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Jose Salas drops, shuts out Florentino Hernandez in Tijuana

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Jose Salas Salas dropped Florentino Hernandez once en route to a one-sided decision win Friday night at the Auditorio Municipal in his hometown of Tijuana, Mexico. All three judges scored the fight 100-89 in favor of Salas, who improved to 14-0, 10 knockouts.

The 21-year-old southpaw dictated and controlled the action from the opening bell, utilizing a superior skill-set, mobility and being the more-accurate fighter between the two. Salas was able to make Hernandez miss by using lateral movement and moving in and out of range.

Hernandez attempted to box with Salas, but when that did not work, he began to be more the aggressor. Hernandez tried to walk Salas down, but that tactic had little success, as Salas easily counted and outboxed Hernandez.

During the sixth round, Salas dropped Hernandez to the canvas, courtesy of a combination that culminated with a left hand to the head. Hernandez did beat the count, and was game enough to fight on. 

As the fight neared its conclusion, Salas was content to box from distance, particularly during the last two rounds. His precision combinations throughout the fight left Hernandez’s nose swollen and bruising above Hernandez’s left eye. 

The win over Hernandez was Salas’ third fight in six months. In his last fight on July 29, on the undercard of the Errol Spence-Terence Crawford world welterweight unification fight, Salas stopped former world title challenger Aston Palicte in the fourth round. In his previous fight on April 19, Salas defeated Prince Dzanie by decision in a clash of unbeaten junior featherweights. 

Salas’ last three fights have taken place on three different promoter’s cards.

Hernandez, who resides in Monterrey, Mexico, falls to 14-9-2, 9 KOs. The 29-year-old has now won his last five fights. 

In the co-feature, welterweight Ricardo Salas and Chester Parada, both of whom reside in Mexico City, fought to a majority decision draw.

One judge scored the bout 98-92 for Salas, while the other two judges scored the bout 95-95. 

Both fighters had their moments during the fight. Salas was the more effective fighter on the inside, while Parada (11-3-1, 7 KOs) utilized distance well to outbox Salas in spurts. By the midway point of the fight, Salas’ left eye was almost shut from the amount of punches Parada connected, but Salas continued to land the harder and more-telling punches during the final three rounds of the fight. 

Salas is promoted by Manny Pacquiao and is trained by Isaac Cruz, Sr., the father of lightweight contender Isaac Cruz.

In flyweight action, Yesica Bopp defeated Graciela Cortes by majority decision. One judge scored the bout 76-76, while the other two judges scored the bout 79-73 and 78-74 for Bopp, who improved to 38-3, 17 KOs.

Bopp, who is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina and now resides in the Southern California city of Paramount, was returning to the ring for the first time since losing by split decision to Yesica Nery Plata on March 11 of last year, losing the WBA Female Super world junior flyweight title. 

Cortes, who resides in Mexico City, drops to 4-7-2, 1 KO. 

The card was co-promoted by BXSTRS, Bxrumble, and Big Punch and streamed live throughout Latin America on ESPN Knockout.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He can be reached at [email protected]