Antillon Wins; Gomez Shines

Report By Roy Marquez
Photos: Marlene Marquez



Highly ranked contender Urbano Antillon stopped Tyrone Harris at 2:23 of the fifth to remain undefeated and keep alive a shot at the lightweight title.  Antillon versus Harris headlined the first fight card held at the new Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV.     


Antillon (26-0) is a hard hitting left hooker who throws the uppercut off the hook.  Harris (23-5) is a polished southpaw who works behind a stiff jab and the 1-2.  The problem for Harris was that he didnít work the 1-2 often enough.  The first round was slow but competitive and could have been scored for either fighter.  Antillon took the second by digging hooks to the body.  Harris retaliated with the jab but didnít keep busy enough to deter Antillon.  Antillon took the third by digging hooks to the body.  Harris retaliated with the jab but didnít keep busy enough to deter Antillon.  Harris started quickly in the fourth resolute to assert his presence. 

After absorbing a few left hooks and upper cuts from Antillon, Harris reverted to giving ground while shooting the occasional 1-2.  When Harris let his hands go he was effective in disrupting Antillon who must set his feet to fire.  But Harris was unwilling or unable to sustain any offense and wilted in the fifth.  An Antillon left hook to the body dropped Harris late in the fifth.  Harris beat the count but was one hook away from going down for good.  That hook came moments later and referee Tony Weeks stood over Harris and waived off the contest.  



In what was easily the evenings most compelling contest, former Contender and title challenger Alfonso Gomez landed a crippling liver shot in the eighth round of a scheduled ten round welterweight bout that rendered Juan Buendia unable to continue. Referee Robert Byrd called off the bout at 1:07 of the round in what had been a bloody war of wills.         


Mid way through round one Gomez (19-4-2) and Buendia (14-3-1) stood toe to toe in the middle of the ring and exchanged bombs.  Buendia backed up Gomez and asserted his strength and ferocity.   Gomez (19-4-2) made an adjustment in round two by pivoting left and pumping the jab into the oncoming Buendia (14-3-1).  Gomez seized the subsequent rounds with right hands and movement.  In the fourth Buendia suffered a cut from a Gomez right hand and for the first time in the fight gave ground. 


The fight turned again in the fifth when the fighters clashed heads.  Gomez suffered a deep gash in his brow that spewed blood down his face.  Encouraged by the cut Buendia renewed his attack and battered Gomez in the sixth.  In the seventh the fighters once again stood toe to toe and traded leather.  This time neither man took a backward step.  The fight was up for grabs when the eighth round began and both men had a sense of urgency about them.  Thatís when Gomez landed the left hook that froze, and then fell Buendia.  Buendia rose before the count of ten but shook off the referee and the contest.                        


Las Vegan Diego Magdaleno (9-0) overcame a flash knockdown in the first to defeat Juan Santiago (7-2-1) over four super featherweight rounds.  Magdaleno caught a Santiago right hand that put him on his seat but he recovered quickly and went back to work.  In the second Magdaleno jumped on his foe after landing a left that wobbled Santiago.  In rounds three and four Magdaleno couldnít miss with the left as Santiago squared up on his approach.  The judges favored Magdaleno 40-37, 39-36 & 39-37.        


Mark Melliguen (14-1) is a southpaw from the Philippines fighting in the super lightweight division.  Sound familiar?  He and his fans hope his victory over Ramon Montano (17-7-2) is a precursor of things to come for countryman Manny Pacquiao in his mega fight against Ricky Hatton.  Montano was the aggressor throughout but was unable to apply effective pressure against the Filipino.  Melliguen controlled the charge by talking a half step back to make Montano miss before firing counter lefts.  The tactic paid off for Melliguen who impressed the judges to earn an 80-72, 79-73, 78-74 unanimous decision.               


Buoyed by the pro-Pacquiao contingent in town, Filipino Denis Laurente (31-3-4) opened the eveningís action with an eight round unanimous decision over Marvin Cordova (20-1-1).  Fighting out of the southpaw stance, Laurente repeatedly beat Cordova to the punch with short, straight jabs and left hands. 

Cordova tired noticeably as the bout wore on and lost the late rounds as his work rate diminished.  All three judges scored the bout 77-74 for Laurente.  Cordova lost a point in the seventh for hitting after the bell.