By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
Unbeaten Las Vegas welterweight Jessie Vargas (23-0, 9 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over game Ray Narh (26-4, 21 KOs), of Corona, New York by way of Ghana in the “Solo Boxeo Tecate” ten round welterweight main event from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Vargas scored a knockdown in the closing seconds to punctuate a 98-91, 98-91, 97-92 win.
In the super bantamweight co-main event, Jessie Magdaleno (17-0, 12 KOs) of Las Vegas stopped Raul Hidalgo (19-10, 14 KOs) of Mexico round three of a scheduled six round bout.
Vargas and Narh went at each other ferociously for ten rounds. The crowd started off with the Vargas cheers in round one as the two fighters mixed it up early. Things got rough as Vargas and Narh got tangled up later in the round. Vargas landed a clean left hook that got Narh’s attention. The two continued to get tangled up as they fought on the inside early in round two, Vargas appeared to be working better on the outside as he boxed. Things began to get interesting in round three as Vargas stepped up going after Narh, later in the round Vargas landed a solid left hook to chin and followed up downstairs with another left hook but Narh continued to mix it up.
In round four both fighters traded away on the inside. Narh had his best round as he began to stick the jab tagging the hometown fighter in round five as Vargas kept his distance. Halfway through the bout in round six Vargas kept his distance firing away the jab but Narh continued to work on the inside effectively landing an overhand right.
In the seventh round both landed big shots at close quarters on the inside in the final seconds of the round the two traded away as the bell rang to end the round.
Continuing to fight on the inside Vargas smothered Narh on the ropes connecting with the right uppercut. Inside action continued as the two appeared to be fatigued exchanging short punches later in the round the crowd was on their feet as they traded.
The tenth and final round saw Narh sensing the urgency as he went right after Vargas, but in the closing seconds a left hook by Vargas knocked down Narh.
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Magdaleno boxed patiently early on, backing Hidalgo to the corner. But moments later a right/left combination dropped Hidalgo. In round two, Magdaleno wobbleed Hidalgo with a hard left uppercut. In round three Magdaleno continued to press forward and continued to rock the Mexican fighter. After a right hook sent Hidalgo to the canvas again, he got up and staggered. Magdaleno did not let him escape as he continued his assault scoring another knockdown as referee Vic Drackulich waved off the bout at 2:55 of round three.
With the win Jessie Magdaleno improves his record to 17-0, 12 KOs. Raul Hidalgo goes to 19-10, 14 KOs.
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Las Vegas fighter Jesus Gutierrez (10-0-1, 3 KOs) made quick work of Ivan Zavala (5-4-1, 2 KOs) scoring a first round knockout in a scheduled six round bout. Gutierrez started things off aggressively landing a flush left hook to the chin of Zavala in round one, moments later a right uppercut by Gutierrez knocked Zavala out cold as referee Russell Mora waived the bout at 2:21 of round one.
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La Puente, California’s Jose Zepeda (17-0, 15 KOs) destroyed Tijuana’s tough vetaran Luis “Vampiro” Arceo (28-12-4, 19 KOs) in a six round super lightweight bout. Arceo landed an overhand right, in the opening seconds of the bout to start off. Zepeda remained composed boxing away as he landed his punches patiently Arceo appeared to have a cut above right his eye. A straight left by the southpaw Zepeda in round two dropped the Mexican fighter to the canvas but he quickly got up trading away as he was bloodied from the face. Trading away at the start of round three Zepeda once again dropped Arceo with a left hand, Arceo continued to fight on as once again the straight left found its mark again sending Arceo to the canvas for a third time as referee Jay Nady waived the bout at 2:04 of round three.
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Oxnard welterweight Egidijus Kavaliauskasof Oxnard scored a stoppage over Los Angeles’s Peter Haro in a scheduled for six round bout. In the opening round both traded away early on in the center. However in round two a right by Kavaliauskas floored Haro as he was slow to get up. Kavaliauskas continued his assault as a barrage of punches forced referee Vic Drackulich to stop the contest 57 seconds of round two. Egidius Kavaliauskas who is also trained by Robert Garcia, now stands at 4-0, 3KOs. Petera Haro falls to 3-2, 1KO.
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Detroit’s Erick De Leon scored a first round knockout over Aaron Acevedo of a scheduled six round junior lightweight bout. A crunching left hand to the body by De Leon forced Acevedo down to his knees as referee Russell Mora stopped the fight at 2:08 of the opening round. Erick De Leon who is trained by 2012 Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia, improves to 5-0, 2KOs. Aaron Acevedo falls to 2-2-2, 2KOs.
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In the first bout of the evening from the Thomas & Mack Center Luis Saldana made his debut and Norberto Pantaleon started things off in a scheduled four round lightweight bout. The bout started off with Saldana boxing behind the jab as Pantaleon was the aggressor most in the opening round. Saldana appeared to have his left eye shut in round two when suddenly he landed a devastating short right that knocked Pantaleon out cold as referee Jay Nady immediately stopped the fight at 2:52. Luis Saldana wins his pro debut as he goes to 1-0, 1 KO, Pantaleon falls to 0-2-1.