By Ken Hissner: At the Save Mart Arena, Fresno, CA, Friday over ESPN+ Bob Arum (Top Rank) in the Main Event presented former WBC & WBO Lightweight Welterweight champion Jose “Jaguar” Ramirez who won a lopsided decision over the former IBF Super Featherweight and IBF Lightweight champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza for the vacant WBO International title over 12 rounds.
In the Main Event former WBC & WBO Lightweight champ Jose “Jaguar” Ramirez, 27-1 (17), #139.8, of Avenal and Fresno, CA, defeated former IBF Super Feather and IBF Light champ and No. 1 ranked in WBC Jose “Sniper” Pedraza, 29-4 (14), #140, of Cidra, PR, over 12 rounds, winning the vacant WBO International title.
In the first round it was all Ramirez having Pedraza on the defense. In the second round almost halfway through Pedraza turned southpaw trying to stop the offense of Ramirez to no avail. A left hook from Ramirez to the body in the final minute hurt Pedraza. In the third round near the end of the first minute Pedraza finally showed some offense. By the midway point Ramirez was back in control forcing Pedraza to the ropes and in the corner at times in a close round.
In the fourth and fifth rounds Ramirez continued to chase Pedraza finishing strong hurting Pedraza at times to the body. In the sixth round Ramirez kept stalking the retreating Pedraza who countered well enough to take the round. In the seventh round Ramirez was back in control hurting Pedraza in the final round with a right uppercut to the midsection.
In the eighth round Pedraza was slipping punches more but still being outworked. In the ninth round the swelling under the eye of Pedraza was getting worse as the left hooks from Ramirez were taking its toll. In the tenth round Pedraza seemed to be in survival mode moving around the ring with little returning punches as Ramirez continued to run him down.
In the eleventh round Pedraza did well with lead lefts to the chin of Ramirez for the first minute. Ramirez then came on with his offense knowing he didn’t need a stoppage having the fight well in hand did more than enough the rest of the way to win the round. In the twelfth and final round Ramirez pitching almost a shutout but still careful of a counter left from Pedraza who was fortunate to survive the distance.
All scores were 115-112 with this writer having it 119-109. Referee was Jack Reiss.
In the co-feature Featherweight Joet Gonzalez, 25-2 (15), #125.8, of Glenora, CA, stopped Jeo “Santino” Santisima, 21-4 (18), #125.2, of Aroroy, PH, at 2:05 of the ninth round of a scheduled 10 rounds, winning the vacant WBO International title.
In the first two rounds Santisima outworked Gonzalez for the most part with his hand speed forcing him to back up. In the third and fourth rounds Gonzalez turned it around standing and fighting getting the edge over Santisima. In the fifth round Gonzalez continued to dominate the fight on the inside.
In the sixth round Gonzalez kept on top of Santisima having him in trouble in the final twenty seconds driving him against the ropes. In the eighth round Santisima started out fast in the most part of the first minute before Gonzalez took over causing swelling under both eyes on the face of Santisima that had the referee Edward Collantes bringing in the ring physician between rounds. In the ninth round a solid right from Gonzalez on the nose of Santisima caused referee Collantes to suddenly call a halt due to the damage. This writer had it 78-74 Gonzalez.
Super Featherweight Gabriel Flores, Jr., 21-1 (7), #131.6, of Stockton, CA, in a close fight defeated Abraham “Fily” Montoya, 20-3-1 (14) #131.8, of Mexicali, Baja CA, MEX, over 10 action rounds.
In the first round Flores used his reach to keep Montoya at bay. In the second round Montoya was all over Flores outworking him to take the round. In the third round it was close but Flores seemed to make an adjustment and use his boxing skills to take the round. In the fourth round it was close with both having their moments. Referee Jack Reiss warned Montoya for the second time about using his head.
In the fifth round Flores managed to keep Montoya at his reach for the most part in a close round. In the sixth round Montoya came back strong with uppercuts getting the better of the two. In the seventh round at the end of the first minute both landed combinations to the chin of one another. Montoya hurt Flores in the final minute with a right to the body.
In the eighth round Montoya continued to outwork Flores who walked him to the ropes without throwing punches. In the ninth rounds first minute it was Flores landing his right with Montoya coming back in the second minute with left hooks. In the final minute Flores pulled out the round. In the tenth and final round Flores seemed to pull out the round and possibly the fight with a good round.
Scores were 95-95 and 96-94 twice as did this writer have it 96-94.
Lightweight Hector “El Finito” Tanajara, Jr., 19-1 (5), #135, of San Antonio, TX, ended in a split decision draw Miguel “Caveman” Contreras, 11-1 (6), #134.2, of Bakersfield, CA, over 8 action rounds.
In the first two rounds the taller Tanajara countered his punches as Contreras walked right into them. In the third round after half a minute Contreras landed a solid left hook on the chin of Tanajara who decided to fight inside this round which is to the advantage of Contreras. After a minute it was Tanajara landing a right on the chin of Contreras. In the final minute Contreras outworked Tanajara.
