Pablo Cesar Cano (32-7-1, 22KOs) has been forced to wait 10 months to cash in on a career resurrecting knockout win, as he returns to the ring Saturday evening in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
The resurgent welterweight from Tlalnepantla, Mexico takes on countryman Roberto Ortiz (35-4-2, 26KOs) in a 10-round regional title fight, which will air live on Golden Boy Promotions’ official Facebook Page (Facebook.com/GoldenBoyFN).
The bout marks the first piece of ring action since Cano officially kicked off the year of the upset with a one-round drubbing of former three-division titlist Jorge Linares this pat January in New York City.
Also on the show, 2016 Olympic Gold medalist Hasanboy Dusmatov makes his long awaited pro debut. The 26-year old welterweight from Uzbekistan—who now trains out of Indio, California—will face Mexico’s Jesus Cervante (9-7, 5KOs) in an ambitiously scheduled eight round affair.
Laura Leyva (1-1, 0KOs) earned her first career victory on her second try, scoring a four-round decision victory over debutant Monica Camargo. Scores were 40-36 across the board in the four-round lightweight affair, in which Leyva was able to connect with frequent right hands in pushing Camargo (0-1) around the ring. Camargo was able to score with right hands of her own, but infrequent enough to impress the judges in any given round.
Kevin Mendoza picked up his first knockout in nearly 21 months, as he stopped Enrique Leal (1-3) in two rounds.
The 20-year old lightweight prospect stalked his overmatched early in the bout, throwing one punch at a time but each with fight-ending intention. One such shot found its way through in a big way, a right hand crashing on Leal’s chin and crumpling him to the canvas early in round two. The bout was instantly waved off without a count, with Mendoza (6-0, 3KOs) scoring a knockout for the first time since last April, having gone the distance in his past three starts prior to Saturday.
Rookie junior welterweight Enrique Mendez remained perfect yet still without a stoppage win as he outpointed Aguascalientes’ Brandon Ivan Najera. Scores weren’t announced, but Nuevo Leon’s Mendez (4-0, 0KOs) kept his countryman at the end of his right jab for much of the night in a battle of 19-year olds. Najera (5-3, 1KOs) spent most of the bout fighting in reverse, attempting to work the body but unable to push past his opponent’s superior boxing skills.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox