Not a bad night of boxing in the debut of Golden Boy Promotions’ “Fight Night Club” on Versus and RingTV.com. Commentary on the fights, and some of the unique elements of the show:
- Ricky Lopez won a four round decision over Rufino Serrano, and while Lopez showed he could do a lot — he had good legs, good punch variety, etc. — either Serrano was the best opponent on the card or Lopez was the least impressive prospect. Lopez got hit a ton, and I’m sorry, he was way, way, too little. His height isn’t available on BoxRec, but I can’t see him being a force at junior featherweight. Maybe Serrano was just tall — his height wasn’t on BoxRec either — but Lopez looked short by any standard.
- Featherweight Charles Huerta knocked out Noe Lopez in the 3rd round after three knockdowns, the first a left hook; the second a left hook/straight right combo; and the third a right hook. It was an impressive finishing number. Before that, Lopez had his moments against Huerta, but Huerta was always in charge. The best moments for Lopez came when Huerta opted to stand and trade, and the two men went bonkers on each others’ faces. How good is Huerta? Dunno. He, too, got hit a lot, but he handled it well. He was, to me, the second best prospect on the televised card, but potentially the one with the best ratio of excitement level to ability.
- Lightweight Luis Ramos scored a 5th round knockout and was the most impressive of all the prospects on the card, if you ask me. His opponent, Baudel Cardenas, had lost five of his last six, so he was probably the worst opponent in the lineup, although he was the most experienced, having gone the distance with some big names like Steve Luevano. I just liked Ramos’ intelligence and his poise. He picked his spots exceptionally well, showed good defense, put together combinations, countered smartly and when he hurt his man to the body early on, he relentlessly went back to the lower environs. The first knockdown came in the 1st on a straight left to the tummy; the second and final knockdown was on a right hook that he set up perfectly and that Cardenas walked right into.
- Junior lightweight David Rodela won the best back-and-forth slugfest of the night against Juanito Garcia. Two judges saw it for him by scores of 59-55, and the third saw it 57-56 for Garcia. I had it a draw, with Rodela winning the first two rounds, then the 4th. In the 3rd, Garcia wobbled Rodela, but Rodela showed his fightin’ heart by coming back to rock Garcia in the next. Garcia closed stronger. Basically, Rodela was a wild wooly gunslinger type and Garcia could counter, which usually makes for a good fight. I can’t even kind of seeing Rodela going very far, but I can see him offering good television bouts, and Garcia, despite being the seemingly craftier of the two, got hit by too many telegraphed punches.