By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In an all-out brawl, Juan Garcia won a hard-fought six round majority decision victory over Hector Serrano at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. Garcia (15-3, 5 KO’s) started well in the opening rounds, even stunning Serrano in the second round. Serrano (13-3, 5 KO’s) came back in the middle rounds, doing good work to the body with both hands. However, Garcia finished strong, hurting Serrano with a vicious left hook to the body in the sixth round, following up with punches to the head and body. Although Garcia had Serrano hurt, he was not able to finish him off. One judge scored the bout 57-57, while the other two judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 58-56.
Lightweight Ramon Valadez (10-1, 5 KO’s) won a six round unanimous decision over Noe Lopez. Valadez dropped Lopez with a right hand to the head in the first round. Lopez (8-10, 5 KO’s) came back in the second, stunning Valadez with a left hand to the head. However, it was Valadez who did more in the second half of the fight, as both fighters fought in spurts. All three judges scored the bout 59-54 in favor of Valadez.
Junior lightweight Jose Sanchez (5-2, 2 KO’s) stopped Ricardo Garcia in the second round of a scheduled four round bout. The southpaw Sanchez dropped Garcia (2-2) with a left hand after the start of the second round. Garcia got up, but Sanchez went in for the kill, dropping him again with a right hook-left hand combination. Referee Dr. Lou Moret immediately stopped the bout at 1:11.
In his first bout since being knocked out in February, Dion Savage (11-1, 6 KO’s) won an uninspiring six round unanimous decision over Edward Tigs. Savage did enough to win rounds by going to the body, but lacked a killer instinct in going after Tigs (1-2-1). Tigs was able to land a few punches, but not enough to convince the judges, who scored the bout 60-54, 60-54, and 59-54 for Savage.
In the walkout bout of the evening, welterweight Ernesto Ocon won a four round unanimous decision over Juan Carlos Diaz (7-14, 6 KO’s). The southpaw Ocon landed the straighter, more effective punches as Diaz pressed the action, finding some success. Diaz had a good fourth round, stunning Ocon (4-0, 2 KO’s), but had a point taken away from referee Zach Young for hitting on the break. All three judges scored the bout 40-35, 40-35, and 39-36 in favor of Ocon.