Mikey: There’s still a lot more of Mikey Garcia left

Former three-division world champion Mikey Garcia (39-1, 30 KOs) spoke about his future plans on Friday’s ShoBox telecast from Midland, Texas. “I wanna do something before the end of the year and look for something BIG early next year. There’s still a lot more of Mikey Garcia left,” Mikey told Steve Farhood.

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Garcia unsuccessfully moved up two divisions to challenge IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence back in March, but the 31-year-old says he may stay in the higher weight class. “If the fight is available with the right guy I’ll do 147,” stated Mikey, “but 140 is a better suited fit for me.”

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Results From Commerce Casino

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Boxing returned to the Commerce Casino in Commerce, California as bantamweight prospect Narek Abgaryan (13-0, 5 KOs) from Armenia made his U.S debut scoring a fifth round knockout over Juan Kantun (21-8-3) in the main event. Abgaryan sent Kantun to the canvas in round two. Continuing to box, Abgaryan controlled the fight keeping Kantun away with the jab. Mixing it up, the Armenian dropped Kantun for a second time as the referee stop the fight at 2:36 of the fifth.

Also making his U.S. debut light heavyweight Robin Sirwan Safar (9-0, 6 KO’s) from Sweden stopped Alfredo Contreras (14-24-2) in one round. Contreras suffered a cut on his left eye as the doctor took a look at the cut and then stopped the fight at 2:03 of the opening round.

Undefeated super featherweight prospect Chris “The Boy” Zavala (6-0, 3 KO’s) stopped Juan Jimenez (8-8) in one. Zavala was flashy as he beat Jimenez to the punch and closed the round aggressive. After completing a round Jimenez could not continue as the referee waved it off at the end of the first round.

Super lightweight prospect Elvis Rodriguez (4-0-1, 4 KO’s) knocked out Ramon Mascarena (6-1) in three. Rodriguez sent Mosquera to the canvas as Mascarena was bleeding from his left eye and got up but could not continue. The referee stopped it at 1:56 of the third.

Lightweight Miguel Contreras (8-0, 6 KO’s), of Bakersfield, California won a unanimous decision over Misael Chacon (3-19-3). Contreras and Chacón traded from the opening bell, later in the round Contreras landed a solid uppercut. Contreras once again connected Chacon with the uppercut in the round two. In the third, Contreras continued his attack busting Chacon’s nose. The final round saw Contreras finish strong as a bloodied Chacon stood in there taking Contreras’s best. All three judges scored the bout 40-36.

Bantamweight Alexis De Luna (7-0, 5 KO’s) won a hard fought unanimous decision over a tough Leonardo Torres (4-14). De Luna used his skills and boxed as Torres pressured. Despite getting tagged with combinations Torres stood in front of De Luna. In the third, Torres landed some heavy shots backing up De Luna and stopping his momentum.

With Torres fading, De Luna ripped on the inside in the fifth, pressuring Torres. De Luna’s boxing skills proved to be the difference as Torres made the most of it in going the distance. Judges scored the bout 59-55, 59-55, and 58-56.

Super lightweight Christian Camarena (6-0, 2 KOs), stopped Anthony Zender (1-4). Camarena was the more skilled, boxing away shooting the stiff jab. Following up with the right, Camarena shut Zander’s left eye. Zender had seen enough as a combination by Camarena staggered him forcing the referee to stop the fight at 2:33 of the third.

Luis Norambuena (4-5-1) won a unanimous decision over Moisés Fuentes (3-1, 1 KO) in a super lightweight bout. Norambuena came out shooting away landing big punches in the opening round as Fuentes countered. A huge left hook by Normabuena in the third, dropped Fuentes as Norambuena looked to close but Fuentes was saved by the bell.

Stalking in the fourth, Norambuena was on top of Fuentes. Swinging wildly in the fifth, Norambuena continued to pressure Fuentes as he was fighting off his back foot. The sixth and final round Norambuena attacked as he backed the countering Fuentes. In the end, the judges scored were 58-55, 57-56, and 57-56.

Local favorite middleweight Steven Pichardo (6-1,1 KO) of Los Ángeles won a unanimous decision over Roberto Yong (6-18-2). Pichardo kept his distance shooting the jab on his rangy opponent Yong. Boxing away Pichardo outworked Yong and in the final round finished strong in route to a decision win. All three judges scored the bout 60-54

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Petrov demolishes Bell in two, targets Kingry

Former lightweight title challenger Petr “El Zar” Petrov (41-6-2, 22 KOs) destroyed journeyman Dedrick Bell (23-31-1, 11 KOs) in two rounds on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. The 36-year-old Petrov outclassed Bell from the get-go and a left hook to the belly finished him. Time was 2:48.

After the fight, Petrov called out Ryan “Kingry” Garcia. Petrov was prepared to step in as a late sub against Garcia last Saturday night, but the bout was never finalized.

