Cesar Juarez vs Richard Pumicpic & Israel Gonzalez vs Ramon Garcia Hirales
BY KID HERSH
beIN boxing from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on Saturday night. First up was Israel Gonzalez (15-1, 5KO's) vs Ramon Garcia Hirales (20-8-1, 12KO's). Gonzalez started out pressing his man in the first round and looking to land the right hand. Land it he did, and it looked like he shook Hirales with it. Hirales was getting frustrated, likely because he could not land the straight left that he was loading up on. He only managed to land it one time in the final minute of the round and it momentarily stopped Gonzalez in his tracks. In the second round Gonzalez finally threw a left hook and he landed it, two minutes into the round, with the shot putting Hirales on the canvas. He got up and composed himself to make it through the remainder of the round. In the third round Hirales did his best to try and keep Gonzalez off of him but he was just too slow and looping with his punches to do anything except take damage. He went down again two minutes into the third from a right hand and was looking worse this time around but still managed to make it out of the round again - showing that he really came to fight! This was further evidenced in the very next round when Hirales looked the fresher of the two fighters and started to land a jab and followed it up with left hands that were much straighter than earlier in the fight. He also pushed Gonzalez around the ring as Gonzalez looked either frustrated or tired, or perhaps both. Hirales could also be shaking ring rust off from an eight month layoff to explain the sudden surge out of nowhere. Gonzalez went back to being the aggressor and ring general in the fifth round, perhaps taking off the previous round, but it looks like he made the mistake of giving hope and momentum to Hirales who took his best shots and took them better than earlier in the fight. Gonzalez mixed in more body work which appeared to hurt Hirales at times and take the steam out of him so he did not answer back enough to get any momentum back. Gonzalez continued working and drew blood from Hirales' right eye in the sixth. Hirales was taking enough damage to make a guy think that he was getting broken down but once again he fought back valiantly at the end of the seventh round to make everyone think that he could still yet again turn the tide in the fight. Hirales tried his damndest to get the stoppage he needed in the eighth and final round but just couldn't get it with his tired and looping shots. Gonzalez stood his ground and gave as good as he got but did have a scary moment with only fifteen seconds left in the round when he took a left hand on the ropes that violently snapped his head back and noticeably hurt him. It got the crowd on their feet but there was just not enough time for Hirales to get the miraculous comeback. Wow, what a fight this was - yet another great matchup on beIN which rarely disappoints. The cards came in a UD win for Gonzalez as expected with the two knockdowns but this was a much harder fight than it would appear on paper!
Main event time featuring Cesar Juarez (18-5, 14KO's) vs Richard Pumicpic (18-7-2, 6KO's). The first round was a barn burner as Pumicpic came forward very aggressively at the opening bell looking to back up Juarez and impose his will. Juarez had Pumicpic backing up by the end of the round though after landing powerful right hands that appeared to hurt Pumicpic and take the steam out of him. Juarez continued pummeling Pumicpic over the coming rounds and was slowly breaking him down. Pumicpic was fighting back in bursts but just simply did not have the power to get Juarez's respect and keep him off of him. Pumicpic couldn't crack the armor but hung in there until the sixth round when he finally managed to stun Juarez with a right hand that Juarez walked straight into - with his disrespect of Pumicpic's power finally getting the better of him. Juarez's legs buckled but he recovered very fast. He bought his time, with Pumicpic seeming to enjoy getting a rest as well, until near the end of the round we saw a knockdown scored when Juarez landed a left to the body and Pumicpic went to the canvas. He protested the knockdown and it certainly looked more like a slip than anything else but it was hard to tell with no replay showed. Wow - what a sixth round - with one man hurt, the other down, and a clash of heads resulting in Juarez bleeding and potentially losing the momentum in the fight despite scoring a knockdown in the round. The seventh round was a very interesting one, again with Pumicpic landing a beauty of a right hand two minutes into the round but Juarez took it flush and kept on coming. Juarez then surprisingly went all out at the end of the round, seeming to want to take his man out but Pumicpic was never hurt. Pumicpic then blasted punches back at Juarez and ended the round by backing Juarez up into the ropes after he had blown his load trying to take him out. Both men were in excellent condition but it was Juarez who was the fresher of the two going down the stretch, likely because he had the heavier hands of the two. In the tenth and final round everyone got on their feet however when Pumicpic started off the round by landing a bomb of a right hand that clearly hurt Juarez. Pumicpic surprisingly did not follow up though - perhaps because he has been battered in this grueling fight. The grueling fight would go to the cards and Juarez would win the well earned decision in another beIN great matchup.