By Jeff Zimmerman
In a rough and tumble main event at the Southern Junction in Irving, Texas, middleweights Mark Vasquez (5-1, 2 KOs) and Lamar Bolden (0-2) ended in a no decision due to an accidental foul. Bolden ended up on the canvas multiple times as both guys got physical. After Bolden got a visit from the doctor, the fight was stopped at 2:57 of the first round of the scheduled four. Bolden protested the stoppage with the doctor, but to no avail. And once the fight was ruled a no decision, Vasquez team was unhappy with the result as they were hoping for a knockout as they felt Bolden was cleanly punched.
Garcia Promotions, led by 4x world champ Mikey Garcia, once again hosted a local show in front of one of his big fights. Last year, it was the battle with Errol Spence Jr. at Cowboy Stadium in front of 47,000 fans. On Saturday night, Garcia will face 2x world champ Jessie Vargas at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco that will draw between 10,000 – 12,000. Although Mikey was not in attendance, his brother and trainer Robert, worked the corner of several of his fighters.
Former world champion Paulie Ayala and Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik were in attendance along with Derrick James, trainer of Errol Spence Jr. and Jermell Charlo, as well as 154lb contender John Vera Jr.
Saul Rodriguez vs. Josh Ross
In the co-main event, Robert Garcia trained lightweight Saul Rodriguez (24-1-1, 18 KOs) used a devastating body attack and solid defense against the outgunned Josh Rosh (4-13-5) to win going away. Rodriguez dropped Ross twice in the 3rd round, once in the 4th and three times in the 5th, before referee Rosario Solis had finally seen enough and waived it off. Ross was certainly game, but no match for the powerful Rodriguez. The time of the stoppage was 1:55 of round 5.
Breenan Macias vs. Israel Camacho
Bantamweight Breenan “B Fly” Macias (7-0- 2) dominated a tough Israel Camacho (1-4) over six rounds to earn the unanimous decision. Macias was the aggressor throughout the fight using fast combos to keep Camacho at bay. Camacho hung tough but couldn’t land consistently against the skilled Macias. The scores read 60-54 twice and 59-55 for Macias.
Robert Rodriguez vs. Ramiro Martinez
In a bantamweight battle, southpaws Robert Rodriguez and Ramiro Martinez went toe to toe over six rounds. Martinez used a long reach to land his right, left combos to the head while Rodriguez used a consistent body attack. Rodriguez stalked Martinez around the ring, but it was Martinez who would often let his hands go first. Martinez appeared to win the early rounds, but from instructions from his corner in trainer Robert Garcia, Rodriguez got closer and began to work the body. In a tight contest, the judges ruled it a majority draw with scores of 57-57 twice and 58-56 for Rodriguez
Angel Alejandro vs. Darry Hayes
Dallas’ featherweight Angel Alejandro (9-0, 4 KOs) and Daryl Hayes (7-15-, 1 KOs) from Houston squared off in a Texas featherweight tilt. Alejandro dominated form the opening bell landing his left, right combo throughout. Hayes was game and made Alejandro work, but could match his overall skill level. The judges scored it 58-56, 59-55, 59-55 for Alejandro as he stays undefeated with the six round unanimous decision.
Joahnys Argilagos vs. Erick Hernandez
Super flyweight and former amateur sensation from Cuba, Joahnys Argilagos (4-0, 2 KOs) dropped Erick Hernandez (1-1, 1 KO) twice in the 1st round and cruised to an easy TKO victory at 2:58. Hernandez got up to his feet at the count of 9 after the first knockdown but decided to stay on the canvas with 2 seconds remaining in the opening frame. Argilagos remained undefeated after four pro fights.
Jordan Jones vs. Benjamin Gurment
In an absolute firefight that went back and forth over four rounds, Dallas super lightweight Jordan Jones (4-0-1) and Fort Worth’s Benjamin Gurment (1-0-2) took turns landing big blows to the head and body in a crosstown battle. Jones started strong landing his big right hand, while the southpaw Gurment found a home to the body with his left. The judges scored it 39-37 for Jones and 38-38 twice for a majority draw.
Shurretta Metcalf vs. Britain Hart
Dallas fan favorite super bantamweight Shurretta Metcalf (9-3-1, 2 KOs) held on to win a split decision over Britain Hart (3-4-3, 2 KOs) over four rounds. The scores read 40-36, 39-37, 37-39.
Oscar Peret vs. Jeffery Ward
In the opening bout at the Southern Junction in Irving, Texas, promoted by Garcia Promotions lightweight Oscar Perez (1-0, 1 KO) defeated Jeffery Ward (0-1) by TKO at 2:52 of round 3.
By Jeff Zimmerman In a rough and tumble main event at the Southern Junction in Irving, Texas, middleweights Mark Vasquez (5-1, 2 KOs) and Lamar Bolden (0-2) ended in a…
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