Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Guerra de Gallos: Battle for Tucson Recap - Saturday, July 21st (Tucson, AZ)

Raging Babe Promotions put on a great night of boxing in southern Arizona on Saturday! The Battle for Tucson was a competitive card that had a lot of local talent on display. I am excited to see more of these fighters who left their hearts in the ring, and gave fans their all.

Christopher Gonzalez (3-0) vs. Sergio Ivan Lopez (0-1) - Super Lightweights
Gonzalez found himself in a gritty competition against Lopez. Gonzalez remained active throughout the four round battle and won a majority decision.

Emmanuel Guajardo (3-0) vs. Jordan Gregory (0-3-2) - Middleweights
Guajardo came out to the roar of the crowd and used it to his benefit. The crowd favorite won a unanimous decision against Jordan Gregory. Gregory displayed tremendous heart throughout the bout, but Guajardo was the busier the man, and the judges rewarded him for his work.

Richard Martinez (1-1) vs. Brian Ramirez (0-3) - Bantamweights
Martinez was another hometown favorite who put on a dominating performance against Ramirez. Martinez dropped Ramirez three times in the first round, and the referee called the fight. Martinez put on a clinic and his aggression led to a first round TKO.

Nicholas Rhoads (4-0, 2 KOs) vs. Hamilton Ash (0-1) - Super Welterweights
Rhoads defeated Ash by way of unanimous decision. Ash showed tremendous heart, but the work rate of Rhoads led him to victory. Ash even came on a bit in the third round, but it was too little too late, as Rhoads stayed the busier of the two during the contest. Rhoads appeared to have more pop at the end of fight as well.

Jensen Ramirez (6-2-3, 1 KO) vs. Jesus Arevalo (2-4) - Super Featherweights
This fight was a competitive bout where each fighter imposed their will at times. Honestly, I thought both fighters hurt one another. I could have seen this fight going either way. However, Ramirez won by majority decision.

Judas Estrada (1-1, 1 KO) vs. Jose Amezcua Barrera (1-0) - Welterweights
This fight grabbed the fans from the opening bell. Each fighter landed haymakers that had the crowd on the edge of their seats. This was one of the most exciting bouts of the evening. Barrera, in his debut gave Estrada all he could handle. It was too close to call for this writer, but Barerra won by majority decision to improve to 1-0.

Alfonso Olvera (10-5-1, 4 KOs) vs. Wilberth Lopez (23-9, 15 KOs) - Super Lightweights
The main event was finally upon us and trust me, it did not disappoint. Lopez sent Olvera to the canvas in round two. What does Olvera do after being knocked down? He got up and taunted Lopez in round three. This fight had everything fans want. Olvera ended up coming back and it would not have been a surprise if he would have been slightly ahead on the judges’ score cards, however, this was not the case. Lopez wins by majority decision to improve to 23-9.




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