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Cortes, Moreno Triumph at the Tank

By Mario Ortega Jr. & Kasian Klute (Ringside)

On Thursday, November 8th, middleweight Ricardo Cortes continued his winning ways to headline an entertaining six-bout card in front of his hometown fans at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. Reigning WBC Minimumweight Champion Carina Moreno of nearby Watsonville was also victorious in the co-feature of the Goossen Tutor Promotions’ “Fight Night at the Tank” event.

In the main event, Cortes (22-1-1, 15 KOs) demolished journeyman Joshua Onyango at 2:31 of the second round. Onyango (13-14, 11 KOs) of Trenton, New Jersey, had his moments at the opening of the bout, landing several clean punches as he worked his way forward. However, with roughly 15 seconds left in the first, Cortes dropped Onyango with a left, right hook combination and forever took control of the bout. Cortes picked up where he left off in first at the start of the second round, rocking Onyango with a left hook that knocked him into the ropes. A powerful overhand right sent Onyango down for second time in the bout. Soon after returning to his feet, Onyango was sent down again by a straight right. Onyango bravely returned to his feet, but referee Marty Sammon had seen enough and called a halt to the bout.

Cortes, a former California State Super Middleweight Champion, came into the bout at a career low of 156 pounds. Cortes had moved down to middleweight about a year ago, and is now eyeing his chances in the junior middleweight division. “I felt really strong at 156. I want to fight at 154, I feel really strong.” The bout marked the thirteenth time San Jose native Cortes fought at the “Tank”, where he is 12-1, with the only loss being a disqualification he later avenged.

In the co-feature, Carina Moreno improved her mark to 15-1, 5 KOs, with a two-round dismantling of overmatched Emily Kelly (2-3-1, 1KO) of Houston, Texas. Moreno controlled the action from the outset, pressuring Kelly along the ropes for much of round one. By the second round, Kelly, 108 ½, was taking several clean shots to her head as she tried to land her jab, and looked to be out on her feet to close the round. Moreno, 108 ½, scored the fifth KO of her career, as the referee stopped the bout at the close of the round on the advice of the doctor. The bout was a tune-up for an already scheduled title defense in Lemoore next month.

In other action, unbeaten Francisco Santana (7-0, 3 KOs) of Santa Barbara, California, survived a third round knockdown to decision Leshon Sims (5-7, 3 KOs) of Temecula, California, over four rounds in a junior middleweight contest. A dominant fourth round may have sealed the fight for Santana, who won on scores of 39-38, 39-37 and 38-38, to take the majority verdict.

Former Oakland Raider and San Jose Sabercat Tony Hirsch’s unbeaten record was ended by Cromwell Gordon (4-7, 4 KOs) of Los Angeles, California, with a TKO at 1:59 of the second round. Hirsch (3-1, 1 KO) was put down in the first by a clubbing right hand during a wild exchange. Just as Hirsch, 156, was implementing a body attack, Gordon, 161 ½, rocked him into a corner. When Gordon followed up with a few unanswered punches, the referee stopped the bout somewhat quickly. It was the second time the two had met in less than a month, as Hirsch had won a unanimous four round decision in Reno, Nevada on October 20th.

Tomas Barragan (7-1, 1 KO) of Coachella, California, took a four round decision over Cuauhtemoc Mendoza (3-6-1, 1 KO) in a super featherweight contest. The bout was an entertaining, competitive contest, with Barragan winning on scores of 39-36 from all three judges. In the opening bout, Joseph Jones (3-1, 1 KO) of Lancaster, California, scored a quick first round knockout of Israel Spencer (2-2, 1 KO) in a heavyweight bout.

On hand was former World Heavyweight Champion Riddick Bowe, who met with fans before the bout. Fight Night at the Tank was promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions. The popular fight series returns sometime next year.


 

 
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