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Sugar Nunez stops Hernandez in one

Hot prospect Eduardo ” Sugar” Nunez (18-1, 18 KOs) of Sinaloa, Mexico stopped Rafael “Potro” Hernandez (30-13-3, 24 KOs) of Caracas, Venezuela in round one. The super featherweight main event took place in Monterrey, Mexico. From the opening bell, Nunez went at Hernandez firing punches nonstop. A vicious combination to the body put Hernandez down about two minutes into the round. Hernandez beat the count but was put down moments later by a combo to the head where the referee then waved it off. The official time of the stoppage was 2:33 of round one. Nunez maintained his 100% knockout winning percentage.

The lightweight co-feature saw Jairo “Doberman” Lopez (25-11, 16 KOs) of Mexico upset countryman and former world title challenger Eduardo “Canilla” Escobedo (34-8, 24 KOs) by way of tight eight round unanimous decision. All three judges scored it 77-75 in favor of Lopez.

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Results from Midland, Texas

In a clash of unbeaten featherweights, Ruben Villa (17-0, 5 KOs) shut out Enrique Vivas (17-1, 9 KOs). Villa dropped Vivas in round two, a round that went four minutes. Scores were 100-89 across the board. There was a lengthy delay between rounds five and six due to a broken ring rope.

Unbeaten jr welterweight Brandun Lee (16-0, 14 KOs) scored a second round KO over Milton Arauz (10-2-1, 5 KOs). Lee laid out Arauz with a right hand just before the bell to end round two. Time was 2:59.

17-year-old welterweight prospect Vito Mielnicki Jr. (2-0, 2 KOs) needed about a minute to finish Caleb Bailey (0-2). Bailey down twice.

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Ortiz overcomes Salinas to stay unbeaten

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

Unbeaten lightweight Steven “The Hitman” Ortiz (11-0, 3 KOs) had to get off the canvas twice to battle his way to an eight round majority decision victory over Alejandro “Popo” Salinas (10-3, 9 KOs) at the Parx Casino in Bensalem PA on Friday night.

Ortiz, the PA State lightweight champion, used his longer reach to win the opening round with sharp shots. It changed in the second round as Salinas stunned Ortiz with a right hand and then put him down with a a counter right hand. The crowd was shocked, but Ortiz was regaining control in the third round when another right hand sent him back to the canvas for the second time. Ortiz went back to heavy shots from distance to take rounds four through six. Salinas wasn’t finished as he rocked Ortiz again in the seventh round, but the hitman was able to clinch and recover without going to the canvas. The fight appeared to be even going into the eighth and final round. Ortiz was careful as he banged shots from distance up until the final bell. One judge saw it 75-75 but the other two officials had it in favor of Steven Ortiz by scores of 76-74 for the razor thin majority decision victory.

Undefeated junior lightweight sensation Joshafat Ortiz (7-0, 4 KOs) won a spirited six round unanimous decision over Andrew “Sweet Pea” Bentley (5-4, 1KO) in the co-feature of Fight Night 5 promoted by Joe Hand Promotions and BAM Promotions.

Ortiz appeared to take control in round two as he found his range with several hard-right hands up top that backed Bentley around the ring. Ortiz continued to press forward throughout, but it wasn’t easy as he suffered a bloody nose in the fourth round and cut over his left eyelid in the fifth from an accidental clash of heads. He kept his cool and boxed carefully until the final bell ended the sixth and final round. All three judges saw the fight in favor of Joshafat Ortiz by scores 0f 60-54 and 59-55 x 2 for the unanimous decision victory

Daiyann Butt 5-0, 3 KOs impressed the locals with a first round stoppage of fifteen fight veteran Latorie “War Machine” Woodberry (2-10-2).

Butt battered Woodberry with hard hooks to the body before putting him to the canvas early in the opening round with a right hook underneath. Woodberry made it to his feet, but it would not matter as Butt put him down again moments later with another series of body shots. Referee Shawn Clark waived the fight off at 2:45 of round one for the TKO victory.

Genc “The sexy Albanian” Pllana (6-1, 3 KOs) put on quite a show as he battered game Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis (18-16-1, 7 KOs) throughout until Referee Gary Rosato had mercifully seen enough and called the fight off at 2:28 of the fourth round.

In the opening bout of the evening, light heavyweight Afunwa King made his successful debut, with a second-round stoppage of previously undefeated Jan Czerklewicz (2-1).

King hurt Czerklewicz early in round one with a combination and battered him around the ring. Czerklewicz tried to survive the onslaught but was dropped seconds before the round ended. King would not let him off the hook and sent him back to the canvas with a right hand in the second round. Referee Shawn Clark ruled that he couldn’t continue and waived the bout off at 1:23 mark.

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