Pablo Cesar Cano 29-4-1 21KO’s got the call to fight Juan Carlos Abreu 18-1 17KO’s and replace Randy “El Matador” Caballero as the main event when Caballero’s fight was called off after an ankle injury sidelined the champion.
Cano and Abreu acquitted themselves well in a fan friendly fight that featured good exchanges from both fighters that made the crowd ooh and ahh as the contact was high through all ten rounds. Cano appeared to just get the better of the exchanges.
In the eighth round Abreu appeared to push Cano during a clinch, as Cano fell backwards he held onto Abreu’s arms and brought him to the mat with him, crashing his face into the mat in a scene reminiscent of the types of videos that receive compilation accolades on YouTube for horrific falls.
In what was an exciting fight Cano won by majority decision on scores of 95-95, 96-94, and 97-93.
If I learned anything tonight at Fantasy Springs Casino, it’s that Diego De La Hoya is the goods. De La Hoya looked sharp and crisp as he moved in and out firing combinations and counter punching against a real guy in Manuel Roman. This was no regular opponent for an 8-0 prospect, Roman is a former world title contender whose two of his three losses came to Leo Santa Cruz and IBF Bantamweight world champion Randy Caballero.
Diego is doing well under the tutelage of trainer Joel Diaz and is doing everything with precision. The first 4 rounds saw De La Hoya dominating with in and out movement, effective combinations, and quick strike counterpunching that Roman couldn’t avoid.
In the fifth round Roman started to cut off the ring a small amount that held De La Hoya in front of him just enough to create some exchanges that allowed Roman to work the body and land some shots. Each exchange had the same ending in the second half of the fight as Roman would dig to the body then De La Hoya throwing three, and four punch combinations that would make the crowd react.
De La Hoya showed that he has the one thing that separates good fighters from great fighters. The will to finish and impose his will on his opponent. At the end of the eighth and final round De La Hoya and Roman stood in the pocke t for the final 45 seconds of the fight and traded toe to toe in a rousing end to a fight that saw both fighters bring a massive crowd of supporters. All three judges scored the fight 80-72
7 Foot Heavyweight Taishan Dong 3-0 2KO’s went the distance for the first time in his short career against Roy McCrary 3-3 3KO’s. Taishan, the heavyweight expirement of Golden Boy promotions is definitely in the crawl phase of his career and got valuable rounds in.
Still looking very raw, trainer Buddy McGirt told Instant Boxing Taishan is “still a work in progress”. McCrary fired winging shots and even landed a few on the giant lumbering fighter from Beijing, China. Taishan flashed out a one two combination periodically that gave you the impression he is taking this very seriously as he has looked progressively better in each of his outings.
During the second round Taishan ripped a thunderous left hook, right hand combination that dropped McCrary who was able to beat the count and land a solid right hand of his own as the referee signaled the two fighters to box after getting up.
The third round saw McCrary go down again on a big counter straight right hand from Taishan. Al three judges scored the bout 40-34.
Everton Lopez 1-0 made his professional debut in rare six round debut against opponent Evan Woolsey2-7. Lopez a highly touted amateur from Brazil was clearly the sharper fighter and looked to have Woolsey out in the first round when he dropped him with a straight right hand, Woolsey beat the count and managed to stay on his feet for the rest of the fight.
Lopez got in six quality rounds against a guy that was there but would land one punch every now and then to remind Lopez that he was still in the ring with him. Boxing well the southpaw Lopez threw nice check-hooks as Woolsey would come in and landed good straight one two’s in a fight that he had a clear advantage in hand and footspeed.
All three judges scored the fight 60-53.
“The Rooster” Neeco Macias 8-0 4KO’s mauled Paramount CA native Tavorus Teague 2-2-1 1KO in a dominant smothering performance that showed the energetic style that has made Macias a crowd favorite at the Fantasy Springs casino. Macias came out fast throwing left and right hooks in combination from his tight tucked defense. Teague was getting pounded to the body and hammered upstairs every time he opened up to return fire by Macias’s insane work rate. Breaking down the referee decided that Teague had had enough and stopped the fight to save Teague.
In the first bout of the evening Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete 8-0 3KO’s took on tough opponent Fernando Fuentes 5-4 1KO in a fight that Negrete had to dig deep against a fighter that clearly didn’t come to be the next notch on Negrete’s belt. Negrete was docked a point for a low blow in the fifth in a round that saw both fighters getting rough on the inside
In the swing bout Nick Arce of Westside Boxing, Los Angeles, CA brought an army of fans counting of at least two hundred butts in seats to take on Lyonell Kelly 1-5-1 1KO and Arce did not disappoint in a solid performance by the young fighter as he dropped Kelly with a hard straight left hand in the first round. Arce was too much for Kelley as he came in with a measured jab and threw well in combination. Arce is a young fighter and with some polishing he could turn into a prospect to keep an eye on.