By Felipe Leon and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
After ten rounds in which former middleweight champion and son of the legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (47-1-1, 32 KOs) looked slow, lethargic and was just plain inactive, he was awarded a highly controversial unanimous decision over WBO #1 middleweight Brian Vera (23-7, 14 KOs) in a non-title ten rounder fought at a catch weight of 173lbs. on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Scores were 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94. Vera threw and landed more punches as he scored multi-punch combinations to the head and body of the stationary Chavez Jr. Despite landing the harder punches including devastating right hands to the chin and left hooks to the body, Chavez Jr spent more time complaining of low blows and head butts than scoring as Vera just kept punching. Chavez Jr mentioned that he fractured his hand in the fifth round.
A fight broke out in the walk out bout between Oscar Valdez (7-0, 6KOs) and Jose Morales (7-5-1, 1KO) in the featherweight division as both threw bombs from the opening bell. Both were game but Valdez’s got there quicker and harder especially in the third when he sent Morales to the canvas twice. The second time prompted referee Pat Russell to halt the action at the 1:57 mark of the third round of a scheduled six.
In an all-action fight between light welterweights, Undefeated Jose Ramirez (6-0, 4KOs) unleashed his whole arsenal of punches landing hooks from either fists to the body and head as well as uppercuts when on the inside on rugged Daniel Calzada (8-9-2, 1KOs) over four rounds. Calzada was right there with Ramirez but he was just out-gunned in the classic “bringing a knife to a gun fight” match up. All three judges saw it for Ramirez with shutout scores of 40-36.
In control from the opening bell, Jose Felix Jr (25-0-1, 20KOs) remained undefeated by quickly dispatching Joseph Laryea (11-9, 10KOs) with a firm right hand to the nose at thev2:37 mark of the first in a scheduled lightweight eight. Felix Jr maintained his distance well and maintained his jab active. The right sat Laryea down and although he tried to beat the count, referee Ray Corona counted to ten as he pulled himself up.
Mexican knockout artist Daniel Sandoval (33-2, 30KOs) was held to a unanimous decision by Richard Gutierrez (26-12-1, 16KOs) in an eight round bout in the super welterweight. It looked as if Sandoval would finish Gutierrez off early after scoring a series of power punches to the head and body but the veteran Gutierrez held him off and in the later rounds was able to do some damage to the body himself. It was not enough as all three judges saw it for Sandoval with scores of 79-73 twice and 80-72.
In a rough and tumble welterweight fight full of clinching, rabbit punches and knockdowns, Karim Mayfield (18-0-1, 11KOs) sent the game Chris Fernandez (21-16-1, 12KOs) to the canvas three times, twice in the fourth and again in the eighth, to win by knock out. A barrage of punches punctuated with a hard left hook to the body ended the night for Fernandez as he took and knew but wasn’t able to recover before the referee’s ten count. Official time was 2:59 of the eight round scheduled for ten.
In a scheduled six rounder in the featherweight division, Gabino Saenz (11-0-1, 7KOs) only needed 2:27 of the first to force referee Lou Moret to halt the action against the overmatched Dominic Coca (8-5, 2KOs). A left hook sent Coca to the canvas early and a series of unanswered punches from Saenz was all Moret needed to stop the fight.
Las Vegas, NV’s lightweight Diego Magdaleno (24-1, 9KO’s) took an easy landslide ten round unanimous decision over Mexico City’s Edgar Riovalle (35-16-2, 25KOs). Magdaleno was just too quick and strong for Riovalle and had an easy time landing quick combinations from his southpaw stance. All three judges scored it 100-90.
Russian Matt Korobov (21-0, 12KOs) remained undefeated via a workman-like unanimous decision over former “The Contender” participant Grady Brewer (30-17, 16KOs) in a middleweight eight rounder. Korobov controlled the action with counterpunching and in the fifth sent Brewer to the canvas with a left hook. Scores were 80-71 twice and 79-72.