Posts Tagged ‘Jesse Vargas’

Thursday, September 30th

Club Nokia, Los Angeles, Ca. (Fox Sports Net) 

Welterweights – Jesse Vargas annihilated Pablo Sarmiento, stopping him at 1:31 of the first round.  A right cross followed by a left hook did the damage.

  • It was the fourth straight knockout victory for Vargas, who improved to 12-0, 7 KO’s.
  • It was the first time in his career that Sarmiento, whose record fell to 34-14-2, had been stopped in the first round.
  • I said going into the fight that it was going to be a mismatch, and indeed it was. 

 

Welterweights – A left hook to the body was all that was needed for Anthony Martinez to get rid of Ronnie Peterson.  Official time was :52 of the first round.

  • Martinez will look to start another knockout streak, as his record improved to 6-0, 5 KO’s.
  • Peterson was stopped for the fourth time in row and his record is now 3-4.
  • Another fight that I predicted would be non-competitive, as Peterson proved to be the bum that I said he was before the fight.

 

Welterweights – Jamie Kavanagh won a four round unanimous decision over Ricardo Malfavon, 40-36 on all three judge’s scorecards.

  • Kavanagh simply outboxed Malfavon to improve to 3-0, 1 KO.
  • It was a victory of sorts for Malfavon, who despite losing again, made it the distance for the first time in his professional career.  His record fell to 0-3.
  • It’s pretty safe to say that Kavanagh isn’t going to be a power puncher, but he does work out of Freddie Roach’s Wild Card gym, so he will get plenty of good training to utilize his boxing skills.

 

Why do all of these Golden Boy Promoted Fight Night Club shows involve mismatches?  The prospects on these cards learn nothing, and when they do step up in class, they get exposed.  I believe Jesse Vargas and Anthony Martinez are future prospects to keep an eye on, but, really, is this the best opposition that they can find for these guys?  And they show this garbage on TV?  Horrendous job of matchmaking here.

 

Friday, October 1st

The Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, Ca. (Showtime)

Jr. Welterweights – In what was thought to be a competitive fight coming in, Tim Coleman stopped Patrick Lopez at 2:13 of the third round.

  • Coleman dropped Lopez with a right hand in the second round, then finished him off with an uppercut in the third round.  Coleman has now won four straight, and improved to 18-1-1, 5 KO’s.
  • Lopez, who came in having won five straight, including a scintillating third round stoppage over Cleveland prospect Prenice Brewer in his last fight, was stopped for the first time in his career.  His record is now 20-3.
  • Coming into this fight I predicted the winner would get closer to a legit top ten ranking, and I still believe that.  Coleman looked tremendous, and working with Roger Mayweather, appears to have him moving in the right direction.  I can’t wait to see him in the ring again. 

 

Lightweights – In an all action fight, Archie Ray Marquez stopped Juan Santiago at :11 of the third round.

  • Marquez overcame a point deduction for a low blow in the second round to drop Santiago at the end of the same round.  He then jumped all over Santiago at the start of the third to force referee Ray Corona to call a halt to the bout.  His record improved to 11-0, 8 KO’s.
  • Santiago was game, but simply didn’t have the firepower to match Marquez.  His record fell to 13-5-1.
  • I said coming into this fight that Marquez hadn’t fought anyone and this fight would help determine if he was a prospect worth keeping our eyes on.  I think there’s no question about it now, as Marquez is an exciting fighter that warrants being paid attention to among the prospects.  How about a date with Cleveland based lightweight prospect Yuandale Evans?

 

This card was the perfect example of making the fights in the ring.  Coming into the night, both of the fights were “pick’em” style fights.  No clear-cut winner on paper.  Both looked like perfect candidates for fights that go the distance.  Well that’s why they fight.  Great matchmaking, and even better results.

Club De Regatas, Corrientes, Argentina (Telefutura)

Lightweights – Jorge Barrios returned from nearly a year off with a ten round unanimous decision over Wilson Alcorro by the scores of 100-95, 100-92, and 99.5-93.5.

  • Barrios was never in trouble during this bout and has now won three straight.  He upped his record to 50-4-1.
  • Alcorro continued his ways away from his native Colombia, as he has now lost six of his last seven fights away from home.  His record dropped to 28-13-3.
  • Alcorro was a late replacement for this fight and it showed.  Barrios has some legal problems stemming from an auto accident earlier this year that he still needs to take care of, and if he does, he can still be a player at lightweight.

Welterweights – Hector Saldivia crushed Jailton De Jesus Souza, stopping him in the third round.

  • Saldiva was never in jeopardy in this mismatch, and has won fourteen of his last fifteen fights.  His record is 35-2, 28 KO’s.
  • De Jesus Souza came into the bout having defeated only one fighter with a winning record.  His record is very misleading.  It is now 12-2.
  • I would like to see Saldivia get another crack at a U.S. fight.

 

Another Golden Boy promoted event, another night full of mismatches.  Coming into these fights, Barrios and Saldivia were HEAVY favorites, and after watching the fights happen, I was left with a sour taste in my mouth.

Saturday, October 2nd 

Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan (No U.S. TV)

Jr. Featherweights – Ryol Li Lee pulled off one of, if the not the biggest upsets of the year as he shocked the Ring Magazine #1 ranked Jr. Featherweight Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym by twelve round unanimous decision.   Official scores were 118-110, 115-113, and 115-114.

