By Christian Schmidt at ringside
Recon Garza Promotions and J2L Boxing Productions teamed up to put on a very exciting and emotional night of boxing in Laredo, TX at the Laredo Enrgy Arena. In the main event, heavyweight Hector “The Hurricane” Ferryro (20-7-1) won a controversial twelve round unanimous decision over Aaron Lyons (11-8). Lyons was a last second replacement for Zack Page.
The evening kicked off with a battle of hometown boys with Antonio Pena (2-1) spoiling Erick Walter Lopez’s pro debut with a split decision with the scores of 39-37, 37-39, and 39-37. After that Cornelious “The Beast” White (13-0) of Houston, TX kept his perfect record intact by using his long reach to control James “The Gentleman” Johnson (23-39-3) also of Houston, TX. Referee Wilfredo Esperon waived off the bout when Johnson refused to answer the bell for the third round.
Eduardo Ramirez (3-2-1) of Laredo, TX scored the punch of the night as he TKOd Florencio “Veneno” Castillo of Brownsville, TX. Ramirez sent Castillo down for the third time in the first round with a murderous straight right to the head that prompted referee Rafael Ramos to call off the bout at 1:24. After the TKO, Castillo was on his back for quite some time. Fortunately for Castillo he was able to eventually walk out of the ring on his own account.
In the most evenly matched fight of the evening, Omar Gonzales Jr., (2-3) of San Antonio defeated Gino “El Atrevido” Escamilla (5-8-1) of Laredo in an exciting six round split decision. Gonzales got the nod with scores of 59-55, 58-56, and 56-58.
The main event featured an all out brawl between hometown favorite Hector “The Hurricane” Ferryro (20-7-1) and Aaron Lyons (11-8) of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Lyons was a last second replacement for Zack Page. Lyons started the bout as the aggressor, swinging wildly at his opponent. Ferryro showed excellent head movement as Lyons continued to throw aggressive right and left hooks. Lyons would occasionally connect big with a right to Ferryro’s head. Amazingly, Ferryo never went down. Lyons continued to press the action, and Ferryo would look to pick his shots. At one point in the eighth round, the fighters took turns landing hard flurries. Afterward both fighters held on to each other as it appeared both men had punched themselves out. In the ninth round, one of the red ropes became undone in a neutral corner, which gave both combatants a much needed rest. After the problem was fixed, Ferryro continued to show his iron chin, as Lyons connected with long right and left hooks. In the eleventh round, Lyons landed a straight ring beneath the belt. Referee Wilfredo Esperon gave Ferryro ample time to recover. The intense twelfth round had the crowd at their feet as both men gave their best effort. It appeared Lyons landed another low blow, once again action was halted.
When it was announced Ferryro had earned a unanimous decision with scores of 116-111, 114-113, and 115-112, the crowd showed their disproval as the arena was drowned out by ‘boos.’ Afterward, a very upset Lyons stated, “I got robbed, everyone in here knows I beat him.”
Many fans were walking to Lyons’ corner showing him their support. “We can do this right now,” Lyons shouted to Fightnews. “Let’s get in the ring, I am ready to go.” At one point an emotional Lyons stormed away from his corner and screamed at Ferryro’s corner. “Do I get a rematch? Tell me, yes or no.”
When Fightnews asked Ferryro if he would give Lyons a rematch, he said, “We will do it again, so we can shut the people up.” (Referring to the ‘boos’ from his hometown.) “He (Lyons) couldn’t box worth a sh**.”
When asked if he thought Lyons fought dirty, Ferryro said, “he was trying to work the body. I am a Mexican fighter so I just kept going. I looked sluggish, he staggered me, I fought though. You cannot please all of the people.”