Premier Boxing winners in Texas: Figueroa, Ortiz, Centeno, Gausha, Barrios

Victor Ortiz begins his comeback with a stoppage, but few other fighters distinguished themselves with their efforts.

Omar Figueroa (left) won a decision over Antonio DeMarco in the main event. Photo: Premier Boxing

SAN DIEGO, December 12 2015 – Fans in San Antonio, Texas enjoyed a variety show of boxing at the AT&T Center with 15 bouts on the card, many of them broadcast on NBC and NBC Sports Net. No big surprises though one decision was hotly disputed by fans at ringside.

The controversy was the split decision win by heavyweight Chris Arreola (37-4-1, 31 KOs) over Travis Kauffman (30-2-0, 22 KOs) of Reading, Pennsylvania. Scores were 114-113 twice for Arreola; 114-113 for Kauffman. Arreola, fighting at his lowest weight since turning professional, may have lost a little strength along with the 30 pounds he peeled off. Kauffman had Arreola down once in the third round, and backed him up for much of the fight. Kauffman pointed out the heavily Mexican-American crowd in Texas was booing the Mexican-American Arreola because of the injustice of the result. This isn’t going to vault Arreola into the heavyweight title hunt the way he hoped.

Texas native son Omar Figueroa Jr. (26-0-1, 18 KOs) prevailed over Antonio DeMarco (31-5-1, 23 KOs) of Mexico in a unanimous decision. Scores were 115-113, 115-113, and 116-112. Figueroa came in heavier than he ever has, blowing past two weight divisions. His punch output was eye-popping as it’s ever been, landing 414 of 1,092 punches thrown. He didn’t gain any strength at the higher weight, and lost the snap and speed he had as a smaller fighter. DeMarco hung in tough, and he had a very strong 11th round, wobbling Figueroa Jr. scoring on crisp shots from the center of the ring. But Figueroa pinned DeMarco on the ropes for so much of the fight, the damage was done..

Victor Ortiz (31-5-2, 24 KOs) began his comeback attempt with a solid performance against Gilberto Sanchez Leon (33-14-2, 13 KOs) of Mexico. Ortiz knocked Leon down in the first and third rounds before stopping the fight for good in the eighth round. It was good for Ortiz to get some rounds in the books after a year off recovering from injury and starring in a few movie projects along the way. Ortiz is only 28 and in theory should have plenty of time to work his way back into the welterweight division. He said after the bout he’d like to fight the winner of the January fight between Danny Garcia and Robert Guerrero. Based on Saturday’s bout, he may get the call.

Middleweight 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha (17-0, 8 KOs) remained undefeated, pitching a shutout on the scorecards against Said El Harrak of Great Britain (12-4-2, 7 KOs). All three judges scored it 100-90. El Harrak came in over the weight limit and didn’t appear fully prepared. Gausha caught El Harrak at times with good shots but couldn’t close with a stoppage. Gausha felt it was a good performance, saying he doesn’t matter what comes next, he will stay ready.

Hometown junior lightweight prospect Mario Barrios (14-0, 8 KOs) remained undefeated after a solid sixth round knockout victory over Manual Vides (18-5, 11 KOs).

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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