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Munguia Stops Ryder in 9

Former world champion, Tijuana, Mexico’s Jaime Munguía (43-0, 34 KOs) annihilated former interim world champion John “The Gorilla” Ryder (32-7, 18 KOs) of England by scoring a ninth round stoppage Saturday night at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

In what was Munguia's first fight under trainer Freddie Roach, Munguia pressed the fight early attacking behind the jab as the southpaw Ryder stalked. A straight right hand by Munguia floored Ryder in the second as the Englishman was up on his feet, Munguia was on the attack looking to finish him but Ryder survived. A crunching left hook to the body by Munguia in round three appeared to knockdown Ryder but the referee did not rule it a knockdown. Ryder was down again a second time in the closing seconds of the fourth from a Munguia on- two.

Coming out aggressive for the fifth, Munguia did not hold back as he had Ryder on the go, backing the Brit to the ropes and connecting with a hard right hand. Ryder had Munguia pinned up against the ropes in the early part of the sixth round, the Mexican bounced around kept his distance working off the jab. Munguia pressed in the seventh and boxed well behind the jab as he measured Ryder, backing him away with rangy punches. Going in to finish in the eighth, Munguia backed Ryder to the corner with big punches but Ryder held his own and connected some good shots stopping Munguia's momentum in the process.

Down for the third time, Munguia knockdown Ryder to start the ninth as he was and Munguia floored a fourth time. Ryder's corner had seen enough as they inspectors urged the referee to stop the fight at 1:25

Collazo Stops Gutierrez in 3

It was Puerto Rico vs. Nicaragua in the co-feature bout as WBO minimumweight world champion Oscar “El Pupilo” Collazo (9-0, 7 KOs) of Puerto Rico stopped Reynaris Gutierrez (10-2, 2 KOs) of, Nicaragua. A crisp right by Collazo in the third rocked Gutierrez as the Puerto Rican followed up with his attack dropping the Nicaraguan fighter as he was up but Collazo finished him as the referee stepped in to stop the fight at 2:37 of the third.

Fulghum Goes Distance

Super middleweight Darius “DFG” Fulghum (10-0, 9 KOs) of Houston, Texas did not of his best performance as a very awkward Alantez “SlyAza” Fox (28-6-1, 13 KOs) of Maryland made him work in going the distance ten rounds for the first time in his career winning a hard fought majority  decision. 

Fox came out aggressive at the opening bell as Fulghum was relaxed in clinching and working on the inside, a clash of heads caused a cut as Fox has bleeding. In round two, Fulghum controlled the pace as he kept Fox away and began working him, connecting him with a solid uppercut. The much taller Fox kept using his weight on Fulghum in the third, but the undefeated fighter kept his composure and stuck to the plan boxing. The fans didnt appreciate things as the whisltes and boos began in the fourth, Fulgum boxed away as Fox attempted to clinch and stay close. The fans began the waive in the fifth as that caught more action, Fulghum kept sticking to his plan and the fight that the awkward Fox was offering.

Halfways through in round six, Fulghum continued to box but Fox did not offer much of a fight by leaning and clinching. Fox appeared to be tired and fading away in the seventh as Fulghum began to chop down the bigger fighter. Fulghum sensed that Fox was fading in the eighth as Fulghum fought poised, Fox was on his backfoot retreating. With only two rounds to go, Fox was in survival mode in the ninth as Fulghum kept at it and working the bigger guy. It was all Fulghum heading into the tenth and final round, the work being put in as the veteran Fox served perfectly for Fulghum. 

Judges scored the bout 100-90, 98-92, and one had it even a draw at 95-95

Fundora Stops Cruz to Retain Title

IBF women’s flyweight champion Gabriela “Sweet Poison” Fundora (13-0, 6 KOs) of Coachella Valley, California stopped Christina Cruz (6-1, 0 KOs) of Fort Lauderdale, Florida in ten. Fundora used her height and distance from the start, measuring with the jab in the opening round. Pressing and stalking, Fundora kept Cruz away in the second as she was on her back foot. Fighting confidently in the third, Fundora boxed and kept pressing Cruz. It was obviously evident in the fourth that Fundora's height was beginning to be the problem for Cruz.

