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  Blood, Guts & The Bizarre Friday Night In Reno

By Simon Ruvalcaba

It was a night that going into the show you heard a lot of experts say 50/50 as in how competitive each bout looked on paper. Friday night’s Let’s Get It On Promotion’s card at the Reno/Spark Convention Center had proof of just how competitive the show was as 2 out of 5 bouts where draws while 2 of the other 3 where exciting and played out with solid victories.

In the main event youth was served as Ricardo ‘El Nino’ Sandoval of Riverside, California outworked 8 year pro veteran and local favorite Oscar ‘Chapito’ Vasquez to earn a unanimous 8 round decision, 80-72 on all three cards for the shutout victory to improve to 13-1 (8). Vasquez falls to 15-2 (3). Oscar seemed to be looking for his rhythm all evening as Sandoval was more assertive and quicker to the punch. For Sandoval, who in his last appearance in Reno defeated Olympic Alternate Brent Venegas, this victory over Vasquez raises his stock to legit contender status.

In the co-main event, Sacramento, California's Blake ‘The Beast’ McKernan improved to 8-0 (6) and claimed the W.B.U. Cruiserweight belt with a 3rd round stoppage of Mexico’s Daniel Arambula. After 2 rounds of stalking and finding his range, Army and Iraq War Veteran McKernan picked up the pace in round 3 and a barrage of punches that staggered Arambula from one side of the ring to another forced the Referee stoppage as Arambula’s corner was throwing in the towel. Official time was 2:15. Arambula falls to 4-3 (1).

In a heated 4 round Lightweight contest, Carson City, Nevada’s Diego Elizondo, a local favorite, and St. Louis’s Canton Miller battled to a 4 round majority draw. The bout featured good exchanges with heated exchanges, tackling and low blows as both fighters refused to back down from each other. In the end judges scored 40-36 for Miller, while other two scorecards agreed with Punchline ringside scoring of 38-38 for a majority draw. Elizondo no 2-0-1 and miller is now 3-1-1 (1).

Oscar’s Brother Santos ‘Titos’ Vasquez battled Puerto Rican Bryan Aquino in a 6 round light flyweight bout. Action was slow the first two rounds but then picked up in round 3. The southpaw Aquino was picking his shots while Vasquez would stalk in with stiff rights. It was a tactical fight that Punchline scored 58-56 for Vasquez. Official scorecards where 58-56 Vasquez, 58-56 Aquino and 57-57 for an official draw. Vasquez now 5-2-2 (3) while Aquino is now 11-2-1 (5).

In the night’s opening bout Cuban Heavyweight Frank Sanchez Faure 6-0 (6) of Las Vegas via Cuba, looked to continue his climb up the Heavyweight ladder against veteran Lamont Capers 9-12-4 (1) of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Sanchez came out fast and landed some heavy blows from his still developing raw style. Towards the end of round 1 a point was deducted from Capers for excessive holding. The 2nd round got started and seconds in with Capers along the ropes, it appeared he may have take a shot that dropped him clear out of the ring with ringside officials unable to react fast enough, Capers dangerously hit the Reno/Sparks Convention Center’s cement floor. It was ruled that he was shoved out of the ring and unable to continue the bout was ruled a No Contest.


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