Fernando Carcamo vs Daniel Echeverria, Edson Ramirez vs Julio Barraza
BY KID HERSH
beIN boxing card from Sonora, Mexico. First up was Edson Ramirez (13-2, 5ko's) vs Julio Barraza (13-0, 9ko's). Both fighters were standing their ground early on while testing different angles and counters on each other. The action stayed pretty mild but yet consistent with neither getting the upper hand until midway through the second round when they started to open up. Barraza first had success, looking the more athletic and younger man as he was but in the final minute of the round he got hit with what he reacted to like a low blow but nothing was called and he was backed up for the remainder of the round as Ramirez unloaded everything he had - landing lots of body blows but nothing big of note upstairs. Barraza was never hurt badly, but he was on the retreat and feeling the pressure here. In the third round Barraza went back to moving forward, pressing Ramirez but not very effectively as he missed lots of shots. Ramirez was landing a few but they are shoulder punches now as he tries to box. In the coming rounds the fight turned into a more moderate boxing match with bursts of energy occasionally with Ramirez pressing Barraza back but both men having their moments as they picked their spots and tried to get the upper hand or find a flaw to expose. The seventh and eighth rounds were very closely fought and hard to pick a winner between the two. They were starting to tire in the eighth but then both men exploded with extra effort in the final thirty seconds, with Ramirez ending the round having Barraza hurting from his shots and backing up. Barraza was not seriously hurt but it seems that Ramirez is just a bit stronger than expected and in great shape to boot. It was very close going down the stretch still and when the cards came in a draw it was not surprising at all. Barraza did not look his best here, I think he is a really fun fighter (especially his fight before this one on what I thought was the card of the year) but he looked. Very limited here and while he never stopped trying he doesn't have the tools to rise just yet. That being said Ramirez surprised everyone including me tonight - he is in great shape a solid boxer. Looks like one of those underrated gym rats!
Main event time featuring Daniel Echeverria (19-1, 17ko's) vs Fernando Carcamo (20-6, 15ko's). This fight on paper looks to produce fireworks and it did draw blood in the first round from Echeverria, with his left eye producing a cut that by the end of the round was pretty damn bad and flowing well. Both men landed their power in the round and Carcamo looks the better of it coming out - not showing any signs of worry from it. Carcamo was looking much superior in the second round by the end of it despite having to walk through hell early on to land fight-changing punches such as the right hand two minutes in that stood up Echeverria straight and buckled his legs at the same time. Carcamo turned to southpaw in this round and has appeared to confuse his man from it. When the third round started Carcamo pursued his man, looking like he smelled blood in the water due to the cut and the fact that Echevveria is not holding off the pressure well. It all culminated to the left hand that Carcamo blasted home a little under a minute into the round that put Echevveria to sleep. I even cringed a little at the sight of his knees bending backwards completely as he fell down on top of his legs. Great win for Carcamo, who always brings the heat and pressure fighting!