Champions Three - photos by Al Applerose
American television viewers knew very little about Colombia's Miguel Marriaga. More than a few expressed disappointment that WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez opted to fight the unknown slugger. Fans quickly found out Marriaga was dangerous and tough. He absorbed heavy blows from the speedy Valdez that would have ended the fight against any other opponent. Marriaga engaged in a violent chess match that saw all 12 rounds result in some furious and non-stop action at the StubHub Center.
After taking some early punishment from Valdez, it was the Colombian's turn and he saw a lot of success by going to the body. Marriaga landed some powerful blows to the body that made Valdez adjust during the fight.
Oscar Valdez showed why he is considered one of the most adaptive champions around. The former Mexican Olympian pulled out all of his tricks including this overhand right to the chin of Marriaga. Late in the fight, a left hook dropped the Colombian but he continued until the final bell.
Despite a late knockdown and a loss by decision, Marriaga was congratulated by WBO champion Valdez who told the Colombian that he will indeed be a world champion and very soon. The crowd cheered the little known Colombian who will soon be very well known after this performance. Valdez retained the world title by unanimous decision after his toughest fight yet.
WBO super bantamweight champion Jessie Magdaleno didn't waste time in attacking Brazil's Adeilson Dos Santos. Despite a height advantage, Dos Santos was not able to avoid the speedy bombs being tossed in his direction.
Jessie Magdaleno of Las Vegas dropped Dos Santos with quick counter right hooks and the fight ended quickly at 2:51 of the second round. Magdaleno retained the WBO super bantamweight title by knockout.
Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson won his pro debut by technical decision after six rounds due to a cut over opponent Edgar Brito's eye from an accidental clash of heads. Stevenson stands with his team including manager Andre Ward and his son.
WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez won by unanimous decision against Ukraine's human boa constrictor Max Bursak after 12 rounds. The constant holding by Bursak made for a very boring fight.