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Jauregui Wins in Fourth

He uses left hooks to knock out Gomez Trinidad in IBF lightweight bout.

June 20, 2003|Paul Gutierrez | Times Staff Writer

Javier Jauregui found inspiration in the amount of star power that was in the Grand Olympic Auditorium on Thursday night.

Oscar De La Hoya, who was promoting the HBO Latino Boxeo de Oro card; Marco Antonio Barrera, who will soon announce a partnership with De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions, and Felix "Tito" Trinidad, Puerto Rico's favorite son who was in his cousin's corner for the main event, were all in the building.

And they saw Jauregui demolish Trinidad's primo, Juan Gomez Trinidad, with a vicious fourth-round knockout in an International Boxing Federation lightweight elimination bout before an animated crowd of 2,782.

"I knew that if I went to his body it would make him uncomfortable," said Jauregui, the decided crowd favorite. "He didn't react well, so I moved up to the head."

Jauregui (46-10, 33 knockouts), from Guadalajara, had already dropped the deliberate Gomez Trinidad (23-3) with left hooks in the second and third rounds when he ended things 44 seconds into the fourth.

With the crowd chanting "Mexico, Mexico, Mexico," -- "It sounded like Guadalajara in here," he said -- Jauregui set Gomez Trinidad up with a right to the body, sending him backpedaling into the corner.

Jauregui's first left hook to the jaw left Gomez Trinidad limp as his eyes rolled back in his head. He immediately followed with another left hook, sending Gomez Trinidad to the canvas.

Jauregui set himself up for a title shot, either against current IBF champion Paul Spadafora or for the vacant title should Spadafora move up in weight class.

In the semi-main event, Los Angeles native Urbano Antillon (10-0) survived a brutal second-round beating -- he went to the canvas twice but surprisingly neither was called a knockdown -- and roughhouse tactics to win a unanimous decision over Ivan Valle (18-3-2), 96-91, 97-90, 96-92.

Also on the card, Justo Almazan (10-31-4) won a unanimous decision over Jorge Espinoza (6-7) in a six-round welterweight bout.... Freddy Hernandez improved to 16-0 with 11 knockouts when Luis Montes (20-30) did not answer the bell for the seventh round; and Rhonda Luna improved to 2-0 with a third-round knockout of Mayra Trevino (0-1).

Super-flyweight prospect Jose Navarro (17-0, seven knockouts) of South Los Angeles had a scheduled fight with Isidro Garcia canceled because Garcia received a world title shot against Eric Morel.

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