Hirales Bests Huerta;
Russell Rolls To Victory
By Roy Marquez
Photos: Marlene Marquez
A trio of promising young featherweights assembled in San
Diego, CA to showcase their wares on Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo
Tecate. In the TV opener, veteran Feider Viloria’s
experience was no match for the cat-quick reflexes of Gary
Russell Jr. And in the main event, upstart Raul Hirales Jr.
outworked fellow young gun Charles Huerta to earn a 78-73,
77-74, 74-77 split decision victory.
Huerta (16-2) started
the fight on his toes firing the jab. A pair of 3-punch
combinations tattooed Hirales. With a minute left in the
first Hirales suffered a cut along his left brow.
Hirales (12-0-1) came out winging punches to open the
second. Huerta fired back and the combatants traded
punches in a frenzied round. Hirales pumped the 1-2 with
success to open the third. Huerta stood his ground and
the two went toe-to-toe at center ring. Hirales hurt
Huerta with a borderline belt shot that Huerta thought
was low. Huerta got back on his toes to start the fourth
but was quickly sucked into the slugfest Hirales
favored. Huerta reeled from a belt shot and then knelt
in a neutral corner following an obvious low blow.
Fighting in close quarters in the fifth, Huerta sunk
left hooks into Hirales’ right side. When Hirales
lowered his gloves Huerta landed the 1-2 upstairs.
Referee Pat Russell deducted a point from Hirales when
he strayed below the belt. Once again, Huerta started a
round on his toes only to abandon boxing to stand in the
pocket and trade. Hirales landed a stirring overhand
right that buzzed Huerta near the conclusion of the
sixth. In the seventh Hirales unleashed combinations
that forced Huerta to grab and hold. Hirales was the
fresher fighter and outworked Huerta over the full three
minutes. Huerta landed a right on the button at the
bell. Hirales fought the eighth crazed and brought the
crowd to their feet. Hirales closed the show and
convinced two of the three judges he did enough to earn
Gary Russell Jr. rolled
to his 14th straight win with a convincing 70-62, 70-62,
69-63 decision over veteran Feider Viloria. Russell
(14-0) worked a straight left behind a blinding jab in
the first. Comatosed by speed, Viloria climbed into a
defensive shell. Russell picked his shots in the second
and timed Viloria with a right hook around his guard.
Viloria (23-8-2) attacked to start the third. Russell
blocked most of the in-coming and found an occasional
opening for his left. A straight left hurt Viloria in
the fourth but Russell couldn’t capitalize. Viloria
circled in the fifth but couldn’t avoid the first knock
down of the fight. Russell caught Viloria with a
sweeping left hook that dropped the Colombian in his
corner. By the sixth Viloria was wearing the effects of
the fight on his face. Viloria wasn’t yet bleeding but
sported welts under both eyes. An unintentional head
butt fifty-five seconds into round seven opened a deep
gash over Viloria’s right eye. Referee Jerry Cantu
stopped the contest and sent it to the scorecards.
Middleweight prospect Bastie Samir dominated Loren Myers
stopping him on cuts to win by TKO. After punishing
Myers (7-11-1) for the majority of the first, Samir
finally put Myers on the canvas moments before the end
of the opening round. Knowing Myers was hurt, Samir
pursued Myers with wild abandon in the second. Open to
the counter, Samir ate a solid right hand from Myers.
Samir (9-0) took the punch well and landed a right that
dropped Myers for the second knockdown of the fight.
Samir continued to load up on power punches in the third
though Myers managed to stay on his feet. Myers rode his
bicycle in the fourth rather than trade with Samir.
Samir nearly let the air out of his tires with well
placed hooks and jabs to the midsection. Myers faded in
the fifth but managed to make it out of the round.
Following the fifth, Dr. Eddie Ayoub examined Myers and
called a stop to the bout for excessive cuts.
Faces in the crowd: bantamweight world champion Abner