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Sandoval, Negrete, Urbina and Baez notch victories on stacked Thursday Night Fights card

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Flyweight Ricardo Sandoval stopped gamekeeper Raymond Tabugon in Round 7 of the main event of a Golden Boy Promotions/DAZN card on Thursday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.

With the victory, Sandoval improves to 18-1, 13 knockouts and has now stopped his last five opponents.

Sandoval, who resides in nearby Rialto, was coming off a fifth-round knockout victory over Venezuela’s Gilbert Gonzalez on Nov. 16. Tabugon had split his previous four bouts and figured to provide a test for Sandoval.

After a competitive opening round, Sandoval scored a knockdown in the opening moments of the second dropped, dropping Tabugon with a left hook to the head. To his credit, Tabugon was game, but slowly began to feel the impact of the accurate and hard punches from Sandoval.

As the bout progressed, Sandoval connected with two and three-punch combinations. By Round 4, Sandoval committed right hands and left hooks to the body of Tabugon, slowing the Filipino fighter down.

After the end of the sixth, Tabugon looked spent after being battered against the ropes by Sandoval. Referee Eddie Hernandez asked Tabugon if he wanted to continue, receiving a “one more round” response as Tabugon sat on his stool.

Tabugon was game and did fight back, but Sandoval’s punches were just too much. Sandoval pinned Tabugon against the ropes, landing several combinations that prompted referee Eddie Hernandez to step in and stop the bout at 1:43.

The 28-year-old Tabugon, who resides in General Santos City in the Philippines, drops to 22-12-1, 11 KOs.

In the co-feature, bantamweight contender Oscar Negrete, who is originally from Colombia and now resides in Paramount, California, defeated Alberto Melian by unanimous decision.

Scores were 98-92, 98-92, and 97-93 for Negrete, who improves to 19-2-2, 7 KOs.

Negrete is best known for his three fights against fellow contender Joshua Franco, where two of those fights ended in split-decision draw with Franco winning the other fight by split-decision on Apr. 25.

Melian, who knocked out Juan Kantun in his previous bout on Nov. 23, was the aggressor and effective fighter from the opening bell, but Negrete was able to fight effectively in the pocket by the fourth round. Negrete countered effectively, mixing his attack to the head and body.

Negrete controlled most of the action in the second half of the fight as Melian was mostly relegated to throwing one punch at a time. Negrete mostly outboxed Melian during the final two rounds to solidify the victory.

Melian (6-2, 4 KOs), who resides in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has now lost two of his last three fights.

Flyweight Sulem Urbina remained unbeaten, defeating veteran Noemi Bosques by unanimous decision.

All three judges scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Urbina (12-0, 2 KOs), who is originally from Hermosillo, Mexico and now resides in Phoenix, Arizona.

Bosques was able to keep up with Urbina, but Urbina’s punch accuracy and commitment to throw to the body began to break her down. Bosques, who resides in Saint Petersburg, Florida, began to tire in Round 5 and it looked like any combination would drop her to the canvas, but she was able to weather combinations from Urbina to make it to the final bell.

The 36-year-old Bosques (12-15-3, 2 KO) has now lost eight of her last 10 bouts.

In the opening bout of the ‘Thursday Night Fights’ telecast, featherweight Leonardo Baez defeated Moises Flores of Guadalajara, Mexico by unanimous decision.

All three judges scored the bout 80-72 in favor of Baez, who improves to 18-2, 9 KOs.

Both fighters stood in the pocket for much of the fight, throwing wide hooks and crosses. Flores, who challenged twice for a world title belt at 122 pounds, was game early in the fight, but Baez who landed the more-effective punches, landing several lead or counter left hooks to the head.

Flores drops to 25-3 1 NC, 17 KOs. He has now lost his last three fights.


Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper,, and He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing