Bojorquez hits a home run
Carlos Bojorquez found Adriano Sanchez easy to hit Friday. Fortunately for Sanchez, Bojorquez wasn’t using a baseball bat. However, Sanchez, a former professional pitcher, may have felt like he was hit with a piece of lumber.
Bojorquez (16-2-5, with 11 knockouts) stopped Sanchez (10-3-1, 8 KOs) two minutes into the first round in the opening fight at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe that was telecast on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.”
It was Borjorquez’s second straight impressive appearance at both Stateline and the nationally televised weekly boxing show. On April 27, he stopped former six-time champion Pernell “Sweetpea” Whitaker in four rounds.
The former Placerville resident who lives and works in a tire shop at Mira Loma, Calif., had a large, vocal, real-damn-happy contingent of fans in the crowd.
“There are about 60 or 70 of us to see Carlos,” said his brother, Santiago Bojorquez, who lives in Placerville.
Hopefully, none of Bojorquez’s supporters were in the food and beverage line when their man was in the ring because he wasn’t there long.
The taller Sanchez spent the first minute of the fight trying to land a left jab. Bojorquez, appearing amazingly relaxed, avoided the jabs. He occasionally measured his foe with a jab, which hardly seemed an an effort to actually reach Sanchez.
Finally, he threw a wide left hook to Sanchez’s side. Moments later, he threw the same left hook and followed with a ferocious right cross that dropped him to the canvas.
Sanchez managed to beat the count, but was clearly hurt. Another left-right combination put him down again and the fight was stopped.
“He winced a little and dropped his guard when I hit him in the body,” Bojorquez said. “So I did it again and followed it up with a right hand.”
And that was that.
Manager Willy Silva said his fighter precisely followed his game plan.
“He was too hyper before, so I wanted him to slow down a little at first and look good,” Silva said. “We’ve worked too hard to get where we are now, and we don’t want to take any chances.”
Bojorquez’s next bout could be a pay-per-view broadcast Sept. 22 in Las Vagas on the Fernando Vargas-Jose Shibata Flores undercard. His handlers are hoping the Don Chargin-promoted bout will be for the NABF or NABA junior middleweight championship.
If Bojorquez has any say, he’ll be returning to Stateline soon.
“I love it up here,” he said. “This is like my hometown.”
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