SAN DIEGO, June 4, 2016 – Young boxers made the most of their chance to impress fans at the Stub Hub Center there to see the long awaited Salido vs. Vargas showdown. Fans saw several knockouts, but also saw a few decisions which left many fans disagreeing with the outcomes.
The co-main event was a battle for local bragging rights between two undefeated featherweights, with Abraham Lopez (21-0-1, 15 KOs). scoring the unanimous decision over Julian Ramirez (16-1, 8 KOs). Ramirez started the fight busier and stronger, scoring with accurate, well placed punches for the first two rounds. But the pair settled down and put in solid if less than inspiring work. It seemed Ramirez continued to direct much of the action, but Lopez scored with . But the judges saw it 97-93 X 2 (Max Deluca and Carla Caiz) and 98-92 (Villareal) for Lopez.
“It was a close fight, my respects for Julian he definitely is a hard puncher,” said Lopez. “But I’m not hurt, I was able to counter the punches he came at me with. This victory opens doors for me, it moves me up to the next level in my career and gives me the opportunities to fight for a world title. I’m glad I listen to my corner, that’s what ultimately helped get the victory tonight.”
“This was a really tough fight,” said Ramirez. “I knew he would be a tough opponent, and that’s what I trained hard for. I know that he won some rounds, but I thought that I did very well out there. And I thought that I had a very good shot at winning this. I feel that the decision should have been much closer. But it is what it is, and that’s boxing.”
In non-televised undercards fight, middleweight Gabriel Rosado (23-9, 13 KOs) made his new Southern California fans happy by coming out to the ring walk song “California Love,” but promptly got himself in trouble at the hands of surprisingly strong young opponent Antonio Gutierrez (20-2-1, 9 KOs) of Mexico.
It wasn’t long before the fight because a phone booth battle. Gutierrez was aggressive with a nice mix of punches to head and body. Gutierrez caught Rosado and knocked him down in the fourth round. Rosado got to his feet and decided he would fight his way back into the fight, prompting the fans to rise to their feet and applaud at the end of the fourth round.
Both continued to trade shots for six more rounds. It was a close fight, and it appeared thanks to the knockdown Gutierrez would hang on to prevail. But the judges scored a unanimous decision for Rosado by cards of 95-94 X 2, and 96-93. The judges disagreed on their scores in six of the ten rounds of the fight (2,3, 5, 6, 9 and 10), and the fourth round was a 10-8 round for Gutierrez. That’s how close it was.
Rosado admitted he hoped the fight would go a little differently than it did. “I wasn’t expecting to get knocked down,” said Rosado. “I know that I was making some mistakes in my rounds, and he was coming at me really hard. I know that I have a lot of support out here. This was a learning experience for me. Despite my flaws, I was able to get back up and take this victory.”
The crowd thought Gutierrez won and made their feelings known when the decision was announced. So did Gutierrez, whose team raised him on their shoulder at the end of the bout. “This has been the most difficult fight of my career thus far, but I feel that I was very impressive and dominated many of the rounds tonight,” said Gutierrez. “When I dropped him in the fourth round, I was surprised because I was just doing what my corner advised. And it worked. I don’t agree with the decision. I feel I gave the better fight tonight, and the crowd agrees with me.”
Gutierrez is among several talented Mexican boxers based in Tijuana working with former champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales. He will be back and can benefit from his experience on Saturday. It was a positive introduction for him to American fans.
Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (14-0, 12 KOs) won a solid unanimous decision (80-72 X and 79-73) against Jhon Gemino (12-7-1, 5 KOs) of the Philippines. Gemino made Gonzalez work hard for the victory, standing up to serious punches from Gonzalez. These are the kind of grind it out wins that help a young fighter build skills.
Also winning on the undercard were Nicolas Arce (8-0. 6 KOs) in a six round shutout uninmous decision, Jonathan Navarro (6-0, 5 KOs), and Genaro Gamez (2-0, 2 KOs) who scored an impressive body shot knockout at 1:36 of the first round. So far, Gamez hasn’t had to fight a full round yet.
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.
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