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.
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
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.
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
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
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.