Quiroz shows his power
It’s not easy to dodge a cannon ball.
Just ask Jaime Ocegueda.
Hector “El Canonero” Quiroz relied on his superior power to score a unanimous 10-round decision over Ocegueda in a junior welterweight boxing match Saturday before a crowd of 568 at Caesars Tahoe.
“Of course it was good to get the win, but it was especially good to win in Nevada,” said Quiroz, who lost and fought to a draw in his other Silver State slugfests.
Quiroz improved to 23-2-1 with 20 knockouts. Ocegueda, fighting on two weeks notice, fell to 17-2-4 with 8 KOs.
Although he suffered a disputed knockdown in the ninth round, Quiroz dominated the fight.
It was an important win for the 22 year old, at one time compared to Mexican great Julio Cesar Chavez, who is from the same town, Cuidad Obregon, Sonora. Quiroz knocked out his first 15 opponents before he began fighting full time in the United States. Since May 20, 1996 he lost a decision to former Reno fighter Johnny Avila, had a draw, a no contest and a win by a decision. Moreover, his wife had a miscarriage, affecting his personal life. And this year he had four opponents pull out of fights.
Under the guidance of new trainer Manual Robles, Quiroz outslugged Ocegueda, who tried to jab and counterpunch.
“Hector made him miss a lot of punches,” Robles said through a translator, “but he still needs to settle down and not get so out of balance.”
An off-balance Quiroz went down in the ninth to make the fight close on the card of one judge.
Quiroz won the decision 98-92 on two cards and 96-95 on another.
“I don’t know were that judge was or what he was seeing,” Quiroz said. “I thought I had a shutout.”
It was the sixth card at Caesars Tahoe in three years put on by Forum Boxing, which televised it live of KCAL. The first TV fight was delayed 15 minutes after a hockey game broke out. Actually, the Los Angeles Kings went into overtime in an NHL preseason game.
“Tahoe is a very comfortable place to fight,” Quiroz said. “It is very different from Las Vegas. I was able to concentrate and relax.”
Quiroz seemed content to absorb punches in order to land his power shots. In the third Ocegueda rallied with counter punches, but Quiroz landed a vicious left hook that momentarily hurt Ocegueda.
“(Ocegueda) is a very good fighter. He surprised me,” Quiroz said. “He just wouldn’t go down.”
In the sixth round, Ocegueda’s left cheek began to swell. While Ocegueda often would get in his licks, especially jabs, the power of Quiroz prevailed. In the eighth, Quiroz battered his opponent against the ropes, but Ocegueda stayed on his feet.
Ocegueda landed five straight jabs to open the ninth, then appeared to drop Quiroz with a left hook. But Quiroz battled back and, if not for the knockdown, would have won the round. Once judge scored it even.
The two slugged it out until the end, with Quiroz in total control as the final bell sounded.
“I kept hitting him on the sides of his head, not on the jaw,” Quiroz said. “You can see by how swollen my hand is.”
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