At the American Airlines Center, in Dallas, Texas, Saturday, Matchroom Boxing – Eddie Hearns and Golden Boy Promotions – Oscar De La Hoya, featured “Fire Verse Ice” for the interim WBC World Lightweight title won by Ryan “King Ry” Garcia stopping Olympic Gold Medalist “Coolhand” Luke Campbell in 7 rounds over DAZN. In the co-feature Roger “The Kid” Gutierrez captured the title by decision from WBA World Super Featherweight champion Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado scoring 3 knockdowns.
In the Main Event WBC Silver Lightweight champion “King Ry” Ryan Garcia, 21-0 (18), #135, of Victorville, CA, stopped southpaw “Coolhand” Luke Campbell, 20-4 (16), #135, of Hessle, UK, at 1:58 of the seventh round of a scheduled 12 rounds, for the interim WBC World Lightweight title.
In the second round at the halfway point a left on the chin from Campbell dropped Garcia for an 8-count from referee Laurence Cole. In the third and fourth rounds Garcia came back well outworking Campbell. In the fifth round in the final seconds a Garcia left hook followed by with a combination spinning Campbell facing into the ropes. In the sixth round Garcia outworked Campbell.
In the seventh round a lead left hook to the ribs from Garcia dropped Campbell for the count while on a knee being counted out by referee Cole.
Garcia’s friend world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was in the dressing room before the fight and in the ring afterwards. Garcia seemed to have won all but the second round when he was knocked down for the first time in his career.
“I think I showed the people the champion I am. He dropped me in the second round but I got up. I think I got a little too excited at the time. I thought I had him but he had me. I was a little dizzy, I ain’t going to lie. I’m very happy about my performance. I see you Devin (pointing to Devin Haney in the sold out crowd). I want to fight him and everybody. I knew it was going to end with a body shot for God told me so. He was very worried about that hook coming that I’ve always had. I thanked “Canelo” and Eddy for all they have done,” said Ryan Garcia.
In a rematch in the co-feature WBA World Super Featherweight champion twin Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado, 32-9 (21), #129.4, of Managua, NIC, lost his title to Roger “The Kid” Gutierrez, 25-3-1 (20), #129.6, of Maracaibo, VZ, who scored 3 knockdowns over 12 hard fought rounds.
In the first rounds final ten seconds a right on the chin from Gutierrez had Alvarado hurt. In the third round after thirty seconds Gutierrez dropped Alvarado with a right uppercut on the chin. Thirty seconds later a right from Gutierrez on the chin dropped Alvarado again for an 8-count. In the final thirty seconds it was Alvarado out landing Gutierrez causing a cut on his left eyebrow. In the fourth and fifth rounds Alvarado outworked Gutierrez. In the sixth and seventh rounds Gutierrez bounced back well in close rounds.
In the eighth and ninth rounds Alvarado seemed to have an edge. In the tenth round it was close with Gutierrez having an edge. In the eleventh round Gutierrez did too much clinching losing the round. In the twelfth and final round after a minute a left hook on the chin from Gutierrez dropped Alvarado for an 8-count by referee Mark Nelson. Alvarado came back well but not enough to erase the knockdown.
Scores were 113-112 by all judges with this writer 115-110. Gutierrez dedicated this fight to his mother who recently passed with Cancer.
IBF World Junior Flyweight champion twin Felix “El Gemelo” Alvarado, 36-2 (30), #107.4, of Managua, NIC, stopped former IBF World Mini champ DeeJay Kriel, 16-2-1 (8), #107.4, of Boksburg, Gauteng, RSA, at 1:39 of the tenth round of a war of a scheduled 12 rounds.
In the first round Alvarado came out throwing punches in bunches hurting Kriel with two uppercuts on the chin with a minute left in the round. In the second round after a minute a left hook from Alvarado on the chin dropped Kriel for an 8-count. In the third round it was close but Kriel stayed off the ropes and countered Alvarado enough to take the round. Thirty seconds into the fourth round, a left hook from Alvarado on the chin of Kriel dropped him for an 8-count.
In the fifth through the seventh rounds Kriel outworked Alvarado who suffered a bruise under his right eye. In the eighth round Alvarado went to the body in a close round. In the ninth round Alvarado had Kriel out on his feet the last ten seconds bloodying his nose. In the tenth round at the halfway point Alvarado had Kriel out on his feet defenseless forcing referee Mark Calo-oy to call a halt. This writer had it 86-83 in favor of Alvarado at the end of nine rounds.
Middleweight 2016 Olympian Raul “Cougar” Curiel, 9-0 (7), #153 ¼, of Tampico, Guadalarja, MEX, stopped late sub southpaw Ramses “El Faraon” Agaton 22-13-3 (12), #156 ¼, of Tlalneplanta, MEX, at 1:16 of the second round of a scheduled 8 rounds.
In the first round at the halfway point a left hook to the liver from Curiel dropped Agaton for an 8-count. In the second round Curiel had the right eye of Agaton closed. He was landing a flurry of body and head punches forcing the referee Rosario Solis to call a halt.
Lightweight southpaw Sean “Sugar Rush” Garcia, 6-0 (2), #134 ¼, of Victorville, CA, won a majority decision over Rene Marquez, 5-6 (2), #134 ¼, of Scottsbluff, NEB, over 4 rounds.
In the first two rounds Garcia out landed Marquez. In the third round Marquez roughed up Garcia throwing him to the canvas. In the fourth and final round Marquez had his best round going to the body of Garcia chasing him around the ring when he caught up to him.
Scores were 38-38 and 39-37 twice as well as this writer had it. Neal Young was the referee.