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  Fan Fest At Fight Night

Report & Photos By Roy & Marlene Marquez

Club Nokia was packed with action in and out of the ring as Golden Boy Promotions launched their first Fight Night Club show of 2011. Entertainers Too Short and Baby Bash shared the stage with Los Angeles Lakers power forward Ron Artest and boxing champions and challengers Amir Khan, Abner Mares, Paulie Malignaggi, Andre Berto, Daniel Ponce De Leon, and Daniel Jacobs. In the ring, welterweights Jessie Vargas and Cristian Favela headlined a fight card rivaling the show beyond the ropes.

Undefeated prospect Jessie Vargas was pressed to the brink by last minute substitute Cristian Favela but won their welterweight contest by unanimous decision. A journeyman from Los Mochis, Mexico, Favela (19-31-7) took the fight on short notice and gave a good showing. In the first, Vargas (14-0) kept Favela at the end of a steady jab.

Vargas jabbed to the head and body in the second, a round he made look pretty simple. Vargas also dug to the body when Favela provided the opening. In the third, Favela hit Vargas with a clean right hand that didn’t faze the bigger man. Favela picked up the pace in the fourth, applying pressure to work inside.

Favela bloodied Vargas’ nose early in the fifth and continued to push the pace. Vargas fell into Favela’s trap by lingering inside and trading hooks. Vargas looked tired by the sixth and gave ground to a surging Favela. Favela continued to pursue Vargas around the ring in the seventh.

Vargas looked spent and was clearly outworked in the round. Both fighters appeared dead tired in the eighth, though Favela found energy down the stretch to close the show. The crowd roared their disapproval when the verdict was rendered for Vargas: 79-73, 78-74, & 77-75.

Super middleweight prospect Bastie Samir stopped Eddie Hunter with a series of left hooks to win their bout by knock out 51 seconds into round three. Both fighters had their moments in the first. Both landed hooks to the body and both tasted the other man’s power.

Samir (10-0) increased his work rate in the second and in doing so established his superior boxing skills. Early in the third Samir trapped Hunter (5-5-2) against the ropes and uncorked a left hook that put Hunter in jeopardy. Referee Raul Caiz Jr. rushed in and yelled at Hunter to “Show me something!”

A moment later Samir landed another monstrous left hook and Hunter fell into Caiz’ arms. Caiz waived off the bout as the doctors were climbing through the ropes.

Jamie Kavanagh tattooed Ramon Flores with crisp combinations over six lightweight rounds to win their bout by unanimous decision. Flores (3-11-2) landed the first telling blow of the fight, an overhand right that buckled Kavanagh’s knees.

Kavanagh (5-0) closed the round with a three punch combination at the bell. Kavanagh got the jab going mid way through the second in a dominant round. Kavanagh hooked off the jab to start the third with a pretty combination.

Flores’ punches remained forceful but grew increasingly wide as the fight progressed. Throughout the middle rounds Kavanagh put his punches together and punished a tired, and open, Flores. Kavanagh nearly had Flores out in the fifth but Flores hung on to the bell.

All three judges scored the bout six rounds to none (60-54) for Kavanagh.


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