By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Super Welterweight Anthony Hirsch (11-3-1, 5 KO’s) won a workmanlike six round unanimous decision over Mario Evangelista on Friday night at the American Legion Hall in Reseda, CA. Hirsch controlled the action, beating the hard-hitting Evangelista (3-6-1, 3 KO’s) to the punch. All three judges scored the bout 59-55, 59-55, and 60-54 in favor of Hirsch.
In the co-feature bout, Junior Welterweight Juan Alfonso Figueroa (6-7-1, 3 KO’s) won a six sloppy, foul-filled six round unanimous decision over previously-unbeaten Manuel Del Cid. Although Del Cid (3-1) scored a knockdown in the third round, he was deducted a point in the second and sixth rounds. All three judges scored the 57-53, 57-53, and 57-55 in favor of Figueroa.
Full Report: Sometimes keeping things simple is the way to go. For Super Welterweight Anthony Hirsch, it was the winning formula.
Hirsch successfully boxed his way to a six round unanimous decision over Mario Evangelista before a sellout crowd of about 300 at the American Legion Hall in Reseda, CA.
The bout headlined a seven-bout “Brawl at the Hall 1” card, presented by Fulton Street Fight Club Promotions.
Hirsch was coming off a four round unanimous decision over former contender Jose Celaya in Oakland in November. Evangelista was hoping to win for the first time in almost a year. In his last bout in August, he lost a four round majority decision to Stepan Zeytunnyan.
From the opening bell, Hirsch set the tempo of the fight by using his jab and following up with right hands to the head or stomach. Hirsch would mix in a counter left hook to the body as Evangelista pressed forward. Evangelista went to the body, throwing hooks and right hands to the body of Hirsch in an attempt to slow down.
Hirsch was content to box from the outside, fighting behind a jab. Hirsch rarely would throw more than a two-punch combination, mainly because of Evangelista’s defense of having his hands up high.
“I wanted to throw more right hands, but he was curled up so I just stuck to left hooks to the body,” said Hirsch after the fight.
Evangelista came on strong in the fourth round, going at Hirsch aggressively. His aggression was rewarded as he was able to land very effective blows to the body. Hirsch regrouped, giving himself distance and going to the jab again, followed by more right hands.
Hirsch effectively alternated landing punches to the head and body, not particularly focusing on one particular part of Evangelista’s body.
All three judges scored the bout 60-54, 60-54, and 59-55 in favor of Hirsch. Fightnews.com scored the bout 59-55 in favor of Hirsch.
“His record doesn’t indicate how good of a fighter he is,” analyzed Hirsch, who has now won two in a row since a split-decision loss to Francisco Santana. “He can punch. He caught me with a couple of shots. With a fighter with his style, I just had to keep things basic. I give him credit. He’s a better fighter than I expected.”
Hirsch, from Oakland, CA, improves to 11-3-1, 5 KO’s. Evangelista, from Los Angeles, CA by way of Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, drops to 3-6-1, 3 KO’s.
In the co-feature bout, Juan Alfonso Figueroa won a foul-filled, sloppy six round unanimous decision over previously-unbeaten Manuel Del Cid.
Referee David Denkin did not expect to have his hands full with two fighters that grappled, tied up, and wrestled with one another during the six round fight. Both fighters were warned on numerous occasions of fouls or lowering their head.
Denkin deducted a point from Del Cid in the second round for holding Figueroa after being warned numerous times not to. Del Cid would later be deducted a point in the sixth round for pushing down on the back of Figueroa’s head after being warned not to on numerous occasions.
Del Cid scored a knockdown in the third round, as he landed a punch along with Figueroa losing his balance. Figueroa complained that it was not a knockdown, but a punch did land by Del Cid.
When both fighters were not grappling or wrestling, Figueroa landed the more telling punches, particularly in the latter half of the fight.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Figueroa, with scores of 57-53, 57-53, and 57-55. Fightnews.com scored the bout 56-55 in favor of Figueroa.
Figueroa, from Los Angeles, CA by way of Guanajuato, Mexico, goes to 6-7-1, 3 KO’s. Del Cid, from Los Angeles, CA, drops to 3-1.
In a four round bout that saw three knockdowns, Welterweight Ernesto Ocon won a four round unanimous decision over Javier Garcia.
