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Estrada dominates Lora!

By Francisco Salazar at Ringside; Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda

Former world title challenger David Estrada (24-6, 15 KOs) dominated welterweight prospect Orlando Lora (26-1-1, 18 KOs) for eight rounds until referee Raul Caiz, Jr. stopped the contest due to the recommendation of the ringside physician.

In dominating the previously-unbeaten Lora, Estrada proved that he is still a legitimate contender.

Estrada was impressive in front of a near-sell out, boisterous crowd of 859 at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA.

The bout headlined a nine-bout “ESPN Championship Boxing” card which was presented by Gary Shaw Productions.

Lora came into this fight with a respected resume since making his professional debut in 2003. He represented Mexico in the 2000 Olympics and was unbeaten in 27 bouts.

In his last bout in December, Lora had a hard time out against Orlando Narvaez (then 7-7-1), winning a close unanimous eight round decision. Lora attributed his subpar performance against Narvaez due to a health-related illness and had hoped to put that behind him with an impressive victory over Estrada.

Estrada had fought some of
the top contenders in the welterweight division, having gone ten or more rounds with Shane Mosley, Kermit Cintron, Shane Mosley and Andre Berto.  In December 2008, Estrada lost a disputed split decision to current welterweight contender Luis Carlos Abregu, although a lot of ringside observers thought he had won.

Estrada set the tone early in the bout by applying the pressure to Lora. Estrada landed hard right hands to the head of Lora and followed up with left hooks to the head.

Lora tried to counter, throwing straight rights to the head. However, Estrada blocked most of those punches, mixing in combinations to the head and body.

Estrada’s punches began to take more of an effect on Lora as the punishment continued round after round. With every right hand that landed, Lora’s head snapped back or to the side. Lora attempted to go to the body, but not with the same authority as those of Estrada’s.

Lora attempted to mount an offense in the fifth round. He was busier and more aggressive, pressing the action as Estrada seemed to slow down. At times, Lora fought in spurts, but was still out hustled by Estrada.

From the sixth through the eighth rounds, Estrada landed at will to the head of Lora. As the bout progressed, Lora’s face was reddening, especially from a cut alongside his left eye that was opened in the fourth round.

Estrada stunned Lora in the seventh round with a left hand to the head. Lora began backing up and Estrada went after his opponent. Although Lora did not go down throughout the eight rounds, he showed that he had a good chin.

“He can take a punch,” said Estrada, who won the vacant WBC FECOMBOX welterweight title with the victory over Lora. “Because he could take a punch, it did not change my game plan. My corner told me to not get too anxious. I just stuck to the plan and went right at him.”

After the eighth round, the ringside physician recommended to referee Raul Caiz, Jr. to stop the fight, which he mercifully did before the ninth round.

After the bout, Lora went to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage as a precaution.

With the victory, Estrada hopes to land a big bout against a top contender or a rematch against Mosley, Berto, or Abregu.

“From the first round, I knew I had him,” said Estrada.  “I felt that I had to stop him or drop him a few times to get a decision. I learned that from the Abregu fight. I knew that he has never stepped inside the ring with a fighter like myself. You can study me all you want on film, but once you get me in the ring it’s a different story.”

“Now that I’m mature, I realized what I’m capable of. I’ve never fought that way in my career.”

Estrada, from Miami, FL by way of Chicago, IL, improves to 24-6, 15 KOs. Lora, from Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, drops to 26-1-1, 18 KOs.


In the co-feature, Leonilo Miranda knocked out Andre Wilson in the sixth round of a scheduled eight-round bout.

Miranda took the bout on short notice as original opponent Victor Fonseca pulled out with less than a week’s notice. Like Miranda, Wilson was trying to end a two-fight skid. Wilson was stopped in his last fight by unbeaten Christopher Avalos in the second round last July.

Both southpaws sized each other up from the opening bell, but it was Miranda who pressed the action. Miranda moved in, throwing combinations to the head and body of Wilson. Although he was backing up at times, Wilson attempted to counter to the head of Miranda.

Miranda stunned Wilson in the third round with a left hand to the head. Wilson recovered enough to box more in the fourth, effectively countering to the head of Miranda. A cut opened under the right eye of Miranda from an accidental clash of heads.

However, the rally was short-lived as Miranda came back in the fifth round, hurting Wilson to the body and following up to the head. Wilson backed up into a corner and was able to survive the round.  Seeing that Wilson was hurt, it was only a matter of time in the sixth before Miranda was going to put an end to the bout. Miranda landed a left cross to the head of Wilson, dropping him to the canvas. Wilson stood up, but went down to one knee, prompting referee Dr. Lou Moret to stop the bout 43 seconds.

Miranda, from Huatabampo, Sonora, Mexico, goes to 25-2, 24 KOs. Wilson, from St. Joseph, MO, drops to 11-4-1, 9 KOs.


Junior middleweight Angel Osuna stopped Ruben Rivera in the first round of a scheduled six-round fight.

Both fighters went at one another from the opening bell. Rivera left himself wide for Osuna, who countered with a hard right hand to the head. Rivera tried to fight back, but Osuna stunned Rivera again.

