Tureano Johnson stops Jason Quigley in 9

Veteran middleweight Tureano Johnson (21-2-1, 15 KOs) beat up previously undefeated 25:1 favorite and WBC #5, WBA #8, IBF #14 rated Jason “El Animal” Quigley (16-1, 12 KOs) for nine rounds and got the TKO when Quigley didn’t come out for round ten on Thursday night at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. Johnson claimed Quigley’s the NABF title and should get a world rating.

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In an upset, unheralded super bantamweight Leonardo Baez (15-2, 8 KOs) soundly defeated previously unbeaten two-time Olympian and NABA titleholder Alberto “Impacto” Melian (5-1, 3 KOs) by ten round unanimous decision. Baez aggressively took the fight to Melian and won by scores of 97-93, 97-93, 97-93.

2012 Olympic bronze medalist and female flyweight contender Marlen Esparza (7-0, 1 KO) outpointed Sonia Osorio (13-7-1, 3 KOs) over eight rounds to retain the NABO title. Scores were 78-74, 79-73, 79-93.

Local super bantamweight Anthony “The Quiet Storm” Reyes (7-0, 5 KOs) scored a first-round knockout against Gilberto Duran (3-4, 3 KOs).

Flyweight Ricardo “El Niño” Sandoval (16-1, 11 KOs) defended his WBC Youth Intercontinental title via fifth-round knockout against Marco Sustaita (12-1-1, 10 KOs).

Lightweight Carlos “The Solution” Morales (19-4-3, 7 KOs) scored a second-round knockout victory against Rosekie Cristobal (15-5, 11 KOs). The time of the stoppage was 1:08.

Lightweight Charles Huerta (21-6, 12 KOs) defeated Recky “The Terror” Dulay (11-6, 8 KOs) via eight-round unanimous decision with scores of 78-74, 78-74, and 77-75.

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  • How tureano Johnson wasn’t rated in the first place when the last fight he lost was a chance to fight for a title.

  • Johnson is a tough fighter who was never fazed by Quigley’s punches. He attacked aggressively with heavy punches and let his hands go whenever he had Quigley cornered. He just wore Quigley down. I don’t know why he was a big underdog in the fight. He has a lot more fight experience with high level opposition.

    Quigley was never able to hurt him and Johnson just kept attacking till Quigley was not able to fight back. Johnson looks like he’s back in the picture for a title shot. On the other hand, he may be avoided even more after this fight. We’ll see how well his promoters can move him after this fight.

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