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Venezuela's Barroso and Argentina's Lopez Score Impressive KOs at Fantasy Springs

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  • Venezuela's Barroso and Argentina's Lopez Score Impressive KOs at Fantasy Springs


    INDIO, Calif. (Oct. 13, 2017) Ismael Barroso (20-1-2, 19 KOs) demonstrated power in both hands as he landed a devastating liver shot to stop Fidel "The Atrisco Kid" Maldonado, Jr. (24-4-1, 19 KOs) in the sixth round of a scheduled 10-round super lightweight fight in the main event of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Besides dropping his opponent with a fight-finishing body punch, Barroso also landed a series of left hands to drop the Albuquerque, New Mexico native in the third round as well. The fight was a tactical battle between two southpaws, but the native of El Tigre, Venezuela was too powerful for Maldonado, Jr. to handle.

    "I feel good. I knew I was going to win," said Barroso. "I was feeling very strong going into this bout. We were looking for the body shot the entire night. And when we found the opportunity, we landed the shot and ended the fight."

    "I felt fine after the knockdown," said Maldonado, Jr. "He had a sneaky left hand, but I recovered well. Then he set me up with the body shot, and I just couldn't get up. I was too hesitant sometimes, and it kind of set me up for failure. I have to re-watch and assess every move and see where to go from there."

    In tonight's co-main event, Argentine slugger Marcelino "Nino" Lopez (33-2-1, 18 KOs) scored a second-round knockout victory against former WBA Interim Super Lightweight Champion Pablo Cesar "El Demoledor" Cano (30-7-1, 21 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round welterweight fight. After a first round in which Cano controlled the distance with his left hand, the native of Tlalnepantla, Mexico released a lazy jab that immediately spelled doom for him.

    Indeed, Lopez leaned to his right to slip the jab, getting enough leverage from his feet to come back with a hard right hand and left hook that dropped Cano onto the canvas. Cano got back to his feet, but he was very wobbly, forcing the fight to be stopped at 2:27 of the second round.

    "I feel good, and I'm very excited," said Lopez. "I know we had a good fight. It was a big step forward to what's to come. I want to get better and better every day, and I'll continue to work hard."

    "I feel fine. I just got caught," said Cano. "I don't know what I'd do different. I'd have to see the fight again. I'm going to work harder. I'm going to watch the tape and learn."

    In the televised swing bout, Marvin Cabrera (6-0, 5 KOs) retained his undefeated record with a fourth-round technical knockout victory against Tijuana, Mexico's Hector Velazquez (57-30-3, 39 KOs) in a scheduled six-round middleweight fight.