"Rumble At The Rock III" Results From Seminole Hard Rock
Hotel & Casino In Hollywood, Fl.
Mexico’s Ricardo “Hindu” Espinoza (21-2, 18 KOs) made the
most of his Telemundo appearance in the main event of
“Rumble at the Rock III,” tonight (Friday, Nov. 30), at Hard
Rock Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in
Hollywood, Fla., by destroying previously undefeated Yeison
Vargas (17-1, 12 KOs) of Colombia in two rounds.
After an uneventful first round, Espinoza impressively
opened up and dropped Vargas three times in the second. In
the process, Espinoza, the streaking WBO #2 contender,
picked up a TKO 2 and the WBO Latino Bantamweight
Championship. Having never left his homeland for a fight
before, Vargas seemed unprepared for the brutal power of
Espinoza’s hooks and right hands. The time was 1:19.
In the 10-round welterweight co-main event, Puerto Rican
prospect Derrieck Cuevas (19-0-1, 14 KOs) scored an
impressive unanimous 10-round decision over Miami via
Barranquilla, Colombia veteran Breidis “Khanqueror” Prescott
(31-15, 22 KOs).
Cuevas is a wicked puncher. Prescott was down in round one
from a thudding left hook and was saved by the bell from a
quick KO loss. What followed over the next nine rounds was a
clinic from the surprisingly elusive 24-year-old Cuevas on
hitting, hard, and not getting hit back.
Always a warrior, the battle-proven Prescott tried for the
entire fight, but simply couldn’t reach Cuevas with anything
consequential. Cuevas looks to have the goods to continue to
climb the 147-lb ladder into contender status. The scores
were not announced.
Popular Miami light heavyweight Ulysses Diaz (7-0, 6 KOs)
was too much for Sonora, Mexico’s Fabian Valdez (3-5), as he
stopped him in two rounds of a scheduled four. “The Monster”
Diaz, a serious crowd favorite in South Florida, clubbed
Valdez with his trademarked sledgehammers, sending the
hapless Mexican reeling around the ring until the slaughter
was mercifully waved off at 49 seconds. Valdez was down from
a body shot in round one.
Miami lightweight Manuel Correa (3-0, 2 KOs) pounded out a
brutal unanimous (40-36 x 3) four-round decision over Dustin
Arnold (6-2, 1 KOs) of Coral Springs, Florida.
Lacking the power to get the relentlessly energized fists of
Correa away from him, Arnold did well to survive the
onslaught. His face didn’t feel so lucky though, as he was
reduced to a bloody mask during the carnage. Correa is a
pitbull worth having another look at. The normally capable
Arnold will have to improve his power to compete with
savagery of the type that fighters like Correa can generate.
Miami welterweight Livan Navarro (10-0, 6 KOs) scored an
entertaining fourth-round knockout (54 seconds) over
Colombian veteran Wilfrido Buelvas (19-11, 13 KOs). The pair
of sluggers traded free-swinging haymakers throughout.
Buelvas even looked to have hurt Navarro in the second, but,
eventually, Navarro’s superior power took over and that was
it for the Colombian from Barranquilla.
Buelvas went down twice in round three and twice more in
round four, the final time for the full 10 count.
In an eight-round super featherweight bout, former
top-ranked veteran Mike “Machine Gun” Oliver (26-10-1, 8
KOs) of Hartford showed the ravages of time, as he flopped
twice and quit in the first round against Miami’s undefeated
featherweight Hairon “El Maja” Socarras (20-0-3, 12 KOs).
What would have been an entertaining scrap a few years ago
was more of a sad exhibition as Oliver dropped from the two
punches he caught and elected to quit after the second
“knockdown.” The time was 50 seconds.
All-action Miami featherweight Jessy Cruz (15-7-1, 6 KOs)
continued his winning streak with a four-round beatdown of
Mexican veteran Isaias Martin Cardona (25-15, 17 KOs).
Cardona, a showboating type, was down in round, one, three
and four. After the fourth, saner heads prevailed, and he
was prevented from coming out for the fifth. The official
verdict was a TKO 5 (0:01).
Miami via Cuba’s hard-punching super middleweight Irosvani
Duvergel (5-0, 3 KOs) stayed undefeated by making quick work
of Miami’s Yendris Rodriguez Valdez (2-3, 2 KOs) by way of
TKO 1 (1:46). The exciting Cuban was too strong for Valdez
and after going down from a right hand, Valdez’s corner
signaled their man’s surrender.
A four-round featherweight contest ended early when Puerto
Rico’s Luis “Chucho” Melendez (3-1, 2 KOs) scored a TKO 2
(2:13) over debuting local Jonathan Conde. After a routine
first round, Melendez had Conde down three times, the first
with a counter left hook and then twice more with big right
In the four-round heavyweight opener between two Miami-based
sluggers, Hector “Ready for War” Hodge (3-3, 1 KO) spoiled
the pro debut of Jairus Gladney (0-1) by knockout at 1:43 of
round two. The pair of big men traded wild shots until Hodge
found pay dirt with a southpaw left hand, dropping Gladney.
Gladney rose but was in no condition and another roundhouse
left finished things.
“Rumble at the Rock III” was presented by Kris Lawrence and
The Heavyweight Factory, in association with Tuto Zabala of
All Star Boxing.