Saturday at the San Antonio Event Center in a very entertaining evening of boxing, prospects Joseph Rios and Ivan Najera impressed the crowd by blowing out their competition in a matter of seconds.
In the main event of the evening, Joseph “Mighty Angel” Rios (10-5-2) looked tremendous against an over matched Richard Flores (3-11).
At the opening bell, Flores went right after the home town fighter. The visiting pugilist lunged after Rios, winging bombs at full strength while attempting to bait Joseph into a fire fight.
But, the veteran fighter was very patient and waited for his opening, which came about 45 seconds into the bout.
Rios stepped inside of a wild Flores punch and cracked him with a perfectly timed right hook. The McAllen based fighter crumbled to the canvas as the referee in charge began to count. The ref counted to ten at the 58 second mark of the first round.
“I wasn’t expecting Flores to come out as aggressively as he did,” states Joseph Rios. “I was being patient while keeping my hands up, but I couldn’t wait to let him taste some of my power.”
“I stepped inside one of his punches, threw a short right hook, and it landed flush.”
“While the referee was counting, I wanted him to get back up and fight,” claims Rios. “I knew that the fight fans wanted to see a show, but sometimes that’s just the way boxing goes.”
When asked about a rubber match with Luis Yanez, Mike Rios Sr, Joseph’s father and trainer, sounded hopeful.
“I want Joseph to stay active,” states the veteran trainer. “Joseph will probably fight another opponent in the Robert Quiroga benefit, which will be held at the Caliente Harley-Davidson later this year in October. But after that, we will aggressively pursue a fight with Luis Yanez.”
In the co-main event of the evening, Ivan Najera (3-0, 3 KOs) looked impressive dispatching Ramiro Torres (4-23, 2 KOs) at the 1:14 mark of the opening stanza.
Both men began the first round boxing each other in the center of the ring. Najera was very patient at the opening bell, sizing up Ramiro’s southpaw stance.
But, when the initial punches were thrown from both fighters, the speed disparity was obvious to most at ringside.
The undefeated prospect immediately began to walk down the over matched Torres and landed a perfect right hook counter to the jaw, sending the Mexican born fighter flying into the ropes.
The referee immediately called a halt to the bout at the 1:14 mark of the first round.
“I started boxing patiently, but I knew that he couldn’t match my hand speed,” stated the undefeated Najera. “When I found my opening, I knew that it was all over.”
Ivan’s next fight will more than likely be at the commemorative Robert Quiroga event in October as well.
In other action, Omar Gonzalez (3-7, 1 KO) looked very good against former amateur standout, Jeremy Perez (0-2)
Gonzalez battered the ring rusted 32 year old fighter, knocking him down twice in the first round, once in the third round, and a final time in the fourth.
Gonzalez was repeatedly able to beat Perez to the punch. Jeremy never seemed to be able to see the left hand coming out of the southpaw stance.
After taking four rounds of punishment, the referee had finally seen enough and finally called a halt to the bout at the 1:40 mark of the final round.
“I found a home for my left hand,” said Omar after the bout. “He just couldn’t see it coming. I could land it at anytime during the fight. I trained really hard for this fight and it paid off.”
In the opening bout of the evening, Morones Gym fighter Rolando Campos (4-4, 1 KO) won a very competitive grudge match with Eric Morin (1-6, 1 KO) by unanimous decision. It was a four round brawl, and again Campos was involved in the most entertaining fight of the evening.
One of these days, Rolando “Gatti of the Alamo City” Campos will find himself fighting on the undercard of a major Pay Per View because of his “no guts, no glory” style of fighting.
Also on the undercard, Mexican born fighter Ricardo Avila (1-3) defeated Jorge Flores (0-2) of Poteet, TX, in a very entertaining scrap as well. This is a fight in which both men came to fight, and regardless of the outcome, both men deserved a lot of credit for putting on a great show.
Promoter Gabe Carlin deserves much credit for having the courage and vision to put on entertaining live events in San Antonio, TX. Without men like Carlin promoting fight cards like the one held this past Saturday, most fight fans wouldn’t be able to see live boxing in the Alamo City.
Thank you, Gabe!!