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Headlining his first televised card on Golden Boy Promotions Boxeo Estelar didn’t prove too big of a task for San Antonio’s Joshua Franco 9-0 4KO’s. Franco blasted opponent Victor Pasillas 8-7-2 5KO’s in the third round with a left hook, right hand that dropped Padilla and prompted referee Raul Caiz to call a halt to the fight and save Pasillas at 2:32.
“I was definitely expecting a tougher fight” “I had watched a lot of his fights online, and I expected a knockout later in the fight.” Said Franco after the victory.
East Los Angeles product Jonathan Navarro 7-0 5KO’s had his hands full in a hard-fought unanimous decision victory over Angel Rodriguez 5-7-3 4KO’s of Houston TX. Navarro came out blazing in the first round and staggered Rodriguez with a hard right hook. Rodriguez would show some good veteran craft to survive the fight and win a few exchanges but it was the workrate of Navarro that would win the night unanimously on scores of 60-54, 60-54, and 59-55.
Ryan “KingRY” Garcia 8-0 7KO’s stayed unbeaten with a second-round TKO over Louisiana’s Devon Jones 2-2 1KO. Garcia came out a little tentative but got rolling after the first minute and a half with a hard left hook right hand combination that put Jones’s legs on spaghetti street, a quick right hand after would put Jones down. After beating the count Jones would go down again from a right hand before the end of the first.
Garcia came out ready to end his night early in the second round and Jones obliged by hanging his chin out for a big Garcia counter right hand that dropped Jones hard. Jones would make it to his feet for a third time but Garcia would score with a counter right to drop him for a fourth time, prompting referee Raul Caiz to call a halt to the action. “You heard the crowd tonight, I think they enjoyed the fight” Said Garcia after the bout.
David “JuneBug” Mijares 5-0 3KO’s opened the night’s action with a workman performance over Evincii Dixon 7-16 2KO’s of Lancaster PA. Dixon missed weight by two pounds almost losing an opportunity but Mijares’s camp renegotiated and still fought on, rolling to a unanimous points victory on scores of . Dixon fought in spots, bloodying the nose and almost dropping Mijares in the sixth round but couldn’t match the output of the kid from Santa Monica.