Joet, Seniesa and Maricela

Joet Gonzalez Wins Title, Seniesa and Maricela Win by KO  


By Uppercut staff

LOS ANGELES-A battle of trench warfare saw Joet Gonzalez out-slug Tijuana’s Rafael Rivera to win the vacant NABO featherweight title by split decision on Friday.

Fighting in his first main event Gonzalez (20-0, 11 KOs) used more accurate punching to prove to judges he was the better fighter against hard-charging Rivera (25-2-2) after 10 rounds at the Novo Theater.

Gonzalez was the better technician and needed it against Rivera who has power and experience. Through the first four rounds it was Gonzalez showing more accuracy and defense but Rivera seemed the busier fighter.

The first half of the fight saw both attack the body but in round four Gonzalez seemed to hurt Rivera with some combinations that connected to the body and head. From that moment on the Tijuana boxer seemed more inclined to hold.

Jabs were working for Gonzalez but he seemed concerned with Rivera’s ability to counter with power shots. Though the thin Glendora fighter was able to jab any time he tried, he was careful in the second half of the fight.

Rivera did connect to the body mostly and with some counter rights, but his penchant to hold in almost the entire second half of the fight proved he was not willing to exchange power shots with Gonzalez.

After 10 rounds one judge scored it for Rivera 96-94 but two saw it for Gonzalez 96-94 and 97-93. Gonzalez wins his first title as a pro in the talented featherweight division.

“I felt like I dominated the majority of the fight, at least 7 of the rounds,” said Gonzalez. “This was definitely my toughest fight going all the 10-rounds.”

Gonzalez said he wants any of the world titleholders in the featherweight division.

Other bouts

East L.A.’s Seniesa “Superbad” Estrada (14-0, 4 KOs) dominated Ecuador’s Jhosep Vizcaino (7-7) with her speed and ended the fight with her power in scoring a third round knockout in the light flyweight fight.

Estrada, 26, calmly pressured Vizcaino with speedy combinations and floored the Ecuadorian with a counter left hook in the first round. Though she beat the count it was clear that Vizcaino could not match Estrada’s power or speed.

The end came at 1:40 of the third round as Estrada whipped a left hook to the liver of Vizcaino who crumbled to the floor. Referee Zach Young did not bother to count.

“I’m getting more comfortable in the ring,” said Estrada who has fought three times this year. “Having me stay busy is the most dangerous thing for my opponents.”

Estrada is ranked in the top 10 in the light flyweight division.

Super middleweight contender Maricela “La Diva” Cornejo (12-2, 5 KOs) found her groove early and then over-powered Samantha Pill (3-1) to win by knockout in the third round. It was the third consecutive opponent that could not go the distance with the Indio, California fighter.

Pill landed first with a right hand then Cornejo took over right leads and from that point on the top contender powered through everything the West Virginia fighter fired her way.

Cornejo opened up the second round with a more aggressive approach and connected with hard short shots that moved Pill every time they landed. Cornejo opened up with combinations but seemed to run out of steam by the end of the second round. But it was a dominating two minutes and the end was near for Pill.

The third round saw Cornejo dispense with defense and simply unload short combinations and rights seemed to be the more powerful shots. Referee Jack Reiss saw enough and stopped the barrage at 41 seconds of the third round for yet another knockout win for Cornejo.

“In this fight, I just had to adjust to her being six feet tall. Fighting Pill just showed only a little of what I’m capable of,” Cornejo said. “I can’t wait to fight an even better opponent to show all of my capabilities.”

Cornejo said before the fight that a world title fight against anyone in the middleweight or super middleweight division is her intention.


Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (19-2) beat German Meraz (61-48-2) by decision in a lightweight fight.

Richard Acevedo (3-0) won by knockout over Quantavious Green (1-3-1) in the third round of a super welterweight fight.