Barboza Jr. dominates Luis, Saucedo next?

Arnold Barboza Jr Vs Tony Luis Action10
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

WBC #8, WBO #10 junior welterweight Arnold Barboza Jr. (24-0, 10 KOs) took a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Tony Luis (29-4, 10 KOs) on Saturday night inside “The Bubble” at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Barboza was in command all the way, but the very tough Luis stayed with him the whole way. Scores were 99-90 3x. Barboza was deducted a point in round six for a low blow. He is now expected to face stablemate Alex Saucedo on the October 17 Lomachenko-Lopez undercard.

After the fight, Barboza stated: “To be honest, I haven’t fought since last November. I haven’t went 10 rounds in a while. He was a tough guy. I needed the rounds. I showed a little bit of what I’ve been working on in the corner, going southpaw and all that. I give my performance a ‘B.’ I wasn’t really satisfied because I didn’t get the stoppage. It happens.”

“Now I got the rust out. I feel like I’m ready for the next step. I want {Alex} Saucedo. I think me and him would be a great fight. I know he wants it. I want it, so we could probably get it on soon. If he’s ready, I’ll be ready.”

Unbeaten welterweight Elvis “The Dominican Kid” Rodriguez (9-0-1, 9 KOs) scored a brutal third round KO against Cody Wilson (9-3, 6 KOs). Rodriguez dropped Wilson in round one and laid him out with a monster punch in round three. Time was 1:03.

Lightweight Raymond “Danger” Muratalla (10-0, 8 KOs), Gabriel’s younger brother, scored a seventh round TKO over Cesar Valenzuela (15-7-1, 5 KOs). Muratalla dropped Valenzuela in round one, but Valenzuela returned the favor putting Muratalla down in round two. The fight was stopped in round seven with Valenzuela taking punishment. Time was 2:24.

Bantamweight Gabriel Muratalla (5-0, 3 KOs), the fighting preschool teacher, outpointed previously unbeaten Justice Bland (2-1, 0 KOs) in a four-rounder. Bland dropped Muratalla in round one, but was also deducted a point for hitting Muratalla when he was down. Muratalla outworked Bland the rest of the way to win 38-36 3x.

Middleweight Javier Martinez (2-0, 0 KOs), who now trains with Robert Garcia, outpointed Rance Ward (4-2-1, 2 KOs) over six rounds. Scores were 60-54 3x.

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  • Barboza-Saucedo will be good. Luis is a tough guy with zero power. Must be hard. Elvis “The Dominican Kid” can really bang.

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