The main event of last night’s Leland D Promotions,”Pistolero’s in Pasadena” professional boxing card in Pasadena, Texas, saw Jose “El Catracho” Garcia win the A.B.O.(American Regional) Featherweight Championship, over Christian Faz by fifth round technical knockout.
Faz, fighting out of Dallas, Texas via Houston, Texas, came into the bout as A.B.O. (American Regional) Featherweight Champion and Garcia, fighting out of Houston, Texas came into the bout on a seven fight undefeated streak, which put him into position for his shot at the A.B.O. title.
Coming into the main event, the crowd at the Pasadena Convention Center had already been treated to five excellent under-card bouts, and were ready for an action packed main event, cheering loudly for both contender and champion during their walk-ins and ring entrances.The high energy crowd was also very vocal and supportive of their respective favored fighters during their introductions as well as the introductions of referee James Green, along with judges Barry Yates, Eva Zaragoza, and Gary Simons.
Garcia and Faz did not disappoint, starting off the first round getting straight to business, throwing and landing heavy punches, and both trying to assert his dominance over the other. Both boxers did great work during the fist round with Garcia landing more combinations but Faz landing the harder punches, in an even round fought at a brisk pace, that left the crowd cheering wildly.
The second round was a continuation of the first with both men coming on strong, throwing and landing hard punches, and neither man backing down. A good round by both boxers but Garcia did the best work of the round with quick, linear punches thrown with good technique, and the better footwork. Although Faz likely lost the round, it was still a hotly contested round and he was able to cut Garcia over his left eye, as well as land heavy counter punches, and shots to the body.
Garcia’s corner, which consisted of legendary Houston boxing Coach Ray Ontiveros and Ray Ontiveros Jr, did an excellent job with Garcia’s cut between the second and third rounds though, stopping the flow of blood from the cut for the remainder of the contest. They also did an excellent job instructing Garcia between the second and third rounds because he came out for the third round motivated and determined to take control of the bout, by turning up his punch rate,and landing solid punches from all angles. Faz was still game and had his moments, but it started to become evident that Garcia came into the bout the better prepared boxer in conditioning, technique and strategy.
In the fourth round Garcia continued working at an amazing rate, landing combination punches throughout the entire round and moving very effectively. Faz began to take more punches while landing less but he was still landing hard punches to the body when he could and still appeared determined to turn the fight around, moving forward the whole round and trying to land a momentum changing punch. It was clearly a Garcia round though and he seemed to be catching his second wind as Faz looked to be fading.
In the fifth round Garcia landed at will while Faz definitely looked to be on his way out. While Faz was still trying, he seemed to be spent and Garcia was now able to land hard combinations without getting hit with anything hard in return. Near the end of the round Garcia ducked a wide left hook from Faz and came up with a left, right, left, right combination to the head that knocked Faz down hard. Faz gamely rose from the canvas at the count of five and he advised referee James Green that he was ready to continue, but his corner wisely motioned to the referee they wanted the fight stopped and he did so, making Garcia the winner by T.K.O. at two minutes and thirty four seconds of the fifth round.
With his win Garcia ran his record to eight wins with zero loses, and he became the new American Boxing Organiztion (A.B.O.)American Regional Featherweight Champion.
The undercard results were as follows:
Richard Hutton (Houston, Texas) won a four round decision over Kenyotta Henderson (Tyler, Texas) at 180 pounds
Oscar Sanchez (Houston, Texas) and Julio Macotela (San Antonio, Texas) fought to a four round draw at 126 pounds
Adrian Santoyo (Houston, Texas) won by TKO over Keith Miles (San Antonio, Texas) at 160 pounds
Jimmy Strickland (Houston, Texas) won a four round decision over Adam Ealoms (Bryan/College Station, Texas) at 154 pounds
Ivan Vasquez (Houston, Texas, via Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico) won by T.K.O. over Christopher Jackson (Tyler, Texas) at 170 pounds