LOS ANGELES-Puerto Rico’s Jayson Velez floored Mexico’s Daniel Ramirez with a pretty combination in the second round and it looked dire for Ramirez. But somehow the Mexican super featherweight survived and actually made it a good fight, to the amazement of the fans on Thursday.
Another strong, vibrant crowd yelled their lungs out at Belasco Theater and former world title challenger Velez (23-0-1, 16 Kos) showed what separates him from others in his weight class. Ramirez (11-3, 5 Kos) tried his best to keep up but fell shy on the Golden Boy Promotions fight card.
Velez was his usual patient self as he stalked Ramirez. When he finally opened up in round two, Ramirez went down hard and looked unlikely to continue. But he got up and actually rallied in the same round.
A real fight was on.
Ramirez tried his best to exchange with Velez, but it was like firing golf balls and getting cannonballs in return.
Velez tried hard to eliminate Ramirez but the Mexican proved too sturdy. The more the fight continued the more he seemed to figure out the Boricua. But figuring out was easier than beating Velez, who was too strong.
After 10 rounds, Velez was given the win by the judges 98-91 twice and 99-90.
“He came prepared to fight and war,” Velez said of Ramirez. “I thought I had him but he came back.”
In an East Coast versus West Coast matchup, it was California’s Carlos Morales (9-1-3, 3 Kos) winning by unanimous decision over New York City’s Emmanuel Gonzalez (14-2, 7 Kos) after eight rounds of a super featherweight contest. The judges scored it 80-72, 78-74 and 77-75 for Morales’ aggressive style over Gonzalez’s more technical stance.
“I have to go back and watch the tape,” said Morales. “I’m happy I got the victory.”
Gonzalez was gracious in defeat.
“He surprised me with his strength,” he said. “I had trouble making weight.”
Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (10-0, 9 Kos) of L.A. battered Houston’s Darryl Hayes (3-5) for six rounds in their lightweight bout. Gonzalez hurt Hayes in the first two rounds but the Texan hung on. After six rounds, the three judges scored it a unanimous decision win 60-52 for Gonzalez.
“I feel very happy with the outcome,” said Gonzalez, whose knockout string was stopped. “It was the first fight I won by decision and I’m glad my fans got to see more of my fight.”
Pablo Rubio (1-0) didn’t waste much time in taking out Ensenada, Mexico’s Julio Ynami (0-1). A four-punch combination by Rubio blitzed Ynami and dropped him early. Then, a left uppercut finished the job at 2:16 of the first round. Both fighters were making their pro debut.
“I was expected a knockout. And after training with a guy like Leo Santa Cruz I felt prepared and that it would come at some point,” said Rubio.