Saturday, July 21, 2018 - Casino del Sol, Tucson, Arizona
Guerra de Gallos: Battle for Tucson featured a series of spirited, hard-fought bouts that thrilled the crowd with takedowns, knockdowns, blood spatter, showers of water, and controversy. In a ticket chocked with local and state-bred talent, the crowd fed off the spirits and thunderous punches of the combatants amid the swings of momentum and tightly-contested decisions across most of the night's seven bouts. Given the local flavor of the card, the in-tune hometown crowd was solidly behind its favorites, at times divided when two homeboys squared off. It was readily apparent that the fighters responded to the cheers, and punched to swing the momentum in their favor, giving their all to win and please the crowd.
The main card featured an all-Tucson, junior welterweight, slugfest between Alfonso "El Flaco Peligroso" Olvera and Wilberth Lopez.
Lopez rode an early 2ndround knockdown of Olvera to a controversial split-decision. Olvera took command of the fight after lifting himself off the canvas, utilizing a blistering attack stalking Lopez for much of the remaining rounds. Olvera commanded the ring, pressuring Lopez into the corners, and rocked Lopez’ head and body with an array of power punches. Lopez looked dazed and a half-step slow until the 8th round when he steadied himself and took some control of the exchanges. However stunned and pounded, Lopez put up convincing offense, catching Olvera with purposeful shots and elusive defense when necessary to avoid more serious punishment. Throughout the fight, the divided crowd cheered on its favorite, often against the cheers to the opposition—and the fighters responded in kind with momentum-changing barrages. Olvera was clearly the fresher of the two at the final bell; however, the judges scored the bout in favor of Lopez 76-75, 75-76, 77-74.
In a 4-round welter weight, Christopher "Guero" Gonzalez defeated Sergio "Bam Bam"Lopez by majority decision. Guero cut Lopez above the left eye early, and utilized his speed, uncanny power and some rough-housing--via a butt-scoop takedown--to punish and outpoint Lopez. Gonzales controlled much of the fight but Bam Bam asserted himself effectively to make the bout closely competitive and entertaining. The judges scored in favor of Gonzales.
One of the card's inter-state contests pitted Emanuel "Manny" Guajardo, of Tucson, against Albuquerque's Jordan Gregory. Guajardo dictated the entire bout utilizing his reach to keep Gregory ineffectively at bay. Manny effectively closed the distance to punish Gregory onto the ropes and into the corners. Gregory's inability to corral Guajardo was not only evident in the judges unanimous decision, but in Gregory's corner's constant imploring of him to "wake up" and fight.
In the only bout of the night to not reach the final bell, Tucson's Mike "The Cobra" Martinez KO'd Missouri's Bryan Ramirez. Martinez, coming off a lengthy four-year hiatus, rocked Ramirez with a body shot in the first round. The shot put Ramirez on the deck, and set the stage for two more knockdowns in the round to seal the victory.
In the 3 remaining bouts, the results are as follows:
Junior middlweights - Tucson's Nick "NyQuil" Rhoads defeated Montana's Hamilton Ash via unanimous decision.
Tucson's Jensen Ramirez defeated Jesus Arevalo, also of Tucson by majority decision.
Junior welterweights Jose Barrera and Judas Estrada--of Phoenix and Tucson, respectively--squared off to a split-decision victory for Barrera.
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