Tonight, live on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo’s” boxing series from Houston, Texas, previously undefeated 135-pound prospect Jose Armando Santa-Cruz was upset by Mexican journeyman Fernando “El Pillo” Trejo. It was a tale of two different fights as Santa-Cruz was able to outbox and outwork the determined and iron-chinned Trejo over the first five rounds. Jose Armando was following Fernando around the ring and was firing multiple combinations. The uppercut was working beautifully. You could feel the torrid conditions in the small boxing venue and it seemed that everyone was sweating buckets. One would figure that this would favor Santa-Cruz since he is supposed to be used to this type of fight. Not tonight, as starting from the sixth round on, Jose Armando’s mouth was wide open and one could see that he was slowing down significantly. “El Pillo,” noticing this, began to pressure the younger, more inexperienced pugilist and started an all out body assault. Santa-Cruz, who was now fading fast, was looking the worse for wear after every minute that would pass. Finally, in the tenth round, Trejo came out and let it all hang out, pounding the young California native on the ropes forcing the referee to stop the fight forty-one seconds into the round. With the win, “El Pillo” picks up the NABF lightweight title. Santa-Cruz goes back to the drawing board and really showed his inexperience. He is still very young, and will be back.
Stay tuned for more news and results from tonight's fights including the "Heavyweight Heat" card coming from Hollywood, Florida.