Osuna went right at Rivera, landing an accumulation of punches to the head of Rivera. Although Rivera was not knocked down, Rivera was eating a dangerous amount of punches to the head, prompting referee Dr. Lou Moret to stop the fight at 1:33.

Osuna, from nearby Coachella, goes to 4-2-1, 2 KOs. Rivera, from Maywood, CA by way of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, drops to 4-1-1, 3 KOs.


In the walkout bout of the evening, Gabriel Tolmajyan stopped Jose Morales in the first round of a scheduled six-round lightweight bout.

Tolmajyan was too quick for Morales, going in and out of Morales’ range to land right jabs followed by straight left hands. Towards the end of the round, the southpaw Tolmajyan landed a two-punch combination to the head of Morales, dropping him to the canvas. Morales stood up, but looked dizzy, prompting referee Dr. Lou Moret to stop the fight at 2:52.

Tolmajyan, from Glendale, CA by way of Yerevan, Armenia, improves to 8-1, 3 KOs. Morales, from Denver, CO, drops to 6-2, 1 KO.


Super middleweight Donatos Bondorvas won a four-round unanimous decision over Jovanni Rubio.

Bondorvas was just too strong for Rubio, whose better days were fought 20 pounds lighter. Rubio, who has lost to prospects Vanes Martirosyan and Nick Casal, tried to get on the inside. However, he left himself open numerous times to be hit. Bondorvas hurt Rubio once in the second and once in the fourth rounds, but was unable to put Rubio on the canvas.

All three judges, including, scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Bondorvas.

Bondorvas, from Los Angeles, CA by way of Kaunas, Lithuania, improves to 6-1-1, 1 KO. Rubio, from Los Angeles, CA, falls to 6-11, 2 KOs.


Welterweight Alex Paracha won a sloppy, foul-filled four-round unanimous decision over Marlo Cortez.

The veteran Cortez out hustled the younger Paracha in the opening two rounds with his awkward style. Cortez landed a number of left hooks as he went right at Paracha. A cut opened over the left eye of Cortez in the third round, possibly by one of many elbows or forearms Paracha would get away with.

In the fourth round, Paracha scored a knockdown over Cortez with a right hand to the head. Undeterred, after getting up, Cortez took the fight to Paracha, again landing a good amount of left hooks to the head.

All three judges scored the fight in favor of Paracha, with scores of 38-37, 38-37, and 39-36. scored the bout 38-37 in favor of Paracha.  

Originally, Cortez’ hand was raised although Paracha was announced as the winner. Moments later, Paracha hand was correctly raised, drawing boos from the crowd who though Cortez did enough to win the fight.

Paracha goes to 5-0, 2 KOs, while Cortez drops to 2-8-3. Both fighters reside in Los Angeles, CA.


Featherweight Luis Rosas’ professional debut was a successful one, as he stopped Edgar Flores in the second round of a scheduled four-round fight.

Rosas, from New Haven, CT, was warned for hitting in the back of the head of Flores after a right hand hit him there, dropping him to the canvas. That was the only thing Rosas did wrong in the fight as he controlled the action against the slick-moving Flores.

In the second, a counter right hand dropped Flores to the canvas. After Flores stood up, Rosas dropped his opponent again with another counter right hand to the head, prompting referee Raul Caiz, Jr. to step in and stop the bout at 1:02.

Flores, from Santa Maria, CA, falls to 0-2.


Junior lightweight Evgency Grandovich stopped Benjamin Rivera in the third round of a scheduled four-round bout.

Grandovich landed the sharper punches from the numerous combinations that he would throw. Rivera would try to fight back, but would leave himself open throughout the bout. A barrage of punches by Grandovich hurt Rivera in the third round, prompting referee Raul Caiz, Jr. to step in and stop the bout at 1:54.

The Russian-born Grandovich, from Los Angeles, CA, improves to 2-0, 2 KOs. Rivera, from nearby Coachella, falls to 0-3.


Featherweight Eduardo Cruz won his pro debut, knocking out Matthew Salazar in the second round of a scheduled four-round bout.

Cruz, from East Los Angeles, CA was the aggressor throughout the fight. Salazar looked tentative at times, only throwing when Cruz left himself open after throwing wild hooks and crosses. The end came in the second when landed a punch that hurt Salazar, followed by him pushing his opponent down to the canvas. Salazar stood up, but looked dizzy, prompting referee Raul Caiz, Jr. to stop the bout at 39 seconds.

Salazar, from Albuquerque, NM, drops to 1-1.


  • WBO jr middleweight interim champion Alfredo Angulo, heavyweight Damian “Bolo” Wills, and unbeaten lightweight Luis Ramos watched the action from ringside.
  • Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas called the action from ringside on this special edition of ESPN “Friday Night Fights.

  • A ten-count took place in honor of the recent deaths of promoter Lorraine Chargin and referee Arthur Mercante, Sr. sends its heartfelt condolences to family and friends of these two Hall of Fame boxing figures.
  • Ring announcer was Jimmy Lennon, Jr.