Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio - In a Canadian junior welterweight grudge match, for the WBA "gold" title, Yves Ulysse (18-1, 9 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Steve Claggett (27-6-2, 17 KOs). The scores were 96-94, 97-93 and 97-93.
There were many close rounds, with Claggett applying the pressure and throwing a lot of punches, and Ulysse was landing some very hard shots throughout the contest and showing off the better boxing ability. Ulysse was able to land several telling blows, but Claggett showed off a rock solid chin.
The contest was a rematch of their October 2017 encounter, which saw Ulysse suffer his first career defeat by way of a ten round split decision - which some felt was controversial and others saw as a close fight. After that loss, Ulysse had won three fights in a row.
In the co-feature, Joshua Franco (15-1-1, 7 KOs) won a ten round split decision over Oscar Negrete (18-2-1, 7 KOs). The scores were 98-92 for Negrete, and 96-94 and 97-93 for Franco.
The fight was a rematch of their October 2018 clash, which saw them fight to a ten round split draw.
"I feel great. I'm feel excited to get these two belts," said Joshua Franco. "It really wanted this, so it shows what happens when you really work hard."
"It was obvious what people saw," said Oscar Negrete. "At the very most, Franco won three rounds. But what can you do? It is what it is. Of course we want the rematch!"
Marlen Esparza (6-0, 1 KOs) of Houston, Texas claimed a victory against Jhosep Vizcaino (9-9, 3 KOs) of Quito, Ecuador via unanimous decision to earn the vacant NABO Flyweight Title in an eight-round fight. Esparza won with all three judges scoring 80-72.
"I was working on placing my punches well," said Marlen Esparza. "I feel like I have gotten stronger since having my baby. I'm able to turn my punches more. I'd like to have two more fights before challenging for a world title."
Alexis "Lex" Rocha (13-0, 8 KOs) of Santa Ana, Calif. defeated Shoki Sakai (23-10-2, 13 KOs) of Amagasaki, Japan via unanimous decision in a 10-round battle for the WBC Continental Americas Welterweight Title. Rocha won with scores of 99-91, 97-93 and 97-93.
"I could have done better," said Alexis Rocha. "I need to go back to the gym and work on my fundamentals. I'm coming off from a long layoff, so I need to get back in the gym and stay busy with more fights."
Mike "Yes Indeed" Reed (24-2, 13 KOs) of Washington, D.C. defeated Yardley Cruz (25-14, 15 KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico via second-round technical knockout in a six-round welterweight fight. The fight was stopped at 1:45 of the aforementioned round after a series of unanswered shots forced the referee to call a halt to the action.
"It felt good to be back in the ring after 13 months," said Mike Reed. "I had to take my time in there. He [Cruz] was looking for a way out, but I made sure to take care of business."
Raul "Cougar" Curiel (5-0, 4 KOs) of Tamaulipas, Mexico scored a second-round technical knockout victory against Andrew Rodgers (4-7-1, 2 KOs) of Elkhart, Ind. in a scheduled six-round super welterweight fight. Rodgers could not continue after the second round due to an injury that he claims to have suffered during the second round.
"We expected more from this fighter," said Raul Curiel. "Nevertheless, I thank God we got the win. We'll keep working hard for the next one."
Anthony Reyes (6-0, 4 KOs) of Coachella, Calif. beat a tough opponent in Roberto Pucheta (10-16-1, 6 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico via unanimous decision in a four-round featherweight bout. Reyes won with three scores of 40-36.