Hollywood Fight Night 9 “Solo Boxeo”
Lightweight Saul “Neno” Rodriguez headlined “Solo Boxeo” at the Florentine Gardens in Hollywood against fellow unbeaten prospect Antonio Capulin Saturday night. Rodriguez, 17-0-1 (13), came out swinging for the fences as always and dropped Capulin with a left hook counter in round 1. He pressed hard to finish the fight in the second and nearly completed the task a few times landing barrages of punches against the ropes. Despite appearing only a punch or two away from being stopped, Capulin was able to survive and eventually last the 8 round distance. Nonetheless, Rodriguez won a wide decision scoring shutouts on two of the judges cards and winning 7 of 8 rounds on the other. “Neno” is still a young prospect and has a lot of room to improve. It seemed after hurting his opponent early he became reckless and walked into punches as the fight progressed. He finished most of his combinations with a cleanup left hook that at times left him spinning 360 degrees after missing. His fan friendly style will always be there but he could stand to be more patient and set up his punches better as his competition increases. If he does so, it is not far fetched to see a title in his future in a very weak lightweight division.
In the co-feature welterweight prospect Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo of Oklahoma City defied the old adage that “if you fuck with the bull, you get the horns” as he destroyed Jake “The Bull” Giuriceo with his sharp punches. He knocked down Giuriceo in round 3 with a left hook. Saucedo showed an educated left hand with hooks and uppercuts from a variety of angles. He ended matters in the fourth with an uppercut that buckled “The Bull” a few punches later the referee stepped in to wave the fight off. Saucedo improved to 18-0 (13). His future seems quite promising at only 20 years of age.
The fight of the evening took place between Michael Norato and Alim Jumakhonov. These young junior light weights went to war for 4 rounds in front of a partisan Norato crowd. The awkward Jumakhonov dropped Norato with a hard right hook in the first round. The war ensued in the second and third rounds. Norato was pressing the action, while his shorter opponent looked to counter. With the fight up for grabs in the fourth round the lanky Norato won it big to seal a one point victory on all three cards.
In other under card action Luis “Smokey the bandit” Sedano scored a second round knockdown on his way to a unanimous decision victory over Rafael Vasquez in a super featherweight contest. 6″1 super bantamweight prospect Rafael Espinoza showed good coordination in scoring a wide decision over Karl Garcia. “Grandpa” Garcia had a puzzled look on his face as he attempted to mount an attack against his praying mantis-like foe. Espinoza is one to watch. Super welterweight Arnold Barbosa Jr won a unanimous decision over Brandon Adams and cruiserweight Dmytro Kucher scored a stoppage when Bobby Thomas Jr couldnt continue after round one. Overall a solid card, which was only slightly marred with a putrid rendition of hip hop music by a young lady named Vanessa Lynnae, prior to the televised action.
Written By Neil Kapin @Triplelefthook
Photo By Valentin Romero @ValentinRomero8