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  Schofield Shines In Headliner Debut

By Igor Frank

San Antonio, Texas - In the main event of the evening undefeated lightweight from Austin Texas, Floyd Scofield (15-0,11 KO's) thrilled devoted fans at AT&T Center With a dominating performance over crafty and awkward opponent from Las Vegas, Haskell Rodes (28-5-1,13 KO's). All three judges scored this contest 100-87.

As if he said, No Virgil Ortiz, no problem, Kid Austin wanted to demonstrate to fans in the arena as well as around the world that he deserves to be a headliner. He attacked his opponent with speed and agility reminiscent of young Floyd Mayweather. His sustained attack from all angles started to pay dividends in the fourth stanza. Scofield’s two fisted offense intensified in the 7th stanza as he scored two knock downs one with a left hook and the other with a barrage of punches that simply overwhelmed Rhodes. Floyd scored another knock down in the eighth stanza with a body shot. In the ninth fans started to chant knock him out, knock him out as Kid Austin continued his high-powered assault. Big drama culminated at the end of 9th when Floyd Scoffield ended up on the canvas from what seemed like a hook from Rhodes. The referee correctly didn’t rule it a knockdown , because it was scored by a head butt.

‘It’s boxing you are going to get cut,” said Schofield after he was declared a winner:

“I ain’t going to lie that man can take a punch. “When asked about future opponents Kid Austin exclaimed: ”Keyshawn Davis, sign a contract . I am not playing.”

Joseph Diaz Jr. (33-4-1,15 KO's) overweight by 6.5 pounds still had enough in his tank to dominate a younger opponent from Harbor City, California Jerry Perez (14-3-1,11 KO's) All three judges scored the fight for veteran Diaz: 97-93,97-93,98-92.

Former champ Jo Jo Diaz hurt his opponent early in the second stanza, but couldn’t finish the job, then he hurt Jerry Perez again in the fifth, but resilient youngster kept fighting back without a lot of success until the final rounds when he really let his hands go and had fans on their feet, but unfortunately it was a little too late.

Female firefighters Marlen Esparza (14-1,1KO) from Houston and Gabriela Alaniz (14-1,6 KO's) from Argentina put on quite a show for the fans. They came out swinging from the opening bell and never stopped for the duration of a fast-paced battle. Alaniz pressed the action, but Esparza held her own with sharp counters. Judges scored the fight 95-95,99-91,97-93 in favor of Marlene Esparza, but the crowd didn’t agree and booed the decision.

In the opening televised bout despite being lighter than his opponent undefeated Eric Tudor (9-0,6 KO's) scored a hard fought unanimous decision over Reggie Harris Jr.(7-4,3 KO's). Judges were in agreement and scored the fight 77-74 and 78-73 twice.

Tudor dropped his opponent with the left to the body right to the head combination in the first round but couldn’t finish the job and had to go eight hard rounds to get the victory.

Texas own Tristan Kalkreuth (11-1,8 KO's) stopped Joe Jones of Jersey City (13-9,10 KO's) at 2;12 of round number two. It was a third knock down that forced referee to end the fight.

In the opening bout Cruiserweight from Houston, Texas Darius Fulghum (6-0,6KO's) stopped Jeremiah Curtwright (2-2,2 KO's) at 2:17 mark of the 3rd stanza.


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