Jose Felix Avoids Disaster, Wins Split Nod Over Tough Sismundo

By Francisco Salazar

BURBANK, Calif. - Ricky Sismundo was brought in to be an opponent for Jose Felix. What he ended up doing was almost pulling off a major upset over the lightweight contender.

Felix held on and thwarted a late rally from Sismundo, winning a close 10 round split decision before an almost sold-out crowd at the Marriott Convention Center.

Felix entered the fight on Saturday having won five bouts in a row, while Sismundo was unbeaten in his previous five bouts.

It was Felix who controlled the first two rounds of the fight, but Sismundo began to close the distance, connecting with mostly left hooks to the head. Rather than Felix stand his ground, he chose to back up against the ropes, making it easier for Sismundo to connect.

Felix looked as though he won the fifth round, but ate a hard right hand to the head from Sismundo near the end of the round. Any momentum Sismundo built up during the sixth round was thrown out when referee Zac Young deducted a point from Sismundo for hitting Felix after the bell sounded to end the round.

Felix looked as though he was in control during the seventh and eighth round, but Sismundo rallied during the final two rounds, putting Felix on the defensive.

One judge scored the bout 95-94 in favor of Sismundo, while the other two judges scored the bout 96-93 and 95-94 for Felix.

Jose Felix nearly loses

Word is Top Rank is looking at Felix as a possible opponent for Felix Verdejo later in 2016 or in early 2017.

Felix improves to 33-1-1, 25 KOs, while Sismundo drops to 30-9-2, 13 KOs.

In a four round swing bout, lightweight Eric Altamirano won a unanimous decision over Rony Alvarado. Altamirano (7-0, 5 KOs) was dropped by a right hand from Alvarado midway through the first round. Both had their moments during the next two rounds before Altamirano dropped Alvarado (9-7, 5 KOs) early in the fourth round. Both had their moments at the end of the fight with solid exchanges until the final bell sounded.  All three judges scored the bout 38-36 in favor of Altamirano.

In the opening 'Solo Boxeo' telecast, welterweight Arnold Barboza (10-0, 4 KOs) stopped Robbie Cannon at the end of the first round. Barboza went on the attack from the opening bell, landing repeatedly with left and right hands to the head. Cannon (15-12-2, 7 KOs) immediately went on the defensive, fighting off his back foot, but was not able to keep Barboza on him. The repeated punches Cannon received from Barboza produced blood from the nose. Near the end of the round, a right hand from Barboza shook Cannon, prompting Eddie Hernandez to stop the bout at 2:59. 

Light heavyweight prospect Egor Mekhontsev (11-0, 7 KOs) won a one-sided eight round decision over Felipe Romero. Mekhontsev, who won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games, dropped Romero (19-11-1, 14 KOs) within the first 10 seconds of the opening round. Mekhontsev had his hands full with the awkward fighter from Mexico, but settled into a groove by the third round. Mekhontsev dropped Romero a second time in the fifth round, but did not follow up, looking content to get rounds. All three judges scored the bout 80-70 in favor of Mekhontsev. 

Live updates from tonight's 'Solo Boxeo Tecate' telecast from the Marriott Convention Center ..

In the opening bout of the Top Rank card, junior featherweight Miguel Alcantara dropped Julio Iwami Rodriguez (0-2) twice in the first round, prompting an immediate stoppage from referee Zac Young after the second knockdown. Time of the knockout was 2:26.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, RingTV, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing  

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Arma316 on 01-31-2016

Verdejo would destroy this guy.

Comment by Corelone on 01-31-2016

Robbery! Sismundo had him on the run all night, he landed the better punches and threw many more. Home town decision.

Comment by Lou Cipher on 01-31-2016

So Top Rank will pay for this guy's decision bit couldn't outbid Floyd with with the judges in the Pac fight? ArScum you are despicable. Die. Die. DIE.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (3)
Top Headlines Anthony Joshua: Fans Can Decide My April Foe! Photos: Lawrence Okolie Defeats Matty Askin in a Stinker Photos: Shakhram Giyasov Breaks Down, Stops Laguna Danny Garcia: Porter Loss Was Tough, I Have A lot of Fight Left! Jayson Velez Demolishes Orlando Cruz in Two Rounds Krael Shocks Borrego on Mayweather Card, Bellows is Upset Selina Barrios Dominates Juarez: Wants Taylor, Mayer, Serrano Hearn: Fury is The Most Unentertaining Fighter I've Ever Seen! Anthony Joshua: I Got My Knockout Streak Back Povetkin Credits Joshua For Big Win, Has No Excuses Over Loss Arum Very Interested in Bringing Canelo and Golovkin To ESPN Danny Gonzalez Edges Johnny Hernandez in Tough Fight Hearn: We Want Wilder Now, It's Biggest Fight in World Boxing Firat Arslan, Emre Cukur, Tarik Sozer Victorius in Istanbul Fury Not Impressed With Joshua Win: Biggest Bum I Ever Saw Photos: Tony Bellew, Oleksandr Usyk - Face To Face at Wembley Anthony Joshua-Alexander Povetkin - CompuBox Punch Stats Joshua's Promoter: We'll Try For The Deontay Wilder Fight Again Anthony Joshua Drops, Stops Alexander Povetkin in Seventh Anthony Joshua-Alexander Povetkin: LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Jonathan Taconing Dominates Vince Paras, Retains in Manila Luke Campbell Gets Revenge, Decisions Yvan Mendy Joshua vs. Povetkin: CompuBox Historical Review Luke Campbell vs. Yvan Mendy - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Lawrence Okolie Decisions Matty Askin in Very Ugly Fight Joshua Wants To Emulate Ronaldo and Pacquiao's Longevity Lawrence Okolie vs. Matty Askin - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Anthony Joshua-Alexander Povetkin: Stats & Stakes Sergey Kuzmin Stops a Tired David Price in Four Rounds David Price vs. Sergey Kuzmin - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Shakhram Giyasov Stops Laguna in Five Rounds Promoter: Joshua Knows What He Faces In Underestimated Povetkin Michael Dutchover Takes Out Berman Aguilar in Five Rounds Siesta: Upset on Joshua-Povetkin could change the boxing world Okolie Hopes To Move on To Next Level on Joshua Undercard Wilder vs. Fury, Joshua vs. Povetkin - CompuBox Final 4 Analysis Frank Warren Breaks Down Anthony Joshua-Alexander Povetkin Takam: If Povetkin Starts Slow, He'll Get Slaughtered By Joshua Ryan Garcia: Canelo Beats Golovkin Even Easier in Third Fight Daily Bread Mailbag: Canelo-GGG, Mayweather, Munguia, More

Latest Active Forum Threads