They say offense wins games and defense wins championships. Ty Barnett was long on defense and short on offense in a losing effort to Mercito Gesta in ESPN’s Friday Night Fight’s main event. Instead, it was Gesta who used a balanced attack to wear down Barnett before scoring a TKO victory with a mere second to spare in the ninth round.
After having to literally walk the elusive Barnett down in the latter half of the fight, Gesta (26-0-1, 14 KOs) showed he meant business in the ninth. The accumulation of power shots to the face and mid-section paid dividends and a hard left hook caught Barnett flush and sent him to the canvas just as the ten-second signal was given. In no hurry to go to the tenth and final round, Gesta pounced, flattening Barnett with a jab that ended the fight.
And though it appeared that the final punch that tattooed Barnett’s (19-3-1, 12 KOs) face was landed after the bell, Barnett was clearly losing the bout and was in no condition to fight on.
Gutierrez remains unbeaten, outboxes Burns
Jesus Gutierrez (5-0-0-1, 2 KOs) was simply too fast and too elusive for “Angry” James Burns. The Las Vegan earned a four-round, unanimous decision victory in lightweight swing bout action. Neither fighter inflicted much damage, but Gutierrez crafty defense found Burns swinging at the air in the second frame. After being caught with an overhand right in the second, Burns spent a lot of time moving forward and tying up his opponent, presumably to slow the punch rate. Gutierrez remained busy from close range, leaving Jones frustrated and out of options. The judges scored the bout 39-37 and 40-36 twice.
Magdaleno overwhelms Santos
If you’ve ever watched a bout in which on fighter was clearly more talented than the other, little needs to be said for Jessie Magdaleno’s one sided drubbing of Aldimar Santos. The undefeated Magdaleno (11-0, 8 KOs) finished Santos (16-3, 9 KOs) at 2:54 in the second. Putting on a show for the hometown crowd, Magdaleno battered Santos from bell-to-bell in the opener, dropping the Brazilian fighter late in the opening round with a flurry against the ropes. The beating didn’t let up in the second. A vicious right hook caught a defenseless Santos flush on the chin, sending him to the mat and the crowd to their feet. Magdaleno fired off lefts and rights in rapid succession, sending Santos to his knees for the final time as Robert Byrd halted the bout before the bell rang.
Saenz outboxes Wisdom
Fight fans at the Texas Station in Las Vegas were treated to back and forth action in the night’s opening bout. Gabino Saenz (7-0-1, 5 Kos) defeated Dwayne Wisdom (2-5, 1 KO) in bantamweight action. Wisdom was outgunned and found himself on the wrong end of a pair of stiff hooks in the final two frames. When the initial score of 57-57 was read, the crowd was visibly puzzled. The last pair of judges saw it the same way, awarding the fight to Saenz with 59-55 scores.