John Vera Stops Cleotis Pendarvis In Opening Round
Fort Worth (TX) middleweight John “The Phenom” Vera stopped
Cleotis Pendarvis in the opening round of last night’s RJJ
Boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS main event at Biloxi Conference
Center in Biloxi, Mexico.
Vera vs. Pendarvis suddenly and surprisingly ended midway
through the opening round, when Pendarvis (21-8-2, 9 KOs), a
former USBA champion, stopped throwing punches and went to
his knees. He was counted out with what is believed to be a
“Well,” Vera (20-1, 12 KOs) said after the fight, “the way
my fight ended was anticlimactic. I was feeling really good
and calm in there. I was just finding my range, establishing
my jab and calculating. He threw a jab to the body and I
blocked it with my elbow. I felt his knuckle hit my elbow.
Sucked ut ended that way, but what can you do?”
Vera has now won his last two fight since suffering his only
loss as a professional back in 2018, when he traveled to
France as a world rated fighter to take on Michel Soro
(31-2-1) for the WBA Interim junior middleweight title, in
which Vera lost a 12-round unanimous decision.
In Vera’s previous fight this past in August, “The Phenom”
won a 6-round unanimous decision in Las Vegas over Ravshan
Hudaynazarov (17-2), a former world-rated fighter from
“I would like to get in the ring as soon as possible,” Vera
added. “I wanted rounds, so it’s time to get right back in
there. I’m unscathed and in shape.”
In the co-featured event, ABF West super lightweight
champion Christon Edwards (12-2, 6 KOs) won a 6-round
unanimous decision from Texas welterweight Jonathan Steele
(9-7-1, 6 KOs) in a non-title fight.
Eridson Garcia (11-0, 7 KOs), of Houston by way of the
Dominican Republic, won a split decision against Jose Miguel
Diaz Valenzuela (6-1, 1 KO), of Phoenix, in a battle of
undefeated super featherweights. Scoring, though, was odd as
Garcia won 60-54 and 59-55, but the third judge scored it a
Tennessee super lightweight Tyler “Short Fuse” Tomlin
remained undefeated, improving to 10-0 (6 KOs) with a quick
stoppage of over-matched Venezuelan veteran Ricardo Ocampo
(12-11, 7 KOs), who was knocked out at the 53-seconds mark
of round one.