By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
In a welterweight clash between former world champions, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (37-6-1, 20 KOs) won a close ten round unanimous decision over “Vicious” Víctor Ortiz (32-7-3, 25 KOs).
Undefeated featherweight Mark Magsayo (23-0, 16 KOs) scored a huge tenth round knockout over former world champion Julio Ceja (32-5-1, 28 KOs) in a WBC title eliminator. Both fighters down. Great fight!
Undefeated featherweight Carlos Castro (27-0, 12 KOs) was impressive in scoring a stoppage over former world title challenger Oscar Escandon (26-6, 18 KOs) in the tenth and final round.
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Veteran welterweights Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (37-6-1, 20 KOs) of Gilroy, California and “Vicious” Víctor Ortiz (32-7-3, 25 KOs) from Garden City, Kansas met in the co-feature bout. A fast-paced start as Ortiz attacked and Guerrero stayed close ripping Ortiz with uppercuts in round two. The third round saw Ortiz and Guerrero continuing to trade as neither held back. In the fourth, Guerrero and Ortiz exchanged on the inside as Ortiz appeared to be cut on the right eye, Guerrero targeted the cut. The left eye of Guerrero was swelling shut to begin the fifth as the fight on the inside continued.
Past the halfway point in the sixth, the fight continued in the phone booth as Guerrero and Ortiz traded. Guerrero appeared to have a mouse on his left eye. In the seventh, Guerrero chased as Ortiz retreated but the fight continued closely on the inside. Guerrero stood busy in the eighth as Ortiz mixed it up with him, the fight continued inside as Guerrero appeared to be the busier letting his hands go inside but Ortiz also displayed offense. The tenth and final round saw Ortiz and Guerrero come out slugging on the inside as the fighters sensed the urgency.
In the end, the judges scored the bout all three judges scored the bout 96-94 for Guerrero as the fight was a close one.
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Undefeated Filipino featherweight Mark Magsayo (23-0, 16 KOs) scored a huge knockout over former world champion Julio Ceja (32-5-1, 28 KOs) of Mexico in a WBC title eliminator. Seconds into the fight, a flush left hook to the kisser by the Filipino Magsayo dropped Ceja. Letting his hands go in the second, Magsayo displayed the hand speed and boxed as Ceja pressed. In the third, Ceja attacked inside attacking the body and connecting with short hooks up top. Ceja continued to attack on the inside in round four as he appeared to slow down Magsayo’s groove.
Staying close in the fifth, Ceja continued to attack Magsayo as he appeared to slow down the Filipino’s pace knocking him down in the final seconds. In the sixth, Ceja stayed on top of Magsayo cutting off the ring and going downstairs to the body. Momentum appeared to be going Ceja’s way past the halfway point in the seventh as he continued to chop down the Filipino. Magsayo stuck the jab and kept his distance as the Mexican continued to stalk and work his way inside digging the body.
Ceja continued to press in the ninth with hard shots as Magsayo kept boxing from a distance. Magsayo attacked early to start the tenth, a huge right knocked Ceja out cold. The referee immediately waved off the fight at 50 seconds of the tenth.
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Opening up the FOX Sports PPV card undefeated featherweight Carlos Castro (27-0, 12 KOs) of Phoenix was impressive in scoring a stoppage over Colombian slugger Oscar Escandon (26-6, 18 KOs) in the tenth and final round.
Getting started right away, Escandon and Castro tested each other with solid punches in the opening round. Escandon attacked inside backing Castro to the ropes early on. In the fourth, Castro shot a straight right hand snapping Escandon’s head. Boxing away in the fifth, Castro circled the ring as Escandon stalked looking for the power shot.
Past the halfway point towards the end of the sixth round, Castro backed Escandon to the ropes with a series of shots as the Columbian appeared to be staggering to his corner. A solid right hand by Castro in the seventh hurt Escandon as he kept fighting and slipped. The action continued in the center as Escandon was not done throwing looping haymakers as Castro boxed. Late in the fight, sticking to plan, Castro kept boxing in the eighth as Escandon continued to be the aggressor. Keeping his distance away from the power of the Colombian, Castro fought conservatively and then hurt Escandon and put him away with a combination. Escandon beat the count, but then went to a knee forcing the referee to stop the fight at 1:08 of the tenth.
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Angel Contreras (11-4-2, 6 KOs) of Monterrey, Mexico handed Filipino featherweight John Dato (14-1-1, 9 KOs) his first defeat via unanimous decision. Starting off trading in the opening round, Dato and Contreras did not shy away from exchanging. In round two, Contreras connected with a solid right hand. A snapping right uppercut by Contreras dropped Dato in round three as he got up and continued to fight. Dato was bloodied as Contreras pressed him throughout the fight. Late in the final round, Dato attacked but appeared to be too late. The Mexican kept firing away standing and trading to the final bell. The judges scored the bout 78-73, 77-74, and 77-74.
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Making his pro debut, Mikel Clements (1-0) of Union City, California won a unanimous decision over Eliseo Villalobos (1-2) of Simi Valley, California. Exchanging solidly in the opening round, Clements and Villalobos did not hold back. Clements connected with a solid left hook in round two. Clements was impressive en route to the decision win.
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Dallas super middleweight Burley Brooks (6-2-1, 5 KOs) and Camero Rivera (9-6-4, 6 KOs) battled to a draw in a six round bout. Brooks and Rivera had solid exchanges throughout the fight and finished strong. The judges scored the bout 59-55 Brooks 58-56 Rivera, and 57-57 even.