Pechanga photo gallery - photos by Al Applerose
Saul "Neno" Rodriguez was making his hometown debut at Pechanga Casino. It was also his first fight under Mayweather Promotions. He started fast against Chile's very tough Oscar Bravo and won the first four rounds.
In the 5th round Bravo connected with a perfectly timed right counter and down went Rodriguez for the first time in his pro career. He got up and was able to continue the fight.
Rodriguez connected often but was unable to seriously hurt Bravo. Both fought furiously for the remainder of the super featherweight clash. There were no more knockdowns but the fight remained hotly contested until the end.
After 10 rounds the fight was ruled a split decision win for Rodriguez who runs his record to 21=0-1, 15 KOs. It was a close call for Rodriguez whose fans showed up by the hundreds. All tickets were sold out at the venue. It was Rodriguez's first appearance on Showtime.
Justin DeLoach erupted with speedy combinations that caught Chris Pearson cold in their junior middleweight fight. DeLoach connected quickly and often as Pearson never could find his footing.
DeLoach won the USBA super welterweight title with a second round knockout of Pearson. Two knockdowns ended the fight in favor of the Georgia super welterweight.
Lionell Thompson was the winner by knockout of Australia's Steve Lovett in their light heavyweight match. He showed cool precision in his win.
Andrew "The Beast" Tabiti overwhelmed Quantis Graves to retain the NABF cruiserweight title by knockout in the sixth round.