Hometown favorite Alan Sanchez (11-2, 5 KOs) pulled away from game veteran Manuel Leyva (21-8, 12 KOs) in the last four rounds to stop the southpaw in the tenth round at the Fairfield Sports Arena Saturday night in Fairfield, Ca.
The tricky Leyva used his guile and experience in the early going to confuse Sanchez. In round six, he attacked Sanchez’s body with some success. A hard left stung the 21-year-old welterweight. Sanchez rebounded in round seven to pound Leyva, finding his chin with hard right hands. Leyva tried to move away and box, but Sanchez continued to connect with lead rights. By round ten, Leyva was virtually out on his feet. Referee Dan Stell finally stopped the bout at the 1:46 mark in the final stanza as Leyva crumpled to the canvas.
Sanchez was happy with his victory.
“I gained a lot of experience tonight,” Sanchez said. “It was a hard fight. I gave him a lot of respect, but I knew I had him in round ten.”
Unbeaten junior featherweight Manual “Tino” Avila (9-0, 3 KOs) overwhelmed Vicente Alfaro (5-2, 1 KO) from the opening bell. Avila, 20, was the quicker and harder puncher, peppering Alfaro with crisp combinations. Avila knocked Alfaro down with a lead right hand in round two. Alfaro went down again in round three, courtesy of a double left hook. With their man staggering and in big trouble, Alfaro’s corner threw in the towel. The time was 2:04. The victory was the most impressive of Avila’s young career.
“I really worked hard for this fight,” said Avila. “I worked on cutting off the ring. I wasn’t happy with my last fight in San Jose (last month) so I was extra motivated.”
Paul Mendez (8-2, 3 KOs) stopped super tough Loren Myers (8-17, 2 KOs) in the third round of a scheduled six round super middleweight bout. Mendez, 22, outworked Myers with slick combinations and good movement. Myers continued to move forward but couldn’t land anything effective. Myers corner stopped the contest after the third round due to a rib injury to their fighter.
“My combinations felt natural,” said Mendez. “I was using my distance and boxing. I was ready to go ten rounds. I want to give a big thank you to the Garcia’s (Max, Kathy, and Sam) for getting me ready.”
Junior welterweight Jonathan Chicas (6-0, 3 KOs) and Jose Mendoza (7-6, 3 KOs) engaged in an entertaining four-round junior welterweight bout. Chicas landed the heavier punches and controlled the fight. Mendoza did have his moments. All three judges scored the bout 40-36 for Chicas.
Chicas admitted after the fight that broken hand sustained in his previous fight affected his performance.
“I would rate myself maybe a six,” said Chicas. “I could have done more but I was little
cautious of my hand.”
Cruiserweight Joe Gumina (3-1, 2 KOs) used a strong jab and heavy right hand to pound out a four-round unanimous decision over Payton Bayea (0-2-0). Gumina worked the head and body, staggering Bayea on three different occasions. Bayea tried to get back into the fight in round two, but Gumina grinned at him like a man taking a stroll in the park.
Scores were 40-36 and 39-37 twice.
“I was pleased with my performance,” said Gumina. “I wanted the knockout, but I got to show off my jab tonight.”