Former WBO Jr.Featherweight world champion Jessie Magdaleno scored a tenth round disqualification over veteran Yenifel Vicente in a Featherweight bout on Thursday night at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, NV. Magdaleno scored a knockdown of Vicente in the first round with a counter right hook. In round four however, Vicente hit Magdaleno with a low blow followed by a right hand that dropped him. After several minutes with Magdaleno able to continue the fight went on, but not before Referee Robert Byrd deducted two points for the foul from Vincente. This was followed by a third point later in the round for another low blow. In round five, Magdaleno scored a second knockdown of Vincente with a short right hook. By round ten with the outcome of the fight determined on the scorecards, Vincente needing a knockout to win the fight resorted to another low blow causing a fourth point deduction and ultimately forced Robert Byrd to disqualify him at 1:38 of the final round. Jessie Magdaleno advances to 28-1, with 18 Knockouts. Yenifel Vicente falls to 36-5-2, with 28 Knockouts.
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In a battle for the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) Featherweight championship, the first championship fight sanctioned since the COVID-19 crisis caused a halt to most of the sports world in March, rising contender Adam Lopez scored a hard fought ten round majority decision over fellow prospect Louie Coria. A competitive fight from the opening bell, the action early was highlighted by a lot of exchanges of offense in close between the two fighters. The middle rounds were largely dictated by Lopez’ ability to consistently work off his jab, using lateral movement to keep Coria on the outside, and landing combinations. Despite a late rally from Coria, who appeared to win the last two rounds, Lopez had done enough over the middle portion of the fight to earn the decision victory on two scorecards. Official scores were 95-95, and 96-94 (On two scorecards) for Adam Lopez. Adam Lopez advances to 14-2, with 6 Knockouts. Louie Coria falls to 12-3, with 7 Knockouts.
In a fight between unbeaten Lightweights, Eric Mondragon and Mike Sanchez fought to an entertaining four round draw. The two fighters traded knockdowns in the first round. Sanchez was the first to score a knockdown by dropping Mondragon with a left uppercut as Mondragon came forward. Mondragon was able to even things by dropping Sanchez with a right hand moments later. Both fighters continued to exchange offense throughout, but neither man was able to clearly stand out from the other and at the end of the scheduled four round bout, two of three official judges turned in identical scorecards of 38-38 resulting in a majority draw. Eric Mondragon advances to 3-0-1, with 2 Knockouts. Mike Sanchez advances to 6-0-1, with 2 Knockouts.
Undefeated Bantamweight Gabriel Muratalla scored a first round knockout over Fernando Robles. Muratalla appeared to hurt Robles with a left hook to the body that staggered him along the ropes. Muratalla followed that with a right hand that knocked Robles down. Robles was able to get up, but could not maintain his balance and the fight was stopped by Referee Robert Byrd at 2:33 of round one. Gabriel Muratalla advances to 3-0, with 3 Knockouts. Fernando Robles falls to 2-3, with 0 Knockouts.
While this observer intends to share more thoughts in the coming days here on The Boxing Truth®️ as to my overall feelings on Boxing’s return behind closed doors, the two events that have taken place in Las Vegas this week should be viewed overall as progress made for a sport that much like the rest of the world is trying to adapt to the circumstances of the COVID-19 crisis. As much as that progress should be viewed as a good thing, it is unfortunate that this week will be marked by a disqualification that more often than not leads to criticism from the sport’s detractors. Although only Yenifel Vicente can say for himself as to what led to him repeatedly fouling Jessie Magdaleno in this fight, it should not be overlooked especially under circumstances that are far from the norm for Boxing that Hall of Fame referee Robert Byrd gave him every possible opportunity to finish the fight without calling for a disqualification that frankly would have been justified after the third point deduction in round four. With the world frankly facing bigger issues than what occurs in a Boxing ring, it would be a shame if the good that has been done for the sport over the last few days were to be overshadowed by the actions of one fighter who for whatever reason could not compete within the rules of Boxing.
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