FightPost Boxer of the Week: Hector Tanjara
By Gary Kittilsen
On the first busy weekend for boxing in the new year, a venue with plenty of boxing history hosted the fight that produced our Fighter Of The Week winner.
The Alamodome in San Antonio has hosted countless legendary fights, most notably the 1993 battle for pound for pound supremacy between Pernell “Sweet Pea” Pernell Whitaker and Julio Caesar Chavez that ended in a disputed draw.
With the legendary Mexican in the house on Saturday night in San Antonio, he got a front-row seat to witness the future of the lightweight division.
The 23-year-old San Antonian “El Finito” Hector Tanjara put on a 10-round boxing clinic for his adoring hometown fans and in addition to securing our Fighter of the Week award, the hometown hero ran his record to a perfect 19-0 (5) taking a lopsided UD over an elite-level Juan Carlos Burgos, who gave Devin Haney issues 15 months ago, went the distance with Mikey Garcia back in 2014 and fought world champion, Rocky Martinez, to a draw prior to that.
Hector Tanajara was given the biggest test of his life, former world title challenger, Juan Carlos Burgos. On the biggest stage of his life, a packed Alamodome and he delivered the best performance of his young career.
Dominating his opponent on the outside, out jabbing and out moving the veteran and making him miss wildly. Dominating the first half of the fight off of his jab and movement he picked up the pace and outworked Burgos on the inside dominating the exchanges.
The only trouble he came across was in round seven when a frustrated Tanjara was first warned by referee Wilfredo Esperon for hitting on the break Burgos then tied up his younger opponent on the inside, as Tanajara frustrated from what he thought was excessive holding, gave his opponent a shoulder bump and long right hand which drew a one-point deduction from the ref.
The Texan quickly composed himself and got back into control of the fight landing lightning-quick combinations on the inside and ducking his opponents return fire. El Finito was able to do everything except score the knockout. A precise punching Tanajara managed to land 44% of his power punches on his way to taking a one-sided unanimous decision by scores of 99-90 and 97-92 twice in favor of Tanajara.
It was the Blue-chip prospects first time-fighting in his home city something he said:
“I dreamed of and I always hoped it would be here in the Alamodome so it was a dream come true, hopefully, I can come back and main event a card”
Tanajara certainly has the talent to headline major cards in the very near future. His name has been mentioned with Devin Haney, a fight that he is confident he can secure by the end of 2020 and a fight he wants.
The Texan said that he wanted to use this Burgos fight as a measuring stick, beat Burgos more impressively then Haney did! When asked if he thought he accomplished that he said:
“I definitely think I did, I hurt him way more I would give myself a grade of a B+”
In addition to Haney, El Finito has called out his Golden Boy stablemate Ryan Garcia. These are two fights the young Texan badly wants and is extraordinarily confident he can win. Fights that would feature him as the main event this year and are fights that could make him Golden Boy’s next superstar.
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