an eight-month layoff, former world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan,
39-5-1 (28) (now under the Top Rank promotional banner and new manager Frank
Espinoza) returned to action Saturday night, facing the tough-as-nails Javier
Gallo, 18-7-1 (10), on the UniMas main event at the Uni-Trade Stadium in
Darchinyan, now campaigning in the super bantamweight division, looked slower
and a bit off on his timing, seemingly had some problems against the incoming
Gallo in the first couple of rounds.
the adjustment, Darchinyan managed to drop Gallo three times, once each with a
one-two combo, a four-punch combination to the head and a short, straight left
on the inside at the end of the second frame.
found a home upstairs with his right hand against the perennially overconfident
Armenian, who overcame his technical deficiencies with brute power.
shorter Gallo began to reach more than in previous rounds but got caught with
looping, straight lefts by the countering Darchinyan in the third frame.
end came at the onset of the fourth with another short, inside Darchinyan left,
putting the Mexican on his back for good as referee Mark Calo-Oy stepped in and
called it a night at 26 seconds into the round.
other action, southpaw Victor Rosas, 1-1 (1), saw his “0” go as Kendo Castaneda,
4-0 (1), picked up a four-round majority decision in a 140 pound bout.
more experienced than their records dictate, both fighters went to the body
looking for openings, with Castaneda looking to counter a bit more, seemingly
landing the harder shots in the bout.
got a break in the fourth and final round after his foe landed a right hand low
were 38-38, 40-36 and 39-37.
middleweight Radames Montes, 2-2-1 (2), and Martinez Porter, (1-3-2), drew at
the end of four. Porter suffered a cut over his right eye due to a clean shot
at the end of a sloppy first round.
pressed on and Porter moved, ducked and avoided wild shots, drawing boos in the
process. Porter countered well against the ropes near the end of the fourth before
a long-range right hand (after a break due to a straying low blow) crashed on
Montes’ jaw, wobbling him badly. Holding on for dear life, the native of
Killeen, Texas made it out of the round.
were 39-37, Porter, 39-37, Montes and 38-38 for the split draw.
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