Velez Wins

Photo by Al Applerose

LA Fight Club lV delivers hot action 
By Igor Frank

LOS ANGELES – LA Fight Club on Thursday night at historical Belasco Theater was a barn burner as advertised. Packed house of fans was on hand to cheer young upstarts. Hall of fame fighter turned promoter Oscar De La Hoya was on hand to meet and greet fans 
 In the main even of the evening televised by Fox Sports undefeated Jayson Velez (23-0-1,16 KOs) from Puerto Rico took on Mexican Daniel Ramirez (11-3, 5 KOs) in a super featherweight contest scheduled for ten rounds. It was deservedly won by the Puerto Rican pugilist. All three judges scored in favor of Velez 99-90, 98-91, 98-91, but he knew he was in a real fight and he is going to feel its affects of it tomorrow. 
“I thought Daniel was a good fighter, “acknowledged Velez afterwards:” he came prepared to fight.” 
Fresh off a controversial draw with former featherweight champion Gradovich, Velez started slow and cautious. He opened up in the second stanza and landed a right hand that wobbled Ramirez. Subsequent left hook deposited him on the canvas. Mexican warrior beat the count and instead of trying to recover mounted his own attack and created a firefight and a round of the night in the second stanza.  

“After the first knock down I thought I had him,” Velez said:” but he came back and did not give up.” 
Back and forth battle continued in the third stanza. Velez was more powerful and more accurate, but Ramirez was giving back just as much as he got and firing combinations that at times befuddled Puerto Rican fighter. Velez hurt his opponent with a left hook in the fourth stanza, but couldn’t finish the job.  
Ramirez came back strong in the fifth wobbling Velez several times with a straight right hand. Ramirez continued his two fisted assault in the sixth. This time left hook did a lot of damage on Velez who seemed to wake up at the end of the stanza and mount his offence. 
Perhaps realizing that he allowed a fight to slip away Velez came out firing with a renewed purpose in the seventh, but  his opponent from Tijuana did not get the memo and was letting his fists fly as if he was defending honor of his  little sister. 
Velez danced in his corner in between rounds seven and eight as if to show that he was not concerned, but he had a serious fight on his hands and an opponent who had no quit in him. 
 The crowd chanted Ramirez, but Velez did regain control of the fight in the eighth and dominated the ninth, despite the fact that regal warrior from Tijuana was firing back at all times. The war raged on all the way to the end of the fight to the delight of knowledgeable boxing crowd inside Belasco Theater. 
In the co-main event of the evening super featherweights Carlos Morales (9-1-3,3KO’S) from Los Angeles and Emmanuel Gonzalez (14-2,7KO’S) from Bronx, New York collided in an eight round contest. After fast paced competitive bout judges were in agreement awarding Morales a unanimous decision. Scores were as follows 78-74, 75-73 and 80-72. 
 After a tactical first stanza Morales opened up and scored well to the body of his foe from Bronx. Morales who had a pair of gloves tattooed on his chest controlled the action in the third, but Gonzalez had his moments until he got hurt late in the stanza. Action escalated in the fourth frame. Both fighters did some good work and landed some telling blows. The fighter from Bronx landed all the telling blows in the fifth and not only won the round but also changed the momentum of the fight. Gonzalez started to press the action and push LA fighter back. Morales was firing back, but he was also moving back for the most part. Morales turned the tide back in his favor by simply boxing and moving his hands in the seventh stanza. Both youngsters fought their hearts out in the final frame. The crowd applauded their effort. 

Gonzalez from Bronx blamed ring rust for losing effort, but promised to be back in the ring soon. 
In the opening TV bout LA’s own, lightweight knock out artist, Christian Gonzalez (10-0,9KO’S) dominated Darryl Hayes (3-5,1KO) from Houston, Texas over six rounds, but had to settle for a decision for the first time in his professional career. All three judges scored in favor of Gonzalez: 60-52 twice and 59-53. 
 After a slow start Referee Sharon Sands first warned and then deducted a point from awkward Hayes for holding in the second frame. Following a point deduction Gonzalez landed a huge right hand and had his opponent in trouble and almost out on his feet. Crowd chanted “Chimpa, Chimpa!” as heavy handed Gonzalez marched forward and put serious hurting on his slippery opponent round after round. The only question remained whether LA fighter would be able to keep his perfect knock out streak intact. He did try really hard, but Hayes who was deducted one more point for holding in the sixth stanza managed to hear the final bell on his feet 
In the opening bout of the evening super bantamweight from Whittier, California, Pablo Rubio didn’t waste any time demolishing his opponent Julio Ynami from Ensenada, BC. It was a professional debut for both youngsters. Referee Sharon Sands stopped the contest after a second knock down at 2:16 of the first stanza. Actually she did not call it a knock down. She called it a slip, but when Ynami got up he was in no condition to continue.