By Jeff Reiners at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (31-1, 20 KOs) scored yet another sensational knockout with his left hook Saturday night before a crowd of 7,250 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX. Former multi-division world Jorge “Travieso” Arce (61-7-2, 46 KOs) was dropped in the second round on a right hand from Donaire before making things slightly competitive in the third. That was until the Filipino Flash zeroed in his left hook, dropping the Mexican legend violently with the power punch. Referee Lawrence Cole briefly gave count before waving off the fight with Arce flat on his back. Time was 2:59. Arce retired after the fight.
Featherweight Victor Terrazas (35-2-1, 20 KOs) won a spirited affair against hard charging Juan Ruiz (23-12, 7 KOs) of Newhall, CA. Terrazas spent the majority of the fight with his back against the ropes, picking off Ruiz with sharp punches as he charged in. Ruiz was difficult to deter and never stopped coming forward while throwing hard body punches. Terrazas was unable to hurt Ruiz despite landing several clubbing rights. The scorecards varied wildly in the split decision. Ruiz was a 78-74 winner on one card, while Terrazas took the other two 79-73 and 78-74 respectfully.
17-year-old welterweight prospect Alex Saucedo (7-0, 5 KOs) was impressive in his TKO victory over Eddie Cordova (3-3-1, 1 KOs). Saucedo forced Cordova to his knees with a barrage of power punches in the 3rd round. Moments later he caught Cordova again dropping him in the corner. The referee mercifully waived off the slaughter at 2:14 of the 3rd.
For the first time in his career, jr middleweight Daniel Sandoval (30-2, 29 KOs) won a fight by decision. Sandoval hurt opponent Larry Smith (10-14, 6 KOs) early in the first before the fight settled in to a distinct pattern. Sandoval chased while Smith retreated behind a shoulder roll defense. The Toyota Center crowd was unhappy with some of Smith’s antics and booed him loudly before the decision was read. Sandoval took the clear decision (59-55, 60-54, 60-54), the only time in his 30 victories where he didn’t score a knockout.
Lightweight Jose Felix Jr. defeated Meachor Major with a beautiful one punch knockout at 2:23 of the 3rd round. Felix’s left hook landed just as Major was attempting a right of his own. Major took the 8 count, but rose on unsteady legs forcing the stoppage. Felix improved to 22-0-1 with 18 KOs.
19-year-old jr lightweight Saul Rodriguez (8-0-1, 5 KOs) continued his unbeaten streak defeating Pablo Brates (2-5-1, 1 KO) of Sonora, Mexico. The bout was a one sided affair that saw Rodriguez punish his opponent with a series of body shots. The Robert Garcia-trained prospect earned a 40-36 shutout on all three scorecards.
Houston light heavyweight favorite Cedric Agnew (25-0, 13 KOs) outslugged Alfredo Contreras (11-15-3, 4 KOs) on his way to a unanimous decision victory. Agnew rocked Contreras several times along the ropes in the 4th round, cutting him in the process. The verdict was met by cheers for the local boxer, Scorecards read 60-54, 58-56 and 59-55.
Featherweight Tremaine Williams (5-0, 2 KOs) of New Haven, CT won a four round unanimous decision over Rafael Casias (4-6, 0 KOs). Williams used a slick southpaw style to out manuever Casias, frequently catching him with the straight left hand. The judges handed in scorecards of 39-37, 39-37 and 40-36.
Jr middleweight Sukhrab Shidaev improved to 4-0, 2 KOs after stopping Jose Trevino (1-7-1, 1 KO) with a left hook to the body at 1:39 of the 3rd round.