Even though Ocon was making his professional debut, he would not have imagined entering the pro ranks in this manner. Both fighters had their moments in the first half of the first round, attacking one another with vicious shots.
The southpaw Ocon dropped Garcia with a counter right hook to the head. After getting up, Garcia tried to even the score by trying to drop Ocon. Towards the end of the round, an accumulation of punches dropped Garcia a second time, this time to one knee. Garcia was able to finish the round.
Garcia came back strong in the second round, increasing his punch output and landing more. Ocon began to slow down considerably in the second and third rounds. It was in the third round that Garcia dropped Ocon with a counter right hand to the chin. Instead of going to the body, Garcia wasted valuable time by trying to land another counter right hand to the head.
Ocon, from Los Angeles, CA, came on in the fourth round, by being able to beat Garcia to the punch on numerous occasions. Garcia began to slow down, only throwing a punch at a time as Ocon finished strong until the final bell.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Ocon, with scores of 37-36, 37-36, and 38-35. Fightnews.com scored the bout 37-36.
Garcia, from Oxnard, CA, drops to 1-1-1, 1 KO.
Flyweight Gloria Salas won a four round decision over Katarina De La Cruz.
The shorter Salas continuously beat De La Cruz to the punch throughout the fight. De La Cruz would throw wild hooks and crosses, which left her open to be countered by Salas.
Although De La Cruz was game and tough, Salas landed the more effective punches, especially with straight hands to the head or the body.
All three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 40-36.
Salas, from Cathedral City, CA, improves to 2-3-1, 1 KO. De La Cruz, from Los Angeles, CA, drops to 0-3-1.
Heavyweights Ethan Cox and Enrique Lobatos fought to a four round split decision draw.
Although Lobatos, who was making his professional debut, had a 35 pound advantage over Cox, he was not able to physically hurt his opponent. Cox, who is best known for losing to 2008 Bronze Medalist Deontay Wilder by technical knockout, entered the bout in attempt to snap a six-bout winless streak.
Cox started the bout well, actually outhustling Lobatos on the inside. The southpaw Lobatos, who resides in Bell, CA, increased his punch output in the last two rounds of the fight.
Both fighters had their moments, but could not land decisive punches as they repeatedly tied up. As both fighters were on the inside, Lobatos attempted to score to the body.
One judge scored the bout 39-37 for Cox, one judge scored the bout 39-37 for Lobatos, while the third judge scored the bout 38-38. Fightnews.com scored the bout 38-38.
Cox, from Long Beach, CA, goes to 2-6-2, 1 KO.
Super Flyweight Matthew Villanueva made his professional debut a successful one, scoring a devastating second round stoppage over Ludwin Mondragon in a scheduled four round bout.
During the first round, Villanueva, from Palmdale, CA, did his best work to the body, as Mondragon tried to counter to the head. After the bell sounded to start the second round, Villanueva knocked down Mondragon with a hard right hand to the head. Mondragon lay almost motionless on the canvas as referee David Denkin immediately waved the fight over at 12 seconds.
Mondragon was on the canvas and was taken out of the ring on a stretcher. He was alert as he was being wheeled out of the venue and was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.
Mondragon, from Santa Ana, drops to 0-4.
Junior Lightweight Oscar Chinchilla won a four round unanimous decision over Rene Torres, who was making his professional debut.
Torres, from Pomona, CA, began to tire in the second round because of the punches Chinchilla would land to the body. The southpaw Chinchilla pinned Torres against the ropes and worked the body. Although Torres was able to land right hands to the head, it was not consistent enough to the amount of punches Chinchilla landed.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Chinchilla, with scores of 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37. Fightnew.com scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Chinchilla.
Chinchilla, from San Fernando, goes to 2-1.
– There was a 25-minute delay after the Villanueva-Mondragon fight due to paramedics transporting Mondragon to the hospital. California State Athletic Commission rules require for paramedics to be on site at a venue if a boxing or mixed martial arts event is taking place.
– Unbeaten Super Featherweight Brandon Rios, unbeaten Featherweight Miguel Angel Garcia, and former kickboxing champion Benny Urquidez watched the action from ringside.
– This was the first promotion for Fulton Street Fight Club Promotions. Promoter Fred McCurry, with the assistance of matchmaker Hervi Estrada, hopes to regularly promote quality shows in the San Fernando Valley at affordable prices.
– Ring announcer was Jim Fitzgerald.