An interesting card featuring three former world champions took place at the OKC Downtown Airpark in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Saturday night. Ricardo Mayorga, Sam Peter, and Luis “Yory Boy” Campas entered the ring looking to take a step toward potential contention for a world title down the line. In the main event, a scheduled six round bout, former two-division world champion Ricardo Mayorga now fighting in the Middleweight division, in his first fight in Boxing in over three years after spending some time competing in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) took only sixty-three seconds to stop an overmatched Allen Medina.
Mayorga stunned Medina with a right hand that was followed by a barrage of unanswered punches, which forced Referee Gerald Ritter to stop the fight. Official time of the stoppage was 1:03 of round one. Ricardo Mayorga advances to 30-8-1, with 24 Knockouts. Allen Medina falls to 9-24-1, with 1 Knockout. There simply is not much to say about this fight. Mayorga simply saw an opening, took advantage, and closed the show.
In a scheduled eight round Heavyweight bout former WBC Heavyweight world champion Sam Peter, who himself was fighting for the first time in over three years scored a first round knockout of his own over forty-eight year old contender Ron Aubrey. Aubrey, who was announced at a weight of 301lbs. tried to use movement and make full use of the ring to make Peter who weighed 291lbs. miss and was somewhat successful in getting Peter to chase him. Peter however, would bring a quick end to the contest when he connected with a short right hand on the inside that sent Aubrey down to the canvas. Aubrey gamely made it to his feet, but the fight was stopped by Referee Gary Ritter. Official time of the stoppage was 2:34 of round one.
Much as was the case in the main event, Peter simply saw his opening and took advantage. The fight was Peter’s first since suffering a knockout loss at the hands of top Heavyweight contender Robert Helenius in 2011. Sam Peter advances to 35-5, with 28 Knockouts. Ron Aubrey falls to 12-4, with 12 Knockouts.
In a Middleweight bout former IBF Jr. Middleweight world champion Luis “Yory Boy” Campas scored a dominant six round unanimous decision over a very “Game” Julio Lanzas to earn the 103rd win of his career. Campas was in control of this bout from the outset as he consistently pushed Lanzas back with a pressuring body attack that Lanzas on the defensive. Lanzas showed his mettle in this fight, but he could not find a way to keep Campas off of him. I unofficially scored this fight for Campas giving him all six rounds or 60-54 in points. Official scores were 60-54, and 59-55 on two scorecards in favor of Campas.
With the win Campas, who began his professional career in 1987 advances to 103-17-3, with 79 Knockouts in one hundred twenty-three professional fights. Lanzas, who gave a good effort in defeat falls to 8-20-6, with 1 Knockout.
In what was the most competitive fight of the night former “Contender” tournament series winner Grady Brewer scored a six round unanimous decision over Said Ouali in a Jr. Middleweight bout. For six rounds the two fighters seemingly matched each other punch for punch and each had their moments in what was an extremely close fight. Despite the fight being close in the eyes of this observer however, two of the official judges scored the fight for Brewer by wider margins than the action in the ring suggested. Official scores were 60-54, 59-54, and 58-56 in favor of Brewer. Unofficially I scored this fight even giving each fighter three rounds a piece or 57-57 in points.
Despite my feeling that this fight was much closer than how the official judges saw it was still an extremely competitive fight and you could realistically make an argument for either fighter having won the fight. It would not surprise me to see a rematch between the two at some point down the line. Grady Brewer advances to 32-19, with 16 Knockouts. Said Ouali falls to 29-5, with 21 Knockouts.
In a six round Middleweight bout Carson Jones scored a third round knockout of Shannon Miller. Jones used a systematic approach to get on the inside of the taller Miller using solid defense and lateral movement and mixed his offense led by his jab well to the body and head on the inside. This approach gradually broke Miller down and a combination from Jones brought an end to the fight in round three sending Miller down for the count. Miller was counted out by Referee Gerald Ritter. Official time of the stoppage was 2:34 of round three. Carson Jones advances to 36-10-3, with 25 Knockouts. Shannon Miller falls to 25-53-8, with 18 Knockouts.
In a scheduled eight round Welterweight bout undefeated rising prospect Alex Saucedo scored an impressive second round knockout of Miguel Alvarez. Saucedo’s quickness and accuracy with his offense were the story of this fight as he consistently beat Alvarez to the punch kept him on the defensive. A counter right hook from Saucedo dropped Alvarez early in the second round and he was counted out by Referee Gerald Ritter. Official time of the stoppage was :31 of round two. Alex Saucedo advances to 15-0, with 11 Knockouts. Miguel Alvarez falls to 8-13-1, with 7 Knockouts.
In a Jr. Middleweight bout Cody Crowley scored a convincing six round unanimous decision over Anthony Hill. Crowley was in control for most of the contest based on his effective aggression and accuracy with his offense. Crowley scored a knockdown of Hill in round three. Unofficially I scored this fight five rounds to none with the first round even for Crowley or 60-54 in points with the third round scored 10-8 because of the knockdown. Cody Crowley advances to 3-0, with 2 Knockouts. Anthony Hill falls to 1-1, with both fights having gone the distance.
The scheduled four round Jr. Middleweight bout between Martin Morales 2-1, 1 Knockout and Jeremiah Torres 8-26, 1 Knockout as well as the four round Jr. Middleweight bout between Rolando Garza 4-0, 2 Knockouts and Joseph Strong 3-2, 1 Knockout did not take place. As of this writing there is no word on why those bouts were cancelled.
The card titled “Rumble on the River” was promoted by Epic Sports and Entertainment and broadcast by GoFightLive (www.GFL.TV)
Overall this card produced a healthy mix of prospects, contenders and former world champions. In regard to Mayorga, Peter, and Campas this card served as both a platform for both Mayorga and Peter to begin their respective comebacks while also serving as a way for Campas, a veteran of now one hundred twenty-three professional fights to stay busy while hoping to get an opportunity for a lucrative fight down the line in the Middleweight division.
It will be interesting to see where all three go from here in their respective careers.
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