By David Robinett at ringside
In the night’s most important occasion at Indio, California’s Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 22-year outdated Filipino light-weight prospect “Ruthless” Romero Duno (17-1, 14 KOs) withstood a gutsy problem from Mexican slugger Gilberto “Flaco” Gonzalez (27-5, 22 KOs) to earn a ten-round unanimous decision by scores of 97-93, 97-93, and 98-92. Gonzalez, preventing for simply the second time within the final two years, seemed overmatched early, unable to take care of Duno’s basic Filipino fashion of attacking in and retreating rapidly from a number of angles. At one level within the second spherical Gonzalez was actually spinning round after being punched, attempting to find his opponent. Duno continued to dominate till spherical six, when Gonzalez was ready to attract Duno right into a pitched toe-to-toe battle to begin the spherical, with each fighters buying and selling punches within the nook for practically a minute. After that, Duno appeared to settle in to a extra conventional assault, permitting the southpaw Gonzalez to set his toes and make the most of his proper jab and left hand. Although the battle was evenly contested over the previous few rounds, Duno had constructed a big sufficient lead early to safe the comfy margin of victory.
Undefeated prospect Oscar Duarte stepped on the gasoline within the second half of his ten-round light-weight battle in opposition to Filipino veteran Rey Perez, reworking a largely tactical affair right into a one-sided beatdown over the previous few rounds within the co-main occasion of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN. Duarte (14-Zero-1, 9 KOs) and Perez (22-10, 6 KOs) alternated transient spurts of motion with lengthy stretches of circling one another and short-arming jabs and straight arms, with Duarte shading many of the early rounds by advantage of touchdown the heavier punches and occasional mixtures, whereas Perez was largely content material to jab and maintain a protected distance. In rounds six and 7, Duarte opened up just a little bit extra with Perez on the ropes, signaling the starting of a shift within the tempo of the battle, earlier than flattening Perez with a left to the physique in spherical eight. Perez rose from the canvas however a sequence of left arms dropped Perez for a second time within the spherical and he was in deep trouble for the primary time within the battle. Perez nonetheless managed to remain off the canvas during the last six minutes but it surely was all Duarte from that time on. Scores have been 98-90 and 99-89 twice.
The night’s walkout bout featured the debut of light-weight Raymond Muratalla, who carried out nicely, using good ring motion and brief, environment friendly punches to the delight of a boisterous cheering part from close by Fontana, California. Muratella defeated Frenchman Benjamin Da Cunha (Zero-Four) by way of four-round unanimous decision, with all three judges scoring the bout 40-36.
Featherweight Francisco Esparza (Eight-Zero-1, Three KOs) earned a stable eight spherical unanimous decision over Texas state featherweight champion Edgar Cantu (7-Four-2, 1 KO), in a battle that was extra aggressive than the trio of 80-72 scores would counsel. Esparza, an extended, rangy fighter, used his attain to most impact, raining lengthy left jabs and proper arms on Cantu all battle whereas Cantu countered with brief, thudding hooks with each arms. Cantu was giving nearly as good as he acquired for the primary half of the battle, however began to tire in the previous few rounds, when Cantu combined in a number of proper uppercuts and bloodied Cantu’s nostril as he merely wore down his opponent en path to the ultimate bell. Despite Esparza having fought below the Golden Boy banner for some time now, the irony nonetheless doesn’t get outdated watching a fighter skilled by Francisco Vargas however promoted by Oscar de la Hoya, even when the 2 former Southern California rivals have lengthy since buried the hatchet.
One of Golden Boy’s most up-to-date worldwide signees, mild heavyweight Jaba Khositashvili (Three-Zero, 2 KOs), from the previous Soviet republic of Georgia, kicked off the night’s card at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, with a simple stoppage of overmatched Fabian Valdez (2-Three, Zero KOs). Khositashvili, who narrowly missed qualifying for the 2012 Summer Olympics and later participated within the semi-pro World Series of Boxing earlier than turning skilled, expended much less power than he would have in a spherical of sparring, touchdown proper hooks at will and prompting Valdez to take a knee in spherical one from an accumulation of punches. Khositashvili solely wanted 26 extra seconds in spherical two of the scheduled six-round bout to complete the job, once more forcing Valdez to take a knee after a number of extra proper arms softened him up.
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