PBC on FS1 Leduan Barthelemy vs Eduardo Ramirez, Alejandro Salinas vs Duarne Vue, and Bryan Figueroa vs Ivan Jiminez
BY KID HERSH
PBC on FS1 Toe to Toe Tuesdays from the Cannery Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, featured a great night of prospects.
First up on the card was Bryan Figueroa (12-0, 5KO's) vs Ivan Jiminez (7-0-1, 4KO's). Jay Nady was the referee. Both fighters traded solid left hooks with everything they had on them early on in the fight. Jiminez appeared to have more power on his than did Figueroa. Figueroa looked very cold in the first round, seeming perhaps either cold or a bit rusty as he was just "off" on his punches with timing and footwork to set them up at the proper distance. In the second round it was more of the same as Jiminez seemed to have Figureoas number; timing him out in between his punches no matter whether he was fighting off the back foot or going forward. In the third round Figueroa landed a flush straight left hand less than a minute into the round that stunned and backed up Jiminez. He hurt him again with a left hand not long after the first but then let his man off the hook as he very awkwardly put his hands down and moved back and forth - perhaps looking to taunt but I gotta give the teenager some flack here and and say he simply looked very awkward and made the mistake of letting his man off the hook. Jiminez would make it through the round but you were left wondering about his chin because Figueroa does not seem to have a lot of power in his slow and sometimes looping hands. Sure as shit Jiminez took the fight back over in the fourth round after being let off the hook. He was not as dominant as the early rounds but he was finding a home for his right hand and pushing Figueroa backwards. Figueroa landed a beauty of an uppercut but this time around it did not hurt Jiminez. The last two rounds were fairly close on my card, with Figueroa perhaps taking control back over in the fifth round and then in the sixth round Jiminez upping his work rate but much of it being fairly ineffective. 58-56 across the board were the scores from all three judges for Figueroa. He is very young, so I don't want to pick him apart too bad, but he has quite a bit to work on imo.
Next up was Alejandro Salinas (8-1, 8KO's) vs Duarne Vue (12-0-2, 4KO's). The referee was Robert Byrd. "The Storm" Vue came out reckless with zero defense, bobbing and weaving and throwing punches in bunches. He was an extremely easy target for Salinas who was teeing off on him with his heavy hands. Salinas hurt Vue numerous times but Vue had a look on his face like was knock out or be knocked out tonight so he did not change tactics or back down at all whatsoever. I doubt he can take much more - but we will see in the coming rounds just what he is made of! Vue was already slower in the second round while sporting some swelling under his eyes. Salinas was still teeing off on him - this time from the outside since the shorter man was lingering there for long periods of time. In the coming rounds Vue was getting blasted around the ring more and not reacting well to shots. I disagree with the announcing team that said he was still in the fight and not breaking down at all in the fifth round because I see the exact opposite of that; a man that will not stop to the extreme that you need to save him from himself. To my everlasting surprise Vue really fought hard and would end up winning the seventh round on my card. I still maintain that he cannot really win this fight though, since he does not have fight ending power to drop or stop Salinas. But it is an incredible show of will and heart from the Wisconsin native. Vue would end the fight in good fashion - showing a bit better wind than Salinas in a losing effort. Salinas started off very strong but seemed very predictable with his 1-2 power punching. Salinas would win the UD.
Main event time featuring Leduan Barthelemy (13-0, 7KO's) vs Eduardo Ramirez (20-0-2, 7KO's). The referee was Jay Nady. In the first round Barthelemy was in complete control as he came out pressing Ramirez backwards and was easily slipping any return fire. Leduan looks very "on" right from the get go. Just like I have seen from Leduan before in the past though; he completely changed in the second round. Ramirez did also, as he came out pressing Leduan and was either getting his punches off first or effectively feinting and looking for Leduan to throw his slower punches so that he could counter quickly. Ramirez looked like he was guessing at times but it was working for him. The third round evened out between the two fighters as Ramirez was still pressing - which is not exactly his forte but it is what he has to do against the much bigger man tonight. Barthelemy, on the other hand, was sticking out his jab more in the round and it was very effective but you could tell that he was changing out necessity due to being uncomfortable. In the fourth round Ramirez was really aggressive and throwing a high number of punches in an effort to take the fight over in a more controlling manner. He has had success of course but the rounds are very close and perhaps leaning towards the Las Vegas native Barthelemy. In the sixth round it was an absolutely massive one for Ramirez, who was hitting Barthelemy with absolutely everything and must have thrown well over 100 punches in the round. Barthelemy was not mentally in the fight at this point as he was moving around the ring getting hit with his hands down at his sides. He may have been buzzed a few times but Ramirez is not a heavy puncher and I think he was more so mentally defeated. In the seventh round Barthelemy worked his way back into the fight at the start of the round as Ramirez was not applying heavy pressure until the final minute of the round - which is exactly when he dominated the fight again. When Ramirez pressures and cuts off the ring he is easily, handily, winning the fight. Ramirez chased Barthelemy around the ring in the eighth round but he was landing clean like in the big sixth round. Barthelemy was not exactly boxing well either; he was just more so evading his man. Both men were very tired in the final two rounds but they laid it all on the line in the tenth and final round. It was a bit hard to pick between the two but if I had to I would give the slight edge to Ramirez in the fight due to him pressing the action and having the much cleaner blows overall of the two fighters. Barthelemy you could tell was very winded in the second half of the fight and was more so fighting to keep Ramirez off of him. The cards came in 97-93 Barthelemy, 96-94 Ramirez, and 95-95 draw.