Santa Cruz-Mares undercard report: Alfredo Angulo stops Munoz
Alfredo Angulo (24-5, 20 KOs) stopped overmatched journeyman Hector Munoz (22-16-1, 14 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round super middleweight bout on the undercard of the Leo Santa Cruz-Abner Mares card at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Munoz had a good chin and fighting spirit but little else, as he took a pounding from beginning to end. The resident of Albuquerque was cut and went down under a barrage of punches in the final round, leading to the stoppage.
Angulo won for the second straight time after losing three consecutive fights. Munoz is now 5-15 in his last 20 fights.
Welterweight Jessie Roman won an eight-round unanimous decision over Hector Serrano. With the win, Roman improves to 20-2 (9 knockouts), while Serrano drops to 17-5 (5 KOs).
There were solid exchanges between both fighters throughout the bout, but Roman’s punches were more effective. Roman dropped Serrano with a right cross in the seventh round, but Serrano fought back and was game up until the final bell.
All three judges scored the bout 79-72 in favor of Roman.
– Middleweight Brian Castano (13-0, 9 KOs) won by disqualification in the fourth round when Jonathan Batista (14-7, 7 KOs) landed repeated low blows.
– Middleweight Alan Castano (9-0, 6 KOs) stopped a game Thomas Howard in the fourth round. Castano hurt Howard (8-5, 4 KOs) with a barrage of punches, prompting referee Dr. Lou Moret to stop the bout at 2:11.
– Welterweight Anthony Flores won a hard-fought six-round majority decision over Curtis Morton. One judge scored the bout 57-57, while the other two judges scored the bout 58-56 for Flores.
– Super middleweight Paul Mendez won by technical knockout when Andrik Saralegui did not come out for the third round. Mendez (20-2-2, 10 KOs) dropped Saralegui (19-3, 15 KOs) in the second round.
– Bantamweight Isaiah Najera (1-1) won a four-round majority decision over Antonio Santa Cruz, who was making his pro debut. One judge scored the bout 38-38, while the other two judges scored the bout 39-37 in favor of Najera. Santa Cruz is the younger cousin of Leo Santa Cruz.
– In the opening bout, lightweight Jose Gomez (3-0) won a four-round unanimous decision over Manuel Rubalcava (2-14). All three judges scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Gomez.
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