Brandon Trejo of Napa suffered his first loss as a professional fighter on Saturday night in Salinas.
Trejo (3-1) lost by unanimous decision to Bogar Padilla of Ensenada, Mexico in a four-round bout in the lightweight division on a Thompson Boxing Promotions and Banner Promotions card at Salinas Storm House.
The three judges scored it 39-36, 39-36 and 38-37 for Padilla (1-1).
Trejo, who trains out of the Napa County Sheriff’s Activities League gym, weighed 131.5 pounds for the bout. Padilla weighed 131 pounds.
An over-hand right to the forehead from Padilla knocked Trejo to the canvas late in the first round – the first time Trejo has been knocked down in his career, either as a pro or amateur.
“I think Brandon started out a little too comfortable,” said Oscar Ortiz, Trejo’s longtime trainer, who is the police chief of American Canyon. “He had his hands down. He got caught, and I don’t know that he fully recovered. He got up and fought his tail off. He got up from that initial knockdown and showed a lot of heart. I don’t know that he ever 100 percent recovered from that first shot.”
Thompson Boxing Promotions streamed the fight on TB Presents: New Blood via its Facebook page and ThompsonBoxing.com.
“We knew (Padilla) was tough,” said Ortiz. “He had a good amateur career in Mexico. He had quite a bit of amateur experience in Mexico.
“There’s definitely a major urgency factor once you fall behind that early in a short fight like that. We were playing catch-up. He was behind enough in the fourth round … he went out there and tried to knock the guy out, because he knew he had to. He knew he had to knock the guy down to pull that one out.
“He definitely wanted to make a big knockdown in that last round. He showed a lot of courage, a lot of risk-taking. It didn’t work out for him, but not for lack of effort. That just takes a lot of heart. I do give Brandon credit for that. He risked a lot to try to pull it out. It just didn’t work out for us.”
Trejo turned professional last year after a highly decorated amateur career, during which he competed at local, state, national and international levels over a 12-year span. He was a gold medalist at the 2012 USA Junior World team trials. He joined Team USA and went on to represent the U.S. at the Junior World Championships in Kiev, Ukraine.
Trejo won his pro debut in May of 2017.
Boxing fans can follow Trejo on Twitter @btrejo66, on Instagram @teamtrejo, and on Facebook at Brandon Trejo.