Alan Sanchez Defeats Saul Bustos, Plus Two Upsets
(Brooks, CA) – In front of a sold-out crowd at the newly opened Cache Creek Casino Events Center, we saw a local classic as hometown favorite Alan Sanchez (22-5-1, 10 KOs) defeated previously unbeaten Saul Bustos (15-1-1, 8 KOs), in one of the best fights ever put forth by legendary local promoter Paco Damian, and a fitting tribute to his mentor, Don Chargin Productions, as the bout resulted in a Sanchez winning the WBA Fedecentro Welterweight Title, which will result in a future big fight.
The fight was competitive with both fighters having notable moments, but it was the length and distance control of Alan Sanchez that won him the fight as well as Sanchez’s experience as a professional. A head clash created late drama, as Sanchez was cut in the tenth and final round, but fought tough to get the edge on the scorecards.
For Sanchez to win a majority decision, the judges scored the fight 97-93, 95-95, and 96-94. Sanchez’s local fans cheered heavily, as the excitement of his bout left the fans wanting more.
The co-main event saw road warrior Roberto Silva (12-3, 7 KOs), upset local favorite and Army veteran Blake “The Beast” McKernan (13-2, 6 KOs), in an eight-round cruiserweight bout. The bout was very close, but the judges seemed to favor the volume of Silva, but McKernan showed his fighting spirit until the final bell.
Featherweight Juan Miranda (7-0, 2 KOs) got a six-round split decision win over local favorite Ivan Vergara (8-2, 2 KOs). The fight was close and open to all forms of interpretation. In the end, it was a disappointing return for Vergara, who missed weight the day prior and returned to the ring after a three-year lay-off with a loss. It was a tentative bout in which both guys seemed to want to counter the other fighters counter-punch.
Super featherweight Kevin Montano (4-0, 2 KOs) engaged in a Northern California fight of the year contender, as he battled four grueling back-and-forth rounds, with Kevin Perez (1-1-1) as Montano got the better of most exchanges, but both were willing to exchange, and certainly entertained. Montano had a lot of local support, as his “No Mas” (his nickname) dawned shirts in the crowd. Scores were 39-37, and 40-36 (x2)
Heavyweight Federico Pacheco (1-0) got a four-round decision over game veteran Josue Vargas (3-4-1, 2 KOs). The fight showed a few things, one that 273 lbs. is probably not Pacheco’s ideal fight weight in the future, that his professional team headed by Jose Benavidez Sr., as well as accompanied by his brother, notable super middleweight Diego Pacheco, was a huge help for the young fighter, and third, Vargas had a lot more experience than Pacheco, which was probably why he could get the stoppage.
Judges had the fight 38-37, 40-36 (x2).
Eddie Rodriquez along with Paco Damian put the card together for this fight.