Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Saracho Defeats Francis: ProBox TV Future Stars Results From Plant City, FL

 Jr. Welterweight Jesus Saracho scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Cesar Francis on Wednesday night at the ProBox Events Center in Plant City, FL. The main event of digital Boxing streaming network Pro Box TV’s first installment of it’s Future Stars series did not disappoint as both Saracho and Francis brought their best in this ten round bout. In round two, Francis appeared to hurt Saracho with a body shot, but Saracho was able to withstand the barrage of offense at the end of the round.


Francis appeared to control the majority of the early rounds by using his range as well as timing to catch Saracho with offense as he came forward. As the fight progressed however, the two fighters appeared to switch roles in the sense that Saracho appeared to be landing the harder punches of the two and was the effective aggressor by periodically landing body shots and mixing in offense to Francis’ head in spurts. At the conclusion of the ten round bout, all three judges had scored the bout in favor of Saracho resulting in a unanimous decision victory. Official scores were: 98-92, and 96-94 (On two scorecards for Saracho. Jesus Saracho advances to 13-1, with 11 Knockouts. Cesar Francis falls to 12-1, with 7 Knockouts.


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Unbeaten nineteen year old Jr. Lightweight Oscar Alvarez scored a seven round technical decision over Nicolas Polanco.  Alvarez dominated the fight due largely to his 6’3 height and reach where he was able to connect frequently on Polanco frequently throughout the scheduled eight round bout. In round seven however, the bout was stopped due to a deep gash that opened directly over Alvarez’ left eye as a result of an accidental clash of heads that was bleeding profusely and going directly into the eye. At the point when the bout was stopped, Alvarez was ahead on all three official scorecards 70-63, and 68-65 (On two scorecards) resulting in him remaining unbeaten via unanimous technical decision. Oscar Alvarez advances to 8-0, with 7 Knockouts. Nicolas Polanco falls to 20-4-1, with 11 Knockouts.


In an entertaining Lightweight bout, Jonhatan Cardoso scored a hard fought eight round decision over previously undefeated and very “Game” Jose Arellano. Cardoso established a very high pace in the early rounds and implemented a near relentless attack to the body and head of Arellano. Although Arellano did everything he could to keep Cardoso at bay, it was the relentless attack that ultimately resulted in Cardoso winning an eight round unanimous decision in a fight where he also took a fair share of punishment as well as dished it out. All three official judges scored the bout 78-74 in favor of Cardoso.  Jonhatan Cardoso advances to 15-1, with 14 Knockouts. Jose Arellano falls to 10-1, with 6 Knockouts.


Jr. Welterweight Jorge Carlos moved to 4-0 in his young career by scoring a first round knockout of Anthony Linenfelser. A barrage of non-stop punches from Carlos put Linenfelser down in a corner midway through the round. Although Linenfelser was able to get up from the knockdown and was allowed to continue, Carlos moved in for the finish and a short right hook sent Linenfelser face down on the canvas resulting in the fight being immediately stopped. Official time of the stoppage was 1:40 of round one. Jorge Carlos advances to 4-0, with 4 Knockouts. Anthony Linenfelser falls to 4-18-1, with 4 Knockouts.  


Undefeated Heavyweight Lorenzo Medina began the evening, by scoring a first round knockout of veteran Cleveland Billingsley. Medina immediately began to land his left hook in the opening seconds of the fight and began mixing in combinations. A right hand to the head put Billingsley down for the count. Official time of the stoppage was 2:40 of round one. Lorenzo Medina advances to 5-0, with 5 Knockouts. Cleveland Billingsley falls to 5-9, with 5 Knockouts.


This card, which concluded a rare stretch of Boxing events in four cards promoted by four separate promoters across the state of Florida, like the previous three, showcased many of the upcoming fighters in the ProBox Promotions stable, many of whom are Florida-based. As for the debut of this Future Stars series, a series that ProBox TV intends to be a bi-weekly series throughout 2023 on Wednesday evenings, this was very much in line with what one might expect from a Boxing series that is focused on rising prospects akin to Showtime Sports’ highly acclaimed ShoBox: The New Generation series. For the first digital streaming network that is geared exclusively to the sport of Boxing, the first edition of ProBox TV’s Future Stars series should be consider a success. As both the Boxing promotion headed by promoter Garry Jonas and the streaming network, which launched in May of last year continue to grow and hopefully add content from more promoters, this series should evolve and be regarded as a proving ground for fighters nearing world title contention, as ShoBox was able to do over the past two decades. Something that for fighters remains crucial and as far as the network is concerned should be viewed as a win for Boxing fans and in particular fans in the state of Florida, which is a growing hot spot for the sport.


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