By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Fan favorite and two-time junior featherweight world champion Israel Vazquez (44-4, 32 KOs) scored a spectacular ninth round TKO over Angel Priolo (30-8, 20 knockouts) in a featherweight fight on Saturday night at the Nokia Theater. Vazquez looked a bit rusty after a 19 month layoff, but it was the “Magnifico” of old in round nine as he battered Priolo to the deck three times. Time of the stoppage was 2:10. Two judges had the bout scored even 76-76 and one judge had Vazquez up 78-74 going into the ninth round. It was Vazquez first bout since March 2008, when he suffered a detached retina in his right eye.
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Unbeaten Featherweight Ronny Rios (8-0, 4 KO’s) earned a stoppage victory over John Wampash in the sixth round of a scheduled six round bout. The bigger and stronger Rios landed thudding shots over Wampash (1-3-1, 1 KO), although Wampash landed left hooks to the head of Rios. Wampash began to tire in the fourth as was evident to his mouthpiece coming out twice, costing him a point. Wampash was cut over his left eye in the sixth round and was bleeding profusely from the nose. Referee Ray Corona stopped the bout at 1:53 on the advice of Wampash’s corner.
In a battle of unbeaten fighters, Junior Middleweight Luis Grajeda stopped Juan Carlos Diaz in the second round of a scheduled six round bout. Grajeda (7-0, 6 KO’s) dropped Diaz (3-1, 2 KO’s) with a counter left hook to the head in the first round. Diaz showboated in the second round and paid the price as he was dropped twice in the second round, the last being a straight right hand to the head. After the second knockdown, referee Dr. James Jen-Kin stopped the bout at 2:48.
Junior Featherweight Khabir Suleymanov (9-0, 4 KO’s) barely remained unbeaten as he won by fourth round knockout over upset-minded Hugo Ramos. Ramos (2-4-1, 1 KO) knocked Suleymanov down with a left hook in the second round. However, referee Pat Russell deducted a point from Ramos for hitting Suleymanov while he was down. Ramos scored another knockdown in the third round with the same left hook to the head. However, Ramos ran out of gas in the fourth, as Suleymanov battered him throughout the round. Referee Pat Russell stopped the bout at 2:39 of the fourth round after consulting with the ringside physician on Ramos’ profusely-bleeding cut along his left eye. The crowd booed the stoppage as Ramos looked as though he was headed towards an upset.
Welterweight Ricky Duenas (4-1, 2 KO’s) stopped Jose Cardenas at 2:09 of the third round in a scheduled four round bout. The southpaw Duenas was the aggressor, although Cardenas (1-3, 1 KO) held his own. Duenas hurt and unleashed punishing shots on a defenseless Cardenas, who was trapped in a corner, prompting referee Ray Corona to wisely stop the bout.
Junior Featherweight Oscar Venegas won his professional debut as Misael Martinez did not come out for the fourth and final round. After two competitive rounds, Venegas battered Martinez (0-5) throughout the third round. After consulting with the ringside physician, referee Pat Russell waved the fight over.