Ramon Garcia vs Francisco Rodriguez & Carlos Chuko Diaz vs Ulises Perez
BY KID HERSH
Monterrey, Mexico, had a beIN boxing card. First up was Carlos "Chuko" Diaz Ramirez (18-0, 10ko's) vs Ulises Perez (17-3, 8ko's). In the first round e got a shocker when a little over halfway through Diaz went down from a right hand that he walked into. The punch put him flat on his rear but he rose and showed steady legs as he bought time and made it through the round just fine, even fighting back by the end of it. Great recoup as the prospect found himself in serious trouble there. In the second round Perez was still pressing and stalking his man but Chuko was boxing now, using his legs and length to hit Perez and move, using the whole ring to his advantage despite it being a very small one. Chuko continued boxing Perez round after round until in the fifth round he put in hard body shots and it worked, slowing down Perez by the end of the round and taking the energy out of him. Chuko was pressing more in the sixth round due to Perez being a bit broken down from the fifth round body attack onslaught. Chuko then continued boxing Perez again, the rounds looking very similar with Chuko changing his punches up here and there but having the same blueprint of moving and getting off first. He is showing a great jab in the later rounds, firing it and landing it seemingly at will. Perez really took a beating in the ninth round. He is a real warrior though, continuing to press forward despite the punishment he is taking. You could see the hurt on his face at the end of the round when he went back to his stool grimacing in pain. In the final round Perez showed that heart as he made it to the final bell, taking more heavy punishment that most other fighters would wilt or fall from but Perez would gather himself and press forward as usual - typically into a left hook that would send him backwards. Real heart displayed here, props for Perez despite losing almost every round. Chuko looked good boxing his man but he also showed a leaky defense as he leaves his hands far too low very frequently.
Main event time featuring Ramon Garcia (20-7-1, 12ko's) vs Francisco Rodriguez (17-4-1, 11ko's). The first round was a feeler with men cautious and respecting each other. Rodriguez started moving more in the second round, no idea why since he has not been throwing punches anyways, but Garcia took the opportunity to get off some shots and landed the first meaningful punch of the fight when he blasted home a solid left hand early in the round. Rodriguez is not doing much, simply not throwing. He is using lots of upper body movement but when he finally works his way inside he either surprisingly clinches or Garcia gets off and moves or clinches. Late in the third round the accidental clash of heads happened that is sometimes inevitable with a southpaw vs an orthodox boxer. Garcia came out on the worse end of it, bleeding above his right eye. Rodriguez is noticeably frustrated seeing as how the best punches he is landing are with his head as he Bulls forward and tries to find the elusive target. Rodriguez rallied a bit in the fifth as he landed some punches from simply roughhousing Garcia as he bulled forward and swung from all angles trying to land wherever he could. He succeeding in taking Garcia off his rhythm and was also landing punches on Garcia as he dropped back to create space but had his hands down. Garcia took back control as the ring general in the sixth round and then in the seventh the fight turned real interesting and exciting out of nowhere. Rodriguez rushed forward at the bell and was chasing Garcia around the ring when he landed a hard right hand when Garcia was backing to the ropes with his hands down and went down hard. He rose and Rodriguez pursued, scoring two more knockdowns quickly but then Garcia was fighting back at the end of the seventh as he got his sense about him and Rodriguez was tired from his onslaught. Early in the eighth round Rodriguez then hurt and score another knockdown when he threw what I think is his first uppercut of the fight - a right handed - that snapped Garcia's head and buckled his legs to the canvas. He got up yet again but was more hurt this time around, buying time by moving and using the entire ring to create space. A lot of time was left afterwards, a whole two and a half minutes, but he effectively stayed away from danger with Rodriguez looking pretty tired for a change and less pep in his step. Rodriguez surprisingly did not attack much in the ninth despite the fact that the fight is within his grasp now despite losing the first six rounds. He looks fairly tired, as he should be, but still he looks like he should have enough energy to gut it out if he wants it bad enough. Despite that, Garcia took control of the ninth by just edging it out from throwing a few combinations and landing the only telling shots in the round. He likely wrapped up the fight - just like that! It is amazing that Rodriguez put himself in this position though with four knockdowns in two rounds out of nowhere. The final round was fought very well to close the fight out in action in this lackluster to start fight that turned into a real thriller. Garcia won the UD