BENAVIDEZ, Argentina – In two devastating performances, flyweight standout Juan Carlos Reveco and former WBO cruiserweight titlist Victor Emilio Ramirez scored stoppage victories on the same card on Friday at the local Villa La Ñata Sporting Club, in the outskirts of the capital city of Buenos Aires.
In the main event of the night, Reveco scored an impressive win by KO in the second round against Panama’s Manuel Vides (15-3, 9 KO), a respectable contender despite his limited record. The diminutive but powerful Reveco sent Vides down with a blow right on the beltline at the very end of the first round (part of a solid exchange at the exact same location by both fighters) to set things up for a devastating second round in which Reveco came out banging on Vides’ abdomen, to compensate for his height disadvantage against a much taller but slower challenger.
After a few blistering exchanges, a numbing hook to the liver paved the way for an annihilating straight right to the chin, and Vides took a face-first dive to the canvas. Referee Tony Weeks stopped the bout halfway through his count, at 2:40 of the second round.
Reveco improves to an impressive 33-1 (18 KO) with this victory.
In the co-main event, Ramirez scored a TKO in Round 4 and improved to 19-2 (15 KO) with a solid, aggressive performance against Cuba’s Glendy Hernandez (10-2, 6 KO). The towering, 34 year-old “Guantanamo Giant”, fighting out of Florida, was coming off his only career loss against unbeaten Charles Martin in December of last year, and looked slow and sloppy despite his huge height advantage.
A solid barrage of punches sent Hernandez to the canvas in Round 4, and the follow-up attack sent him to the canvas again a few seconds later, prompting the stoppage towards the end of the episode by referee Mario Gonzalez, who had warned Hernandez for rabbit punching twice.
“I have the support of my people, and that’s enough to face anyone next,” said Ramirez, currently on a terrific 4-0 comeback streak in only three months after an almost four year layoff. He is currently ranked fifth by the IBF, and he defended the organization’s Latino belt for the third time in this bout.