Danny Valdivia hoped to impress his huge fan base while offsetting the single blemish on his boxing record in his second meeting with Vladimir Hernández Thursday night (Jan. 11).
Valdivia was heavily favored in what he called the “revenge” match against Hernández, who defeated him last June in Phoenix. The 8-round middleweight bout between Valdivia (14-2, 10 KOs), from nearby Tulare, and Hernández (11-3, 7 KOs) from Denver, Colorado, was the main event in the ‘Central Valley Boys’ fight card, a sold-out event by Top Rank Promotions at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino.
Avenal boxer José Ramírez thanked boxing fans for their presence and promoted his upcoming world championship fight in New York in March. Stockton boxer Gabriel Flores, who signed with Top Rank Promotions as a 16-year-old last June, and welterweight Tim Bradley both received a hearty applause.
Valdivia, a native of Zacatecas, México, entered the boxing ring in his usual manner: Leaping or somersaulting in the middle of the ring. Once the fight began, numerous Valdivia fans shouted in support “Chapulín! Chapulín!” throughout several rounds.
Hernández cemented any doubts on the first meeting, which was a unanimous decision. All three judges scored in favor of Hernández: Ralph McKnight scored the bout 78-74; Abe Velardo, 77-75; and Steven Morrow, 77-75.
“You know, you want that revenge. It just happened. It happened again,” Valdivia said after the bout.
“I kind of give him credit; he came hard. He took the shots well. I got caught inside again. It is what it is; you got to be a man about. I thought I pulled it out. That style gives me trouble. It got me again.”
Valdivia said he would meet with trainers, take a couple of weeks then make a return to the ring.
Six other bouts took place, including Fresno’s Joe Louie López, Isidro Ochoa, and Madera’s Bryan Lua.
Avenal boxer José Ramírez entered the ring promoting his March 23 world championship bout in New York.
Gabriel Flores, a 17-year-old from Stockton, was introduced in the ring. Flores signed with Top Rank in 2017. He can fight outside the state.
Welterweight champion Tim Bradley was also introduced at center ring and hailed by fans.
▪ Fresno’s Joe Louie López dropped to 9-3, 6 KOs, with his loss to Calvin Metcalf, 8-1, 2 KOs, of Medford, Oregon. López, 34, was clearly fatigued in the latter rounds of his 6-round super middleweight bout. Metcalf won by split decision. Abe Velardo’s 57-57 tie was criticized by some viewers.
▪ Víctor Morales, Vancouver, Washington, improved to 8-0, 4 KOs, after his scheduled-6-round super featherweight bout against Edgar Cantú, 7-3-2, 1 KO, of Laredo, Texas, was stopped prior to the final round. The referee stopped the bout because of blood in the face of Cantú.
▪ Madera’s Bryan Lua improved 3-0 with a unanimous decision, 40-36, in his 4-round lightweight bout against Chula Vista’s Mario Aguirre, who dropped to 2-11, 2 KOs.
▪ Fresno’s Isidro Ochoa improved to 4-0, 1 KO, with a unanimous 40-36 decision over Gabriel Rodríguez. Rodríguez, of El Paso, Texas, received his first loss in four fights.
▪ Edgar Martínez, of Palm Springs, earned a unanimous decision from his 4-round super lightweight bout over Javier Rodríguez, of Victorville, who dropped to 0-2. Martínez is 4-0, 1 KO.
▪ Ángel Cordon, of Concord, Ca., earned his second victory (2-0) as a professional with a second-round (scheduled 4-round featherweight bout) technical knockout in a over Johnny Estrada, of New Mexico. Estrada dropped to 0-4.