Juncos, Puerto Rico - In front of an audience hungry for good boxing that packed the Rafael Amalbert de Juncos Coliseum, Universal Promotions successfully presented the restart of professional boxing with a live audience in Puerto Rico.
In the main event match of the night, Juncos idol Jayson "La Maravilla" Velez (30-8-1, 21KO's) managed to impose his seniority against a brave Jean Carlos "El Indio" Quintana (9-1, 5KO's), beating him by unanimous decision over eight rounds.
"I have to applaud how brave Quintana is," Velez mentioned. "Although I promised that I would knock him out in the sixth, and I had him on the verge of knockout in that round, he wanted to continue fighting and did not allow his corner to stop the fight. He has great talent, but you have to respect the levels. The opportunities are there. I had to take advantage of them at the right time and not get ahead of them. In this fight I wanted to show my skills, and I succeeded. I was able to deliver many blows, without risking much, because it was not necessary. I said that weight was a factor in my past fights, and that's how I felt today. Let's see what happens now, 135 or 140 pounds, we have to see where the best opportunities are. It only remains to tell everyone that 'I'm Back'. "
Vélez used an accurate jab, which was constantly penetrating Quintana's defense. Although Quintana was hurt on several occasions, his condition and bravery kept him on his feet throughout the challenge.
The judges scored 79-73 (x2) and 78-74.
In the co-featured match of the night, Edgardo "Gardy" Rolon (6-0, 3KO's) from Coroza and Gil Iglesias (4-1, 4KO's) from Cagueno presented the audience with an exquisite match with the Fight of The Year tag .
The fight was an intense one bell to bell, where both fighters connected powerful shots, hurting each other on several occasions. In the second episode, Rolon managed to knock Iglesias down, which in the end was decisive in the judges' scorecards.
"We promised and we delivered, this was the fight of the night," said Rolon. "I wanted this level to test me. Iglesias put up a great fight, the fight he had to do. Our fight plan was almost perfect, and that's why we took the victory. I hurt him several times, but he didn't come to play and was he recovered due to his great conditioning. I thank Iglesias for the great fight we had tonight. "
For his part, Iglesias indicated that "it was a close fight. The knockdown, which although the blow was a little behind the head, was what defined the fight. Rolon is a great rival. I am satisfied with my performance. Thankful to everyone the fans who came to support tonight. Always with the two bags, the one to win and lose. Although I know that today we won more than we could lose. I am sure that this is only the beginning of great things that are coming for my career " .
Rolon took the victory by unanimous decision with cards 57-56 (x2) and 58-55.
In a women's boxing match between Puerto Rico and Mexico, Mayaguez Carmarie "Karma" Matos (2-0, 1KO) defeated experienced Mexican fighter Karla "La Princesa" Valenzuela (3-23-3, 1KO) by unanimous decision.
All three judges scored identically 40-36.
In other fights, Juan "Juancito" Zayas (4-0-1, 4KO's) from Bayamon looked immense, connecting fast and accurate combinations to eliminate Steven Colon (0-1) from San Juan in two rounds.
Harold Laguna (3-0, 3KO's) dispatched Darwin Alvarez (0-2) in two episodes.
Meanwhile, Gabriel Planell (1-0, 1KO) had a successful debut by defeating James Morales (0-1) by TKO in two rounds.
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