It was a tough night of boxing for two Rio Grande Valley fighters Saturday on the Golden Boy/Showtime card at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Edinburg junior middleweight Raul "El Tigre" Casarez (19-3, nine knockouts) suffered a first-round loss by knockout against former WBO champion Alfredo "Perro" Angulo (21-2, 18 KOs) of Mexico in a scheduled 12-round bout, while Mission super bantamweight Isaac Torres (2-0-1, two KOs) fought a four-rounder against Californian David Reyes (2-2-1) and the fight wound up a draw.
Both Valley fighters are trained by James Gogue of Edinburg.
"It was just a bad day of boxing (for my fighters) here," Gogue said Saturday from the Staples Center. "But it happens sometimes. I've had big days (with wins) and I've had bad days. I've been on both sides of the fence. I take my losses like a man and move on."
Gogue said Angulo and Casarez had just started fighting when "Tigre" was hit by an Angulo left hook. Casarez went down, was unable to get up by the end of the eight count, and the fight was halted with 56 seconds remaining in the opening round.
"'Tigre' got caught by the guy's left hook right off the bat and couldn't recover," Gogue said. "It happens. There's no shame, no excuses."
Gogue said Torres' opponent spent most of the fight moving around the ring, preferring to do anything but mix it up.
"It was disappointing," Gogue said. "Yes, the guy ran around a lot, but Isaac (still) should have taken care of business."
One judge scored the fight as a victory for Torres and the other two scored it as a draw, thus it became a majority decision draw.
DE LA ROSA UPDATE: An injury suffered while training in Arkansas will prevent Harlingen junior middleweight "King" James De La Rosa (21-1, 12 KOs) from fighting Omar Henry (12-0-1, nine KOs) of Houston on Friday in Hallandale Beach, Fla. De La Rosa may need six months or more to recuperate.
Henry is moving up a weight class and now is scheduled to face Dominican Republic middleweight Juan Ubaldo Cabrera (20-0, 14 KOs), the WBA's 15th-ranked boxer, in the main event of a Don King promoted bout to air Friday on Showtime.
UPCOMING: Weslaco light middleweight Roberto "Amenaza" Garcia (31-3, 21 KOs) is scheduled to fight Saturday in Las Vegas against Cuban Inocente Fiz (15-0, nine KOs) in a 12-rounder with the vacant interim WBA world light middleweight title on the line.
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