LOS ANGELES-Three new Golden Boy Promotion fighters won their fights in exciting fashion while in the main event Charles Huerta was stopped in one round by a Florida newcomer on Thursday.
Just one week after Carlos Molina, Luis Ramos and Ronnie Rios signed a contract with Golden Boy, an older signee Huerta was stopped in front of a large partisan crowd at Club Nokia by Derrick Wilson.
Huerta was one of the highly regarded prospects out of Paramount, California that signed with the L.A. group and was the main event of the fight card that was being televised on Versus. A total of 2,276 fans attended the fight card at the fairly new L.A. venue.
It was Wilson who was the showstopper in this fight.
From the opening bell Wilson attacked with murderous punches that forced Huerta to take a defensive stance. Forced to the ropes, Huerta nearly fell out of the ring. When the fight resumed Wilson and Huerta engaged in an exchange of power blows and it was the Floridian’s wind up left hook that connected. Down went the Californian for the count. He was still on his knees and surprised when the referee counted him out.
“My legs were OK,” Huerta (11-1, 6 KOs) said, unaware that the referee counted him out.
Wilson, who is trained by John David Jackson and accompanied by Nate Campbell (who has a title challenge with Timothy Bradley for the WBO junior welterweight title on Saturday), said he was confident that victory was going to be attained.
“Since I got the fight I told everybody I was going to beat this guy,” said Wilson (5-0-1, 2 KOs). “He’s a nobody.”
Huerta said he wants a rematch.
In the semi-main event, Enrique Ornelas of La Habra shook out the nearly 10 month rust and mauled Mexico’s tricky Robert Baro, a peek-a-boo-I-see-you kind of fighter. But once he got the feeling back in his timing, the middleweight contender Ornelas pummeled the Culiacan boxer with belly busting body shots. Baro hit the floor twice. The second knockdown convinced the referee at 1:01 of the fourth round to end the fight.
“I felt I had a lot of power,” said Ornelas who often provides Sugar Shane Mosley with sparring. “It was a very good stoppage.”
Santa Ana’s Luis Ramos faced Mexican veteran Sandro Marcos (29-20-2, 24 KOs) and worked to a six round knockout. A straight left hand followed by a right hook dropped Marcos and forced referee Jerry Cantu to halt the bout at 59 seconds of the final round of the lightweight bout.
“He’s a veteran and strong,” said Ramos (12-0, 7 KOs), a southpaw. “My body shots to the body paid the bill.”
Norwalk’s Carlos Molina (8-0, 4 KOs) stopped New York’s Eber Perez (9-13-1, 7 KOs) with a barrage of punches at 2:39 of the fourth and final round of their lightweight bout. In the third round Molina had found the formula against Perez’s long reach and began tagging him repeatedly. Several times the New York fighter wobbled and survived but not in the last round.
“He had long arms,” Molina said. “He was relentless.”
Herman Binek (8-1, 6 KOs) was busier and gained a unanimous decision over L.A.’s Yohan Banks (2-3-2) in a four round heavyweight bout. All three judges scored it 39-37 for Bidek.
Santa Ana’s Ronnie Rios (6-0, 2 KOs) scored a knockdown against Las Vegas boxer Rodrigo Aranda (8-10,2 KOs) in the third round and won a four round unanimous decision 40-35 by all three judges in a junior lightweight bout.
In a featherweight bout Oxnard’s Rudy Lopez scrapped out a unanimous decision over Pasadena’s Eder Peralta after four rounds 39-37.
Sugar Ray Leonard at Pechanga
Attention boxing fans, the great Sugar Ray Leonard will be in attendance at the fight card taking place at Pechanga Resort and Casino on Friday, July 31. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and fans can meet Leonard.
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