Jose Roman guts out tough unanimous decision over Marco Antonio Lopez
ONTARIO, California – Jose Roman had to dig deep, but was he was able to grind out win.
Roman outboxed Marco Antonio Lopez over eight tough rounds, earning a unanimous decision victory before an almost sellout crowd on Friday at the Doubletree Hotel Events Center.
With the win, Roman improves to 21-1-1, 14 KOs, while Lopez falls to 24-7, 15 KOs.
Roman, who is now promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions, entered the bout on Friday night having won six bouts in a row. Lopez was coming off a fifth round stoppage loss at the hands of Felix Verdejo on Apr. 25.
Lopez took the fight to Roman in the opening round, landing a series of right hands to the head. Momentum swung in Roman’s favor midway through the second round when the Garden Grove, Calif. resident dropped Lopez with a left hook to the head.
Both fighters had their moments in the middle rounds. Lopez looked to counter Roman with right hands, finding some success, but it was Roman who was the busier fighter.
Lopez seemed to be control the action in the final two rounds. He was able to slip Roman’s punches and counter with uppercuts or right hands. He was not busy enough though as Roman was seemed to help himself more by throwing more punches.
All three judges scored the bout for Roman, 79-72, 78-73, and 77-74.
Villarraga overwhelms Araiza
Lightweight Cesar Villarraga won a six round unanimous decision over Jose Luis Araiza.
Villarraga, who represented Colombia in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, improved to 8-0, 4 KOs, while Araiza drops to 34-13-1, 25 KOs.
It was all Villarraga from the opening bell as he rained down an abundant amount of punches to the shorter Araiza. Villarraga stood in the pocket and continually beat Araiza to the punch with hooks and crosses to the head.
Araiza amounted a rally at the beginning of the third round, but Villarraga quickly swung momentum his way by stunning Araiza with repeated hooks to the head. Villarraga was content to outbox Araiza in the second half of the fight, choosing to work from the center of the ring.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Villarraga, 59-55, 59-55, and 60-54.
Mitchell stops McCrary
Heavyweight LaRon Mitchell remained unbeaten, stopping Roy McCrary at the end of the third round.
With the win, Mitchell, a 2012 United States Olympic Trials finalist, improved to 8-0, 8 KOs, while McCrary falls to 4-4, 3 KOs.
The southpaw Mitchell had a difficult time early on attempting to get on the inside of McCrary’s guard. Rather than use his height and reach advantage, McCrary mostly held whenever Mitchell launched an attack.
As the bout progressed, Mitchell began to land more by feinting McCrary then slipping a right or left. Towards the end of the third round, Mitchell landed a series of body punches, followed by a left hand that dropped McCrary to the canvas. McCrary stood up, but was dropped again, this time courtesy of a left hand to the head. McCrary attempted to get up, but fell down again to the canvas, prompting referee Raul Caiz, Jr. to wave the fight over at 2:59.
In other bouts:
– Featherweight Fernando Fuentes defeated Joe Perez (5-4-1, 4 KOs) by unanimous decision over four rounds. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Fuentes (6-5, 1 KO), 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37.
– Junior featherweight Humberto Rubalcava (3-0, 3 KOs) stopped Isaiah Najera, who was making his pro debut, at 2:36 of the first round.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco 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