Artemio Reyes stops Christopher Degollado in seven
ONTARIO, California – Welterweight Artemio Reyes had gotten used to ending matters early. His opponent on Friday, Christopher Degollado, came to win and not be another knockout victim.
However, just when it looked like Degollado might upend Reyes, an all-too familiar outcome played out.
Reyes stopped the game Degollado in the seventh round of a scheduled eight-round bout at the Doubletree Hotel.
Reyes had entered the bout on a seven-bout winning streak, but had knockout wins in his last six. In those six bouts, Reyes had fought a total of 13 rounds.
After winning his first 10 bouts in a row, Degollado had lost three of his last four bouts.
There was good ebb and flow from the beginning of the bout, as both fighters fought mostly in the pocket. While two inches taller, Reyes was not able to extend on his punches as he fought on the inside, which seemed to be what Degollado wanted. Degollado was able to land lead and counter right hands to the head and body of Reyes.
As the bout progressed, Reyes was at his best when he created distance between himself and Degollado. Reyes landed straight right hands to the head of Degollado, putting him on the defensive at times.
Degollado’s best moments in the fight came in the fifth round, where he took the initiative and beat Reyes to the punch with right hands to the head.
Reyes swing momentum back in his favor at the end of the sixth round, when he stunned Degollado with a left hook. The bell sounded to end the round, preventing Reyes from following up.
Reyes hurt Degollado with a right hand to open the seventh round. Degollado did his best to fight back or to hold on, but Reyes kept throwing and landing punches as the round progressed. When it looked as though Degollado was unable to protect himself, his corner threw in the towel, prompting referee David Mendoza to stop the bout at 1:44.
Reyes, from nearby Colton, improves to 23-2, with 19 knockouts. Degollado, from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, falls to 11-4, 9 KOs.
Roman KOs Ramirez
Lightweight Jose Roman won his fifth fight in a row, stopping Jose Luis Ramirez, Jr. in the third round.
Roman was on the offensive from the beginning of the fight, landing at will with straight right hands to the head behind a jab. The southpaw Ramirez fought most of the fight defensively, not being able to mount any real offense other than a few winging left crosses.
Roman scored a knockdown at the end of the second round, landing a straight right hand to the head that dropped Ramirez to a knee. Although he survived the round, Ramirez still did not look as though he had fully recovered from the punch. Roman sensed Ramirez was still hurt, going on the attack from the start of the third round.
Roman trapped Ramirez in a corner, unleashing a right to the head, followed by a right to the body, dropping Ramirez to a knee. Ramirez remained on the canvas as referee Zach Young counted him our at 59 seconds.
Roman goes to 19-1-1, 12 KOs. Ramirez falls to 7-2-1, 4 KOs.
In other bouts:
– Carlos Carlson (16-0, 10 KOs) won a six-round unanimous decision over Miguel Tamayo (15-10-2, 13 KOs) in junior featherweight action. All three judges scored the bout 60-54, 60-54, and 59-55 for Carlson.
– Junior lightweight Erick Ituarte (9-1-1, 2 KOs) stopped Jesus Angulo in the third round of a scheduled six round bout. Ituarte trapped Angulo (3-6, 2 KOs) in a corner and let his hands go until referee Zach Young stepped in and stopped the bout at 2:30.
– Heavyweight Rodney Hernandez (6-2-1, 1 KO) survived a first round knockdown to defeat Siala Siligoa (2-2, 2 KOs) by unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout 38-37 for Hernandez.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Salazar also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing