At the MGM Grand Bubble, in Las Vegas, NV, former two division world champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza and Mikkel Les Pierre were to be the main event promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank Boxing Thursday over ESPN. The bout was cancelled due to the manager of Les Pierre Jose Taveras who had been with the boxer tested positive for covid-19.
In the Main Event Lightweight Gabriel Flores, Jr., 18-0 (6), #132.4, of Stockton, CA, easily defeated Josec “Escorpion” Ruiz, 21-3-3 (14), #132.4, of Honduras and Miami, FL, scoring a lone knockdown over 10 unexciting rounds.
In the first round Flores dominated the round with footwork and hand speed. In the second round a Flores left hook on the chin hurt Ruiz that was followed by a pair of right’s on the chin of Ruiz dropped him for an 8-count from referee Tony Weeks. In the fourth round Flores continued to move around the ring dominating Ruiz who kept looking for one punch that only happened once with an overhand right to the chin of Flores.
In the fifth through the seventh rounds Flores continued to move and land his jab mostly to the chin with little body work against Ruiz. In the ninth round a four punch combination from Flores stunned Ruiz with the last of that combination. The father-trainer of Flores kept urging his son to get inside and work the body and trying for a knockout
In the tenth and final round Flores continued playing it safe boxing Ruiz who couldn’t cut off the ring in a not very exciting performance.
Scores were Steve Weisfeld, Patricia Jarman and Dave Moretti along with this writer 100-89.
“I’m blessed and love my family back in Stockton, CA. I did great and stayed focused. I hurt my back in my last sparring session. In the second round I got hit hard in the back and didn’t show as much as I had wanted,” said Flores.
Super Middleweight southpaw David “The Lion of Zion” Kominsky, 6-1 (3), #164 ¼, of Israel, and Tarzana, CA, lost by split decision to Clay Collard, 7-2-3 (2), #163 1/2, of Cache Valley, CA, over 6 rounds.
In the first round a minute Collard landed 5 unanswered punches before getting countered by a left to the chin by southpaw Kominsky. Halfway through the round Kominsky got cut on the outside of his eyebrow from a glancing right from Pollard. Referee Vic Drakulich had the ring physician check the cut. Kominsky came back well but Collard met him punch for punch.
In the second through the fourth rounds both boxers mixed it up well. In the fifth round Kominsky hurt Collard with a body shot but didn’t follow up. In the sixth and final round Collard continued throwing punches in bunches. Kominsky wasn’t busy enough ending with swelling around both eyes and a bloody nose besides the cut. He was taken to the hospital by stretcher after the fight for observation.
Scores were Patricia Morse Jarman 58-56 for Kominsky while Dave Moretti and Lisa Giampi 58-56 for Collard as did this writer.
Super Bantamweight southpaw Robert Rodriguez, 8-0-1 (4), #120 ¼”, of San Antonio, TX, stopped Bantamweight Adrian “Sharky” Servin, 9-1-1 (3), #118, of Phoenix, AZ, at 2:48 of the second in a scheduled 6 rounds.
In the first round both boxers were busy. Rodriguez took the fight on short notice and couldn’t make 118. Servin on the other hand came up from super fly #115. Servin was busier than Rodriguez in a good action round. In the second round a lead left on the belt line followed by a right hook from Rodriguez on the chin of Servin dropped him for an 8-count by referee Robert Hoyle. Rodriguez got on top of Servin scoring a combination to the head when the referee suddenly stopped the fight.
Super Lightweight 19 year-old Victor Rodriguez, 3-0 (1), #140 ¼, of Stanton, CA, easily defeated southpaw Justin Horsley, 0-2 (0), #140 ¾”, of Las Vegas, NV, over 4 rounds.
In the first round former MMA southpaw Horsley kept lunging in and Rodriguez would counter him. In the second round final minute Rodriguez at one point landed 4 unanswered punches to easily take the round. In the fourth and final round Rodriguez continued outworking Horsley with mostly head punches and little body work.
All scores by judges Giampi, Cheek and Cheatham were 40-36 including by this writer.
Lightweight Frevian “Pequeno” Gonzalez, 3-0 (1), #129 ¼”, Cidra, PR, in a lackluster fight defeated Jose “Enrique” Martinez, 2-1 (1), #127 ¾”, L.A., CA, over 4 rounds.
In the first round at the midway point Gonzalez switched to southpaw and moved back to orthodox the last 30 seconds outscoring Martinez In the second round there was too much holding with referee Robert Hoyle hesitant to break them apart.
In the third round Martinez continued holding more than punching with Gonzalez not responding well but still outworking Martinez. In the fourth and final round the holding continued in a bad fight thanks to Martinez.
Scores were 40-36 by Jarman and Cheatham with Erik Cheek 39-37. This writer had it 40-36.