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Glendale Fight Night Full Report

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photo: Danny Castro

Boxing returned to Glendale, California Saturday night for as Los Mochis, Sinaloa Mexico’s Jose Felix Jr. took on Luis Solis in a scheduled ten round junior lightweight bout on the UniMas Solo Boxeo main event from the Glendale Civic Auditorium. Felix was victorious in stopping Solis in three rounds.

In the opening round Felix jabbed away at Solis, however later in the round the two fighters clashed heads as Felix appeared to be cut behind the head. A left hook dropped Solis in round two as he got up Felix continued his attack. However a huge right hand staggered Solis as he followed up with a flurry dropped Solis as referee Lou Moret stepped in to stop the fight 41 seconds into the third round.

With the win Jose Felix Jr. improves his record to 28-1-1, 23 KOs. Luis Solis drops to 15-6-4, 12 KOs.


Former world champion Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria scored a fourth round knockout over Armando Vasquez of Mexicali, Mexico in a scheduled ten round bout. Viloria and Vasquez traded from the opening finishing off the round with an exchange. An accidental head but in round two caused a cut over the left eye of Viloria as Vasquez attacked. Continuing to trade in the third round Viloria got the better of the exchange. Viloria landed a flush right hand early in round four but later in the round a crunching left hook to the body dropped Vasquez as he got up but decided to take a knee referee Jack Reiss stopped the fight at 1:37.

Brian Viloria goes to 35-4-2, 21 KOs in scoring the knockout as Armando Vasquez drops to 20-14-2, 5 KOs.


2012 Brazilian Olympic silver medalist Esquiva Falcao stopped Lanny Dardar in five rounds in a scheduled six round middleweight bout. Falcao began to dig the body in the opening round following up with straight lefts. The second round saw Falcao counter Dardar’s attack with left hands. In round three the Brazilian began to breakdown Dardar as the body shots began to wear down Dardar. Falcao’s attack began backing up Dardar to the ropes, later in the round a flurry of punches knocked out Dardar’s mouthpiece on to separate flurries. However a crunching left hook to the body crunched Dardar as referee Lou Moret stopped the fight at 1:31 of the fifth round.

Esquiva Falcao stays undefeated as his record now stands at 6-0, 4 KOs. Lanny Dardar falls to 2-2-2, 1 KO.


Riverside, California’s Saul Rodriguez continued to impress as he scored a spectacular fifth round knockout of Juan Solis in a scheduled six round bout. In the opening round Rodriguez boxed as Solis pressured cornering Rodriguez. Solis charged in round two as Rodriguez circled the ring. Continuing to press forward Solis cornered Rodriguez in round three with a barrage but Rodriguez responded with a huge right hand. A left hook, right hand combination by Rodriguez staggered Solis in round four as Rodriguez followed up with combinations backing him to the ropes as Solis was saved by the bell.

The left hook landed once again for Rodriguez in the fifth round but Solis continued to go forward. However the left hook did it for Rodriguez followed up with a right that dropped Solis as he got up staggered referee Jack Reiss stopped the fight 56 seconds of round six.

Saul Rodriguez remains unbeaten as a prospect improving to 15-0-1, 12 KOs. Juan Solis goes to 20-9, 9 KOs.


Other Bouts

In a scheduled six round super featherweight bout Daniel Franco of Riverside, California stopped Cesar Martinez in five rounds. Franco connected with a right hand in the opening round staggering Martinez as he was saved by the bell. The taller Franco used his distance as he boxed and countered Martinez in round two. Halfway through Martinez pressured as Franco countered his attack. In round five Franco backed Martinez staggering him with a left hook as referee Lou Moret stepped in stop the fight at 2:09 of the fifth.

Daniel Franco remains undefeated as he goes to 9-0-2, 5 KOs. Cesar Martinez goes to 4-4-2, 1 KO.


Junior middleweight Danny Valdivia stopped Tolutomi Agunbiade in four rounds in a scheduled four rounder. Valdivia kept his distance as he was the taller man jabbing away at Agunbiade. The right hand landed two times for Valdivia early in round two as Valdivia backed Agunbiade to the ropes and cornering him. Agunbiade appeared to want no part of the fight as Valdivia teed off boxing away. However in round four Valdivia went for the kill as he cornered Agunbiade dropping him with a left hook as referee Jerry Cantu stepped in to stop the fight.

Danny Valdivia goes to 6-0, 5 KOs. Tolutomi Agunbiade falls to 2-2, 1 KO.


Los Angeles Arnold Barboza cruised to a decision over Samuel Garcia in a scheduled four round welterweight bout. Barboza patiently boxed in the opening round following with the left hook to the body. Garcia came at Barboza in round two as he kept his distance landing one-two combinations. In round three Barboza continued to box well as Garcia continued his aggression. Barboza dominated the fourth round as he teed off on Garcia in route to a unanimous decision as all three judges scored the bout identical 40-36.

Arnold Barboza record now stands at 4-0. Samuel Garcia goes to 0-2.


Junior welterweights Glospherson Ortizo of Santa Ana and Riverside’s Danny Ruiz battled it out going the distance in a scheduled four rounder. In the opening round Ruiz and Ortizo exchanged later in the round a left hook by Ruiz got Ortizo’s attention as they continued to exchange. Round two saw Ortizo and Ruiz continuing to trade as Ortizo had the better round pressing forward. Working his way inside in round three Ortizo continued to be the aggressor as Ruiz circled the ring. The fourth and final round sensing the urgency Ortizo and Ruiz finished strong trading in the center.

All three judges scored the bout 39-37 as Glospherson Ortizo wins a unanimous decision improving to 2-0-1. Danny Ruiz goes to 2-3.


Starting off the action making their debuts Los Angeles based Cem Kilic of Frankfurt, Germany and Jose Mejias of Santa Paula squared off in a scheduled four round middleweight bout. Trading left hooks in the opening round Kilic and Mejias wasted no time as the action began. Cilik boxed in round two throwing one-two combinations, later in the round a solid right hand knocked Mejias mouthpiece as Cilik teed off. Continuing to box and counter in the third round Cilik landed effectively on Mejias. In the final round Mejias pressed forward as the German Kilick cruised, countering Mejias attack.

All three judges scored the bout 40-36 as Cem Kilic wins a unanimous decision in his pro debut goes to 1-0. Jose Mejias goes to 0-1.


Glendale Fight Night was promoted by Top Rank in association with Art of Boxing and Bash Boxing Promotions. In attendance at ringside were former world champions “Sugar” Shane Mosley, lightweight Miguel Vasquez, and Israel Vasquez doing the commentary for UniMas. Also in attendance Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach working the corner, Heavyweight/Cruiserweight Lateef Kayode, Boxcino Lightweight Tournament champion Peter Petrov, and two-time Mexican Olympian super bantamweight Oscar Valdez.

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