By John Cannon at ringside
Unbeaten lightweight Brandon Rios (24-0-1, 16 KOs) crushed Jorge Luis Teron (23-2-1, 15 KOs) in three one-sided rounds. Rios cut Teron under his left eye in the first round as he threw a series of power punches to the head. Round two was pretty similar as the first one as Rios was pulverizing Teron with thunderous shots to the head. Rios put Teron into the ropes in the third round as he smelled the kill, but Teron was saved after his mouthpiece fell out the referee put a halt into the action. However, Rios didn’t let up and the referee finally stopped the fight at the 1:13 mark of the third round. Winner by TKO Brandon Rios. Rios becomes the new NABF lightweight champion. “This is my greatest win,” said Rios. “I worked so hard and was so dedicated in the gym. I hurt Teron right away. I wasn’t going to let up. I kept the pressure on. What a win!” Trainer Robert Garcia added, “…when you face a big tree like Teron you begin chopping right away. Brandon beat a top, quality fighter. We went right to the attack and Brandon did it.”
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Featherweight Tomas Villa (21-6-4, 13 KOs) won by tenth round disqualification over Juan Ruiz (23-5, 7 KOs). Villa caught Ruiz with four straight uppercuts that stunned him early in the second round. Due to numerous headbutts, the referee deducted Ruiz a point in the third round. Villa continued the onslaught in the third and fourth rounds as Ruiz could not defend the flurry of combinations he was throwing.Villa put Ruiz into the ropes in the fifth round with a series of combos to the head, but Ruiz refused to go down. Ruiz finally started coming on in the sixth round as he popped Villa with back to back power shots, but they did not seem to phase Villa. However, Ruiz caught Villa late in the seventh round with a straight right that stunned him. Ruiz started coming on in the later rounds as he started started to become a little more active with his punches. However, the referee deducted another point on Ruiz after he pushed him. Finally the referee had enough and stopped the fight at the 2:08 mark in the 10th round. Villa was ahead 87-83, 87-84 and 86-85 when Juan Ruiz was disqualified by referee Rafael Ramos of Dallas.
It didn’t take long for Roberto Marroquin (12-0, 9 KOs) to destroy Robert Guillen (5-5-3). Marroquin caught Guillen in the beginning of the first round with a straight left hand which sent him to the canvas. Guillen was able to answer the eight count, however Marroquin continued to dominate with thunderous combinations to the head and body. Guillen got caught with a body shot by Marroquin which dropped him for the second time, causing the referee to stop the fight. Marroquin winner by TKO, 2:30 1st round.
Featherweight Jerry Belmontes (11-0, 3 KOs) outpointed Morris Chule (7-9-1, 7 KOs) over six. Belmontes developed a pretty deep cut over his head in the first round due to a headbutt. But his corner was able to control it throughout the remainder of the fight. Belmontes finally caught Chule late in the fifth with combos to the head which hurt him. 60-54 all three judges.
Unbeaten Humberto “Tito” Ramos (11-0, 7 KOs) won a six round split decision over Gilberto Elizondo (5-3-1, 2 KOs). Ramos dominated early on as he applied the pressure in the first round and missed a lot of Elizondo’s punches. Elizondo developed a cut over his left eye halfway through the second round due to an accidental headbutt.Elizondo started coming alive in the third and fourth rounds as he threw more combinations, which eventually lead to Ramos’s nose bleeding in the fourth round. But Ramos picked up the pace and went back to applying the pressure in the fifth and sixth rounds as he began to stick and move. Judges’ scorecards: 58-56 (Elizondo), 58-56 Ramos), 58-56 (Ramos).
Unbeaten lightweight Jose Roman (7-0, 6 KOs) made quick work of Arturo Herrera (10-20-1, 5 KOs). Roman caught Herrera with a left hook to the head before the bell rang at the end of the first round. Herrera couldn’t answer the standing eight count. Referee called the fight. Roman winner by TKO 3:00 end of first round.
Jessie Roman (1-0, KO) stopped Orlando Gomez (1-0) in two. Gomez dropped Roman in the first round with a body shot. Even though Roman answered the eight count, he was slow to get up. Roman was able to respond and eventually ended the fight as he dropped Gomez with a body shot the entire McAllen Convention Center heard. Gomez went down to the canvas thriving in pain and the referee stopped the bout at the 2:55 mark of the second round.