Marlen Returns and More

Marlen Esparza (6-0, 1 KO) returned to the boxing ring after having a baby a year ago and powered through Ecuador’s Jhosep Vizaino (9-9, 3 KOs) with a truckload of rights to win the vacant NABO flyweight title by unanimous decision after eight rounds. It was an April night filled with rematches, near upsets and the appearance of an all-time great James "Lights Out" Toney at Fantasy Springs Casino. The monthly DAZN series remains at full force. All photos by Alonzo Coston.



A year had passed since Marlen Esparza fought in the prize ring. Dressed in red the former US Olympian returned at Fantasy Springs Casino.


Esparza still has the speed and kept Vizcaino on defense for the first half of the fight. But the Ecuadorian fighter kept a tight defense and remained in the fight all eight rounds. 




A battle of Canadians saw Yves Ulysse defeat Steve Claggert in their super lightweight rematch and win the WBA interim super lightweight title.



Anthony Reyes stepped up in class and found it a struggle to beat Mexican veteran Roberto Pucheta by decision in a featherweight clash. 


Esparza returned to the ring wars against Ecuador's Jhosep Vizcaino and showed the boxing world she's revamped her style. The Texas flyweight looked to shoot power shots instead of speedy combinations on the Golden Boy Promotions card streamed live on DAZN.








Vizcaino showed sportsmanship after Esparza was ruled the winner by unanimous decision and the new NABO flyweight titlist. She could be in line to face WBO flyweight world titlist Arely Mucino of Mexico. 



Alexis Rocha found it tough in defeating Japan's Shoki Sakai by decision after 10 rounds to win the WBC Continental Americas title in the welterweight fight. 



James "Lights Out" Toney was an honored guest at the Golden Boy Promotions fight card at Fantasy Springs Casino. The former multi-division world champion is considered by many experts as the best prizefighter in the last 60 years and a certain Boxing Hall of Famer.


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