Mendoza beats Quintana in Vitoria

The fans of contact sports from Vitoria had a great time starting at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday at the Judimendi sports center in the capital of Alava. Only the return of tickets by Nekane Alda fans prevented the box office from displaying the “no tickets” sign. The fighter from Vitoria fell off the poster due to the impossibility of finding a guaranteed rival for the date due to an unfortunate accumulation of injuries and a concentration of the Spanish team. The organization searched in Portugal and the south of France but it was impossible. Alda will be able to play her third fight as a professional K1 fighter on November 5 in Alegría-Dulantzi, a town near Vitoria.

In any case, the public vibrated. In the bottom fight, agreed at the limit of 55.5 kilos at a distance of 8 rounds, the undefeated Fran Mendoza had to work hard to maintain his undefeated status against a Jonheiker Quintana who had just won in Germany and showed why. Mendoza rocked the Venezuelan (15-5, 10 KOs before the match) with powerful combinations of curved punches during the first three rounds of the fight. Quintana pulled from experience to weather the storm, locked the actions, grabbed and counterattacked. In the middle phase of the fight, Mendoza prevailed from mid-distance with a more rhythmic boxing that allowed Quintana to recover, who was placing his own combinations and claiming space on the ring. The last rounds became a one-on-one that delighted the fans and in which Andoni Alonso’s pupil at the Gasteiz Gymnasium got the best part. In the end, victory by unanimous decision of the judges that places Fran Mendoza with a record of 15 victories in as many fights, 7 of them before the limit. The one from San Antero is consolidated as number 1 in the Colombian ranking of his weight and seeks to climb positions in the world rankings.

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In professional K1, Anaitz Olaeta from Biscay overwhelmed Fouad, whom he won by KO in the first round after applying two counts. Important win for ‘El Zurdo’. In Olympic boxing, locals Ángel Núñez and Adrián Remírez won before the limit, while Dorleta Zubeldia from Gasteiz and Ander Bricio from Ordizi lost on points. In amateur K1, Omar Munir from Alava added a victory to the points against Santiago Villalba.

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