At the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, Saturday Sampson Boxing – Sampson Lewkowicz and TGB Promotions – Tom Brown presented WBC and IBF World Welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence, Jr., who defeated the former WBC World champion Danny “Swift” Garcia, of Philadelphia, PA, on Fox PPV over 12 good rounds.
In the Main Event Errol “The Truth” Spence, 27-0 (21), #146.5, of Dallas, TX, defeated Danny “Swift” Garcia, 36-3 (21), #146.75, of Philadelphia, PA, over 12 good rounds.
In the first round though Spence landed more Garcia had the hardest punch a sweeping right to the chin of Spence. In the second round Spence landed his share of lead lefts but Garcia out landed him. In the fourth Garcia had his best round though close with landing lead rights. In the fifth Spence landed a left to the chin and Garcia immediately countered with a right to the head driving Spence against the ropes. By the end of the fifth Garcia’s left eye had swelling under it.
In the seventh Garcia had a good round though close. In the eighth and ninth Spence was out working Garcia marking his face up. In the tenth Garcia made it interesting with rights to the body and head. In the twelfth and final round Spence out worked Garcia until the final seconds when Garcia landed the final five punches.
Scores were Tim Cheatham 117-111, Barry Lindenman 116-112, and Steve Weisfeld 116-112 with this writer 117-111. Thomas Taylor was the referee.
“He was just the better man tonight,” said Garcia. “It was just good to be back. I think I proved I’m the best welterweight in the world. He was a great champion. I look forward to fighting in the summer next year”, said Spence.
Southpaw featherweight Eduardo “Zuridito” Ramirez, 24-2-3 (11), #125.2, of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, MEX, stopped Miguel Flores, 24-4 (12), #125.4, of MEX and Spring, TX, for the vacant WBC Continental Americas title, at 0:22 of the fifth round in a scheduled 12 title eliminator.
In the first four rounds Ramirez outworked Flores. In the fifth a right from Flores fell short but a counter right from Ramirez landed on the chin of Flores and down he went. He got up with a mouth full of blood wobbling causing referee Lawrence Cole to wisely call a halt.
In the co-Main Event Super welterweight at 6:06, Sebastian “The Towering Inferno” Fundora, 16-0-1 (11), #153.5, of Coachella, CA, stopped late sub Habib “Wild Hurricane” Ahmed, 27-2-1 (18), #152.5, of Accra, GH, at 1:30 of the second round of a scheduled 12 rounds.
After being interviewed Fundora left the ring with glasses on and a mask. Go figure!
In the first round within seconds a lead uppercut from Fundora on the chin had Ahmed hurt. In the second round over forty punches without return from Fundora with referee Lawrence Cole just standing by until the corner of Ahmed waved it off.
Welterweight Josesito “The Riverside Rocky” Lopez, 38-8 (21), #146.2, of Riverside, CA, stopped Francisco “Chia” Santana, 25-9-1 (12), #147, of Santa Barbara, CA, at 1:22 of the tenth and final round.
In the first round at the halfway mark a pair of body shots with an overhand right from Lopez on the head of Santana and down he went for an 8-count. He got up looking hurt but landed a big punch making Lopez grab him into a clinch. In the fifth round a body shot left from Lopez hurt Santana halfway through the round but he survived the round.
At the end of the seventh Lopez hurt Santana to the body in the final seconds but the ever dangerous Santana came back with a counter right at the bell. In the ninth round a flurry of punches from Lopez dropped Santana near the end of the round for an 8-count from referee Neal Young. When the bell sounded Santana wobbled back to his corner. Why the ref or corner didn’t stop it at that point is unbelievable. In the tenth and final round Lopez dropped Santana a minute into the round with a right to the head. He got up and the referee Neal Young finally stopped it. Santana never won a round.
Super featherweight Isaac “Canelito” Avelar, 17-2 (10), #126.8, of Aguascaplientes, MEX, defeated Sakaria “Desert Storm” Lukas, 23-1 (16), #127.6, of Windhoek, Nambia, over 10 rounds.
In the first four rounds Lukas did well before Avelar came back well to outland him the next four rounds. Halfway through the ninth Lukas landed a right on the chin of Avelar and fell back several steps. In the tenth and final round Avelar finished the stronger of the two.
Scores were 98-92 by all 3 judges for Avelar.
Super bantamweight Fernando “Rodriguez” Garcia, 13-3 (8), #122 ¼, of MEX and Dallas, TX, lost to Juan Tapia, 10-3 (3), #123, of Brownsville, TX, over 8 rounds.
Scores were 79-73 and 78-74 twice.
Lightweight southpaw Frank Martin, 12-0 (9), #138 1/2, of Indianapolis, IN, knocked out Tyrone “Hands of Stone” Luckey, 12-13-4 (8), 138 ¼, of Galloway, NJ, at 2:31 of the fifth round of a scheduled 8 rounds.
Martin scored knockdowns twice in the second and once in the fourth before the knockout in the fifth.
Welterweight Vito “White Majic” Mielnicki, Jr., 7-0 (4), #146 ¾, of Roseland, NJ, defeated Steven Pulluaim, 5-3 (1), #144 ¾, of Riverside, MO, over 6 rounds.
In the first and second rounds Mielnicki scored knockdowns.
All scores were 60-52.
Super Middleweight Burley Brooks, 6-1 (5), #170 ¼, of Dallas, TX, lost split decision to Marco “El Muneco” Delgado, 7-1 (5), #170 1/2, of Turlock, CA, over 6 rounds.
Brooks lost points in round 5 and 6 due to low blows. Scores 57-55 for Brooks and 59-53 twice for Delgado