Pechanga Arena, San Diego - “Milwaukee Made” middleweight prospect Javier Martinez (5-0, 2 KOs) delivered a one-sided beating over Daryl Jones (4-3-1, 2 KOs) to land a unanimous decision with scores of 60-54, 60-53 and 60-53.
The Robert Garcia-trained Martinez got off to a great start in the first round with a bruising body attack on Jones, who was visibly bothered by the thudding shots. By the second round, the 26-year-old southpaw focused his vicious attack on the head of Jones. The one-sided round forced referee Jerry Cantu to say “show me something” as Jones continued absorbing heavy punishment.
It was target practice throughout the third and fourth as Martinez kept delivering a beating. Jones showed a glimmer of hope in the fourth with a short left hook that connected well. He carried the momentum in the fifth with a flurry of body shots of his own until Martinez countered with an uppercut that changed the momentum of the round for good. By the end of the round, Martinez was pummeling Jones in the corner as Cantu again looked at the action closely and how Jones was responding.
After Garcia pleaded that Martinez let his hands go more to score a stoppage finish, Martinez started the sixth round with a big right hand followed by a series of unanswered combinations.
Somehow, however, Jones was never dropped or severely hurt.
The battle between Floyd Diaz and Jose Ramirez featured a pair of 18-year-old unbeaten bantamweight prospects who had known each other since the age of 8.
It was Diaz (2-0, 0 KOs), however, who earned immediate bragging rights in the relationship Friday night in a four-round scrap, scoring a unanimous decision with scores of 40-35, 40-35 and 39-36.
The first round started furiously, with Diaz rattling and knocking down Ramirez with a vicious and short right hook. The fiery pace of the rest of the fight was no different, as both fighters traded punches in bunches. Diaz continued damaging Ramirez more though, most notably with a left hook.
Ramirez (1-1, 1 KOs), a high schooler who still wears braces, had a three-inch height advantage but never was able to use his size to close the distance against Diaz.
Southpaw heavyweight prospect Antonio "El Gigante" Mireles (1-0, 1 KO) scored a giant pro debut, knocking down Demonte Randle (2-2, 2 KOs) three times in the first round to score a KO win.
The 262-pound, 6-foot-9 Mireles toyed with Randle, dropping the 6-foot-1, 314-pounder within the opening minute with a straight right and left hook combo. A series of shots from the Des Moines, Iowa product followed, as did two more knockdowns, and referee Jerry Cantu mercifully called a stop to the action at 2:07 of the opening round.