Cesar Juarez vs Eugene Lagos, Jose Zepeda vs Jesus Silveira, Hernan Marquez vs Briegel Quirino & Abraham Rodriguez vs Javier Romano
BY KID HERSH
In Tijuana Mexico beIN Sport showed Abraham Rodriguez (19-0, 9KO's) vs Javier Romano (20-23-1, 11KO's). Romano is listed on boxrec as having half as many victories as they are claiming here. In any case the first round got underway and immediately Rodriguez was using his size advantage to his benefit by hitting Romano from well out of his range. In the second round Rodriguez started to land harder punches that were noticeably hurting Romano. In the third round Rodriguez really got into rhythm and was throwing punches in bunches while using his excellent footwork to step to the side of Romano and blast away more punches. Romano could do nothing to quell the onslaught and went down from a body shot midway through the third. He stayed on the canvas and was counted out. Rodriguez looked great to my eyes - he has a nice rhythm with his footwork and balance and looks like a very promising prospect.
Next up was Hernan "Tyson" Marquez (41-8, 29KO's) vs Briegel Quirino (14-2, 5KO's). The southpaws were fiery in the first round, with Quirino pressing forward while looking to get the upper hand on the ex champion and legend (in some areas). Marquez scored a knockdown off a left hook when Quirino got too anxious bulling in midway through the round but it was more of a flash knockdown than anything. Still, it sent the message that Quirino better respect Marquez or that is the result he can expect. It did nothing of the sort though, as Quirino still came forward looking to punish Marquez. He landed a couple good, clean punches in the second half of the round after the knockdown but he is going to have to keep that up for quite some time to break down a super veteran like Marquez. Marquez was looking pretty old in the second round as he got tagged with plenty of punches from the younger man. He was the much heavier hitter though, and when he landed - even if on the shoulders - he moved Quirino. In the third round Marquez was standing in the center of the ring looking to counter Quirino but again he was looking his age as he took punches and was slow to react. Marquez changed his tactics in the fourth round and started to come forward but just couldn't pull the trigger oftentimes while Quirino was peppering him with punches that were not doing noticeable damage but they were scoring. Marquez was having his moments though - such as in round five when he landed a left cross that slammed home on Quirino's chin, sending him backwards. The story of the fight is that Marquez's punches are the telling blows while Quirino is throwing and landing more frequently but they are not as noticeable as Marquez's. Marquez had further success in the fifth round when he landed another left hand midway through the round that scored a knockdown as it hit home on Quirino's chin. Quirino rose and psyched himself out, coming straight forward and landing punches in bunches with a series of them seeming to hurt Marquez as he took the round back over. Great fight! He worked himself right back into the fight after the knockdown showing that he did not come to check out when the going got hard against the former champion. Quirino came out very fresh in the sixth round, seeming to hit his second wind after the knockdown as the two battled back and forth like in previous rounds, again with Quirino having the much higher work rate but Marquez the telling blows in sporadic spots. Despite this fight looking like some sort of tuneup on paper we had ourselves another classic Marquez war, with the men still going back and forth in the seventh round and getting the crowd on their feet for this only eight round fight at the end of the seventh when they battled it out to the bell. The eighth and final round left everyone wanting more, with both warriors laying it all on the line while slamming home right hands on each other to the final bell. The cards came in a SD, with this result being a good one in my opinion because it was such a back and forth war. Marquez scored a knockdown in a short eight round fight but Quirino also outworked him in return - more than likely in every round. Great battle here that recommend everyone see.
Next up was Jesus Silveira (18-3, 8KO's) vs Jose Zepeda (25-1, 21KO's). Again there is a discrepancy between Silveira's announced record and boxrec...seeing a pattern here at all? I think they like to add a factor of +10 to the win column of opponents down south. Zepeda was very calculated and measuring in the first round, seeming to be patient in lining up Silveira for the perfect shot. That chance came two minutes in the second round when he landed a straight left that snapped Silveria's head back and sent him back into the ropes. Silveira recovered quick and the fight slowed down until the fourth round Silveira got his offense going. He was catching Zepeda with awkward punches that the traditional boxer in Zepeda did not see coming. It was not any sort of masterclass but it was working for Silveira as he finally had some sort of success with his offense. In the fifth round there was a clash of heads that caused a gash to spew blood on Silveira's face. Without thinking about it, obviously, the referee docked a point from Zepeda for the accidental clash of heads - seemingly just seeing blood on Silveira's face and assuming a point had to be docked for it. Then there was another accidental clash of heads that caused a geyser to flow on Silveira's face and the bout was stopped and went to a technical decision. Luckily Zepeda got the nod in the super short fight despite the bad decision from the referee to dock a point against him.
Main event time featuring Eugene Lagos (19-3, 7KO's) vs Cesar Juarez (19-5, 14KO's). See anything odd with the "opponent" in this one again? LOL. Speaking of that issue, Juarez does not look 25 years old either....but, in any case, the boxing match turned into a street fight in the first round after Lagos buzzed Juarez with a left hook. After he shook it off the punch seemed to just enrage Juarez as he came forward and threw punches with bad intentions. He was pushing his punches though, so while landing they were not having maximum effect as he was in a state of rage. Juarez relaxed his muscles a bit in the second round. He was still pressing forward and throwing a power jab but the jab was more of a stab than being pushed now - so go figure that it was landing! He pressed Lagos against the ropes and was landing power punches both to the body and the head. It was more of the same in the third round until in the final closing seconds of the round Juarez backed Lagos into a corner and landed a left hook he did not see coming. The punch landed square on the chin and put Lagos down and out. Almost a contender for knockout of the year there - not quite, but it was a great knockout that you should definitely check out.