Super middleweight prospect Armando Resendiz gets a stern introduction to American action!
Following a wholly entertaining performance, rising Mexican prospect Armando “Toro” Resendiz (12-0, 8 KO’s) picked up his twelfth professional victory. He did so by claiming a split decision win over Quilisto “Quilo the Kid” Madera (12-3, 8 KO’s) in a fun fight. Although, the decision win ended Toro’s eight consecutive knockout streak. At the same time however, the Fox Sport 1 telecast provided great exposure for the young fighter who is ranked #13 (WBA) and was making his US debut.
WELCOME TO AMERICA!
Right from the start, both men decided to forego any feel-out process and began winging hard power shots. Due to this however, neither man had a chance to find their range, which lead to a great deal of clinching and choppy action. The accuracy of each competitor increased in the second as they began settling into the fight. The taller, longer Madera scored the best with his jab and straight right. Toro lived up to his name and charged in and out as he enjoyed his greatest success with thumping hooks to the head and body.
During the fourth round, Resendiz clearly began pulling away. The first half of the period was dominated by his lead left hand which he used to power-jab and hook Madera with impunity. In the final minute, the young prospect wobbled his foe with a crunching right hook. Even though he did not go down, Quilo the Kid ended the period eating a bevy of hard combinations. To his credit, Madera was not there to lie down. He came out in the fifth and sought to get his respect with some roughhouse tactics. After pushing Resendiz to the ropes, he lodged his forearm in his neck and pounded his face with his free hand. The ill-tempered techniques did the trick and slowed the naked assault that Resendiz had launched.
The action remained fairly even throughout the sixth. In a somewhat odd change in tactics, Madera chose to get on his bike for the first half of the seventh. However, he did engage during the finale ninety seconds of the round. Madera’s was compensated with a cut after an accidental clash of heads. Luckily the laceration was not severe and took place virtually at the end of the period. Feeling the pressure of the moment, Quilo the Kid came out with gusto in the final round. He clobbered Toro with a nasty straight right almost immediately. While nothing as significant landed afterwards, Madera had set the tone and effectively commanded the final round.
When the scorecards were read, Armando Resendiz prevailed by way of a fairly narrow split decision win.
By: Bakari Simpson