LA Fight Club: Ramirez decisions Martin; ‘Chamaco’ stops Valcarcel
Julian Ramirez put on a clinic against Christopher Martin Friday night and received a wide unanimous decision victory (100-90, 99-91 twice) for his effort to stay undefeated. The 10-round featherweight contest was the main event of an “LA Fight Club” card promoted by Golden Boy Promotions at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, Calif. (broadcast by Estrella TV).
“El Camaron” won the first game within the game in a battle of stances to start and, as the southpaw, he held his position while Martin couldn’t get a way around his left leg. It always left Ramirez in position to punch and all Martin could do, at times, was shell up, hoping Julian didn’t land one flush.
Martin, 28-7-3 (9), seemingly landed his first clean shot to start the third via a right hook but all it did was spur on a spirited flurry from Ramirez. He started to put combinations together and they typically ended with a straight left hand that pierced through Martin’s guard. It didn’t take long for Martin to rethink his tactic and he made the mindful move of going toe-to-toe with Ramirez.
Without needing to worry about his feet in this style, Martin received shots in order to give them; however, Ramirez still had his number. In the sixth round, Ramirez started to tee off on Martin with some fluid combinations to the body and head but, in an instant, Martin landed a big right hand to Ramirez’s head that wobbled him and forced him to step backward. Although it momentarily halted Ramirez’s momentum, it didn’t stop it and the East LA native quickly went back to work.
Ramirez, 16-0 (8), ditched the toe-to-toe action by mixing in lateral movement and that’s when he started to put on a clinic until the final round. He landed a beautiful uppercut in the ninth that had the crowd on its feet and snapped Martin’s head back for the extent of the final round as he tried to stop him in front of his home crowd.
The 22-year-old put all questions behind him after coming in over the featherweight limit originally scheduled for this fight. “I’m really happy with the decision,” Ramirez said after the win. “I know this fighter, Chris, and I knew he was going to go in there and give it his all. For my next fight, I know that I need to get with my camp, focus on training and not get caught up with any distractions.”
In the co-feature, Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez earned a TKO victory over Carlos Valcarcel after beating him up enough to force his corner to stop the featherweight contest before the eighth round began.
In the first round, a left hook from Valcarcel to Lopez’s chin woke the crowd and stunned Abraham into a short-lived wobble. It was a fight from then on, as Lopez took his frustrations out with angry shots to the Valcarcel’s body in the second half of the round. He parlayed that success into the second and returned the favor to Valcarcel, who swung at Abraham in annoyance, clearly after bell sounded ending the round.
Lopez, 20-0-1 (15), didn’t retaliate in the same nature of the obvious foul. Instead, the 28-year-old out of La Puente, Calif. punished Valcarcel in a legal fashion. He flashed his quick hand speed with combinations that involved body shots and chin checks. Valcarcel, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, stood toe-to-toe with Lopez but he couldn’t recreate the first round magic that left his opponent stunned.
After a continued beatdown in the middle rounds, the body shots started to visibly drain Valcarcel. With his mouth open and his attack non-existent, Lopez had an easy target to hit and with the early antics in mind from his opponent, the loud thump from the body shots to Valcarcel indicated Abraham was still looking for his revenge. Valcarcel, 14-7-4 (5), was starting to show signs of a fighter not wanting to be in there as he ran around the ring trying to survive in the seventh round and it’s obvious his corner realized that as well.
“I’ll take a short fight any day,” Lopez said afterward. “I trained hard enough to possibly make it all 10 rounds but the intensity of the fight made it possible to end things early. I want to get a world championship in 2016 and this is the beginning of that.”
Jonathan Navarro stopped Carlos Rodriguez in the second round after punishing his opponent’s body. Navarro, 4-0 (3), sent the crowd into a frenzy with every resonating body shot that echoed the small venue. It was an action-packed fight for as long as it lasted but Rodriguez’s effort quickly fizzled after the first round. A right to the body sealed Rodriguez’s fate and, before he finally crashed to the canvas, Navarro followed it up with more shots to the head. Rodriguez, 19-18-4 (11), sat there with his nose bloodied as referee David Mendoza counted to 10. Rodriguez rose as the count was completed but David Mendoza shook his head no and waved off the fight.
Making his Golden Boy Promotions debut, Edgar Valerio dominated Justin Lopez in the opening round and forced referee Jerry Cantu to stop the bout just before the round ended. The featherweight contest was scheduled for six rounds. Valerio, 5-0 (3), started his attack with some punishing left hooks to the body and quickly thwarted any return fire from Lopez, 5-5 (5). Eventually, Valerio went upstairs and if there was any indication how hard he started to throw his left hand, it was caused by the rat tail whipping his shoulders after every shot. Valerio dropped Lopez with one of those lefts for a knockdown and, only seconds later, another stunned Lopez into a stumble in a corner. It happened just after the 10-second clap and with Lopez helplessly shelled up and leaning against the turnbuckle, Cantu hugged Valerio to halt the contest.
Joshua “El Profesor” Franco pitched a shutout after receiving a unanimous decision (60-54 on all three cards) victory over Juan Benavides in a six-round bantamweight contest. Franco, San Antonio, Texas, indeed taught Benavides a lesson in the ring. The 20-year-old was the sharper puncher and his attack, involving short hooks to the body and uppercuts, was contrary to the ineffective, wide shots with which Benavides, 5-7-1 (2), swung and missed consistently. Franco, 4-0 (2), stunned his pupil in the second with a perfect body shot that had Benavides reeling. He also landed his right hand to Benavides’ head often and a mouse under his left eye was the result.
In the opening bout of the Golden Boy Promotions card, Pablo “The Shark” Rubio stopped Bryan Perez in the second round to earn himself the victory in a junior featherweight contest scheduled for four rounds. Perez, 2-3-1 (1), a southpaw from Carolina, Puerto Rico, had tread the water nicely in the opening round with hooks on the inside. However, he found himself in deep waters in the second stanza. Rubio, 4-0 (3), let his hands go in the round and all it took was one good left hook to start drowning Perez. He tried to clinch and keep himself afloat but it wasn’t enough as Rubio continued his flurry to eventually force Perez to a knee and there he waited for referee Jerry Cantu to count to 10.