Welcome to the first Mexican Beat Report, a monthly wrap-up of the fight scene in Mexico.
The month of September is always a huge month for Mexican boxing, with many cards scheduled for dates in and around Independence Day (September 15th-16th).
There were mixed results from two prominant Mexican fighters in Panama on Saturday.
On the same card, for the WBA Interim Flyweight Title, hometown boy, Luis “El Nica” Concepcion (18-1, 13 KOs) beat Mexican Omar Salado (21-2-2, 12 KOs) via TKO when Salado’s corner waved off the fight in the 12th. Despite losing each round on this reporter’s scorecard, Salado was game the whole night, but was hampered by two deep cuts over his left eye and swelling around both eyes.
Also Saturday, in Chihuahua, former world champ Jhonny Gonzalez (41-7, 34 KOs) KO’d Jose “Pegono” Mendoza (21-4-2, 17 KOs), of Columbia via liver shot in the first.
On the same card, hometown Marco “Dorado” Reyes (14-0, 12 KOs) won the WBC Youth World Middleweight Title via UD against Colombian, Beibi Berrocal (6-2, 6 KOs).
From contacts who frequent the Romanza Gym in Mexico City, Juan Manuel Marquez is walking around right now at about the Welterweight limit of 147 and has been absolutely brutal on his sparring partners in preparation for his September 19th clash with Juan Manuel Marquez.
Trainer Nacho Beristain is focused on targeting Mayweather’s body and, based on inside sources, don’t be surprised if Marquez switches over to southpaw at some point in their bout. Beristain and Marquez are doing lefty drills in sparring and on the mits.
On the verge of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s (39-0-1, 29 KOs) fight on the 12th against unranked Jason LeHoullier (21-1-1, 8 KOs), 19-year old, Mexican prospect, Saul “El Canelo” Alvarez (28-0-1, 21 KOs) is still intent on calling out the son of the legend.
The Jalisco-based Welterweight recently won the WBC Youth World Welterweight Title to go along with his NABF Welterweight strap and has issued public challenges via ring mic after his last several bouts. Alvarez will be fighting in Puebla, Puebla against Carlos Herrera (21-1, 8 KOs) on the same card that will see Edgar Sosa (36-5, 20 KOs) defend his WBC Jr. Flyweight Title against Puerto Rican, Omar Soto (14-3-1, 6 KOs)
On the undercard of Chavez’s Jr.’s bout in Nuevo Vallarta, Fernando Montiel (39-2-1, 29 KOs) will take on southpaw, Alex Valdez (21-3-2, 15 KOs) and Manuel “Chongo” Vargas (26-3-1, 11 KOs) puts up his his WBO Interim Strawweight belt against “Full” WBO Champ, Donnie Nietes (24-1-3, 14 KOs).