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Felix, Najera, Falcao victorious
in Glendale, CA

By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Jose “Josesito” Felix Jr. (27-1, 22KO), coming back from an unsuccessful WBA super featherweight title challenge, rebounded nicely with a dominant 6th round TKO over journeyman Alejandro Rodriguez (21-15, 12KO) on Saturday night at the Glendale Civici Auditorium. Felix Jr. easily outboxed Rodriguez, badly bloodying the nose of Rodriguez in the process. By the sixth round, Rodriguez was a bloody mess and on his way to a wide decision loss or knockout loss when he knelt in his corner in pain while grabbing his hand. Rodriguez was ruled unable to continue due to injury, leading to a TKO victory for Felix Jr. Time of the stoppage was 1:41 of the sixth round of the scheduled 8 round lightweight main event.

Undefeated junior welterweight southpaw, Jose Zepeda (21-0, 18KO) put an awesome display of body punching with a third round knockout over the game Adrian Garza (8-4, 6KO). Zepeda was in control the entire way and dropped Garza early in the third round with a hook to the body and twice more before the referee stopped the bout at 2:22 of the third round.

Undefeated lightweight prospect Ivan “Bam Bam” Najera (14-0, 8 KOs) won a highly competitive split decision over the slick boxing Stan Martyniouk (13-2, 2 KOs). The 21 year old San Antonio, Texas, native, Najera, was the aggressor, throughout, but Martyniouk boxed well the entire way and managed to land a few solid power shots, as well. However, Martyniouk, relying largely on his jab and counter punching, was going to be hard pressed to win while fighting from a defensive position. Judges scored the bout 79-73, 75-77 (in favor of Martyniouk) and 78-74. There were no knockdowns in the bout and neither fighter seemed seriously hurt at any point.

Brazilian southpaw, 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist, Esquiva Falcao (4-0, 2KO) had a very easy time with Malcolm Terry (6-4, 6KO), knocking him down in the first round with a right hook to the body and knocking him out with a left cross lead at 0:43 of the second round of a scheduled 6 round middleweight bout. Neither knockdown seemed to be from especially punishing blows but given the quick stoppage and the lack of protest from Terry, it seems that Terry didn’t really want to be there anymore.

Two-time Olympian light heavyweight Egidijus Kavaliauskas (7-0, 6KO) made mincemeat out of previously undefeated Benjamin “Blaxican” Whitaker (7-1, 2KO). The difference in power was evident from the beginning and Whitaker was quickly on his bicycle. With a left hook, Kavaliauskas dropped Whitaker early in the second round but Whitaker was able to find another bicycle gear that got him to the fifth round. This time, in the fifth round, it was a double left hook that dropped Whitaker who would would rise only to get dropped again by an uppercut. Following the third knockdown, the referee called an end to the bout at 0:47 of the fifth round of a scheduled 6 round welterweight bout.

In a scheduled four round super bantamweight bout, Edgar Valerio (4-0, 2KO) won a unanimous decision victory over the limited Adrian Rodriguez (0-2-1). The 5’8″ Valerio towered over the 5’3″, if that, Rodriguez, and easily boxed his way to victory with scores of 39-37 on all three judges scorecards.

In the final bout of the evening, jr welterweight Paul Velarde (4-4-3) won a clearcut unanimous decision over Zach Wohlman (8-2-1, 1KO) by scores of 58-56, 59-55 and 58-56, respectively. Velarde controlled the action for the duration, landed the harder blows and won the inside fighting, as well. Wohlman appeared gassed after the second round while Velarde continued piling up the points and never taking his foot off the pedal.

In a 4 round lightweight contest, Luis “Smokey The Bandit” Sedano (3-0, 1KO) rose from a first round knockdown, on a counter right hand, to dominate the remainder of the bout against Luis Diaz (1-1). Diaz lacked anything closely resembling a defense and was a punching bag with legs for most of the bout and was a battered mess by the final bell. By way of unanimous decision victory, 38-37, 38-36 and 38-37, Sedano wins the battle of Luis’.

In (blown up) middleweight action, overweight welterweight Liam Vaughn (9-2, 2KO) was lucky to escape with a unanimous decision victory over Saul Benitez (3-6-1). Vaughn had a good start to the bout but Benitez seemed to win the last two rounds as the Liverpool native, Vaughn, tired out. Neither fighter put up much defense but neither fighter had much firepower, either. Judges scored it 40-36, 39-47 and 40-36 but it could have just as easily been scored a draw.

In opening bout action, a 6 round cruiserweight bout, Alex Zubov (5-0, 4KO) had to go the distance for the first time in winning a unanimous decision victory over unheralded Harvey Jolly (15-20-1, 7KO). There were no knockdowns in the bout but Zubov clearly landed the harder punches but was cut over the right eye in the fifth round. All three judges had Zubov by a 60-54 shutout victory but Jolly had his moments.

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