Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz 24-0 17KO’s defeated Sergei “The White Wolf” Liakhovic 26-7 16KO’s in a slow workman like performance. Ruiz got good experience against an aging veteran that hung in there for rounds and put up enough of a fight to make the younger prospect think twice and use his boxing skills. Liakhovic started to touch Ruiz after the fifth round with a double jab that stopped a lot of the momentum Ruiz had. In a rather uneventful fight that neither fighter did any serious damage in Ruiz won with scores of 99-91, 98-92, 97-93.
Hard punching super feather-weight prospect and two-time Olympian from Mexico Oscar Valdez, improved to 15-0 13 KO’s when Jean Sotelo 19-14 failed to answer the bell to start the fifth round. Valdez can fight and looks to be a champion one day. Another product of the Espinoza Boxing Club, Valdez is impressive in his professional development. Boxing well using feints and good head movement Valdez dominated the fight from the start to fininsh
Panchito De Vaca improved his record to 9-0 4KO’s with an impressive unanimous decision win over veteran Jesus Navarro 22-8-1 16KO’s in one of the most entertaining fights of the night. Already being match tough in his young career Panchito is performing well. Navarro didn’t come to lose in this fight and made it a nail-biter all the way through. Navarro was busy throwing a lot of winging punches; most of which missed but was applying hard pressure throughout the entire fight. Panchito boxed well and never appeared to get bothered by the intense pressure to win on the scorecards 60-54 twice and 59-55.
Espinoza Boxing Club product Joet Gonzalez 8-0 3KO’s looked dominant in a third round stoppage of Jaime Gutierrez 4-10. Gonzalez is quickly building good experience, boxing well and flashing power when he needs to. Gonzalez could be a fighter to keep an eye on in the future.
Phoenix native David Benavidez 7-0 6KO’s won a hard fought unanimous decision over Azamat Umarzoda 1-6-2 with scores of 60-53 three times. Benavidez the younger brother of newly crowned Welterweight Champion Jose Benavidez looked good in dealing with a durable rough opponent that wouldn’t go away. Umarzoda went down in the first round from a left hook but, Benavidez couldn’t put him away. Benavidez came out more measured in the second and used the rest of the rounds to gain some good experience against a tough opponent.
Alexis Zazueta 4-0 3KO’s remained undefeated pitching a shutout against game but outgunned Juan Carlos Dias 0-1. Zazueta almost got the knockout in the second round when he landed a sharp left hook that landed right on the button. Zazueta took the decision on scores of 40-35 three times.
Trevor McCumby 18-0 13KO’s stopped Milton Nunez 28-12 25KO’s after dropping him three times with right hooks to the body. McCumby came out patient and used the first round as a feeling out round then, started landing heavy shots in the second. The third saw Nunez go down twice from McCumby right hooks to the body. During the fourth Nunez went down again on another thudding right hook to the body prompting the referee to stop the fight.
Pedro Duran 9-0 6KO’s started the nights bouts by ending Victor Serrano 3-8 1KO with a thundering right hook that put an exclamation point on the beginning of Ironboy X8