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In an absolute snoozer of a main event Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz Jr. 25-0 17KOs won a unanimous decision over late substitute Joell Godfrey 17-15-1 6KOs, Godfrey had all of the writers in press row on edge as he waited until there were only 30 seconds left in the first round to throw his first punch, that’s what kind of fight this was.
Bottom line Ruiz got some rounds in a paid sparring match against an opponent that probably won’t get invited to be a late substitute again. Without taking any damage Ruiz can potentially get back in the ring soon to keep his momentum going. Appearing to have gotten more physically fit Ruiz- may be taking a more serious approach to his career.
Daniel “El Chapulin” Valdivia 9-0 7KOs won the Jr NABF Middleweight Title with an exciting knockout of Jeremy Ramos 9-2 3KOs at 1:40 seconds of the sixth round of a fight that had the crowd roaring in Lemoore, CA. Valdivia does just enough wrong to make fights more exciting and competitive than need be.
Possessing one punch knockout power- Valdivia put Ramos on the canvas early in the first round then went in for the kill. Ramos however, wasn’t ready to go away quietly and put Valdivia down with a hard counter left hand in a fiery exchange that had the crowd on their feet. Both fighters were cautious to avoid each other’s power until Valdivia landed a thunderous right hand that put Ramos on spaghetti legs. A follow up flurry crumpled Ramos prompting referee Zack Young to jump in and call a halt to the action.
Valdivia got the victory but also showed that he has some holes that could use some work, an area that his handlers will surely address when moving forward.
Julian “The Left Handed Bandit” Lopez 3-0 won a tough split decision over Phoenix fighter Edgar Brito 3-2-1 2KOs in the swing bout that got some airtime on the international telecast due to Esquiva Falcao’s bout going short. Neither fighter dominated the action, the rounds were close enough that this fight could have gone to either fighter. On scores of 40-36 twice for Lopez and 39-37 for Brito Lopez took the nod to extend his record.
Opening the international telecast 2012 Brazilian Olympian Esquiva Falcao 11-0 7KOs demolished Zolton Papp 7-2-1 3KOs of Budapest, Hungary. Falcao fired a stiff jab followed by nice right hands that dropped Papp at 1:50 in the second round hard. Papp didn’t make any attempt to get on his feet ending the night early for the Brazilian.
In the second bout of the evening Joe Louie Lopez 6-0 3KOs won a unanimous decision over Rafael Valencia 2-1 2KOs in the battle of the briefly undefeated. Lopez was just an inch more polished than the game Valencia, both fighters came to the center of the ring in the first round but Valencia appeared to tire after the second allowing Lopez to take command and cruise to a unanimous decision on scores of 40-36 twice and 39-37.
Eric Altamirano 5-0 4KOs ended the first bout of the evening early in the first round as he pounded Imarjoe Miller 1-4. Miller never stood a chance as he was blasted early with a right hand then later in the round he went down a second time. Altamirano looked good and should be a nice project for TopRank to build.