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Glendale Fight Night VI
proves to be knockout

Boxing: Six of nine bouts end without
need for decision at Glendale Civic Auditorium.

By Andrew J. Campa
Photo: Mickey Williams

GLENDALE — Perhaps it’s fair to say that Saturday’s evening “Glendale Fight Night VI” was a knockout.

The nine-card event, put together by Top Rank, in association with Bash Boxing, Art of Boxing Promotions and the Glendale Civic Auditorium, featured featherweight Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria and lightweight Jose Felix Jr. and included knockouts in six of nine bouts.

Viloria (35-4, 21 KOs) was showcased in the night’s “special event” and improved to 3-0 this year with a knockout of Mexican fighter Armando Vasquez at 1:37 of the fourth round.

“I hit him with a good liver shot and it wasn’t until then that I thought he would go down,” Viloria said. “You can never assume anything in a fight.”

Viloria delivered a staggering blow to Vasquez, who up until that point, appeared to be holding his own.

Vasquez (20-14-2, five KOs) had cut Viloria above his right eye with a head butt in the second round before landing two damaging roundhouses in the third round.

Yet, Viloria sent Vasquez to one knee with a perfectly-placed body shot that debilitated and defeated Vasquez.

“I want a chance to get back my belts and fights like these help,” said Viloria, a Freddie Roach-trained fighter who previously surrendered his WBA and WBO titles to Juan Francisco Estrada in April of 2013.

Perhaps the only non-competitive fight was the main event, as Felix Jr. lit up and knocked out fellow lightweight countryman Luis Solis 41 seconds into the third round.

The fight seemed a foregone conclusion 1:10 into the second round when Felix Jr. (28-1-1, 22 KOs) hammered Solis (15-6-4, nine KOs) to the canvas with a jab that appeared to leave Solis dazed.

Solis survived the round, but was easy pickings in the third and fell to a knee after a three-punch combination that ended with a cross to the jaw.

“I’ve been training hard to have these types of fights,” Felix Jr. said after the bout in Spanish. “I knew after the first round that I would win.”

The evening’s first televised bout saw rising featherweight Saul Rodriguez (15-0-1, 11 KOs) knock out Juan Solis (20-9) of Argentina at 56 seconds into the sixth round.

Rodriguez developed a welt under his left eye midway through the third round, but responded by landing a pair of vicious fourth-round uppercuts against Solis, who survived the onslaught.

Finally in the sixth, Solis backed Rodriguez into the corner and actually landed a thumb into the right eye of the Riverside-based fighter.

Perhaps sensing a potential knockout, Solis, who had “Sugar” Shane Mosley in his corner, moved perilously toward Rodriguez.

“I went back and he saw that I flinched a little bit, rubbed my eye and he came at me throwing hard punches,” Rodriguez said.

That’s when Rodriguez connected on a left hook followed by a right jab that stunned Solis before a final left hook sent the Argentinian sprawling to the canvas.

London Games’ silver medalist Esquiva Falcao improved to 6-0 overall with four knockouts when his middleweight fight with Lanny Dardar was stopped at 1:31 in the fifth round.

Falcao staggered Dardar (2-2-2) in the second round and knocked the Louisiana native’s mouthpiece out twice in the fourth round before the referee halted the action in the following round.

In the night’s opening bout between debuting welterweights, San Diego’s Cem Kilic defeated Santa Paula’s Jose Mejias by unanimous decision with identical scores of 40-36.

Kilic was in control throughout, but both fighters showed signs of early fatigue.

In similar fashion, Los Angeles’ Arnold Barbosa was in control from the opening bell and picked up a 40-36 identical score unanimous decision victory over Las Vegas’ Samuel Garcia (0-2) in a welterweight bout. With the win, Barbosa improved to 4-0.

In other action, two fights ended exactly at 2:05 in the fourth round as Tulare’s Danny Valdivia (6-0, five KOs) knocked out Texan Tolutomi Agunbiade (2-2) in their super welterweight fight, while super featherweight Daniel Franco (9-0, five KOs) downed Cesar Martinez (4-4) at the same mark.

Maybe the best fight was between super lightweights Danny Ruiz (2-3) and Gloferson Ortizo (2-0-1), which was won by Ortizo by identical scores of 39-37 in a unanimous decision.

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