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  Belasco Theatre 2017 Season Opener:
Franco Stops Pasillas In Three

By William Trillo
Photos: Marlene Marquez


Super Flyweight Joshua Franco (9-0, 5 KO’s) overwhelmed Victor Pasillas (8-7-2, 5 KO’s) in the main event of the Golden Boy promoted card. From the onset it was clear Franco was on a mission and his opponent Paillas was looking for the quickest way out. Franco obliged the overmatched challenger with a beat-down over three rounds and then dropped him with a flurry at the 2:32 mark before the fight was brought to a merciful end.

"I felt like I could have continued to fight," said Victor Pasillas. "It's been two years since I've been in the ring, so this was the first step to rebuilding my career."

"I was definitely expecting a tougher fight," said Joshua Franco. "I had watched a lot of his fights online, and I expected a knock out later in the fight."

Super Lightweight Jonathan Navarro (8-0, 5 KO’s) won’t soon forget a fighter by the name of Angel Rodriguez (5-7-3, 4 KO’s). Navarro came out on top in this six round slugfest but Rodriguez did not make this victory an easy one. Navarro found it difficult to land clean blows on the elusive Rodriguez and when he did it only seemed to fire Rodriguez up. For his part Rodriguez landed combo’s throughout the night and gave a good account of himself in this semi-main event battle. In the end it was Navarro who prevailed as he took a unanimous decision with scores reading 60-54 twice and 59-55.

“This fight shows that I can rumble with tough opponents,” said Jonathan Navarro. “My opponent fought against Diego Magdaleno and Adrien Broner, so I knew he had to be tough, and he was. I came into the ring slowly, trying to figure him out, and Rodriguez came forward aggressively. He was a tough opponent, and I am definitely thankful for the experience. I’ll be back in the ring soon, hopefully increasing my rounds.”

Lightweight Ryan Garcia (8-0, 7 KO’s) proved his KO power is no fluke as he demolished Devon Jones (2-2, 1 KO) inside of two rounds. Davis came out with a purpose and before round one was over Jones had tasted the canvas twice. The second round was more of the same as Garcia was simply too much for Jones. A sharp right hand dropped Davis again and moments later another shot by Davis sent his foe face first into the mat and that was enough for the ref who halted the bout at the 55 second mark.

“You heard the crowd tonight, I think they enjoyed the fight,” said Ryan “Kingry” Garcia. “I give myself a B- for my performance since I got cobbled in my head a couple of times and I had to adjust because I didn’t know that my opponent was a southpaw. But we got the knock out and that’s what makes champions.”

Super Lightweight David Mijares (5-0, 3 KO’s) took on a slippery veteran in Evincii Dixon (7-16-2, 2 KO’s) who made the young Golden Boy fighter earn his victory via unanimous decision over 6 rounds. Dixon played a game of cat and mouse on the ropes for most of the fight and Mijares was willing to engage the fighter landing hooks to the body with stiff uppercuts along the way. Dixon did do some damage in the fifth round bloodying the nose of “Junebug” as well as landing a shot that almost dropped Mijares in round six. But the tough Mijares prevailed and earned himself a unanimous nod on cards that read 60-54 twice and 58-56.

“This was a great learning experience for me. It was the first time I went all six rounds with someone who has the experience and patience inside the ring,” said David Mijares. “I definitely want to work on being more aware throughout the fight – he got me with a couple of punches high up on the head that threw me off. I want to pursue more experienced opponents like this and build myself up as a fighter for this year, and get used to fighting at six rounds.”


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