L.A. Fight Club results: Oscar Negrete handles Diuhl Olguin
Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete returned to the win column by outworking Diuhl Olguin to a convincing unanimous decision (79-73 twice, 78-74) on Saturday night. The bantamweight contest was the main event of a Golden Boy Promotions card held at the Belasco Theater, in Los Angeles, California.
Negrete, 18-1 (7), looked like his former self in the victory. Coming off his only defeat – a decision loss to WBC junior featherweight titleholder Rey Vargas – Negrete was reminded how much easier it was to fight a man his own size. Against Olguin, Negrete was willing to trade toe-to-toe throughout the contest but his aggressive work to the body separated them in the opening rounds and warranted an early lead.
Olguin, 13-10-3 (9), didn’t get into the fight until the third round, after a perfect jab caught Negrete into a back step but the Colombian managed to pay it back by round’s end, with perhaps his biggest overhand right of the night. In the fourth, the best span of three minutes happened, as the two took turns with their combinations and stood their ground. However Olguin seemed to tire out Negrete, thus making the fight interesting, as the Mexican proved he was no rollover.
That intrigue wouldn’t last, once Negrete upped his work rate and showed the early body work would come back to wary Olguin by the end. Negrete had perhaps his best round in the sixth, in which he calmly picked and placed his shots with ease. Sometimes Negrete would throw a right to the head with a grunt – showing he was trying to get Olguin out of there – but Olguin was savvy enough to survive when necessary. Olguin even gave a good effort in the final round, to make it close, but Negrete was just plainly the better fighter.
Rigoberto Hermosillo knocked out Ernest Guerrero with a body shot in the fifth round, to keep his unbeaten record clean. The featherweight contest was scheduled for eight.
Hermosillo, 11-0-1 (8), was given a good fight until its abrupt ending but the Mexican from Guadalajara kept himself on the right side of a few heated exchanges. Two rounds earlier, Hermosillo’s excellent body work strayed a bit low and warranted a break for Guerrero to recover. The shot in the fifth round, however, wasn’t low, and Guerrero, 29-23 (19), stayed in the fetal position after referee Zac Young counted him out and the ringside doctor scurried into the ring to see if he was OK. He was.
Raul Curiel forced a second round stoppage of Demetrius Wilson to remain unbeaten. The welterweight contest was scheduled for six rounds.
With Freddie Roach in his corner for the first time, Curiel, 4-0 (3), established a good distance and pace that had his opponent using every inch of the ring in order to stay away. Wilson, 2-8, a mixed martial arts fighter by trade, tried to land a looping overhand right, in order to pull off an upset, but Curiel was too smart to let it happen. Body shots cornered Wilson in the tail end of the second, and a left hook dropped him for the fight’s only knockdown. In the waning seconds of the round, Wilson’s corner waved it off.
In the opening bout of the Golden Boy Promotions card, Blair Cobbs earned a unanimous decision (40-36, 39-37 twice) over Juan Rivera after four rounds of middleweight action.
Cobbs, 8-0-1 (5), a southpaw fighting out of Las Vegas, by way of Philadelphia, stepped into the ring ranting and raving like the Ultimate Warrior and quickly reenforced that energy in the ring. Right off the bat, Cobbs lunged in with a power left and startled his Mexican foe into the ropes. Rivera, 28-21 (18), dodged and ducked the best he could, as Cobbs continued his aggression. Uppercuts with both hands had the left side of Rivera’s face bludgeoned by fight’s end but the wily veteran did manage to stay on his feet and give a good final round effort.