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Alvarado beats Morales in WBA eliminator

In a WBA super featherweight world title eliminator, WBA #1 rated Rene “El Gemelo” Alvarado (29-8, 20 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over WBA #4 Carlos “The Solution” Morales (17-3-3, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Alvarado battled through the blood from several cuts to win 117-111, 116-112, 115-113.

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“I’m going to work harder on getting better and improving my technique,” said Alvarado afterward. “I was able to get these six victories in a row because allow God to direct me, I work hard and I throw a lot of punches. We want the world title. I want [Alberto] Machado.”

“I thought the fight was a lot closer than the scorecards suggested,” said Morales. “I felt It could have gone either way. Rene [Alvarado] fought a good fight, and I’m happy he will fight for a world title. I hope to be busier in 2019. But only time will tell if I get a world title shot soon.”

Jonathan Navarro (16-0, 8 KOs) of La Angostura, Mexico defeated Manuel Mendez (16-4-3, 11 KOs) of Indio, Calif. via majority decision in a ten-round super lightweight fight. Jonathan Navarro won the hard-fought battle with two scores of 97-93 and one score of 95-95.

“Mendez is a tough warrior, and it was a hard fight,” said Navarro. “I’m going to go back to the gym and train harder. I got to this level by doing just that, ever since I was a little kid.”

Hector Tanajara (16-0, 5KOs) of San Antonio, Texas scored a ten-round unanimous decision win against Robert Manzanarez (36-3, 29 KOs) of Phoenix, Arizona in a lightweight battle. Tanajara won with scores of 97-90, 95-92, 95-92.

“I stayed composed and listened to my corner after the knockdown,” said Tanajara. “This is something I worked for my all my life, so I did my best my best to stick to the game plan.”

Patricio Manuel (1-0) of Los Angeles defeated Hugo Aguilar (0-6) of Iztacalco, Mexico via unanimous decision in a four-round super featherweight fight. Patricio Manuel won with three scores of 39-37.

“My hats off to my opponent. He [Aguilar] fought me as a man. I have so much respect for him,” said Manuel. “It took so much to get here, I’m not done with this sport. I’ll be back.”

Anthony Reyes (4-0, 3 KOs) of Coachella, Calif. beatDilan Miranda (3-1, 3KOs) of San Diego, Calif. via knockout at 2:16 of the second round in a super bantamweight battle originally scheduled for four rounds.

“I’m happy that I fought on a Golden Boy card again,” said Reyes. “I’m thankful for the opportunity, so thank you. Rommell Caballero and I are going to take over next year.”

Joet Gonzalez (21-0, 12 KOs) of Glendora, Calif. stopped Javier Gallo (25-17-1, 13 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico via knockout in the second round of a featherweight fight originally slated for eight rounds. Joet Gonzalez won with a time of 1:17 of the aforementioned round.

“He had me on the ropes, but I just let him work,” said Gonzalez. “I saw all of his punches coming, and I didn’t really feel them. I saw the opening for the left hook, and he froze. I hit him with a body shot and it was over.”

Luis Feliciano (9-0, 6 KOs) of Utuado, Purto Rico won against Dakota Polley (5-2, 2 KOs) of St. Joseph, Missouri via knockout in the seventh round of a super lightweight bout originally scheduled for eight rounds. Feliciano won with a time of 2:08 of the aforementioned round.

“That’s my punch, the body shot,” said Feliciano. “Some can take the shot and others can’t, I expect great things in 2019. I look to step up in what will be a good year for me.”

Javier Padilla (7-0-1, 5 KOs) of Indio, Calif. defeated Ernesto Guerrero (27-25, 18 KOs) of Agua Prieta, Mexico via unanimous decision in a super bantamweight fight. Padilla won with three scores of 40-36.

“I felt great,” said Padilla. “I feel if it had gone six rounds I would’ve stopped him.”

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