PBC on FS1 Carlos Zambrano vs Claudio Marrero, Jeison Rosario vs Nathaniel Gallimore & Juan Heraldez vs Alfonso Olvera
BY KID HERSH
PBC on FS1 from Sams Town Hall & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas Nevada. The broadcast came in late due to a baseball during the sixth round of Juan Heraldez (12-0, 8KO's) vs Alfonso Olvera (8-3-1, 3KO's). Tony Weeks was the referee and Ray Flores was announcing tonight. It came in sounding like Heraldez was well ahead but Olvera was being the usual spoiler and not going anywhere while being pesky - outworking Heraldez in the sixth round. Olvera continued coming forward in the seventh round - taking heavy punches from Heraldez but showing no ill effect from them, which is of course his MO. In the eighth round Heraldez closed the show coming forward and landing powerful shots that may have hurt or dropped other men but Olvera can take a helluva punch. The cards would come in a wide UD win for Heraldez.
Next up was Jeison Rosario (12-0, 9KO's) vs Nathaniel Gallimore (17-1-1, 14KO's). Jay Nady was the referee. In the first round it was fairly equal terms until Rosario landed a brutal right hand two minutes deep into the round. The shot hurt Gallimore momentarily but he seemed to recover pretty quick. Rosario showed that he is young yet as he was sloppy in pressing the action after he hurt his man - throwing low blows and hitting after the break which prompted Jay Nady to yell at him multiple times. Gallimore did an excellent job of coming back strong in the second round as he pressed the action and pushed Rosario backwards, landing powerful punches of his own to both the body and the head that were obviously changing the tide of the fight. Rosario was still landing good counter shots but they were far fewer than Gallimores. The pattern continued with Gallimore being the more active man but Rosario having hard counter punches seemingly out of nowhere at times that would momentarily stun Gallimore. Gallimore looked the better boxer to my eyes but defensively he is leaving his hands far too low at times and Rosario is capitalizing on it. Gallimore came out fast in the sixth round and a minute into the round dropped him from a left hook to the temple. Rosario rose and tried to clinch but went down again after a beautiful uppercut. He rose and looked surprisingly calm but after a third knockdown occurred Jay Nady called a halt to the bout. Awesome win for Gallimore and The Broke Team out of Chicago as he dons "RIP Ed Brown" on his trunks.
Main event time featuring Claudio Marrero (25-1, 15KO's) vs Carlos Zambrano (26-0, 12KO's). Vic Drakulich was the referee. Not much to write about in this fight as Marrero landed the first power punch he threw - a left hook - that put Zambrano down and out. Surprisingly fast fight, even for people who were picking Marrero for the stoppage as he was the favorite fighter heading into this one.
Kevin Newman also scored a first round knockout in a filler fight since the main event was so fast. He was far too fast, powerful, and skillful for his heavily outmatched opponent.
Another filler fight happened as the young 19 year old Daniel Gonzalez scored his third win via decision in as many fights. He looked like a crisp puncher with a good jab but you could tell that he was very green and young with his movements and how he fought with his decisions in the ring. Young and bold but he no doubt has talent and it will be interesting to see him going forward.