By Ryan Burton
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas - After a two year layoff, and two questionable knockdowns during the fight, welterweight contender Alfonso Gomez (24-6-2, 12KOs won a ten round unanimous decision over Ed Paredes (35-4-1, 23KOs). The scores were 99-92, 98-92 and 96-93.
Gomez was the busier fighter in the opening and took the fight to Paredes who didn't let his hands go nearly often enough.
Paredes started to get going in the third as he threw more punches but he still had difficulty controlling the distance. Paredes landed a short left hand just before the bell sounded to end the fourth round. Gomez didn't appear hurt but Paredes had started to close the deficit on the scorecards.
The fifth round was close as both men had their moments. Paredes was trying to load up on his punches and was out worked by Gomez. Paredes went down again early in the sixth despite the protest of Gomez who felt both knockdowns came as the result of pushes and slips and not punches.
Gomez was able to hurt Paredes in the opening seconds of the 7th despite having one of his arms held. The 7th and 8th rounds were Gomez's best of the fight as he continually beat Paredes to the punch. Paredes acted as if the light hitting Gomez didn't hurt him but his lack of punch output told a different story.
The action slowed to begin the 9th as both fighters tried to control the distance. The round was more competitive than the previous two but Gomez closed strong, pinning Paredes on the ropes and landing power shots.
Paredes came out with a sense of urgency in the 10th round, sensing that the fight was close and that the final round may be the difference in the fight. As was the theme throughout the night, Gomez's punch output and superior footwork won him most of the rounds.
2012 US Olympian Joseph "JoJo" Diaz (11-0)successfully took a step up in class when he defeated the game Ramiro Robles (12-2) via unanimous decision in the co-feature bout. The final tallies were 99-91 twice and 98-92.
Diaz started out fast, landing several hard shots in the first round. Robles had trouble adapting to his speed but had a better second round as he landed several punches of his own although it wasn't enough to win the round.
Diaz went to the body more in the third and fourth rounds. Robles took the punches well but the difference in power was evident as Robles head would snap back when He was hit and Diaz was able to walk through his opponent's fire.
Diaz landed several hard shots to close the 5th round but the relentless Robles kept coming forward. Robles had his best round in the 6th as he landed several shots and caused two abrasions on Diaz's face.
Diaz came back strong in the 7th as he circled his opponent and kept his distance and landed his jab and power punches. The 8th round could have been fought in a phone booth as both men elected to fight on the inside. Diaz's superior hand speed and power was the difference as he continually beat Robles to the punch.
The final two rounds were fought at a furious pace as both men traded power punches. Blood began to trickle from Diaz's nose in the 10th but Diaz closed the show strong with one of his most impressive rounds of the fight.
Oscar De La Hoya's cousin Diego De La Hoya (6-0) looked very impressive in the opening fight on this week's edition of Fox Sports1 boxing series in defeating Miguel Tamayo (14-9-2) via 5th round knockout. Tamayo is De La Hoya's most experienced opponent to date.
De la Hoya was very precise with his punches as he slowly picked his opponent apart. Tamayo was a game opponent who absorbed big shots but kept coming forward. De La Hoya hit him with a big shot that sent back into the ropes in the 5th round. De La Hoya went for the kill and waived the fight off at the 2:27 mark. Tamayo was hurt but the stoppage may have been a tad early as he had absorbed big punches all night long.
Oscar Negrete improved to 6-0 by winning an unanimous decision over Carlos Medina (1-1) in their super bantamweight fight. Negrette dropped Medina in the first round and cruised to a 39-36 victory on all three cards.
In the evening's opening bout, prospect Joet Gonzalez (8-0) kept his perfect record intact by stopping David Clark (6-4) in the second round of their featherweight bout. Gonzalez hurt Clark then unloaded a flurry of punches that sent Clark to the canvas. Referee Russell Mora immediately waived the fight off. The time of the stoppage was 1:35. Gonzalez is managed by Frank Espinoza.