The second half of the fight began with Cruz basically retreated and a vicious body shot to close the sixth round slowed down Cruz as Fundora attacked to close the round. In the seventh, the tall rangy southpaw Fundora kept applying the jab and following up with the left, staggering Cruz as Fundora continued to dominate. Late in the fight Fundora began sliding away with the fight and seperating herself from Cruz. The tenth and final round saw Fundora finish off Cruz with a barrage of punches as Cruz turned away, forcing the referee to stop the fight at 59 seconds of the final round.

Fundora successfully defends her IBF title.

Picasso Wins US Debut

Opening up the DAZN broadcast, Mexico City’s undefeated super bantamweight David Picasso Romero (27-0-1, 15 KOs) fought in the U.S for the first time as he dominated veteran Erik Ruiz (17-10-1, 7 KOs) of Oxnard, California. Picasso worked patiently to start as he worked the jab boxing smoothly. In the third round, the Mexican fighter appeared to be dissecting Ruiz as Picasso began to let his hands go and continued at a patient pace. Heading into the fourth, it was all Picasso as he had Ruiz backing and connecting with combinations. Switching it up in the fifth, Picasso used different stance mixing it from southpaw to Orthodox as he clearly demonstrated his superior skill but the veteran Ruiz kept at it.

Picasso clearly began to seperate himself from Ruiz past the halfway point in the sixth as he continued to work and tee off of Ruiz. It was a work of Picasso, as the undefeated fighter was solid working his way to a unanimous decision to win his U.S debut but the veteran Ruiz prooved to be tough in going the distance and giving the young fighter work.

All three judges scored the bout 99-91, 98-92, and 98-92.

Other Bouts

Lightweight Daniel “Junebug” Garcia (8-0, 6 KOs) of Denver, Colorado scored a quick first round knockout over Phoenix, Arizona’s Daniel Lugo (4-2, 1 KOs). A huge overhand right by Garcia sat Lugo down as he got up but the referee immediately waived the bout at 1:51 of the first.

Gregory Morales (16-1, 9 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas and Ronal Ron (14-5, 11 KOs) of Chino Hills, California went the distancein an eight-round super featherweight fight. It was a slow paced figure out round to start as Morales and Ron sized one another and popped the jab early on. Morales connected with a chopping right to start the third and boxed, later in the round Ron backed up Morales to the ropes with his attack but Morales retreated. In the fourth, Morales continued to connect with the chopping right hand as he backed Ron.

A low blow by Morales to begin the fifth momentarily stopped the action as the referee issued a warning as Morales kept peppering the aggressive Ron. Exchaning in the center in the sixth, the fans showed their appreciation once again as Morales tagged Ron but the California fighter kept coming. Late in the fight, Morales and Ron continued to excahnge, in the eighth and final as neither held back pressing to the final bell as everyone was on their feet.

After completing eight rounds, the judges scored the bout 80-72, 79-73, and 78-74 in favor of Morales as he wins the unanimous decision.

Mexican Olympian Gael “El Terror” Cabrera (4-0, 2 KOs) won a four round unanimous decision over Miguel Ceballos (2-1, 2 KOs) of Peoria, Arizona. Cabrera scored a knocdown early in the opening round to get started. Later in the first, a huge uppercut by Cabrera rocked Ceballos as the referee stepped in for a standing 8 count to finish the round. In the second, Cabrera continued his attack on Ceballos, landing with clean shots but the local fighter continued to fight. Ceballos had some momentum in the third as Cabrera was limited with his punches, Ceballos appeared to had turn the tide outworking Cabrera but the Mexican Olympian finished the round strong. It was Ceballos that pressed in the fourth and final round, Cabrera was limited and appeared to be fighting conservatively as the two fighters engaged in a strong finish drawing the fans reaction and appreciation.

The judges scored the bout 40-34, 39-35, and 39-35 as Cabrera wins decisively.

In the opening bout from the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona, bantamweight Johnny “Sugarcane” Cañas (3-0, 3 KOs) of Santa Ana, California immediately disposed of Oakland, California's William Davis (2–2-1, 1 KO). Canas wasted no time, a body shot followed by a hard left hook did it as the referee waived it at 1:04.


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