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  Navarro Steals The Show In Hollywood

By William Trillo
Photos: Marlene Marquez


Featherweight Jesus M Rojas (26-2-2, 19 KOs) lost a dull one-sided bout to Joseph Diaz (27-1, 14 KOs). Since Diaz decided not to make weight for this World Boxing Association World Featherweight Title fight he effectively rendered this fight as meaningless as shredded hay. I am going to put as much effort in the fight recap as Diaz put in to make weight. Final scores read 116-112, 117-111 and 115-113.

Super lightweight Damon Allen (15-1-1, 5 KOs) came in as the highly touted A-side from Philly but soon learned coming into the back yard of Jonathan Navarro (15-0, 8 KOs) is anything but a walk in the park. Allen started out the fight looking like a confident smoothie but once Navarro started laying the leather on the Philly fighter everything changed.

Once he was hurt Allen went to his bag of dirty tricks and started landing low blows. The first one hurt Navarro but he would not let it deter him. The next low blow was blatant and obvious and this time Navarro needed to take a few moments to gather himself. Allen was deducted a point for the obvious premeditated foul. Navarro was also wearing the dripping blood of a cut caused by an iffy Allen head butt, but you could sense he was gaining control.

As the fight went on Navarro was getting closer and closer to landing the big shot. He did in round five and Allen was in big trouble. This time in desperation Allen tackled Navarro to buy more time. It was clear Allen had no answer for the power of Navarro outside of cheating.

Round six was close but as the bell rang Allen was simultaneously clipped with a great shot from Navarro. As Allen turned to return to his corner Allen did a face plant into the canvas. Somehow he recouped and made it back to his corner.

In round seven Allen was looking for some kind of survival mode to stay safe but a patient Navarro waited until the right moment and then dropped a barrage of punches on Allen that left the tough Philly fighter looking like a soggy day old Cheese Steak as he sank in the corner.

Officially this one ended at the 1:33 mark of round seven. This was a huge win for Navarro who showed he has what it takes to step up to the challenge. Lets hope to see more of him in the near future.

It just wasnt my night he had the better class and action plan and we just came up short. Were both top prospects and we knew it was going to be a war in there, said Damon Allen. I failed to keep my hands up and let him take control of me. I have to go back to the drawing board and see whats next. Ill be back we just have to re-evaluate some things.

I feel great. Stepping up in class really made the difference. He [Allen] took everything out of me. Hes a prospect, and hes hungry, and he brought a lot out of me, said Jonathan Navarro. I knew that once he felt my power, he would be out. Im ready for whatever is next. I have to talk to my dad, my manager and Golden Boy Promotions, but Im ready for anything.

Its highly unlikely that Middleweight Ferdinand Kerobyan (10-0, 5 KOs) ever took a backward step as he pummeled Jose Rivera (6-4, 4 KOs) over the six round scrap.

Kerobyan, the undefeated fighter from Hollywood was on constant attack with brutal shots to the body being his main weapon. Somehow Rivera was able to withstand the onslaught all night. Judges were in agreement as they all scored it for Hollywoods fighter 60-54.

I came to give a great performance to the fans and to my family. I feel so blessed to be a part of the first Facebook Watch show, and I hope my performance tonight shows that Im capable of taking advantage of these opportunities, said Ferdinand Kerobyan. I wanted to get the knock out, but I am pleased with the result we got tonight. He was tough, and we were able to get some good exchanges. I look forward to jumping back into the ring soon.

Welterweight Aaron McKenna (5-0, 3 KOs) threw everything but the kitchen sink at Rolando Mendivil (10-5, 3 KOs) but the tough whiskered fighter from Sinaloa refused to go down.

Not only did Mendivil refuse to hit the deck but he kept things interesting by landing some pretty impressive shots of his own.

But make no mistake about it; this fight belonged to Irelands McKenna who pitched a dominant shutout with scores of 40-36 on all judges cards.

Being a part of the Golden Boy Fight Night on Facebook Watch was amazing. Im glad that I get to be a part of boxing history, and that my family from back home can watch, said Aaron McKenna. I thought that we did great I went in there with an opponent with more experience than me who was ready to go in. I learned a lot from those four full rounds. Im looking forward to going back into the ring with an opponent GBP and my team think would be a good fit for me.

Featherweight Leonardo Reyes (7-18, 3 KOs) went down in round one twice thanks to body shots from a tough Jose Vargas (5-0, 4 KOs). Vargas would up his attack in round two and followed that up in round three with a vicious one-two combination to the head. That was all she wrote as Reyes crumbled to the canvas and took the ten count.

For the record the fight came to a halt at the 38 second mark of the third round.

Im barely starting out, so everything I do still needs work, said Jose Vargas. Im glad we got the knock out, and now its back to the drawing board to prepare for the next one.


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