Undefeated Lightweight prospect 🇺🇸Hector Tanajara (19-0-0, 5KO), started off the New Year by taking on his toughest task so far against tough veteran 🇲🇽Juan Carlos Burgos (33-4-2, 21KO). They did battle in a 10 round bout Saturday on the undercard to the Jaime Munguia and Gary O’Sullivan Middleweight headliner at the Alamodome in Tanajara’s hometown of San Antonio, Texas.
Record: 19-0-0, 5KO
From: San Antonio, Texas
KO rate: 26%
Alias: El Finito
Signed: Golden Boy
Debut: August 6, 2015
Years pro: 5
Trainer: Robert Garcia
Jan 11, 2020 / W (UD 99-91, 97-92, 97-92)
Fight Review: Arguably Tanajara’s best performance to date. The San Antonio lightweight controlled the fight both outside and inside the pocket, showing that while he may not carry the power of some of his young counterparts, he is more than willing to mix it up and can handle himself just fine when he does. As usual his jab was his staple, keeping the pressure focused Burgos at bay, rarely delivering it without following it up with a sharp straight or solid overhand right. Tanajara also mixed in uppercuts when mixing it up on the inside with Burgos, another variation on the combinations he delivered on the night. Didn’t neglect the body work throughout, and it paid off in the latter rounds as a game Burgos began to fade, and although he never went down, he became a sitting duck for the work Tanajara was putting in.
Solid, effective work against a tough ring veteran Friday night. A good way for Tanajara to start the 2020 campaign and he was able to do it in front of his San Antonio faithful who showed their appreciation after the scores were read. His climb will be an interesting one to follow this year.
Jan 9, 2020
Prospect Analysis: Having just completed his fifth year as a pro, the 22 year old who fights under the Golden Boy banner, is looking to take a big step towards being a title contender in 2020. In 2019 he fought twice, the first being against Ivan Delgado in a bout that was stopped after four rounds due to a cut Tanajara suffered from an accidental clash of heads in the opening round. It was a questionable decision by the referee to halt the fight as the cut seemed to be controlled, but in the end the three judges scorecards all favored Tanajara 40-35.
In his last outing he took on Ezequiel Aviles and let his jab lead him to victory as he controlled the pace and distance of the fight, negating Aviles’s plan to get inside and make it a back and forth war. Under the guidance of head trainer Robert Garcia, Tanajara is showing growth behind his jab and doesn’t rush his work or get messy when delivering power shots.
Jan 9, 2020
The Opposition: It will be important for Tanajara to stay true to form Saturday night as he faces Burgos. The Mexican ring vet stands 5’9½” with a 68½”reach, and brings plenty of toughness, strength and experience into this matchup and will pull out all of it in an attempt to fluster the rising prospect. Burgos took 2019 off, so his last appearance in the ring was when he was dominated by high rising Lightweight Devin Haney in a unanimous decision loss.
Juan Carlos Burgos
Jan 9, 2020
🇺🇸Hector Tanajara vs 🇲🇽Juan Carlos Burgos
10 Round Lightweight Bout
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
TV: DAZN, 9pm ET/6pm PT
Fight Outlook: A strong outing in front of his home crowd to start the year off is important for Tanajara as he looks to position himself with the other up and comers currently at lightweight. Right now the biggest difference between him and those viewed in higher esteem like Devin Haney and Ryan Garcia, is the low volume of knockouts and explosive power. Tanajara is doing good work in the ring, and knockouts aren’t everything, but it moves the meter and creates the buzz. Burgos will be a tough one to stop, but a clean, dominating performance like he had against Aviles will serve him well to start off 2020.