By Francisco Salazar
It may not have been at the level of a Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez fight, but the outcome to the Brian Jones-Thomas Herrera fight had some scratching their heads.
Jones won a six round split decision victory over Herrera at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, CA on Friday night.
The bout topped a six-bout "Battle of the Rising Stars" card, presented by All Star Promotions.
Jones was in control of the action during most of the fight by being the aggressor. Despite his limited, but improving skills, Jones was able to land with straight right hands to the head of Herrera.
In the third round, Herrera was able to slip under Jones' punches, then followed up with left hooks to the head.
Jones seemed to control the second half of the fight, especially in the last two rounds when Herrera's punch output dropped. Jones tried to land a big punch in the final round, but could not catch Herrera cleanly.
It looked as though Jones was on his way to victory. Boxingscene.com scored the bout 59-55 for him, but a gasp was heard inside the venue when ring announcer Jim Fitzgerald announced, "We have a split decision."
One judge scored the bout 59-55 for Herrera, while the other two judges scored the bout 60-54 and 58-56 for Jones, who goes to 8-1, 4 KOs. Herrera falls to 3-8-1, 1 KO.
Jones-Herrera was elevated to main event status when the fight between Jaime Ocegueda and Rynell Griffin was scratched because the California State Athletic Commission did not receive Ocegueda's medicals in time.
Middleweight Robert Hill won a four round unanimous decision over Juan Bustamante, who was making his professional debut. Bustamante came out aggressively in the opening round, but slowed down considerably after that. Hill (1-1) was able to land repeatedly with right hands to the head of Bustanante, who was cut over his right eye in the second round. Bustamante tried to mount an offense, but it would be thwarted by more right hands by Hill. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Hill, 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37. Boxingscene.com scored the bout 39-37 for Hill.
Super middleweights Jose Hernandez and Brian True fought to a four round split decision draw. After a somewhat-tentative first round that he controlled, True, who was making his professional debut, began to tire midway through the second round. Hernandez (2-0-1, 1 KO) mounted an offense, but was not able to consistently land punches. Hernandez did little to mount an offense in the second half of the fight, allowing True off the hook and get a second wind. True had his moments in the final round, but did not have the energy to follow up. One judge scored the bout 40-36 for Hernandez, one judge scored the bout 39-37 for True, while the third judge scored the bout 38-38. Boxingscene.com scored the bout 39-37 for Hernandez.
Super featherweights Daniel Franco and Alejandro Ochoa fought to a four round majority decision draw. The taller Franco (4-0-2, 2 KOs) was able to land repeatedly with right hands to Ochoa's head in the opening round. Undaunted, Ochoa (3-4-2, 1 KO) was able to slip under Franco's punches, countering with left hooks to the head in the second. Franco outlanded Ochoa in the final two stanzas, but would drop his hands, allowing Ochoa to land an occasional hard counter left or overhand right to the head. One judge scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Franco, while the other two judges scored the bout 38-38. Boxingscene.com scored the bout 39-37 for Franco.
In an all-action bout, flyweight Ricardo Rodriguez won a close four round unanimous decision over Fernando Fuentes. The taller and rangier Fuentes (3-2) was able to beat Rodriguez to the punch in the opening round. Rodriguez (8-3, 3 KOs) pressed the action in the second, backing Fuentes up against the ropes. Rodriguez was able to land the harder and more effective punches on the inside, while Fuentes attempted to keep Rodriguez on the outside. Both went at it in the final stanza, trading punches on the inside, bringing the crowd rose to it's feet. All three judges scored the bout 39-37 in favor of Rodriguez. Boxingscene.com scored the bout 38-38.
Welterweight Zeddie Adams was successful in his professional debut, winning a four round unanimous decision over Carlos Meraz. The Cleveland-based Adams beat the southpaw Meraz to the punch during most exchanges, whether he landed counter left hooks or lead right hands to the head. Meraz (1-1) tired by the third round and would get hit often when he pressed the action. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Adams, 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37. BoxingScene.com scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Adams.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since last September and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper and Knockout Nation. He could be reached by email at [email protected] or on twitter at FSalazarBoxing