Osceola Heritage Park Events Center in Kissimmee, Florida - Flyweight contender Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez (20-2-1, 12 KOs was taken to his limit to win a close ten round split decision over veteran Ricardo Rodriguez (16-6, 5 KOs).
A flash knockdown by Gonzalez was the big difference in securing the win, with both boxers having their moments throughout the fight. The scores were 95-94 and 96-93 for Gonzalez, and 95-94 for Rodriguez.
Gonzalez wins his second fight in a row since suffering a knockout loss to Jobert Alvarez in March of 2016.
2016 Olympian Jeyvier Cintron (3-0, 1 KO) won a six round unanimous decision over Edson Noria (2-2, 1 KO). All three judges scored it 60-54.
And another 2016 Olympian, Antonio Vargas (6-0, 3 KO’s) won a six round unanimous decision over Luis Saavedra (7-5, 3 KO’s). The judges saw it 60-54, 60-54 and 59-55.
Light heavyweight Arman Rysbek (1-0, 1 KO’s) made his pro debut with a first round stoppage of John Morehouse (0-1).
Welterweight prospect Jose “Chino” Lopez (10-0, 7 KO’s) from Humacao, Puerto Rico put away Daniel Gomez in two vicious rounds.
Featherweight contender Hairon Socarras (17-0-3, 11 KO’s) won an eight round unanimous decision over Luis Diaz (30-9).
IN OTHER RESULTS: A wild night at Twin River Casino ended with a dramatic finish and a new champion crowned in the super welterweight division.
Fighting with a heavy heart, Edwin Soto (12-2-2, 6 KOs) of New Haven, Conn., stunned the Twin River crowd with a second-round knockout win over Ray Oliveira Jr. (9-2) of New Bedford, Mass., in the main event to capture the vacant World Boxing Union (WBU) Canadian American Mexican Title.
Soto got Oliveira’s attention early with a series of clean lefts and then cracked Oliveira again early in the second round, causing his opponent’s knees to momentarily buckle. Smelling blood in the water, Soto closed in, backed Oliveira into the corner and bombarded him with rights and lefts upstairs until referee Steve Smoger stopped the bout 20 seconds into the round. The scheduled eight-round main event highlighted CES Boxing’s 2018 season opener, which streamed on Facebook via FIGHTNIGHT LIVE.