Veteran Josesito Lopez continued his journey back into respectability with a workmanlike win over Saul Corral on April 9 in Los Angeles. The Riverside Rocky entertained the crowd at LA Live’s Novo with an exciting ten-round unanimous-decision victory. Lopez and Corral went toe-to-toe, with Josesito clearly getting the best out of the encounters. Lopez is now 35-7 (19 KOs), while Corral fell to 23-9 (14 KOs).
Bellflower’s Alejandro Luna defeated tough Russian Andrey Klimov, who now resides in Beverly Hills, California. The bout hung in the balance through the first several rounds, but Luna was able to pull away at the end. His sustained and varied offensive attack was enough to keep Klimov guessing and a split-second behind. Luna is now 22-0 (15 KOs), while Klimov fell to 19-4 (9 KOs).
Richard Schaefer’s Ringstar’s show was entitled “Opening Night,” so although the featured fighters on the PBC card were veterans, the event also shined the spotlight on talented boxers making their pro debuts. Money Powell IV, Lindolfo Delgado, and Misael Rodriguez all secured 1-0 starts to their careers, and Maricela Cornejo notched another victory en route to running her record to 6-2.
But the two youngsters who most impressed this writer were Eimantas Stanionis and Karlos Balderas. Stanionis, the 2016 Lithuanian Olympian, unveiled a seek-and-destroy approach. He landed bombs with a ferocity that resembled Ruslan Provodnikov’s in-prime attack, and one of the reasons was surely due to Stanionis being trained by Provodnikov’s former coach, Freddie Roach. The ultra-aggressive welterweight appears to be a force to be reckoned with.
The first thing noticeable about lightweight Karlos Balderas is his confidence. He exuded it throughout his ring walk, introduction, and one-round destruction of Thomas Smith. He showed power and poise, explosiveness and accuracy. Karlos possesses star quality, and he is one to keep an eye on as he progresses in his career.