  • Lee, a relative unkown, even in Aaia, effectively countered the champion all night to turn in the performance of his career.  He’s won eleven in a row and will now be ranked in the top five in the Jr. Featherweight division.  His record is 17-1-1, 8 KO’s.
  • Kratingdaenggym, who came into the fight with seventeen straight wins, was cut twice and despite being the aggressor, couldn’t catch the challenger.
  • This fight has re-match written all over it.

Thursday, September 30th

Club Nokia, Los Angeles, Ca. (Fox Sports Net) 

The Main Event:

Welterweights (8 Rounds) – Jesse Vargas (11-0, 6 KO’s) will take on Pablo Sarmiento (34-13-2, 16 KO’s).

  • Vargas is coming off a sixth round knockout over Ernesto Zavala in June.  He’s scored knockout victories in four of his last five fights, including three straight.
  • Sarmiento is coming off a twelve round split decision loss to Colin Lyles in 2004!  This will be his first fight in the U.S. since 1999!
  • Vargas, who is just 21 years young, is one of Golden Boy Promotions top up and coming prospects.  Don’t expect Sarmiento, who’s been out of the ring for six years, to put up much of a challenge.

The Co-Featured bout:

Welterweights (4 Rounds) – Anthony Martinez (5-0, 4 KO’s) will go up against Ronnie Peterson (3-3, 3 KO’s).

  • Martinez is coming off a four round split decision over Cristian Favela last month.  This will be his third fight in 2010, after having only three fights total his first three years as a professional.
  • Peterson is coming off a first round knockout loss to Frankie Gomez in July.  He’s been stopped in his last three fights.
  • Peterson enters this fight as a lame duck.  Martinez will have no problems dismantling this bumb.

Opening TV bout:

Welterweights (4 rounds) – Jamie Kavanagh (2-0, 1 KO) will battle Ricardo Malfavon (0-2).

  • Kavanagh is coming off a four round unanimous decision over Luis Sanchez in June.
  • Malfavon is coming off a second round stoppage loss to Frankie Gomez in April.
  • If Kavanagh cannot get by Malfavon, who has been stopped the only two times he’s entered the prize ring, he needs to find a new profession.

 

Friday, October 1st

The Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, Ca. (Showtime)

The Main Event:

Jr Welterweights (12 rounds) – Patrick Lopez (20-2, 12 KO’s) takes on Tim Coleman (17-1-1, 4 KO’s).

  • Lopez is coming off a third round stoppage over previously unbeaten Cleveland boxer Prenice Brewer last month.  He’s won five straight.
  • Coleman is coming off a 12 round split decision over Mike Arnaoutis last December.  He’s won three straight.
  • This is a nice little main event for Showtime’s Shobox series.  The winner will look to get closer to a legit top ten ranking.

Co-Featured bout:

Lightweights (8 rounds) – Archie Ray Marquez (10-0, 7 KO’s) goes up against Juan Santiago (13-4-1, 8 KO’s)

  • Marquez is coming off an eight round unanimous decision over Derrick Campos in January.  He’s had back-to-back decision wins.
  • Santiago is coming off a tenth round knockout over previously undefeated Donaldo Holguin in June.  Of his four losses, only one comes from a fighter who wasn’t undefeated.
  • Great step up fight for Marquez, who has fought absolutely no one.  Santiago has been in with the tougher opposition.  This fight will tell us if Marquez is truly a prospect worth keeping our eyes on.

 

Club De Regatas, Corrientes, Argentina (Telefutura)

The Main Event:

Lightweights (10 rounds) – Jorge Barrios (49-4-1, 35 KO’s) battles Wilson Alcorro (28-12-3, 18 KO’s).

  • Barrios is coming off a fifth round stoppage over Michael Lozada last November.  He’s won back-to-back fights and hasn’t lost in Argentina since 1997!
  • Alcorro is coming off a third round knockout over Elfran Arroyo in July.  He’s won back-to-back fights in his native Colombia after having lost five of his last six away from home.
  • Barrios should continue his winning streak here, as Alcorro rarely wins a step up fight.

The co-feature:

Welterweights (10 rounds) – Hector Saldivia (34-2, 27 KO’s) will take on Jailton De Jesus Souza (12-1, 10 KO’s)

  • Saldivia is coming off a third round stoppage over Diego Alzugaray last month.  He’s won thirteen of his last fourteen fights.
  • De Jesus Souza is coming off a six round unanimous decision over William Santos in July.  That was his first fight since his first loss as a professional.
  • Saldivia will wipe the floor with De Jesus Souza, who has beaten only one fighter with a winning record.

 

Saturday, October 2nd 

Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan (No U.S. TV)

The Main Event:

Jr Featherweights (12 rounds) – Ring Magazine #1 Jr. Featherweight Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (41-1, 29 KO’s) will go up against Ryol Li Lee (16-1-1, 8 KO’s)

  • Kratingdaenggym is coming off a fourth round knockout over Shoji Kimura in May.  He’s won seventeen straight fights, dating back to 2006.
  • Lee is coming off a ten round unanimous decision over Hisashi Amagasa in June.  He’s won ten in a row.
  • Kratingdaenggym has way too much experience for Lee.  The real matchup in this division, one that will crown a legitimate champion, will be a matchup between Kratingdaenggym and Toshiaki Nishioka.