VACAVILLE — Alan Sanchez wasn’t about to wait around this time and took his chance early, scoring a TKO victory over Miguel Angel Munguia of Mexico City Saturday night at Vacaville’s Georgie Duke Sports Center.
Sanchez (12-2-1, 6 KO), a Fairfield welterweight, dispatched his latest victim midway through the second round, clobbering Munguia (27-23-1, 23 KO) with a left hook and a right cross before sending him to his knees with a vicious uppercut for a second knockdown, causing referee Dan Stell to end the fight.
A hard right just seconds into the round dropped Munguia for the first time.
“Every time I hit the guy, he was getting hurt, so I know I was going to knock him out,” Sanchez said. “In the second round I started putting pressure on him.”
Munguia didn’t respond to the pressure, and found himself unable to counter Sanchez’s attack, forcing him to wrap up the younger boxer a number of times.
The fight started with the two dancing around the ring, Sanchez searching for weaknesses in the more experienced fighter’s defense.
It didn’t take Sanchez long to find something he liked, as Munguia tried to come in close becoming fodder for the taller, longer-reaching Sanchez and his hook-cross combos.
“I started throwing punches I saw him back out,” Sanchez said. “So when I saw the opportunity, I knew that I was going to knock him out.”
When Munguia tried to tie Sanchez up, the Fairfield High graduate went to the uppercut, creating some separation and making room for the big punches.
Sanchez praised his intense training regimen for helping him to be ready for the fight despite not knowing who he would fight until midweek.
“I keep working out every day like always and maybe train hard for next year, try to get a title shot or something,” he said. “I’m ready for everybody.”
The victory comes on the heels of a 10-round knockout in August for Sanchez, making this the quickest fight he’s had in a while.
It wasn’t the first time Sanchez made quick work of an opponent, scoring early round wins at the beginning of his career and a big first-round knockout in Las Vegas in April.
“When I see the guy’s hurt, I feel like I need to knock him out,” he said.
In the night’s opening bout, welterweight Preston Freeman (2-0, 1 KO) of St. Louis knocked out Eduardo Hernandez of Hollywood in less than 90 seconds.
Freeman stepped up to Hernandez at the bell and unleashed a non-stop flurry of blows to the body and head, culmination with a nasty uppercut that sent Hernandez crumpling to the mat.
The referee stopped the fight as a dazed Hernandez struggled to remain in a sitting position.
James Taylor of San Diego followed with his second pro victory, a split decision (39-37, 38-38, 40-36) over Manuel Alejandro Reyes of Los Angeles.
The 146-pound Taylor (2-0) owned the first round, drawing the inexperienced Reyes (0-1) in close and flailing at him with a series of right and left hooks.
That was the strategy for most of the four rounds, but as the fight progressed, Reyes got stronger, countering and landing his own combos in the final two rounds, bit it wasn’t enough to counter the punishment he took early on.