Unbeaten Welterweight Harold Calderon scored a somewhat controversial sixth round disqualification victory over veteran Luis Florez on Saturday night at the Convention Center in Tampa, FL. An uneventful fight that can be described as a workmanlike performance by Calderon as he gradually and systematically approached breaking Florez down. In round six, a barrage of punches forced Florez to take a knee. He was able to get up and the fight continued. Moments later Florez went down on his knee in in his corner by what appeared to the eye as his claiming he was hit by a low blow. Referee Christopher Young stopped the bout. While it appeared that the bout was stopped due to perhaps the one-sided nature of the bout, it was revealed shortly after that Calderon was declared the winner by disqualification with the reasoning citing as Florez biting his opponent. At the time of this writing, there is no word as to where Calderon was bit, but he was extremely vocal following the fight in expressing his anger. Harold Calderon advances to 26-0, with 17 Knockouts. Luis Florez falls to 25-22, with 21 Knockouts.
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Lightweight Clarence Booth scored a seventh round stoppage of Alejandro Munera. Booth was in control from the outset and was very strategic in picking his spots and gradually stepping up his aggression as the fight progressed. The end came when a body shot set off a barrage of unanswered punches that sent Munera down face first on the canvas. The fight was stopped without a count. Official time of the stoppage was 2:30 of round seven. Clarence Booth advances to 21-4, with 13 Knockouts. Alejandro Munera falls to 6-4-4, with 5 Knockouts.
Undefeated Women’s Jr. Lightweight Rosalinda Rodriguez scored a one-sided second round stoppage of Elizabeth Tuani. Rodriguez carried the action until the bout was stopped at 1:16 of round two when the corner of Tuani requested that the bout be stopped. Although the bout was one-sided, Tuani did put up a fight and there were no knockdowns. Despite this being a decision the corner of Tuani made, the crowd in attendance booed the stoppage. Rosalinda Rodriguez advances to 13-0, with 3 Knockouts. Elizabeth Tuani falls to 1-4, with 0 Knockouts.
Welterweight Bobby Henry remained unbeaten by scoring a four round decision over Bryant Costello. A fight that was made on less than twenty-four hours notice saw Henry nearly score a third round stoppage when Costello turned his back and the referee waived the bout off. However, upon review the call was overturned when it was ruled that Costello had been hit below the belt. Henry was deducted a point and the fight continued. Although Costello was able to land some solid hooks periodically throughout, Henry’s greater activity and ring generalship were enough to earn the unanimous decision victory. Official scores were: 38-36, and 39-35 (On two scorecards) in favor of Henry. Bobby Henry advances to 5-0, with 3 Knockouts. Bryant Costello falls to 1-5, with 1 Knockout.
Undefeated Jr. Featherweight Otabek Kholmatov remained perfect by scoring a second round knockout of Juan Medina. Kholmatov knocked Medina down with a left hook to the body in round one that seemed to have a delayed reaction prior to Medina taking a knee. Kholmatov closed the show in the second round by landing a left hook, right hook combination to the body that sent Medina down for the second time. This time, for the ten count. Official time of the stoppage was 1:51 of round two. Otabek Kholmatov advances to 4-0, with 4 Knockouts. Juan Medina falls to 12-9, with 11 Knockouts.
Welterweight Jean Guerra Vargas survived a knockdown and a stern test to maintain his undefeated record in scoring a hard fought four round split decision over Rueben Morales. Morales implemented an unorthodox style in throwing punches at odd angles that made it a difficult fight for Vargas. It was Morales’ awkwardness that opened up an opportunity for him to land a short right hand to the head that sent the unbeaten Vargas down in the second round. From this point in the fight, Vargas was able to regroup and over the remaining two rounds was the fighter able to land the cleaner, more effective punches in order to edge Morales to win a four round split decision. Official scores were: 38-37 (Morales), and 38-37 (On two scorecards in favor of Vargas. Jean Guerra Vargas advances to 6-0, with 1 Knockout. Ruben Morales falls to 0-2, with 0 Knockouts.
Heavyweight Adrian Pinheiro moved to 4-0 in his young career by scoring a second round stoppage of Milton Nunez. Pinheiro dropped by Nunez in the closing seconds of round one with a right hook, left hook combination to the body. Nunez beat the count, but in round two knowing his opponent was compromised, Pinheiro went back to the body landing a left uppercut to the head followed by a right hook to the body that sent Nunez down for a second time. The bout was stopped before the ten count was completed. Official time of the stoppage was 1:05 of round two. Adrian Pinheiro advances to 4-0, with 4 Knockouts. Milton Nunez falls to 37-28-1, with 32 Knockouts.
Undefeated Jr. Welterweight Bryan Lopez scored a second round knockout of William Fauth. Lopez was deducted a point in the first round for what might have been hitting on the break, despite landing what appeared to be a clean uppercut that knocked Fauth down on one knee. In the second round, Lopez knowing he was behind on the scorecards in the scheduled four round bout dropped Fauth with a beautiful one, two combination right down the middle to the chin that sent him down officially for the first time in the bout. Fauth got up on very unsteady legs and it was not long before Lopez scored his second official knockdown with a left hand to the head. This time Fauth was not able to beat the count. Official time of the stoppage was 1:56 of round two. Bryan Lopez advances to 3-0, with 2 Knockouts. William Fauth falls to 0-7, with 0 Knockouts.
Unbeaten Heavyweight Istvan Bernath began the evening by scoring a first round stoppage of Guillermo Del Rio. Del Rio began the fight by looking to pick his spots by trying to get on the inside and staying low on the taller and longer Bernath. Bernath however, caught his opponent with a right to the body followed by a right that appeared to have landed on the back of Del Rio’s head that sent him down to the canvas in his own corner. Del Rio was able to get up, but the bout was stopped at 2:30 of round one. Istvan Bernath advances to 8-0 with 6 Knockouts. Guillermo Del Rio falls to 3-4-1, with 2 Knockouts.
This card, which was promoted by promoter Gary Lewis’ Signature Punch Promotions showcased some of the up and coming prospects the state of Florida has to offer at various stages in their development. More importantly, proceeds from this event Fight 4 The Cure are going towards Breast Cancer research. As someone who lost my sister Shanna to Breast Cancer, regardless of the action that took place inside the ring, as entertaining as the card was, the purpose behind the event is something this observer appreciates. As I have said numerous times across social media platforms whenever I have discussed my sister’s battle with the disease and/or in my effort to spread awareness of Breast Cancer, it is something I want to see done away with in my lifetime.
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