By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten lightweight Luis Ramos stated that he knows he has to beat veteran fighters that are put in front of him. He sure let his hands do the talking on Thursday night. Ramos won a six round unanimous decision over Cristian Favela before an almost sold-out crowd at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA. The bout headlined a seven-bout “Fight Night Club” card, presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Ramos was coming off a sixth round stoppage victory over Sandro Marcos almost two months ago in the same venue. Favela has faced a long list of prospects and contenders and had hopes of pulling the upset against Ramos. He had lost five of six bouts prior to the Ramos bout. Ramos did his best work from the outside. The southpaw Ramos was content to box, landing two-punch combinations to the head. Ramos slipped the occasional hook to the body.
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Favela did his best to trade with Ramos on the inside, something that Ramos should do less of when fighting a veteran and cagey veteran in Favela. Undaunted, Favela countered Ramos with right hands to the head.
Although Favela pressed the action, Ramos spent the second half of the fight boxing from the outside. Working behind a jab, Ramos controlled the tempo, avoiding exchanges with Favela, who would move in to counter Ramos.
It was a solid performance by Ramos, who keeps improving with each bout, especially against a fighter like Favela.
All three judges scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Ramos. Fightnews.com scored the bout 59-55 in favor of Ramos.
“This guy was tough and he could take a shot,” assessed Ramos, who is managed by Frank Espinoza. “I just stuck to my game plan. I was controlling him with my jab and worked his body.”
When asked what he learned in fighting a boxer with a lot of experience like Favela, Ramos responded, “This bout taught me a lot. I know that I have to beat these fighters, despite their records. I learn a lot from fighting guys like Favela. It will help me in the long run.”
This was the third time that Ramos has fought at Club Nokia, up the 5 Freeway from his home in Orange County.
“I’m always excited about fighting here. I like to perform in front of my fans.”
Ramos, from Santa Ana, CA, improves to (13-0, 7 KOs). Favela, from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, drops to (16-21-6, 9 KOs).
Dardan decisions Griffin
Lightweight Karl Dardan won a action-filled six round unanimous decision over Renell Griffin.
Dardan used his lighting quick hands to counter and even beat Griffin to the punch during exchanges in the first round.
Griffin came back in the second, momentarily stunning Dardan with a counter left hand to the chin. Griffin did his best work on the inside, where he would neutralize Dardan’s speed and land punches to the head.
Dardan controlled the action in the second half of the fight. Using an occasional right uppercut to the head, Dardan kept Griffin on the outside by countering with a jab followed by right hands to the head.
Both fighters traded in the final round. Sensing he was down on the scorecards, Griffin pressed the action, taking the fight to Dardan. However, Dardan continued to box and landed hooks from the outside until the bell sounded to end the fight.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Dardan, scoring the bout 59-55, 59-55, and 58-56.
Dardan, from Philadelphia, PA, improves to (5-0, 2 KOs). Griffin, from Bridge City, LA, drops to (5-2-1, 1 KO).
Huerta overpowers Aranda
Featherweight Charles Huerta won a hard-fought six round unanimous decision over tough Rodrigo Aranda.
This was Huerta’s first fight back since his shocking knockout loss to Derrick Wilson in July. It was no easy return bout as he faced Aranda, who has an aggressive style, but lacks punching power.
Aranda took the bout early to Huerta, attacking the body and landing the occasional right hand. Huerta countered, trying to land on top and to the body of Aranda.
As the bout progressed, the tempo switched in the favor of Huerta. He found openings by stepping back or to the side, landing right hands to the head. Although Aranda remained competitive, he had little answer for Huerta’s high connect rate.
Right before the end of the fourth round, referee David Denkin deducted a point from Aranda, for hitting the back of Huerta’s head.
Huerta dominated the final two rounds. He was stronger and busier, connecting with hard shots to the head and the occasional hook to the body. Although he tried hanging in there until the final bell, Aranda slowed down considerably.
All three judges scored the bout for Huerta, with scores of 59-54, 58-55, and 57-56. Fightnews.com scored the bout 58-55 in favor of Huerta.
“I felt a little rusty in there during the first few rounds,” said Huerta, who had a cut over his left eye that he suffered in the second round, a first in his career. “He came in to fight. I had never fought anyone like that in my career. It was an important experience for me. I’m glad I was able to box more and that it went six rounds.
Huerta, from Paramount, CA, improves to (13-1, 7 KOs). Aranda, from Las Vegas, NV by way of Tabasco, Mexico, drops to (8-11-2, 2 KOs).
Hovanessian impressive in stopping Cardenas
Art Hovanessian impressively stopped Baudel Cardenas in the fifth round of a scheduled six round bout.
Cardenas was competitive and made Hovanessian work on the inside. However, Hovanessian had too much for the veteran Cardenas.
Hovanessian scored a knockdown at the end of the fourth round, dropping Cardenas with a left hook to the head. Hovanessian followed up with two knockdowns in the fifth. The first was a right hand to the head, which Cardenas barely beat the count. To his credit, Cardenas tried to fight back, but another accumulation of punches dropped Cardenas again to the canvas, prompting referee David Denkin waved the fight over. No official time of the stoppage was announced.
Hovanessian, from Glendale, CA by way of Yerevan, Armenia, improves to (9-0-1, 4 KOs). Cardenas, from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, drops to (18-19-2, 6 KOs).
Rios stops Sarabia
Featherweight Ronny Rios made quick work of veteran Manuel Sarabia, stopping him in the first round of a scheduled four round bout.
Sarabia has faced a who’s who of prospects and contenders in previous bouts. He was brought in to test the young Rios, bringing years of experience against the 19 year old.
Unfortunately for Sarabia, Rios sized him up and waited for openings to counter. One counter right hand to the chin dropped Sarabia to the seat of his pants. Referee Ray Corona counted Sarabia out at 38 seconds of the round.
Rios, from Santa Ana, CA, goes to (7-0, 3 KOs). Sarabia, from Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, drops to (16-30-9, 10 KOs).
Godoy KO’s Solis
Lightweight Eric Godoy made a successful professional debut, stopping Javier Solis in the second round of a scheduled four round bout.
It was a sloppy bout as Godoy was the more technical fighter of the two. Solis would charge in and throw wild punches that landed hardly landed. He paid a price as Godoy countered with hard right hooks to the head. It was one of those counter right hands to the chin that dropped Solis at the end of the first round.
To his credit, Solis came on in the second round and did land right hands. However, an accumulation of punches backed up Solis against the ropes. Solis tired and stopped throwing punches. Godoy pressed forward and hurt a defenseless Solis against the ropes, prompting referee David Denkin to stop the bout at 2:22.
Godoy, from East Los Angeles, CA, wins his professional debut. Solis, from Oxnard, CA, drops to (0-3).
Lightweight Juan Sandoval stopped Victor Martinez in the first round of a scheduled four round bout.
Martinez left himself wide open as he threw wild punches against Sandoval. As Martinez moved in, Sandoval threw and landed a left hook that Martinez ran into, dropping him to the canvas. Referee Ray Corona immediately stopped the bout at 2:40.
Sandoval, from San Bernardino, CA, won his professional debut. Martinez, from Los Angeles, CA, drops to (0-2).
– This was the final card for 2009 for the Club Nokia Fight Night series.
– As he always does, Oscar De La Hoya spent time signing autographs and taking pictures with fight fans after the fight card had ended.
– Mario Solis, Bernard Hopkins, and Doug Fischer called the action on the Versus Network.
– Ring announcer was Amy Hayes.