Undercard report: Julian Ramirez decisions Hugo Partida
CARSON, Calif. – Unbeaten featherweight Julian Ramirez has demonstrated he could box in recent fights. He can still rely on his strength and power, both of which were too much for Hugo Partida.
Ramirez hammered Partida through 10 one-sided rounds, winning a unanimous decision at the StubHub Center on the Lucas Matthysse-Viktor Postol undercard.
With the win, Ramirez improves to 15-0 (8 knockouts), while Partida drops to 20-6-2 (15 KOs).
Partida took the fight to Ramirez from the opening bell, producing solid exchanges in the first two rounds with Ramirez landing the more telling blows.
The pace of the fight slowed down considerably in the middle rounds. The southpaw Ramirez controlled the tempo of the fight, boxing from the outside and setting up and landing combinations.
The shorter Partida would launch an offensive, but Ramirez kept him honest by landing well-timed and effective punches to the head. There were times when Ramirez allowed Partida to walk him down as the fight progressed into the later rounds, but he countered effectively with left crosses to the head.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Ramirez: 100-90, 100-90, and 99-91.
Gesta decisions Mendoza
Lightweight Mercito Gesta won a hard-fought 10-round unanimous decision over Miguel Angel Mendoza.
With the win, Gesta improves to 29-1-2 (16 KOs), while Mendoza drops to 21-7-2 (21 KOs).
After an even first round, Mendoza scored a knockdown in the second round, although it looked as though Gesta tripped over Mendoza’s foot.
Mendoza spent most of the fight walking Gesta down, occasionally landing a looping overhand right or left hook to Gesta’s head. His punch output dropped considerably by the sixth round, allowing Gesta to initiate exchanges.
Gesta scored well with left or right uppercuts to Mendoza’s head in the later rounds. Mendoza attempted to steal the rounds by mounting a rally in the final 30 seconds of each of the last three rounds, but Gesta did more than enough to secure those rounds.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Gesta: 97-92, 97-92, and 96-93.
Other undercard action:
– Junior welterweight Marcelino Lopez knocked out veteran David Rodela (17-12-4, 7 KOs) in the third round. Time of the knockout was 1:04. Lopez (32-1-1, 17 KOs) is from Argentina and was making his United States debut.
– In an upset, junior lightweight Alejandro Ochoa (7-10-2, 1 KO) dropped Kevin Rivers twice en route to a six-round majority decision win. One judge scored the bout 56-56, while the other two judges scored the bout 59-53 in favor of Ochoa. Rivers drops to 12-1, 9 KOs.
– Light heavyweight D’Mitrius Ballard (10-0, 7 KOs) won a six-round unanimous decision over Juan Carlos Rojas (8-13-1, 7 KOs). All three judges scored the bout in favor of Ballard: 60-53, 59-54, and 58-55.
– Junior lightweight Nick Arce (5-0, 5 KOs) stopped Juan Hernandez (3-1) at 29 seconds of the fourth 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