ESPN Rashidi Ellis vs Alberto Mosquera, Francisco Horta vs David Reyes, and Eduardo Nunez vs Hiram Gallardo
By Kid Hersh
Golden Boy Promotions GBP on ESPN from the Grand Oasis Arena in Cancun, Mexico.
First up on the card was Eduardo Nunez (10-0, 10KO's) vs Hiram Gallardo (6-2-2, 1KO). In the first round, Nunez was very tight and predictable as he was bouncing on his toes nonstop and had a lot of nervous energy to get rid of. Gallardo was taking advantage of this, landing some counters, but he clearly does not carry much power in his fists. In the coming rounds, Nunez was getting caught with overhand rights that he should not be and perhaps the frustration got to him as he was continually landing low blows - with the referee docking a point in the third round. Nunez came right back and hurt Gallardo with a body shot but Gallardo was not going anywhere tonight as he gutted it out for the full six rounds while making them very close with his punch output. The cards came back with a unanimous decision for Gallardo - a big upset win here since he actually came up in weight for the chance at the big upset. To me, I thought Nunez won with the harder punches landed, but the damage was done regardless as he was very mechanical and robotic while being predictable with his offense.
Francisco Horta (17-3-1, 10KO's) vs David Reyes (17-3-1, 6KO's). Reyes established himself as the aggressor straight from the start but Reyes was boxing him beautifully, giving ground and using his footwork to set up hard counterpunches. Horta continued his dominance and was deducted a point in the fourth round, which may have been a good thing because he turned up the heat and hurt Reyes badly with his heavy hands. Reyes was not fully recovered afterwards, with Horta blasting him around the ring in the coming rounds. I was surprised that Reyes was standing (just like the announcers) but in reality, it is because of Hortas style - as he continues circling his opponent despite the fact that he could probably take his man out if he simply pressed forward and went for the kill. he is staying busy no doubt but he is still fighting off the back foot. Reyes would end up finishing the fight while showing lots of heart in the process. Horta did seem to go for the knockout in spurts but he was simply missing that killer instinct, in my opinion, because he was so very close to the knockout so many times but seemed to be pressing the gas at the wrong times or fighting off the back foot other times. Nonetheless, he won the wide UD.
Main event time featuring Rashidi Ellis (19-0, 13KO's) vs Alberto Mosquera (25-3-2, 16KO's). In the first round, it was all Speedy Rashidi as he used his fast hands to land on Mosquera and move. Rashidi looked very powerful also, as Mosquera was simply plodding forward and being a heavy bag. Mosquera got going in the second round and was landing some punches to the head of Ellis, who seemed to be exuding a lot of extra energy while not getting much for doing so.