LOS ANGELES-Santa Ana’s Luis Ramos used his speed and combinations to beat Mexican veteran Cristian Favela and his anvil chin on Thursday at Club Nokia
“When I first hit him good I knew he could take a punch,” said Ramos.
With another supportive crowd Ramos discovered early in the fight that despite more losses than wins, Favela (16-21-6) is no easy target for anybody and had never been stopped and used his southpaw boxing to pull out a unanimous decision after six rounds.
Ramos hit Favela in the chin, the temple, the shoulders and it was only when he concentrated on the body that he caused even a wrinkle on the Mexican’s face. Of course there were no knockdowns.
“He did get me with some shots, but if you get me with one I’ll get you with two or three,” said Ramos (13-0, 7 KOs) who was true to his word.
After establishing his jab, some attacks to Favela’s body seemed to force the tough Mexican to clinch.
“Actually I felt I was controlling him with my jab,” said Ramos who won his third consecutive fight at the downtown L.A. venue.
The judges scored it 60-54 for Ramos who picked up the Quaker State Motor Oil championship.
Philadelphia’s Karl Dargan (5-0, 2 KOs) who fights for Golden Boy East, used his speed and accurate counter-punching style to offset Louisiana’s left-handed Rynell Griffin (5-2-1) in a very good six round lightweight bout. In the first three rounds it seemed a pretty even fight but once Dargan kept the fight on the outside it became much easier for him to potshot Griffin repeatedly. There were no knockdowns as all three judges scored it for Dargan 59-55 twice and 58-56.
Paramount’s Charles Huerta (12-1, 6 KOs) returned to the ring after suffering a knockout loss to win a tough unanimous decision over Las Vegas Rodrigo Aranda (8-11-2). None of the rounds were easy with Aranda who was deducted a point by referee David Denkin for hitting behind the head. The judges scored it 59-54, 58-55, 57-56 all for Huerta.
“In the first two rounds I was rusty,” said Huerta, who walked away with a small cut under his left eye. “He was tough. He was smothering my punches. He’s a veteran.”
Santa Ana’s Ronnie Rios (7-0, 3 KOs) blasted out Mexico’s Manuel Sarabia (16-30-9) in 38 seconds of the first round. A jab followed by a right cross knocked out the Mexican fighter’s chin for the count by referee Ray Corona. It was Rios third knockout win.
In his pro debut Eric Godoy (1-0) knocked down Oxnard’s Javier Solis (0-3) in the first round and battered him in the second until the referee stopped the lightweight bout at 2:22 of the round.
In another pro debut San Bernardino’s Juan Sandoval (1-0) knocked out Victor Martinez (0-2) of Los Angeles with a left hook at 2:40 of the first round. Referee Corona immediately stopped the fight.
Junior welterweight Art Hovanessian (9-0-1, 4 KOs) knocked out Baudel Cardena’s (18-19-2) with a right hand in the fifth round. A double left hook had floored Cardenas earlier in the same round. Cardenas fought bravely but was knocked down a total of three times.
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