PBC on FS1 Miguel Flores vs Chris Avalos, Ahmed Elbiali vs Christopher Brooker & Ryan Karl vs Carlos Velasquez
BY KID HERSH
PBC Toe to Toe Tuesdays on FS1 from Rapides Coliseum in Alexandria, Louisiana, featured a good card chock full of prospects.
First up on the card was Ahmed Elbiali (15-0, 12KO's) vs Christopher Brooker (12-3, 5KO's). The referee was Bruce McDaniel. In the first round the action got off to a fast start and was very heated as Elbiali came forward in an aggressive manner and Brooker was trying to stave him off. It was a fairly ugly aggressive fight with not many clean blows being landed to start - there were elbows and low blows and the referee was very fast to deduct a point from Brooker; perhaps too fast. In the second round the action was still very heated and Brooker caught Elbiali with with a right hand a little over a minute into the round that seemed to put Elbiali in a bit of a rage. Elbiali unloaded powerful punches in bunches from every angle and in the process hurt Brooker, weakening him at the knees a bit. Elbiali sensed Brooker was hurt and went for the kill; knocking him down and out shortly thereafter. Brooker complained about blows behind the head and while some of them may have been there he was positioning himself for the shots, which were legal, in my opinion.
The main event came on next which featured Miguel Flores (21-1, 9KO's) vs Chris Avalos (26-5, 19KO's). The referee was Bruce McDaniel. In the first round it was a bit of a firefight, with Flores getting the better of the action. In the second round the good action continued as both men sat down on their punches, trying to leverage as much power as they possibly could in an effort to put the other man to sleep. Flores was giving better than he was taking and it showed with less than thirty seconds left in the third round when Flores landed a powerful right hand to Avalos' chin that hurt him and forced him to take a knee when Flores went for the kill. He rose and made it through the round. In the fourth round Flores had a setback from his constant progress and breaking down Avalos round by round thus far when he suffered a nasty cut on his left eye that was streaming blood due to an accidental clash of heads. Flores hurt Avalos to the body to end the fourth round and carried the momentum into the fifth round where it looked like he was going to get the stoppage despite blood streaming into his eye from the clash of heads. Surprisingly Avalos made it through another round but then a poor outcome occurred when Flores' corner stopped the fight due to his eyesight being impaired, with his corner assuming it would go to the cards due to the accidental clash of heads but the referee would actually rule that it was from a punch, despite him saying to the doctor in the fourth round that it was a clash of heads. Avalos would win via TKO, which was a poor decision and another reason why we need instant replay and a panel to review in boxing for outcomes like this.
Next up was Ryan "Cowboy" Karl (13-1, 9KO's) vs Carlos Velasquez (24-29-2, 14KO's). The referee was Kenny Saint. In the first round both fighters looked stiff to my eyes but it was Karl that was looking to engage and fight while Velasquez was moving and not trying to mount any sort of offense so much as stay away from Karls offense. Tis continued through the coming rounds with Karl seemingly doing damage with his punches no matter where they hit. He was not hitting completely flush or clean at first but over the course of a few rounds he was breaking down Velasquez and in the fourth round was murdering his body. The damage continued mounting in the fifth round with it looking like Karl was going to get the stoppage but instead he bided his time a bit and Velasquez showed some toughness in making it through the round - although no too much because he looked like a fighter that did not necessarily want more and perhaps his corner should be throwing in the towel. To my surprise Velasquez toughed it out like the 50+ fight veteran that he is and Karl could not close the deal on a stoppage victory, as it would go to the scorecards and Karl would get the UD victory.