It was an early night for most of the fighters in the non-televised undercard bouts at The Forum, who can all say they shared the ring with Bernard Hopkins in his final fight.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. – December 17, 2016 – Christmas came early for Irish transplant Jason Quigley (12-0, 10 KOs) of Donegal, Ireland. He came blazing out of the corner and got right to work with power punches against Jorge Melendez of Puerto Rico (28-8-1, 26 KOs). He landed several right hooks for his first knockdown. Melendez got to his feet, and was knocked down again in short order. Melendez gave it one more try with his corner men hovering, and they finally threw in the towel for him at 2:24 of the first round.
“Me and Manny Robles were ready to go all ten rounds if necessary,” said Quigley. “He wanted the knockout more than I did, He was coming forward and risking heavy punches to his own detriment. We are 110% ready for anything that is coming in the future.”
Lightweight Christian “Chiampa” Gonzalez (16-0, 14 KOs) of Buena Park, California made his many fans at The Forum happy with a knockout over Jonathan Perez of Miami (36-16, 28 KOs) at 24 seconds of the third round. Gonzalez had Perez down twice in the second round. Perez tried to recover between rounds, but it wasn’t enough. “My plan was to go into the ring and practice what I had worked on in the gym, which was working on my jab,” said Gonzalez. “We knew we were facing an experienced opponent, and not much would surprise him, but my team and I trained hard on our plan and I’m very happy to have taken the knockout.”
Featherweight Joet Gonzalez of Glendora, California (15-0, 7 KOs) remained undefeated with a fourth round knockout at 2:40 over Jairo Hernandez of Mexico (15-11, 8 KOs). Gonzalez said he was glad to get the stoppage. “I was expecting him to come forward more, and I think he was a bit cautious of my power blows. Overall, I’m satisfied with my performance tonight.”
Carlos Morales of Los Angeles (15-1-3 (6 KOs) prevailed in a split decision over Charles Huerta of Paramount, California (16-5, 10 KOs) with scores of 96-93 X 2, and one card of 95-94 for Huerta. Morales had the fight well under control when Huerta scored a flash knockdown in the ninth round to keep things close on the scorecard. Morales takes the the NABA super featherweight title home. “He was on his game, and it was a tough fight,” said Morales I was caught completely off guard by his left hook, and I think that slowed me down, and the cut on my nose was a result of four hard rounds of boxing.
Lightweight Ryan Garcia of Victorville, California (7-0, 6 KOs) remained undefeated and can now say he scored a TKO on a very big stage early in his career. Garcia had no trouble at all with Antonio Martinez of Mexico (6-8, 5 KOs). Garcia is a young prospect and is doing everything right so far in a competitive division. “I was a little nervous since this was my first timer as a Golden Boy Fighter,” said Ryan Garcia. “I set him up perfectly for me to utilize my straight jab, and found a way to maneuver his awkward style. I’m going to look back at the tape and just keep on improving and taking off my Golden Boy career.”
Yamaguchi Falcao of Brazil (12-0, 5 KOs) only gave Forum fans 27 seconds to see his American debut. The super middleweight landed several solid punches on German Perez of Tijuana, Mexico, (10-3-3, 3 KOs) but they didn’t seem like knockout blows. Perez turned away, and spoke to the referee, who stopped the bout. Perez was assisted out of the ring on a stretcher, apparently due to an ankle or leg injury, a disappointing outcome for everyone.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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