At the WinnaVegas Casino & Resort, in Sloan, Iowa, Friday, Paco Presents – Paco Damian and Sampson Boxing – Sampson Lewkowicz over Show Box the Next Generation had the top four having bouts having unbeaten boxers fighting one another.
In the co-feature Light heavyweight Marcos “The Machine” Escudero, 10-1 (9), #174 1/2, of Buenos Aires, ARG, and W. Palm Beach, FL, lost a highly disputed split decision to Joseph “The Phantom” George, 10-0 (6) #173 1/2, of Houston, TX, who spent too much time against the ropes but somehow got the win. The referee was Adam Pollock had an easy night of it.
In the first round George came out fast but Escudero landed well having George against the ropes with body work due to George holding his hands high. George came off the ropes with a lead right uppercut to the jaw of Escudero. Again Escudero had George against the ropes with a flurry of punches. In the final minute of the round george landed a solid right to the chin of Escudero. In the final 10 seconds again George against the ropes Escudero landed a flurry of punches.
In the second round Escudero landed several uppercuts through the high held guard of George. After a minute, George was back against the ropes taking punches from Escudero. In the final minute George landed a good right uppercut to the chin of Escudero before being backed against the ropes by Escudero.
In the third round George comes out throwing punches to the head of Escudero. George against the ropes taking punches suddenly landed body shots backing Escudero back. George unwisely allows himself to go against the ropes while Escudero flurries building up points. In the final minute Escudero continued throwing punches at a high rate with George against the ropes. Escudero ended the round with a pair of left hooks to the body.
In the fourth round Escudero landed a half dozen unanswered punches having George against the ropes. George came off the ropes landing a solid left hook to the chin of Escudero. George moving away landed a double left hook to the chin before moving against the ropes allowing Escudero to land a flurry against the gloves and head of George. Escudero slowed down a bit this round throwing punches but still did enough to take the round.
In the fifth round halfway through the first minute George was using his jab well and landed a good right to the chin of Escudero. After a minute George was back against the ropes allowing Escudero to score points until George landed a solid right to the chin of Escudero. Off the ropes inside the final minute George landed a 3-punch combination to the body and head. It was a better round for George though making it close still may or may not have won the round. Escudero from throwing so many punches may have slowed down.
In the sixth round near the end of the first minute Escudero had George against the ropes landing a flurry of punches. Halfway through the round Escudero had George on the ropes with a flurry of punches. In the final minute Escudero backed away from George on the ropes pounding his chest daring George to come away from the ropes so he could open up with George not having his hands held high like he does against the ropes.
In the seventh round Escudero continued driving George to the ropes landing punches. Halfway through the round to the end of the round George has his hands high taking a beating. In between rounds promoter Marshall Kaufman being a second in the corner of George encourages him to stay off the ropes.
In the eighth round Escudero continues starting landing punches until George fights back with a flurry of his own. In the final minute George against the ropes tries fighting off but Escudero lands too many punches to allow him to go on the offense. In the final 30 seconds Escudero starts throwing while his hands are to his side either from throwing too many punches but allowing himself to be open for a counter from George.
In the ninth round in the middle of the ring George is using his jab and lands a right hurting Escudero making him hold on. Escudero moves George to the ropes without throwing punches just grabbing him. Once again George goes to the ropes with Escudero landing a flurry of punches. George let him off the hook going into the final minute of the round. In the final 15 seconds George rocks Escudero with a right uppercut to the chin.
In the tenth and final round Geroge knowing he may need a knockout opens up starting the round before Escudero has him against the ropes landing punches. Halfway through the round Escudero is landing a flurry of punch with George against the ropes. Escubero when not throwing punches leans against George holding him against the ropes. In the final seconds Escubero is landing a flurry of punches up to the bell having George against the ropes.
Scores were 97-94 for George while 96-94 for Escudero and 97-93 for George in a horrible decision. This writer had it 98-92 Escudero. The fans were stunned with the decision. 1976 Olympian Charles Mooney was in the corner of Escudero.
Welterweight Erik “Dinamita” Vega, 16-1 (9), #146 1/2, of Tijuana, MEX, suffered his first loss to former Olympian southpaw Alberto “The Sniper” Palmetta, 13-1 (9), #146, of Buenos Aires, ARG, and West Palm Beach, FL, at 1:03 of the tenth and final round.
In the first round Vega with hands held high threw some rights to the head of Palmetta who is much busier of the two forcing the action. A left hook by Vega on the back of the neck made Palmetta’s glove possibly touching the canvas but ignored by the referee. Palmetta landed a right hook to the chin but got countered by a Vega right to the chin.
In the second round Palmetta continued outworking Vega through the first two minutes before Vega started landing with the straight rights to the chin of Palmetta. Palmetta was able to get inside of the taller Vega to work the body. There was a clash of heads near the end of the round causing referee Mark Nelson to check both fighters.
In the third round Palmetta landed an overhand left halfway through the first minute on the chin of Vega. Vega comes forward with jabs while Palmetta counters him to the body. In the final minute of the round Vega landed a 3-punch combination to the head of Palmetta.
In the fourth round Palmetta landed the first punch a lead left to the chin of Vega. Halfway through the first minute Palmetta landed a good right hook to the chin of Vega. In the second half of the round Vega was outscoring Palmetta.
In the fifth round Vega is outworking Palmetta and landed a solid right to the chin of Palmetta at the halfway mark. In the final minute Palmetta landed a good lead left to the chin of Vega. In the sixth round Vega continues landing long rights in the first minute of the round before Palmetta landed good right hooks to the chin having Vega walk into them. In the final minute of the round each fighter took turns taking the lead.
In the seventh round Palmetta landed the first punch with a right hook to the chin of Vega. Palmetta comes forward and lands well but if he backs up the longer reach of Vega scores with rights to the chin. Palmetta gets inside and scores well while Vega scores better from a distance.
In the eighth round Vega scores with rights over a jab to the chin. Pametta moves side to side landing right hooks to the chin of Vega. Vega missed with a right and got countered by Palmetta with a left on the chin. Vega was missing as much as landing while Palmetta was much more on target with his punches.
In the ninth round near the end of the first minute Palmetta rocked Vega with a lead left on the chin. Vega backs Palmetta up but gets countered. Both fighters are throwing more punches this late in the fight than in any previous round. Palmetta outworked Vega. With his trainer Charles Mooney in the corner knowing how his fighter got robbed in the previous fight encourages Palmetta to be busy.
In the tenth and final round seconds into it Palmetta rocked Vega with a lead left on the chin. Halfway through the first minute Vega is hurt by over a dozen unanswered punches and never let up until the referee Mark Nelson stopped it. No robbery in this one.
This writer had the winner ahead in 7 of the 9 rounds.
Amilcar Vidal, Jr., 10-0 (9), #160 1/2, of Uruguay, stopped Zach Prieto, 9-1 (7), #160 of Las Cruces, NM, and El Paso, TX, at 2:59 of the first round of a scheduled 10.
In the first round Prieto landed good body shots in the first minute of the round against the taller Vidal. Halfway through the round Vidal finally opens up with long rights to the head of Vidal. In the final 30 seconds Vidal landed a left hook followed by a right to the chin of Vidal dropping him for the 8-count of referee Mark Nelson. In the final 10 seconds a flurry from Vidal ending with a left hook to the chin dropped Prieto as the referee waved it off at the bell. Shame with the round ending Prieto didn’t get a chance to clear his head.