Junior welterweight prospect Frankie Gomez stopped Khadaphi Proctor in the fourth round of their scheduled eight-round Solo Boxeo Tecate main event in Indio, Calif., on Friday.
Gomez (10-0, 8 knockouts), of East L.A., gradually broke down the tough and awkward journeyman with an assortment of accurate power punches to the body and head. Proctor (7-6-1), of Hesperia, Calif., withstood the best shots from the 19-year-old former amateur star through three rounds, despite suffering a delayed knockdown in the third.
The 26-year-old spoiler, who was coming off an upset victory over previously undefeated Stan Martyniouk last November, started the fourth round aggressively, which played into Gomez’s heavy hands. Gomez, who caught a left hook in the opening minute of the round, teed off with both hands until referee Eddie Hernandez noticed that Proctor was reeling on unsteady legs.
The fight was halted at 2:25 of the round with no complaint from Proctor.
In the co-featured bout of the Telefutura broadcast, junior bantamweight prospect Randy Caballero scored a unanimous eight-round decision over fellow unbeaten up-and-comer Alexis Santiago.
Caballero (12-0, 8 KOs), of nearby Coachella, Calif., won by scores of 80-72 (twice) and 79-73, but the fight was more competitive than those scores would indicate.
Caballero deserved to win. The 20-year-old boxer-puncher was the aggressor, the harder puncher and the stronger ring general, but Santiago (8-1-2, 2 KOs), of Phoenix, Ariz., was in the fight from start to finish and the skinny 20-year-old boxer had moments in almost every round.
Both Caballero and Santiago displayed a lot of skill, versatility and grit for such young fighters. Their technique and defensive prowess was impressive, especially when they fought in close quarters as they did for most of the third round.
Both young men have a bright future, as does Gomez.