In the fifth round Tanajara caused a small cut under the left eye of Contreras. In the sixth round it was all Contreras getting inside the longer arms of Tanajara for the entire round. In the seventh round Tanajara took a close round. In the eighth and final round it was all action with Contreras outworking Tanajara until the final twenty seconds when Tanajara landed a big right on the chin of Contreras.
Scores were 78-74 Tanajara, 77-75 Contreras, 76-76 with this writer having it 77-75 Tanajara. Marcos Rosales was the referee.
2016 Olympian Super Featherweight “King” Carlos Balderas, 12-1 (11), #134.2, of Santa Maria, CA, impressed in stopping Aelio “Biro” Mesquita, 20-6-1 (18), #131.2, of Guaruja, Sao Paulo, BRZ, at 0:38 of the second round of a scheduled 6 rounds.
Twenty seconds into the first round a right from Balderas on the chin dropped Mesquita for an 8-count from referee Edward Collantes. In the final seconds of the round a right on the chin from Balderas dropped Mesquita for another 8-count by referee Collantes as the bell sounded.
In the second round Mesquita missed a left uppercut that Balderas countered with a right cross on the chin for the knockdown ending the fight. Balderas is trained by former champ Buddy McGirt.
Making his debut 2021 Olympic Silver Medalist Heavyweight southpaw Richard Torrez, Jr., 1-0 (1), #228.2, of Tulare, CA, impressed in stopping Allen “ShenziEagle” Melson, 6-4 (3), #201.8, of Gadsen, Alabama, at 1:20 of the second round of a scheduled 6 rounds scoring a total of three knockdowns.
In the first round it was all Torres when a clash of heads caused a nasty cut near the inside of the right eye of Torres. He would score a knockdown causing Referee Marcos Rosales to give an 8-count from a short left to the chin. What seemed to be an end to the fight when Melson went down was ruled a push down by the referee.
In the second round a short left countering a miss on the chin and down went Melson for an 8-count from referee Rosales. Upon getting up Melson was trying to hold while Torres drove him to the canvas with a short left to force referee Rosales to finally call a halt. Melson had won his last six fights being stopped in all his four losses.
Middleweight southpaw Javier “Milwaukee Made” Martinez, 6-0 (2), #161.8, came off the canvas to defeat Donte “Alexander the Great” Stubbs, 6-4-1nc (2), #163, Riverside, CA, over 6 action rounds.
Twenty seconds into the first round Martinez landed a 3-punch combo to the body of Stubbs. Stubbs landed lead rights to the chin of Martinez several times. Stubbs landed a combination to the chin of Martinez in the final minute. Martinez rocked Stubbs with a left just prior to the bell of a close round that Stubbs may have taken. In the second round it was all Martinez going to the body throughout the round on Stubbs.
In the third round Martinez continued a body assault hurting Stubbs at times. With fourteen seconds left in the round a right from Stubbs on the chin and down went Martinez for an 8-count from Referee Jack Reiss. In the fourth round Martinez again took control moving a bit more countering Stubbs who punches are more like arm punches with not much on them. Martinez rocked Stubbs with a combination with half a minute remaining.
In the fifth round both mixed it up well with Martinez only going to the head landing a dozen unanswered punches having referee Reiss taking a close look. In the final twenty seconds Stubbs landed a solid right to the chin with Martinez returning punches at the bell. In the sixth and final round it was all action with Martinez drawing blood from the nose of Stubbs in the final minute. Stubbs came back in the final seconds strong in a close round won by Martinez.
Scores were 59-56, 58-55 twice with this writer 57-56. Martinez is trained by Robert Garcia.
Heavyweight 6:09 southpaw Antonio Mireles, 3-0 (3), #259 ½, of Des Moines, IA, stopped southpaw Brandon Hughes, 2-1 (2), #282 ½, of Gilbert, AZ, at 1:04 of the second round of a scheduled 4 rounds.
In the first round halfway through the round a left on the chin from Mireles dropped Hughes for an 8-count from referee Edward Collantes. In the final 20 seconds a left from Mireles on the chin of Hughes dropped him for an 8-count from referee Collantes as the round ended. In the second round just inside a minute a left from Mireles on the chin was followed by a right on the chin as Hughes was falling face first to the canvas causing referee Collantes to immediately wave it off.
Lightweight Charlie Sheehy, 2-0 (2), #134 ¼, of Brisbane, CA, stopped southpaw Johnny “Underdog” Bernal, 2-1 (2), #135, of Denver, CA, at 2:33 of the first round of a scheduled 4 rounds.
In the first round at the halfway point a right from Sheehy on the chin stunned Bernal. With a minute remaining a right from Sheehy on the chin dropped Bernal for an 8-count from referee Marcos Rosales with blood from the nose of Bernal. Upon rising Bernal was hit by a four punch combination rocking and driving him into the ropes from Sheehy on the chin causing referee Rosales to call a halt.
Sheehy is a 2018 National Golden Gloves Champion with an earlier win over current unbeaten pro Ryan Garcia and a loss to current unbeaten pro Frank Martin.