By Shamus Young
Lightweight Robert Osiobe earned a ten round majority decision over Jose Hernandez Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. Hernandez controlled the early rounds with a snappy jab, then chose to abandon the stick in favor of standing and trading shots with Osiobe. Osiobe got the best of the inside exchanges and won the middle rounds. Just when the fight seemed to be in Osiobe’s control, Hernandez surged to dominate the seventh round. The remainder of the fight was close, but Hernandez seemed to fade and Osiobe continued to press the action and take rounds. One judge had the fight 95-95. The other two judges and Fightnews had the fight 96-94. Osiobe moved to 13-5-4 with the win and Hernandez is now 13-6-1.
The semi-main event was a rematch of barn-burner draw from June between Welterweights Osvaldo Rojas, 7-2-2, and Nate Serrano, 4-2-1. This time, the action was as good, but Rojas came out a clear winner. The difference was that Rojas was able to control the distance more consistently. When Serrano got inside, he won the exchanges, but he was only able to sustain close quarters combat in the third and fourth rounds. All three judges had it 59-55 and Fightnews had it 58-56 for Rojas.
Junior Middleweights Jose Leon, 3-1-1, and Jesse Uhde, 2-2, had a wild, short match. Leon was about to win the slow first round when Uhde dropped him with a clean left hook. In the second round, Uhde stunned Leon again and was closing in for the kill but was too careless about it. Uhde ran into a crafty left hook from Leon and went down hard. Uhde beat the count, but stumbled, prompting referee Bobby Howard to wave the fight off. Time of TKO was 0:43 of the second.
Junior Welterweight Omar Avelar scored his first win to become 1-3 with a unanimous decision over William Fernandez. Fernandez, 0-2, had height and reach advantages, but was tentative and inaccurate. Avelar consistently piled up points for a clear win. One judge had it 40-36. Two judges and Fightnews had it 39-37.
Matthew Flores, 0-1, was another Junior Welterweight who was unable to capitalize on his reach advantage. Gabriel Pineda, 2-0, piled up points inside to take three rounds. Flores got into a rhythm to win the fourth, but it was too late. One judge had it 38-38. Fightnews and two judges had it 39-37.
The opening bout featured two Lightweights making their debuts. Andre Ramos dropped Frank Mendez in the second round and stopped him in the third when an unanswered swarm of punches led referee Terrance Moody to call a halt. Time of TKO was 1:23 of the third.
The card was the 88th installment of Brian Halquist Productions’ Battle at the Boat series.