By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
In the main event, a scheduled 8 round welterweight affair, undefeated Jessie Vargas made short work of former IBO light welterweight champion, Pablo Sarmiento, after trapping him in the corner and landing a solid right cross followed by a left hook. Time of the stoppage was 1:31 of the opening round. Up until the time of the stoppage, it had been a competitive fight but the pressure of the 21 year old Vargas proved too much for the come backing 39 year old Sarmiento who was fighting for the first time in over six years.
It was just the second fight in the United States for Sarmiento but a native of Argentina, a resident of Spain, and with past fights in the UK, South Africa, Mexico, Canada, Germany, France, Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina, he brings new meaning to the term “road warrior.”
Vargas, with trainer Roger Mayweather in his corner, showed plenty of promise by dispatching of a seasoned veteran with such relative ease.
Vargas, with the knockout victory, improves to 12-0 (7KO) while Sarmiento drops to 33-14-3 (16KO).
In supporting action, welterweights Salvador Rios and debuting southpaw, Marcus Robinson, slugged it out for all four scheduled rounds. While Robinson was the aggressor in the opening round, Rios came on strong in the second and third rounds. The lanky Robinson, however, put together a solid fourth round and pulled off the minor upset of Rios by way of split decision victory (39-37, twice, and 37-39). Rios, the older brother of undefeated prospect Ronnie Rios, drops to 1-1, while Robinson makes his professional debut a successful one and improves to 1-0.
In the second bout of the evening, a scheduled four round welterweight contest, Anthony “The Aztec Warrior” Martinez, wasted little time in dispatching his opponent, Ronnie Peterson. With a wicked left hook to the liver, Martinez dropped Peterson to his knees and the referee counted him out at 0:52 of the opening round. With the victory, Martinez improves to 6-0 (5KO), while Peterson drops to 2-4 (2KO). It is Martinez’ second knockout in the opening minute of the fight over his last three fights.
In opening bout action at the Nokia Theater at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles , welterweights Jamie “The Nuisance” Kavanagh and Ricardo Malfavon stood toe to toe and battled it out for all four scheduled rounds. The 20 year old Irish transplant, Kavanagh, however, proved too tough for the game Malfavon, and unleashed a punishing barrage of body shots and uppercuts all while using various angles and displaying solid defense. Kavanagh, training out of Freddy Roach’s Wild Card Gym, showed tremendous ability in breaking down his opponent, and by way of a unanimous decision victory, he improves to 3-0 (1 KO) while the durable Malfavon drops to 0-3.
In the final fight of the evening, a scheduled four round lightweight bout, Ramon Valadez mugged Carlos Hernandez, dropping him twice in the opening round en route to a knockout victory at 2:15 of the first round. The final knockdown was a decisive right hook to the body that had Hernandez grimacing in pain on the ring apron while the referee counted him out. With the victory, Valadez improves to 2-1 (1KO) while Hernandez drops to 3-4-2.