• By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos by Dulce

Jose Felix Jr. Wins Split Decision Over Ricky Sismundo in Burbank


Boxing returned to the San Fernando Valley for Valley Fight Night as top rated lightweight contender Jose Felix Jr. of Los Mochis, Sinaloa Mexico and Filipino Ricky Sismundo battled it out for ten rounds in the UniMas Solo Boxeo main event from the Burbank Marriott Convention and Events Center in Burbank, California.Felix boxed away in the opening round as Sismundo stalked him. In round two Felix ripped to the body as he continued to box the aggressive Sismundo. The Filipino continued to come at the jabbing Felix with power punches in round three as Felix also landed power left hooks to the body. Boxing away on his feet in round four, Felix circled Sismundo who continued to press forward with big punches. In round five Sismundo had a his best round as he backed Felix to the ropes, later in the round the Filipino landed a huge right.

Halfway through in round six Felix's jab was not doing enough to keep Sismundo away as he continued to press forward with big punches backing the Mexican to the ropes. However after the bell referee Zachary Young deducted a point from Sismundo for hitting after the bell. Sismundo appeared to be chopping down Felix in round seven as he continued to back him to the ropes with power punches. A huge left hook landed clean for Sismundo in round eight, boxing away Felix returned the favor landing a solid counter left hook. Felix continued to box in round nine pumping the jab with Sismundo pressing the action. In the tenth and final round saw Sismundo press the action and back Felix to the ropes with big punches.

Jonathan Davis scored it 95-94 for Felix, judge Max Deluca 95-94, for Sismundo and Daniel Sandoval scored it 96-93 as Jose Felix pulls off the split decision. With the win Jose Felix Jr. 32-1-1, 25 KOs as Ricky Sismundo goes to 30-9-2, 13 KO's.

Lightweights Fresno’s Eric Altamirano scrapped it out in going the distance Rony Alvarado of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico in a four round bout. A right hand by Alvarado in the closing seconds of round one sent Altamirano to the canvas. Altamirano fought poised after that boxing away fighting smart keeping Alvarado at a distance but late in the round three saw a vicious exchange. The fourth and final round was all Altimirano as he dropped Alvarado in the opening seconds as he got up the two continued to exchange to the final bell. In the end all three judges scored the bout 38-36 as Eric Altamirano survives an early knockdown as wins a unanimous decision.

Eric Altamirano improves to 7-0, 5 KO's as Rony Alvarado goes to 9-7, 5 KO's.

Super welterweight prospect Danny "El Chapulin" Valdivia of Tulare, California scored a first round stoppage over Kenneth Council of Tennessee in a scheduled eight round walkout bout. Valdivia rocked Council in the opening round with a right and followed up with a left sending him to the canvas, continuing his attack the referee stepped in to waive the bout at 2:30.

Danny Valdivia improves to 10-0, 8 KO's. Kenneth Council goes to 10-2-1, 8 KO's.

Welterweight prospect Arnold Barboza of Los Angeles stopped Robbie Cannon of Missouri in one round opening up the Solo Boxeo telecast in a scheduled six rounder. Barboza came out blasting with clean power shots in round one as he busted Cannon's nose, after an accumulation of punches the referee stepped in to waive the bout at 2:59.

Arnold Barbosa stays undefeated as a prospect and improves to 10-0, 4 KO's. Robbie Cannon goes to 15-12-2, 7 KO's.

Russian light heavyweight Olympic Gold Medalist Egor Mekhontsev and Felipe Romero of Ensenada, Mexico went the distance in a scheduled eight rounder. A short left by Mekhonstev in the opening seconds of the bout knockdown Romero but got up and continued to fight on the rest of the round. The Russian boxed patiently working the jab and setting up the left as he tagged Romero throughout the fight. An accidental clash of heads in round five caused a cut below Romero's eye, moments after Mekhonstev landed on the inside Romero went for down a second time as he got up throwing wild punches. Mekhonstev was dominant the entire fight working his way to a unanimous decision victory as all three judges scored the bout 80-70.

Egor Mekhonstev stays undefeated at 11-0, 7 KO's. Felipe Romero goes to 15-11-1, 9 KO's

In the opening bout from the Burbank Marriott making his professional debut super bantamweight Miguel Alcantara made quick work of Julio Rodriguez of Ensenada, Mexico scoring a first round knockout in a scheduled four rounder.The southpaw Alcantara stalked Rodriguez from the start, a right to the body sent Rodriguez to the canvas as he got up but Alcantara continued his attack knocking down Rodriguez for a second time as referee Zachary Young waived it at 2:26.

Miguel Alcantara wins his pro debut as he now has a record of 1-0, 1 KO. Julio Rodriguez goes to 0-2.

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