimes (6-0, 6 KOs) continued his knockout winning streak by eliminating the game Alex Solorio (4-6, 1 KO) at the 1:03 mark of the sixth round. Jaimes roughed up Solorio throughout the fight, which was scheduled fox six. Finally, in the final round, the referee had seen enough and put a stop to it.
Featherweight Arnold Dinong (5-0, 1 KO) out boxed Francisco Camacho (7-11-1, 3 KOs) on his way to a unanimous decision win (40-35, 40-36 twice). Dinong simply outworked Camacho right from the jump. Throughout the fight, Dinong fought behind a compact, quick left hook and steady jab.
Junior lightweight Will Villa (3-0) scored a unanimous decision sweep of George Carranza (1-5) in the second fight of the night. Willa was simply the more technically sound fighter and used that ability to score points in every round.
Junior lightweight Sebastian Salinas (1-0, 1 KO) walked right through the overmatched Tyler Marshall (1-7) in his professional debut. Salinas scored the knockout win at the 1:30 mark of the opening round after he essentially mauled Marshall. The referee intervened and put the official stop to a contest that was set for four rounds.
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