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Lopez, Vargas, De La Hoya Notch Wins; Centeno Thrills

Lopez lands on Arnaoutis

Lopez lands on Arnaoutis
All Photos © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing
Article / Report also by German Villasenor

Indio, CA. - In the final Golden Boy Promotions, Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes show of the year, Josesito Lopez and Francisco Vargas needed to work more than anticipated to get wins against “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis and Jerry Belmontes, respectively, this past Friday night at the Fantasy Springs and Casino event center.

 
In the lead bout of the evening, always-exciting welterweight Josesito “The Riverside Rocky” Lopez left a bit to be desired (per his own admission after the fight) as he looked a bit slow and got countered too much to his fans liking by a very sharp looking Arnaoutis. Despite having seen better days, “Mighty Mike” gave a spirited battle for as long as the bout lasted.
 
Using angles, the Greek-born, East Coast-based fighter landed combinations on the turn as Lopez half jabbed, threw chopping right hands and the occasional body attack, which kept his opponent on sprite feet throughout the bout.
 
Arnaoutis scored a flash knockdown in the third round as he took a step to his left while throwing a jab, catching Lopez with feet squared up. Lopez went down unhurt and with a disgusted look, he regained his footing and went back to work.
 
Lopez was pressured into upping his punch output, getting closer into the action when an accidental headbutt in the eighth left Arnaoutis with a nasty cut above and alongside his left eye.
 
The fighter claimed the cut did not allow him to continue after the round ended, sending the fight to the scorecards.
 
Scores of 77-74 (twice) and 76-75 gave Lopez the win. His record moved to 31-6 (18) as Arnaoutis dropped to 24-10-2 (11).
 
Vargas (R) lands on Belmontes
Vargas (R) lands on Belmontes
Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing
The co-feature saw 2008 Mexican Olympian Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas, 18-0-1 (13), getting into the trenches with hooks and uppercuts and working extra hard to decision a very game and pesky Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes, 18-3 (5).

Despite being tagged constantly with hard shots, Belmontes was never really hurt and used his legs and angles to get out of trouble (while landing his own fair share of shots) en route to a unanimous decision loss at the end of ten heats of action. All three scorecards read 100-89.
 
Referee Pat Russell deducted a point from Belmontes for an intentional low blow in the third round.
 
Charlo hammers De los Santos
Charlo hammers De los Santos
Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing
In other results, middleweight Jermall Charlo, 17-0 (13), used a devastating jab and combination punching to render Joseph De los Santos,17-12-3 (9), to no more than a punching bag, sending him down in the third, fourth and fifth rounds.

Referee Raul Caiz Jr. would call the bout off at 29 seconds into the fifth stanza.
 
2012 Olympian super bantamweight southpaw Joseph “JoJo” Diaz, 8-0 (6), landed razor-sharp combinations en route to a stoppage win over Carlos Rodriguez, 18-13-4 (10), at 1:13 of the seventh round of a scheduled eight.
 
De La Hoya nails Rubio
De La Hoya nails Rubio
Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing
Super bantamweight Diego De la Hoya (Oscar De la Hoya’s cousin), 2-0 (2), looked impressive in destroying Abraham Rubio, 3-3-1 (1), in one. Rubio was even less than a punching bag as he refused to defend himself for any reason, getting stopped at 2:33 of the frame.
 
Super welterweight Errol Spence Jr., 10-0 (8), remained undefeated after beating up on late substitute Pipino Cuevas Jr., 17-11 (15), dropping him in the first round. Barely beating the count, Cuevas went back to his corner at the end of the round, failing to come out for the second.
 
Hugo pounds Osuna
Hugo pounds Osuna
Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing
A thriller evolved in the match-up between super welterweight Hugo “The Boss” Centeno Jr., 20-0 (11), and local Angel Osuna, 11-4-1 (7), as Osuna’s pressure had Centeno nearly out several times throughout the bout. After going down in the seventh round, Centeno came back to punish Osuna in the eighth. Osuna, who had spent nearly all of his energy beating up on Centeno, saw his gas tank empty late in the ninth round. Centeno capitalized on Osuna’s fatigue with a combination, sending his opponent out of the ring, landing on his head on the commission’s table.
 
Somehow, Osuna got back into the ring and managed to beat the count in front of the stunned home crowd but referee correctly stopped the fight, not allowing the fighter to receive another shot. The stoppage was 52 seconds into the ninth round.
 
Osuna looked in very bad shape after being taken back to his own corner and needed to be taken away on a stretcher with an oxygen mask.
 
Questions and comments can be sent to German at ultragerman@yahoo.com.
 
 
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