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2012 Olympian Joseph Diaz Jr. 16-0 10KO’s won a unanimous decision over Giovani Delgado 15-3 9KO’s on scores of 99-91 and 100-90 twice. The scorecards weren’t indicative of the type of close fight that Diaz found himself in.
In Diaz’s toughest outing throughout his young career, Delgado put up a solid performance against the young blue chip. Starting slow Diaz was tagged repeatedly and didn’t display the type of speed advantage he has had in his previous performances.
During the back half of the fight, Diaz would lose the first portion of the round only to rally and win the second half to demonstrate he does have grit and the ability to adapt. Delgado should be kept around by Golden Boy to serve as a tough test for the rest of their 122 pound prospects because he has the ability to take a punch but lacks in the overwhelming power department.
Seven foot tall heavyweight Taishan 4-0 2KO’s scraped by with a gift majority decision over Jamal Woods 6-17-3 6KO’s Woods had a good outing as he rocked Taishan with hard counter left hooks in the first and fourth round.
Taishan, who is very much a work in progress needs to be moved at a snail’s pace in order to keep the wins coming. Any thought of a step up in competition for Taishan should be forgotten for the next few years to allow him to develop.
Keandre Gibson 13-0-1 5KO’s earned a workman like unanimous decision victory over Jorge Romero 24-10 21KO’s. Gibson came out fast as he usually does and dropped Romero in the first round on a hard over-hand right that landed over a lazy Romero jab.
Even though Gibson clearly won every round, he made the fight harder than it had to be and faded down the stretch. Going to the inside and staying there shouldn’t be part of his game plan as he held a sizeable speed advantage over his opponent.
Joshua Clottey was scheduled to face Saul Canelo Alvarez in December, Alvarez pulled out of the fight with an ankle injury after speculation that Canelo was negotiating a fight against middleweight champion Miguel Cotto. Clottey still fought on the same card as Canelo albeit several steps below the co-main event against rugged journeyman Jorge Silva.
Silva, known for is exciting loss to Alfredo Angulo in 2012 came to fight. In a scrap that featured tough back and forth action, Clottey came out the benefactor of wide scorecards to the tune of 98-92, and 100-90 twice. This fight was closer than the scorecards indicated as Silva was able to land on the inside and rock Clottey on multiple occasions.
Clottey deserved the decision but 100-90 was atrocious.
Ryan Martin 13-0 8 KO’s earned a knockout victory after dropping Ivan Zavala 7-10-2 3KO’s with an overhand right in the first. Zavala beat the count, but after appearing as though he didn’t want to continue the referee called a halt to the action.
Curtis Meeks 10-1-2 3KO’s got a gift majority decision over Ramsey Luna 12-3 5KO’s on scores of 76-76, 77-75, and 78-74. Meeks appeared to tire down the stretch of the eight round bout and never got a jab going. Luna was the busier of two and landed the cleaner punches inside.
Cresecio Ramos 3-0 2KO’s dropped Cody Walker 1-5 three times en route to a first round knockout. Ramos didn’t get a chance to show much, as everything he threw put the Shreveport, Louisiana fighter on his back.
Joseph Rodriguez 9-0 2KO’s continued his progression notching a unanimous decision win over Luis Guevara 3-1-1 2.
Rodrigo Guerrero 23-5-1 scored a TKO victory when opponent Arturo Badillo 20-7 18KO’s didn’t answer the bell for the ninth.
Armando Pina 6-0 6KO’s scored a second round KO over Zacharia Kelley 4-11 4KO’s in the opening bout of the day.