Club Nokia, Los Angeles, California: Another night of well matched entertaining pro boxing fueled by a red hot club atmosphere struck gold again. Golden Boy Promotions “Fight Night” series at Club Nokia was developed to attract and display boxings young and upcoming prospects in a club atmosphere allowing fans young and old to enjoy an action packed evening of live boxing with all the amenities including a full bar, fine cuisine, live DJ music with a wide variety of seating. The very popular series attended by many stars finished strong while growing in popularity with each and every show and this show would be no different.
The evenings seven bout cards action started with former National Golden Gloves and two-time U.S. Amateur Champion 19 year old super bantamweight Ronny Rios, 7-0, 3Ko’s continuing his meteoric rise from an outstanding amateur platform to make quick work of 31 year old veteran Manuel “Diablito” Sarabia 16-30-9, 10Ko’s. After a brief feeling out period Rios landed a hot straight right on the button dropping “Diablito” on the seat of his pants, where he was counted out by referee Ray Corona at 38 seconds of round one.
The second bout matched Paramount, California’s 23 year old featherweight Charles Huerta with 36 year old Mexican, Rodrigo Aranda, 8-11-2, 2Ko’s. Huerta looking to rebound from a surprise Ko loss to Derrick Wilson in his last outing (also at Club Nokia) started behind a good jab progressively adding some combination punching to earn a convincing 59-54, 58-55, 57-56 unanimous decision moving him to 12-1, 7Ko’s.
Lightweight action saw Philadelphia’s Karl Dargan remain undefeated 5-0, 2Ko’s beating Bridge City, Louisiana southpaw Renell Griffin. After getting shocked with a heavy shot in the second round the Nazim Richardson trained Dargan used some good lateral movement and effective counter punching to keep the tough charging Griffin at bay and off balance never allowing him time to set and punch. Dargan grabbing the 59-55, 59-55, 58-56 unanimous decision kept the slate clean while dropping Griffin to 5-2-1, 1Ko.
Glendale, California lightweight Art Hovanessian also held onto his zero dropping Sinaloa, Mexico’s Baudel “Mr. KO” Cardenas three times before finishing him in the fifth round of their scheduled six rounder. Cardenas a veteran of thirty seven fights could math the speed or work rate of the 27 year old Armenian. After mixing it up to the body and head Hovanessian dropped the veteran the first time in the fourth round with a solid left hook upstairs. Staying on the attack Hovanessian broke Cardenas down then dumped him again in the fifth with a stiff straight right. The game Mexican got vertical just in time to find himself on the receiving end of an unanswered Hovanessian volley dropping him again forcing referee David Denkin to call it a night for Cardenas dropping him to 18-19-2, 6Ko’s while the sharp Hovanessian moved to 9-0-1, 4Ko’s.
In a matchup of lightweight’s East LA’s Eric Godoy making his pro debut used his size and reach while remaining the more technical fighter delivering several big shots taking the fight out of a wild winging Javier Solis. Solis was floored with a heavy right ending the opening stanza but shook it off to open the second round on the attack landing some clean shots of his own. Godoy remained calm and began to counter scoring some big rights backing Solis to the ropes where he was pounded until referee David Denkin had seen enough saving the still winless Solis from any more punishment stopping it at 2:22 of the second round.
San Bernardino, California, lightweight Juan Sandoval started his pro career in fine fashion blasting out a winging Victor Martinez with a blistering left hook at 2:40 of the second round. Martinez remains winless at 0-2 as Sandoval records his pro debut Ko victory
In the main event Luis Ramos, Jr. in his third appearance at Club Nokia recorded his thirteenth straight victory with no losses scoring a lopsided shutout of Christian “Filoso” Favela 17-22-6, 10Ko’s.
Ramos, a southpaw meticulously picked apart a confused looking but aggressive Favela sticking and moving behind a sticking right jab opening the door for some two fisted combinations. Ramos landed a rock hard right hook stopping Favela in his tracks bloodying and possibly breaking “Filoso’s” nose paving the way to a clean six round dominating 60-54 times three performance.
This the final chapter of the successful four part series has run its course with live broadcasting on Versus but the word is out Fox Sports is interested. The series may have run its course but “fight nights” at Club Nokia aren’t finished. Golden Boy Promotions boxing will return to La’s hottest boxing venue October 10th with Huntington Park, California’s always entertaining featherweight Israel ‘Magnifico” Vazquez, 40-4, 31Ko’s taking on Barranquilla, Colombia’s tough Angel Antonio Priolo, 30-7, 20Ko’s. Also scheduled at this time is Jersey City, New Jersey’s undefeated welterweight Michael Torres, 13-0, 7Ko’s facing off with Toledo, Ohio’s Martin Tucker, 6-4, 3Ko’s the complete fight card is be announced soon.