Javontae Starks vs Darwin Price, Cruz vs Edwards, Molina vs Perez, Pauldo vs Anton
BY KID HERSH
PBC on NBCSN from San Antonio. First up was Justin Pauldo (7-1, 4KO's) vs Eric Anton (4-3, 1KO). Pauldo pressed forward in the first round, looking to pressure his man and get his shots off first. Anton was countering successfully in spots but not punching enough in my opinion. In the second round Pauldo got his jab pumping and couldn't miss with it. Anton looked more unsure of what to do and apprehensive to open up. Ronnie Shields, Pauldo's trainer, was beggin his man to open up in the second half of the fight with combinations. Pauldo has been looking for a single punch knockout punch and Shields can see that it is not going to work. Pauldo did not really put his punches together in combination is except a bit in the fifth round and just like Shields said he was then successful in hurting Anton. it was not enough to take him out, as Pauldo went right back to not throwing combinations in the sixth and final round, but he did look pretty good in this fight as he is very sharp with his punches and in amazing shape as he is still light on his feet and crisp and not breathing hard after six rounds. Pauldo would win the UD
Next up was Gustavo Molina (12-12, 5KO's) vs David Perez (7-0, 3KO's). In the first round Perez showed that his skill combined with his hand speed is too much for Molina to handle. In the second round Molina got rocked a couple of different times from taking flush shots. He showed a fighting heart though as he would immediately fight right back and go straight at Perez afterwards. he was not effective in landing fight changing shots but he was indeed effective as willing himself back into the fight. In the third round Molina was dropped from a body shot and once again he willed himself back into the fight after Perez went for the knockout. It was not be, however, as Molina got caught with a right hand to the chin in the sixth and final round that put him down to the canvas face first. He did the face plant and the fight was waved off immediately, only to be a bit scared about his health for a period of time before they sat him up.
Next up was Next up was Kent Cruz (10-0, 6KO's) vs Rickey Edwards (11-0, 3KO's). It was a chess match until suddenly two minutes into the second round Cruz landed a right hand that put Edwards down on the canvas. He rose but was still clearly hurt with wobbly legs and he went down a second time at the end of the round - taking a knee from the onslaught. He made it through the round andd looked good coming out in the third as he is in great condition no doubt with Ronnie Shields as his head trainer. In the third round he looked pretty good and pretty sharp, catching Cruz with some good shots, only to get hurt once again from the overhand right that he just could not get away from. He was hit with it multiple times late in the third and again in some trouble. Edwards would then surprise the hell out of me as he came out in the fourth round and walked forward, beating Cruz to the punch and being quick with his hands as well as super accurate. Edwards won the round and it looked as if he had never even been buzzed in this fight before! At the start of the fifth round Edwards was buzzed yet again - for about the fourth or fifth time in the fight now - but yet again he bought some time and recouped you guessed it; yet again. Cruz cruised to the UD victory going down the stretch as Edwards pressed forward and tried his best but just does not have the power to change the fight. He also does not have a very good chin - something he is going to have to fix if he wants to compete at a high level. Unfortunately, this is something that most fighters are born with.
Main event time featuring Javontae Starks (13-1, 7KO's) vs Darwin Price (10-0, 5KO's). The first couple rounds were a chess match. Both men were having a jab-fest for control of the ring and the upper hand. Only in the second round did someone finally land a right hand and that man was Price after setting it up with the double jab. Two minutes into the third round Price landed a double jab followed by a right hand to Stark's chin that buckled his legs and put him down. Price cannot seem to miss with the right hand and so that is exactly what Ronnie Shields told him to continue doing following the third round that Starks made it through. Price continued pumping his jab and boxing Starks. His hand speed and excellent jab was making Starks not just trigger shy but looking very confused and unsure of himself. Then in the seventh round Price landed another right hand that locked up Starks legs. He looked not just massively hurt but also like he really couldn't defend himself much anymore and eventually the referee stopped the bout when Starks was not recovering and looking like he had had enough. Emphatic win by Price here as he technically picked his man apart and then stopped him.