At the Beau Rivage Resorts & Casino, in Biloxi, MS, Saturday over Fox Sports 1 promoter TGB Promotions – Tom Brown brought in a fight card featuring ranked No. 1 WBA Cuban welterweight Yordenis “54 Milagros” Ugas, of Miami, FL, stopping ranked No. 3 WBA Mike “The Silent Assassin” Dallas, Jr., of Bakersfield, CA, after seven rounds.
In the Main Event Yordenis “54 Milagros” Ugas, 25-4 (12), #146 Ľ, out of Miami, FL, stopped Mike “The Silent Assassin” Dallas, Jr. 23-4-2 (11), #147, out of Bakersfield, CA, between rounds seven and eight due to Dallas taking too much punishment in a scheduled 12 rounds.
In the first round Ugas was controlling the action when he hit Dallas very low. Referee Bill Clancy gave Dallas several minutes to get back. Ugas suffered a small cut between his eyes on the forehead from a possible clash of heads. Ugas got away with another low punch without a warning. In the second round it was all Ugas having Dallas hurt in the final seconds with a right on the chin followed by a left hook to the body.
In the third round once again Ugas landed a low blow with his left giving Dallas a warranted time to re-coup. Inside the final minute of the round Ugas hurt Dallas with a right on the chin. In the fourth round Ugas kept up the offense but too many times a fighter with more ability is also a dirty fighter on top of it.
In the fifth round Ugas continued winning the fight and in the final seconds landed a right on the side of the head of Dallas who went down but it was waved off as a non-knockdown by referee Clancy. In the seventh round Ugas continued overwhelming Dallas right up until the bell. The corner of Dallas called a halt between rounds. Ugas had taken all six rounds up to that point.
In the co-feature Michel “La Zarza” Rivera, 18-0 (12), #134 Ľ, of Santiago, DR, stopped southpaw Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado, Jr., 27-5-1 (20), 134 1/2, of Albuquerque, NM, for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Lightweight title, in the tenth and final round at 1:40.
In the first two rounds the southpaw Maldonado moving and countering Rivera from the start. In the third round it was close and a pick em’ round. In the fourth round Rivera held Maldonado down and hit him low and referee Hughes barely said anything. Rivera was more active but Maldonado never backed up.
In the fifth round the ref finally warns Rivera about a low flow. He had a good round but Maldonado was dangerous right to the bell. In the sixth round Rivera warned for using his elbow. It was another close round.
In the seventh round Rivera was putting out more punches than before, but Maldonado caught him just prior to the bell with a good body shot. In the eighth round Rivera hurt Maldonado with a pair of rights on the chin near the end of the round.
In the ninth round Rivera had a big round landing many rights on the chin of Maldonado. In the tenth and final round at the halfway mark a right dropped Maldonado for an 8-count. Rivera jumped all over him when the referee Hughes wisely halted the fight.
Cruiserweight Deon “The Equalizer” Nicholson, 12-0 (12), #190 1/2, out of Tuscaloosa, AL, defeated Earl “The Flash” Newman, 10-2-1 (7), #199 1/2, of Brooklyn, NY, over 10 rounds in an exciting bout.
In the first round it was all Nicholson mostly having Newman against the ropes hurting him several times with rights to the chin. In the second round Newman started some offense of his own but with a minute left in the round a Nicholson right on the chin rocked him.
In the third round Nicholson mostly had the advantage. In the final seconds of the round Newman landed his best punch an overhand right to the head of Nicholson. Both landed punches after the bell and were warned by referee Bill Clancy. In the fourth round it was the closest round up to that point with Nicholson still winning all the rounds.
In the fifth round a minute into the round the taller Newman landed his best punch a right on the chin of Nicholson. Midway Nicholson landed a right uppercut on the chin of Newman. Newman had to stay off the ropes to be competitive. It was the first time Nicholson went past four rounds. In the sixth round both fighters had their moments with Newman finishing strong hurting Nicholson with a right on the chin making him clinch.
In the eighth round Nicholson came out strong trying to keep his 12 straight knockout streak going but Newman was more defensive. In the ninth round both fighters had their moments though Nicholson finished stronger. In the tenth and final round Nicholson went all out but couldn’t finish off Newman stopping his knockout streak at 12.
Scores were 97-93, 96-94 twice with this writer having it 98-92
“I knew he was going to be a good opponent. I had some ring rust only fighting once in the last year. I want to fight someone in the top 10,” said Nicholson.
Welter 18 year-old southpaw Jesus “Mono” Ramos, 12-0 (11), out of Casa Grande, AZ, #146 1/2, impressed stopping southpaw Ramal Amanov, 16-2 ( ), #146, out of Azerbaijan and Miami, FL, at the end of 5 of an 8 rounder.
In the first round with both southpaws the taller Ramos rocked Amanov halfway into the round with a right hook on the chin. He controlled the round. In the second round Ramos in the final minute landed a triple right hook to the body of Amanov. In the third round Ramos kept coming forward and firing punches mostly to the body and hurting Amanov in the final ten seconds with a left on the chin.
In the fourth round Ramos kept out punching Armanov. In the final seconds of the round Ramos landed three straight lefts on the chin of Armanov. In the sixth round Ramos had worn down Amanov to the point of a near stoppage. In between rounds the corner of Amanov wisely halted the fight in a scheduled 8. Referee was Keith Hughes.
Super Light Omar “El Relampago” Juarez, 7-0 (4), #141, out of Brownsville, TX, defeated a game Angel Martinez, 10-2 (10 ), #139, out of Baja CA, MEX, over a good 8 rounds.
In the first two rounds Juarez, the aggressor got the best of Martinez but rounds were close. In the third and fourth rounds Juarez continued showing he’s a good prospect while Martinez was doing his best for the most part. In the fifth round Martinez may have won his first round coming forward the entire round.
In the seventh round for the first time Juarez dropped Martinez with a left hook on the chin near the final minute of the round for an 8 count by referee Clancy. Martinez had a cut on the back of his head from an accidental head butt. In the eighth and final round Juarez tried for the knockout but Martinez survived the round.
Scores were 80-71 twice and 79-72 same as this writer.
Super Welter southpaw Raymond “Tito” Guajardo, 5-1 (4), #159 1/2, out of San Antonio, TX, was upset and stopped by Clay Collard, 6-2-3 (2), #159, out of Las Vegas, NV, at 1:42 of the second of a 6 in an all action brawl!
In the first round a left hook on the chin from Collard dropped Guajardo for an 8-count by referee Hughes. Shortly later a straight right doubled Guajardo over but touched both gloves on the canvas ruled a knockdown. Guajardo came back with a right dropping Collard. In the final seconds Collard had Guajardo out on his feet at the bell. Guajardo had a bloody nose.
In the second round Collard landed a dozen unanswered punches having Guajardo in a corner defenseless as referee Hughes wisely called a halt. What a fight!