SAN DIEGO, June 30, 2017 – Solid performances from prospects including several stoppages gave boxing fans an entertaining start to the long Independence Day holiday weekend in Indio, California on the card presented by Golden Boy Boxing, although not as many fights made it to ESPN as intended. Due to technical problems, only the main event aired live.
Oscar Negrete remained undefeated (17-0, 7 KOs) with an eighth round stoppage of Sergio Frias of Mexico (18-7-2, 9 KOs). Negrete was in control throughout the fight, landing solid power punches until Frias’s corner decided he’d had enough and threw in the towel on his behalf. Negrete knocked Frias down in the third round and had him in trouble several times. Negrete wins the vacant NABF bantamweight title.
Frias was a late substitute for Negrete’s original opponent, Randy Caballero. “I want Caballero next,” said Negrete. He said he knew he was winning the bout and credited his jab for getting a lot of the work done Friday.
In the co-main event, lightweight Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin (19-0, 11 KOs) kept his perfect record clean with a unanimous decision over Marcos Jimenez of the Dominican Republic (22-8, 15 KOs) . Martin won every single round on all three judges’ scorecards, roughing up Jimenez but not able to finish the tough defensive fighter off, a corner Martin expressed before the fight.
“It was hard for me to get him to open up because he would only throw a shot once he knew he could land it clean,” said Martin. “This was my first time going the full ten rounds, and by the eight, I was like ‘darn, he’s still standing?!’ Overall, I felt that I could be more consistent with my style, and I wish I would have listened to my coaches more while I was in the ring, but I am satisfied with my performance and despite not getting the knock out, I’m glad that I got the win.”
Fights like this one are money in the bank with a young, talented boxer like Martin, who gains more from the experience and problem solving in the ring than with an easy victory. Martin is likely to appear on the Golovkin vs. Canelo undercard in September.
In the final bout of the night, Genaro Gamez of San Diego (5-0, 4 KOs) got right down to business, making quick work of Devon Jones of California (2-5, 1 KO). Gamez knocked Jones down first with a left hook, then knocked him out with an overhand right, and it only took 1:04 of the first round. It was the fourth first round knockout in five bouts for the flashy lightweight known as “El Conde.”
“We were the swing bout, so I tried to send everyone home as early as I could,” said Gamez. “Of course I’m so excited for this win, I’m trying to keep my knockout streak alive.” Gamez has faced limited opposition, but is quickly gaining a reputation for his fast finishes.
Lamont Roach Jr. of Washington DC (14-0, 5 KOs) came away with a decision over Jesus Valdez of Sonora, Mexico (20-3-1, 9 KOs). Scores were 100-90, 98-92, and 97-93. Roach was slightly disappointed he couldn’t score the knockout. “The icing on the cake would have been if I could have knocked him out, so I feel like this was an okay performance,” said Roach.” Roach wins the WBC Youth Super Featherweight title.
Super lightweight Keandre Gibson of St. Louis (17-1-1, 7 KOs) got back in the win column after his first loss to Antonio Orozco, defeating Dennis Dauti of Zurich (14-3, 7 KOs) by scores of 80-72, 79-73, 77-75. “This fight gives me a confidence boost,” said Gibson. “Most fighters who come from overseas are pretty awkward in their styles, and he was no exception,” adding he was glad to avoid any serious headbutts in the bout. “I just want to be able to get those tough fights, so I think this puts me back in there.”
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a veteran boxing observer covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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