Miguel Vazquez vs Erick Bone, Brandon Figueroa vs Nieves, Miguel Flores vs Ruben Tamayo
BY KID HERSH
PBC on FS1 from San Antonio, Texas. First up was Miguel Flores (19-0, 9ko's) vs Ruben Tamayo (24-8-4, 16ko's). In the first round Flores had success early with his youthful energy in jumping in and out of range while unloading shots. Tamayo seemed to time him out with left hands by the end of the round though, showing the experience difference and that Flores had better have more dimensions to his game. In the second round both fighters were still trading shots and both were putting in good body work. Flores had an accidental head butt give him a cut above his right eye in the first round and in the second round it seemed to grow bigger as Tamayo is timing his shots and catching Flores when he reaches with his punches. The body punching continued into the third round and Tamayo had great success in the third as his experience really started to show. He was hard to hit defensively with good head movement and kept himself out of range of the predictable Flores offense while also being accurate with his punches in timing out Flores as well. Flores started to box his man more in the fourth round and had much better success using his legs to give angles and make his offense more unpredictable. Flores carried the success into the fifth round where he showed the great adjustment of using his legs. Tamayo was not cutting the ring off and getting outboxed at this point. Tamayo had early success in the sixth round but couldn't make it last as Flores snapped right back into boxing mode - using his legs to give angles and circle his man - which had Tamayo at a great disadvantage again. Going down the stretch Tamayo was still unloading plenty of shots but he was mostly missing or glancing with his blows as Flores was boxing beautifully from the outside. He got better and better as the fight went on and he found out that using his legs and boxing ability makes things a much easier fight than mixing it up. It seems as if Flores took over the fight after the early head butt that caused blood to flow was fixed up. Flores would win the wide UD.
Next up was Brandon Figueroa (6-0, 4ko's) vs Jonell Nieves (6-2, 4ko's). The first round made it abundantly clear that Brandon fights just like his older brother Omar (who happens to be announcing). He has the same mannerisms and fighting style - making this an odd fight to watch because a person could easily mistake him, despite being only a teenager, for Omar. He is throwing all kinds of hooks and power shots but as his older brother pointed out on the broadcast; he needs to learn to set them up, just like he had to learn to do. Midway through the round Figueroa mixed a body shot among his head-hunting and hurt Nieves. Nieves held on and I think the young fighter missed his shot over the next thirty seconds to potentially take his man out. He landed some great shots from the outside and another body shot that crumpled Nieves up, protecting his stomach, but then failed to press him or throw anything else as Nieves backed up and got the time to rest that he wanted. Figueroa did end the round hurting him again with a left hook to the jaw. In the fourth round Brandon again looked like a spitting image of his older brother as he turned Nieves into a corner and threw combinations consisting of some "pity-patter" shots and then mixed in powerful hooks throughout. In the fifth round the damage mounted up as Nieves was put down a minute into the round from a vicious body shot. he rose, but the fight was ended after another knockdown (one missed as well) with Nieves completely exhausted. He has quite a few things to work on - with his amateur experience gap of 40 fights compared to Omar who had well over 200 - is evident. But still, he pulled through here and showed some positives with his fan-friendly style.
Main event time featuring Miguel Vazquez (35-5, 13ko's) vs Erick Bone (16-3, 8ko's). In the first round the fighters were trying to find their distance as they danced in and out of range and feinted. Bone opened up a bit more in the second round but he didn't do much damage because he didn't hit the elusive Vazquez flush or often. Vazquez, meanwhile, was landing punches in between Bone's shots when he opened up and was working his jab just enough to be effective with it. The third round unfolded with both men looking to stand their ground (surprisingly for these two boxers). You could tell that Bone wanted to unload more but he couldn't find a rhythm against the awkward man in front of him. he landed more shots in the round than he has in the fight though to show an improvement but by the end of the round Vazquez was again giving angles and unpredictable to blunt Bone's output. Bone carried the slight momentum from the round into the fourth where Vazquez was reacting to his outbursts defensively - doing a good job in making Bone miss but not having much of an output himself. Vazquez went on to win the UD