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Viktor “The IceMan” Postol 28-0 12KO’s stunned the boxing community with an impressive knockout victory over Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse 37-4 34KO’s. Matthysse came out fast in the early rounds and appeared to rock Postol with right hands.
Postol employed an educated use of space as he smothered Matthysse when close and fired combinations when the two were separating on the breaks. In the second half of the fight Matthysse appeared to slow and Postol planted a right hand that put Matthysse on the canvas. After crumpling Matthysse didn’t beat the count while the knockdown sent the stubhub center into a frenzy.
Following the fight Postol said: “Lucas is a good fighter but they call me the Iceman, I can take a punch”
Matthyse said: “I felt a pop in my eye, I could have gotten up but I needed to take care of my eye.”
In the Co-Main event Antonio “Relentless” Orozco 23-0 15KO’s declared himself a contender with a unanimous points win over veteran warhorse Humberto “Zorrita” Soto 65-9-2 35KO’s. In a tough battle that saw both fighters land big shots. Orozco did both- win on the outside and inside.
After getting rocked by an uppercut in the second round Orozco found his range and lived up to the name of Relentless by punishing Soto downstairs then upstairs. Soto would also have his moments and the fight appeared closer than the cards.
In the ninth round Orozco was docked a point for a low blow that appeared to be on the belt line- but it wouldn’t matter as the scores would come in at 98-91, and 97-92 twice in favor of Orozco. After the fight Orozco said: “I feel great about the win, it has been something we have been working for my entire career. This means that we have stepped it up in competition, and I am ready for a world title fight. I felt that I set the pace to this fight, but it wasn’t easy. Soto is a tough fighter, he came prepared and I have a lot of respect for him. This was a great learning experience for me and proves I am ready for the next step in my career.”
The win puts Orozco in an interesting situation with names like Viktor Postol, Ruslan Provodnikov, Mauricio Hererra, Terrance Crawford, and Lucas Matthysse- Orozco suddenly finds himself in the running for very interesting matchups in a loaded 140lb. division.
Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez 15-0 8KO’s won a 10 round unanimous decision over tough veteran Hugo Partida 20-5-2 on scores of 100-90 twice and 99-91 in a fight that appeared a little closer than the official scorecards.
Golden Boy is clearly showing confidence in the abilities of Ramirez as they aren’t afraid to match him tough so early in his career. Partida proved to be a stiff test- that didn’t come to lose. With plenty of exchanges the duo put on an entertaining fight with big hooks that oohed and aahed the crowed.
In the end Ramirez’s jab and movement won the fight but it was his willingness to sit in the pocket and exchange that may have made him win the fans. Following the fight Ramirez said: “I knew Partida. I had sparred with him when I was younger. I believe I knew he was going to be a tough fighter so I came prepared. But, I felt like I dominated the fight throughout. Although I did hurt my hand in the second round and felt uncomfortable using my left hand. I feel like I gave a good performance and showed the fans that I am a champion.”
In a six round swing bout Los Angeles native and Stubhub seat filler Nick Arce 5-0 5KO’s stopped Juan Hernandez 3-1 of Tijuana Mexico in a battle of briefly undefeated fighters.
Arce is a tall super featherweight that gets tremendous leverage on his punches. In the fourth round Arce planted a left hook to the body of Hernandez like it landed on the moon and put him down and out of the fight. Arce is another in a group of promising prospects that promoter GoldenBoy has been developing in their local LA Fight Club series that focuses on the future of the brand.
Mercito Gesta 29-1-2 16KO’s scraped by Miguel Angel Mendoza 21-7-2 21KO’s winning a unanimous decision on scores of 97-92 and 96-93 twice. Gesta didn’t do himself any favors in following up a draw against Carlos Molina earlier this year; this fight almost had the same outcome with the exception of the scores.
Gesta has talent but his consistency with his movement enabled Mendoza to land some big shots that were the more telling blows of the fight. The Philipino who goes by the name of “No Mercy” has god side to side movement and threw punches in combination well but would sit in the pocket too long at times with his hands down.
In the second Mendoza dropped Gesta on what looked like a slip but the referee ruled a knockdown. With many of the rounds close it looked like the fight could go either way or be ruled a draw.
After the fight Gesta said: “There is a difference between clean shots and wild shots and the refs saw that tonight. He was a very tough opponent but my boxing skills were what got me the win tonight.”
The third bout of the day saw Marcelino Lopez 32-1-1 17KO’s of Buenos Aires, Argentina stop journeyman David Rodela 17-12-4 7KO’s in the third. Lopez dropped Rodela in the second with a nice left hook and dominated the action throughout. In the third Lopez landed another crushing hook that dropped Rodela prompting the referee to call a halt to the action.
D’Mitrius Ballard 10-0 7KO’s of Washington D.C. kept his undefeated record intact after he outpointed Juan Carlos Rojas 8-13-1 7KO’s. Rojas was game but the difference in ability was apparent from the opening bell. Look for Ballard to step up the competition in his next outing.
Upset was the theme in the opening bout as Alejandro Ochoa 7-10 1KO dropped formerly unbeaten prospect Kevin Rivers 12-1 9KO’s from Palmer Park Maryland twice en-route to a majority decision on scores of 59-53 twice and 56-56.