Rarden defeats Brashears, Kirk upset by Stelly!
By Vikram Birring at ringside , DoghouseBoxing.com (Aug 17, 2008) Doghouse Boxing  
A lion roared his way to a decision victory, but a jaguar was choked out in a shocking upset in the main event as MMA Syndicate in assocation with Bobby Jones Promotions presented it’s second show in Pasadena, Texas, on August 15, 2008.

In the main event, fan favorite John “The Jaguar” Kirk (10-4) came out intense looking for a repeat performance of his match April 4 against Damian Stelly (11-2). Once again, Kirk looked to end the fight just as quickly as it had began, but Stelly weathered the storm and made the match a ground affair. Just like that, he locked Kirk into a rear naked choke and a bloody Kirk had no choice but to tap out, stunning the once raucous crowd into a state of silence.

In the main event of the boxing portion, junior welterweight prospect John “The Lion” Rarden (11-2, 2 KO) boxed his way to a easy unanimous decision victory against Marcus Brashears (5-11, 1 KO). Brashears initiated bad blood at the weigh in the day before, and as usual, Rarden could not resist the temptation to respond, as they traded words throughout the fight, Rarden usually smiling all the while. Rarden, the top prospect of Kenny Weldon’s World Class Boxing Gym, displayed Weldon’s reknowned fundamentals and technique in the ring, boxing intelligently, leading with the jab and following with pinpoint right crosses. The only strange part of the match was that it was scheduled for seven rounds, in theory a good idea because the chance of a draw would be miniscule.

Houston’s other top prospect, super middleweight Alfonso Lopez (10-0, 8 KO) added another notch to his belt with a devestating display of power punching against Gabriel “El Torito” Rivera (7-4, 4 KO). Before the match, Rivera guaranteed a knockout victory over Lopez, and this seemed to light a fuse in the normally calm Lopez. In the first round, Lopez spent time figuring out Rivera, pawing with the jab, and at the end of the round, landed a vicious left hook. A good second round was punctuated by a thunderous three punch combination. In the third, Lopez landed three sickening right crosses, and Rivera somehow managed to stay on his feet. Rivera’s trainer had seen enough, and threw in the towel. Lopez taunted Rivera after the match, grabbing his genitals while parading around the ring, but apologized later saying that his emotions had gotten the best of him.

Cody Richard’s (0-0-1) professional debut was not what he expected as he had all kinds of problems with the aggressive Geraldo Carrillo (0-3-1) of Mexico. The appearance of the match was a young child against a man, and many in the crowd worried for Richard’s health. But, he held his own, with an awkward southpaw style. Carrillo slowly came on, his best round being the fourth, as he consistently came forward and dug to Richard’s body with ferocious left hooks to Richard’s stomach and winging hooks. Richard made an adjustment as well and landed some good left hooks, but Carrillo ate them and kept coming. By the end of the fight, a Richard victory was in doubt, and the scores confirmed this: 39-37, 38-38, and 38-38. For once, a hometown decision did not rob a visiting boxer of a hard-earned night of work.

In the opening bout, Alicio Castaneda (3-1, 1 KO) faced upset-minded Miguel Delgado (3-8, 3 KO). In his previous match April 17, Delgado brutally knocked out hotshot prospect Cruz Valdivia, and looked to do the same this time. Unfortunately, Castaneda was unwilling to engage in a brawl and wisely chose to box from the outside, never giving Delgado any chance to land anything of note. This was the story for four rounds, and the end result was a unanimous decision victory for Castaneda, 40-36 on all cards.

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