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Ramos Rips Rodela In Five; Rios Barely Outlasts Gonzalez

By Jake Donovan

Luis Ramos Jr. turned a fairly competitive scrap into a headline-grabbing win with a one-punch body shot knockout in the fifth round of their Telefutura-televised main event Friday evening at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, California.

A perfectly placed left hand brought a sudden end to the fight at 1:57 of the fifth round.

It was hardly a walkover for Ramos, who had to contend with a determined Rodela in his face for much of the early going. Still, the 23-year old southpaw fought with conviction the entire way through, with such power proving to be the difference in the end.

At just 29 years old and having won just once in his previous five heading in, the best years already seem to have passed by Rodela. The fight represented his last chance at reclaiming some of the shine that came with his career early on, and he fought the first few rounds with such mentality. Ramos was scoring and landing, but also getting plenty back in return.

Somewhere along the way, the course of the fight changed and Ramos landed in complete control. Rodela was still fighting back, but his mannerisms reflected that of a fighter with sparring partner mentality, nodding feverishly whenever he was hit and taunting far more than fighting.

Ramos eventually shut him up for good midway through the fifth round. An otherwise competitive exchange came to a screeching halt as Ramos took a slight step backwards and drilled a perfectly placed left hand to his opponent’s mid-section.

Rodela folded up like a cheap suit, doubled over in pain as referee Raul Caiz Jr counted him out.

The stoppage win was Ramos’ first in more than a year as he improves to 20-0 (9KO). The Santa Ana native has racked up four straight decision wins coming in, including competitive scraps with Francisco Lorenzo and Jose Hernandez earlier this year.  Against Rodela, the rising lightweight prospect arguably never looked better.

While it’s smooth sailing in Ramos’ career, stormy weather continues to crash down on Rodela. The string bean Oxnard product – once a promising fixture on the Fight Night Club circuit - has now won just once in his past six contests as he slinkers to 15-5-3 (6KO).

UNDERCARD ACTION

Undefeated featherweight prospect Ronny Rios survived the toughest test of his career on Friday evening with a hard fought – though controversially scored – unanimous decision over Roger “Speedy” Gonzalez in the televised co-feature. Scores were 78-74 (twice) and an investigation-worthy 80-72.

Rios was effective with his body attack early in the fight, but the short distance between the two allowed Gonzalez to plant his feet and make his presence felt. It wasn’t until Gonzalez turned the tide midway through the bout did Rios remember to stick and move.

Gonzalez was effective in spurts, which perhaps cost him rounds and ultimately the fight. Still, his combinations were repeatedly breaking the guard of Rios, who found himself under retreat towards the tail end of nearly every round from the fourth onward.

After enduring his opponent’s best, Rios dug deep and fought back in the final two rounds. The Californian returned to his body attack, although a lot of steam appeared to be removed from his punches. His saving grace was that Gonzalez wasn’t active enough, waiting too long for openings before electing to let his hands go. He was effective once he threw, but needed to do more.

That said, Fritz Werner scoring a shutout verdict in favor of the house fighter is not a matter that should be swept under the rug. Identical scorecards of 78-74 by judges Fernando Villareal and David Denkin also appeared a bit too wide, but pale in comparison to the aforementioned joke turned in their ringside counterpart.

Nevertheless, the win was a hard-fought battle for Rios, who gains a world of experience as he improves – in every sense of the word – to 16-0 (7KO). Hard-luck Gonzalez drops his fourth straight as he falls to 27-5 (18KO).

Those who hoped to sneak in a bathroom break or a quick beer run most likely missed 20-year old Jose Manuel Sanchez in action. The local super featherweight prospect make quick work of Chistian Gonzalez, scoring with a series of head shots to bring an end to their swing bout at just 0:35 of the opening round.

Sanchez has now won three straight as he improves to 6-2 (3KO). Gonzalez is now 3-2 (1KO).

Former matchmaker-turned-heavyweight Tyree Ortiz appeared well on his way to scoring his sixth win in as many fights when he suddenly quit on his stool after three rounds against home state journeyman Andrae Carthron.

Ortiz (5-1, 4KO) was grinding out every punch and faring well for himself, but advised his corner that he “can’t do it” prior to the start of the fourth round. His handlers began to vent, but ignored the fact that the Midwestern prospect was struggling to keep his eyes open or even focus long enough to look straight ahead.

Carthron heads back to South Central LA with a .500 record and a three-fight win streak - the longest of his rough career – as he advances to 7-7-2 (2KO).

Local favorite Bobby Chavez (3-2, 1KO) had his way with pro debuting Nicolas Balestra, scoring a virtual shutout in their four-round super welterweight bout. Scores were 40-34 (2x) and 39-35.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter at twitter.com/JakeNDaBox or submit questions/comments to [email protected]
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JakeNDaBox on 10-01-2011

[QUOTE=DoktorSleepless;11235433]Anyone else watch this? It was a ****ing awesome fight, especially from Gonzales. Dude was robbed pretty badly.[/QUOTE] was a damn good fight. In fact, better than the sloppy Showtime main event everyone was claiming to be the second coming…

Comment by DoktorSleepless on 10-01-2011

Anyone else watch this? It was a ****ing awesome fight, especially from Gonzales. Dude was robbed pretty badly.

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