Jayson Velez vs Daniel Ramirez, Emmanuel Gonzalez vs Carlos Morales & Christian Gonzalez vs Darryl Hayes
BY KID HERSH
Fox Fight Night on FS1 from the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles. First up was Darryl Hayes (3-4, 1ko) vs Christian Gonzalez (9-0, 9ko's). Gonzalez would end up winning the well-deserved decision in a tough fight for the 19 year old, as he went the distance for the first time in his career. He has a lot of things to work on ranging from footwork to defense, but this was still a good learning fight for the youngster.
Emmanuel Gonzalez (14-1, 7ko's) vs Carlos Morales (8-1-3, 3ko's). In the opening rounds Gonzalez was using his superior boxing skill to just barely edge the rounds as he had a very tight and elusive defense and quick scoring punches. It wasn't until the third round that Morales started to have real success, as he found the range on Gonzalez and backed him into the ropes while throwing combinations. He even appeared to momentarily stun Gonzalez when he landed a left right before he put him into the ropes and went to work. Morales carried the momentum into the fourth round, where he was beating Gonzalez to the punch and showing his superior speed in catching him off guard. Gonzalez is also standing straight up like a light pole which is making him a very easy target to my eyes. Gonzalez then started to take the fight over again by stalking instead of waiting on Morales. He was effectively using his jab and right hand while making Morales frustrated but it was not to last as Morales was simply outworking and out-hustling Gonzalez for the late rounds in the fight. The fight went eight rounds and the decision went to Morales who showed great stamina but still, to my eyes, has quite a bit to work on. In my eyes this fight was fairly close and Morales needs to work straight punching to get some power on his shots. He is not going to have the power to get things done at the top level in my opinion, with his given fighting style.
Main event time in Jayson Velez (22-0-1, 16ko's) vs Daniel Ramirez (11-2, 5ko's). In the first round Velez was showing his far superior boxing skill while he was hitting his man from the outside and Ramirez couldn't seem to touch him. Velez was already putting in nice body work while darting in, getting off, then getting back out of range before Ramirez could do anything. Early in the second round Velez caught Ramirez with a beautiful right hand that he squeezed in around the guard. The shot wobbled Ramirez's legs, and then Velez followed up and dropped him with a left hook when he had him on the ropes. Velez went crazy with trying to take hiss man out and took some solid right hands from Ramirez in the process that looked like they took the steam out of him. Ramirez recovered and made it through the round and actually recouped to have a fantastic third round. He was catching Velez at this point, who has given up his size and range while choosing to fight in the trenches, still (mistakingly) thinking that he has Ramirez going. So Ramirez is now slamming home right hands and uppercuts that are not just buzzing Velez but doing damage. We have ourselves a fight! The fourth round then swung back to Velez, who actually hurt his man at the end of the round in return with another beauty of a right hand. When Velez sets up his punches from the outside he is noticeably doing damage and winning the fight - he just keeps on getting drug into unnecessary wars that are hurting him while favoring Ramirez. Velez would go back to boxing throughout the remainder of the fight and win himself the wide UD. I do think that he made this fight much harder than he had to, but he took it for sure.