Del Valle Wallops Nguyen In
Unanimous Decision Victory; Gonzalez Defeats Gutierrez In
Hard-Hitting Lopsided Unanimous Decision
Photos: Tom Casino - SHOWTIME
On a second consecutive
night of fights on ShoBox: The New Generation on
SHOWTIME®, featherweight Luis Orlando “Orlandito” Del
Valle’s rising star shined in a 10-round unanimous
decision over Dat “Be Dat’’ Nguyen with scores of 99-91
three times. In the co-feature, Jonathan Gonzalez scored
a convincing 10-round unanimous decision by the scores
of 99-91 and 98-92 twice in a junior middleweight
matchup over Richard Gutierrez from Roseland Ballroom in
New York City on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade.
Del Valle (13-0,10 KOs), of Bayamon, P.R., impressed the
boisterous Boricua-based crowd and SHOWTIME announcers
alike with his sharp shots and well-timed counter
punches. Known for throwing a high volume of shots,
Nguyen (17-2, 6 KOs), a resident of Vero Beach, Fla.,
came out swinging but Del Valle anticipated Nguyen’s
wide punches with crisp counters.
The two exchanged many
times throughout the early rounds with Del Valle winning
the upper hand nearly every time. As Del Valle’s face
bore only a small cut under his right eye, Nguyen’s
slug-marked mug swelled more and more with each passing
Though Del Valle, who was taking a big step up in level
of opposition, proved that his name belonged higher on
the prospects to watch list, Nguyen showed a tremendous
amount of bravado – and a granite chin – as he refused
to give up or even hit the canvas.
“[Nguyen] is very strong and determined,” said Del Valle
after the fight. “He has a good chin and more power than
his record shows.”
Beginning in the sixth
round, Del Valle dominated the fight by teeing off on
Nguyen against the ropes where Nguyen couldn’t counter
with more than a few unwise “bring it on” taunts at the
surging Puerto Rican. The crowd got behind the
24-year-old Del Valle as he closed out the best
performance of his young career.
“For my money, Del Valle stole the show,” said SHOWTIME
analyst Steve Farhood. “Just an outstanding
The night’s opening bout
began before the bell as both contestants shouted
insults to one another from across the ring. The fight
started with two action rounds to the crowd’s delight
that saw Gonzalez unload countless power shots and
Gutierrez returning with hard counters.
As the scrap settled into the third round and beyond,
the fighters were warned about multiple fouls by referee
Gary Rosato from low blows to hitting behind the head
and the clashing of heads.
In the 6th round,
Gonzalez began to pick the action back up and unload
heavy shots to the head and body of Guttierez but ended
his barrage with a low blow that gave Gutierrez some
much needed time to recover. Gonzalez stayed active
through his first career distance fight winning a
satisfying unanimous decision.
As for what’s next for the 126-pound Del Valle: “He's
going to go down to 122, whether he wants to or not,”
said co-promoter Lou DiBella. “He’s already got power
now. At 122, forget it.”
The card was co-promoted
by DiBella Entertainment and Gary Shaw Productions.
The telecast will replay this Thursday, June 16 at 10:30
p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME® and be available On
Demand beginning June 14 through June 27.