Erik Bazinyan Overcomes Alantez Fox; Valenzuela, Guerrero & Duval Get Wins
Super middleweight contender Erik Bazinyan (29-0, 21KO) had to earn the victory in a tough fight against Alantez Fox (28-4-1, 13KO). Bazinyan was getting out-boxed, outworked, and out-punched by Fox in the first half of the fight. Then in the second half, he turned it into a dog fight by getting up in Fox’s chest, landing body shots and overhand rights. Down the stretch, it was a battle of attrition as both men traded big shots. However, Bazinyan was the busier fighter who landed the more eye-catching punches until the final bell sounded. Two judges turned in disrespectful scorecards (98-92) and one had it 95-95. 3kingboxing.com had it 96-94 for Bazinyan.
GABRIEL VALENZUELA MAY HAVE SENT YVES ULYSSE JR INTO RETIREMENT
In the junior welterweight division, Gabriel Valenzuela (26-3-1, 16KO) scored the upset over WBC #14 ranked Yves Ulysse Jr (22-3, 12KO). If you went to the bathroom or looked down at your phone, you were next waiting to catch the events on replay. Valenzuela came out throwing bombs against the 34-year-old Canadian before landing a devastating uppercut that ended the fight in the first round! The commentating team revealed that prior to the contest, Ulysse Jr made the mistake of talking about retiring, provided he loses. It seems he spoke it into existence. Valenzuela is back in the win column, keeping his career alive for the next big opportunity.
CHRISTOPHER GUERRERO SCORED ANOTHER STOPPAGE
Welterweight Christopher Guerrero (6-0, 2KO) keeps his undefeated record intact after running over Edwin Flores (3-1-1, 3KO). Guerrero fought under control while showing patience and using the jab to create opportunities for the straight right hand. It was clear he was on a different level from his opponent at the start of the fight. In the third round, Guerrero scored three knockdowns from body shots and counterpunches that ended the contest. This second consecutive knockout proves the young prospect is beginning to hit a stride
AVERY DUVAL LOOKS IMPRESSIVE BY SCORING THE KNOCKOUT
In a junior lightweight showdown, Avery Duval (9-0-1, 5KO) blasted out the visiting Eduardo Garcia (7-2-1, 2KO). Duval used that amateur pedigree in this contest by working behind the jab and off the front foot. His counterpunching was on point as he took advantage of Garcia’s exposed chin, who was aggressively coming forward. In the third round, Duval landed a picture-perfect left hook counter that dropped his opponent. Garcia was unable to recover, which prompted the referee to stop the fight. After lackluster performances in the last two contests, Duval picked up a much-needed impressive victory.
By: Bo Bland