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Garcia Upsets Serrano in Six; Valadez Decisions Lopez in Six

(Photo © German Villasenor)
(Photo © German Villasenor)

By German Villasenor

Fans were treated to a frenzied, tight, barnburner last Thursday night on the Golden Boy Promotions main event of the evening at the Club Nokia’s L.A. LIVE.
Juan Garcia, who hadn’t seen a “W” in his last three bouts was determined to turn his luck around on this evening, going after the heavily-favored Hector Serrano from the onset of a scheduled six-round super lightweight bout. Garcia would outland, push back and out-brawl the bigger Serrano for the majority of the fight.
Garcia, 15-3 (5), stunned Serrano in the second round and was seemingly on his way to an early stoppage. That would not be the case, as the tough-as-nails Serrano, 13-3 (5), got deep in the trenches, battling back and trading heavy body and head shots, with Garcia getting the upper hand by busting up and bloodying Serrano’s right eye by the fourth round.

Holding often after getting rocked repeatedly, Serrano was able to do enough to go the distance, with a somewhat baffling 57-57 scorecard and more reasonable 58-56 (twice) scores coming back to give Garcia a well-deserved majority decision.
In the co-featured bout, local favorite lightweight Ramon Valadez, 10-1 (5), dropped southpaw Noe Lopez with a right hand to the head against the ropes in the first frame. The game Lopez, 7-10 (4), returned the favor in the following round, nearly dropping his opponent with a jolting left hand.
Valadez went on to control the distance and the tempo en route to unanimous decision via identical scores of 59-54 at the end of four.
In other results, super featherweight southpaw Jose Sanchez, 5-2 (2), dropped Ricardo Garcia, 2-2, twice, once with a left and again with a right, forcing referee Lou Moret to step in and call off the fight at 1:11 of the second round.
Light heavyweight Dion Savage, 11-1 (6), decisioned Edward Tigs, 1-2 (1), in six. Scores were 60-54 (twice) and 59-54 all for Savage.
In the final bout of the  evening, welterweight Ernesto Ocon, 4-0 (2), defeated Juan Carlos Diaz, 7-14 (6), via unanimous decision with scores of 40-35 (twice) and 39-36. Diaz lost a point for hitting behind the head after a second warning in the final round.


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