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Vargas wins in ugly fashion

By Anthony Springer at ringside
Photo by Chris Cozzone 

It wasn’t pretty but a win is a win. Vito Gasparyan (14-3-5, 8 KOs) but was outboxed by Jessie Vargas (21-0, 9 KOs) in the featured bout. Vargas won a unanimous decision by scores of 98-91, 98-91 and 98-90.

Oscar Valdez (3-0, 2 KOs) proved he is a fighter to keep an eye on with a dominant win over Corben Page (4-5-1). The amateur stand out forced the Oregon fighters corner to frantically throw in the towel at the 2:24 mark in round two.

After a seesaw battle Raul Hirales Jr. (17-2-1, 8 KOs) rebounded from an opening round knockdown to defeat Oscar Gonzalez (17-2, 13 KOs) via unanimous decision. The score cards read 96-94, 95-94 and 97-92.

Heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr. (17-0, 11 KOs) finished off Elijah McCall at 2:59 I’m the third with a series of left hooks. In a truly bizarre twist, McCall’s father Oliver remarked, “if [Ruiz] can get past dad, he’s ready for a title shot.” It’s unclear how serious McCall was but the line was repeated several times.

An inadvertent clash of the heads caused a premature end to Lucky Boy Omotoso (23-0-0-1) and Irving Garcia’s (17-8-3-1) welterweight bout. The men butted heads in the second round. The bout was declared a no contest.

In welterweight action, Kenny Abril (14-5-1, 7 KOs) edged Dennis Laurente (40-4-4, 22 KOs) by razor thin split decision. The judges scored the eight round affair 74-77, 77-74, and 76-75.

Trevor McCumby (9-0, 8 KOs) continued his winning ways, besting Eric Watkins via decision. Even with some verbal theatrics, Watkins (7-4, 4 KOs) was outclassed when it matter most: actual punches. The judges scored the light heavyweight bout 59-55, 59-55 and 60-54.

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