Bad luck night for Filipinos
Friday the 13th sees Gorres collapse after win; Catubay, Melligen lose
Ringside by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Putting the victor in line for a shot at recently-crowned IBF Super Flyweight Champion Simphiwe Nongqayi, Mexico's Alberto Rosas worked his way to a unanimous decision over awkward Federico Catubay, of the Philippines, last night at the House of Blues inside of the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
The card, promoted by Top Rank and televised on TV Azteca, provided a long night of closely matched fights on the eve of Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto.
Catubay had the Filipino fans rallying behind him early as his style – which was eerily reminiscent of a poor man’s Vic Darchinian - kept Rosas off balance early on. Rather than being thrown off by the awkwardness, Rosas (31-6) would stick to his game plan and continuedto work effectively on the inside while dissecting Catubay (25-16-3) with his punches.
By the fourth round, Rosas looked comfortable while Catubay’s unorthodox methods no longer mesmerized his Mexican opponent.
The ugly brawl found both fighters throwing punches throughout the duration of the fight, but nothing would put the other fighter in any serious trouble. Catubay would find his mark with an uppercut and sweeping hooks thrown from his waistline while Rosas would keep things dirty inside with hooks to the body and head.
It wasn’t the most crowd pleasing bout, but it was effective enough for Rosas to pound out a decision on the scorecards. Two judges scored the bout 117-111 and the third saw it 116-112.
Rosales upsets Melligen
The ten round co-main event saw Michael Rosales put together a workmanlike effort to win an upset split decision victory over Mark Melligen in a battle of welterweights.
From the outset it appeared that Melligen was the sharper puncher but Rosales continued to press forward and apply pressure on the Filipino fighter to rack up the rounds on the judges’ scorecards. Strangely enough, one judge managed to give Melligen rounds where he was constantly on his bicycle and seeking to counterpunch. Although effective, Melligen was not consistent enough in his approach as Rosales managed to keep plodding forward and put in enough work to pile up points.
The Filipino fighter did keep Rosales busy as he often shot his straight left hand into Rosales’ face. But the mixture of fighting backwards and being outworked ended up giving Rosales the victory. Two judges scored the fight 96-94 while judge Burt Clements somehow managed to see it Melligen’s way with a 98-92 scorecard.
Rosales improves to 24-3 while Melligen sees his ten fight win streak halted as he goes to 16-2.
Gorres wins, collapses in ring
In ten round bantamweight action, Z Gorres survived a late knockdown scare to hold on to a unanimous decision victory over Luis Melendez.
Gorres was clearly the faster and sharper puncher from the outset as he repeatedly stuck his jab in Melendez’ face.
The third round saw Gorres rock Melendez with a left hand before sending him to the canvas with a chopping short right.
With the fight completely under control, Melendez unleashed a hellacious left hand that dropped Gorres like a sack of potatoes to the canvas – his head bouncing off the bottom rope – in the tenth round.
Gorres managed to get to his feet but was clearly hurt. He survived the final half minute and was victorious with scores of 98-90 twice and 97-91.
Afterwards, Gorres was on shaky legs as he walked to his corner. Moments later he collapsed to the canvas. He was wheeled to the back on a stretcher and was breathing but the moment was no less scary for the fans and media watching. He was taken to University Medical Center’s trauma unit afterwards where he underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.
He is currently in an induced coma where he is expected to remain for several days.
Magdaleno remains undefeated
In a matchup of super featherweights, Diego Magdaleno would leave the House of Blues with his “0” still intact as he handed Josenilson Dos Santos his first loss with a unanimous decision victory. Magdaleno (12-0) started fast and outworked his Brazilian opponent for most of the fight.
Judges scored the fight 78-74 (twice) and 77-75.
Martinez slugs way to TKO victory
After being urged on by New York Giants Pro Bowl running back Brandon Jacobs, Steven Martinez weathered an early knockdown and battered Cory Washington en route to a third round TKO victory.
Washington (2-2-1) started out fast and caught Martinez with a right hand that sent him to the canvas. Jacobs – who co-promotes Martinez – began shouting at Martinez and the young prospect from the Bronx got himself together and clobbered Washington for the rest of the fight. With Washington looking fatigued and beaten, Martinez sank a menacing left hook into his opponent’s body which crumbled him to a single knee. Although he would rise, referee Russell Mora saw no need to continue to battering and stopped the fight at :40 in the third round. Martinez improves to 3-0 with his thirdrd knockout victory.
Marroquin knocks out Napunyi
Roberto Marroquin kept his undefeated record intact after stopping Anthony Napunyi in the third round of their scheduled six round super bantamweight fight.
Marroquin (11-0, 8 KOs) was in complete control of the fight when he connected with a right cross that landed squarely on the jaw of Napunyi (10-5) to put the Nigerian down and out at :31 of round 3 to earn the TKO victory.
Reynoso eeks out victory over Montilla
In a matchup of welterweights, Jose Reynoso edged out Fernando Montilla and earned a narrow majority decision with scores of 57-57 and 58-56 (twice). With the victory, Reynoso improves to 11-2 while Montilla falls to 32-21-4.
Escobar improves to 4-0
Danny Escobar improved to 4-0 as he pounded his way past Rodolfo Armenta to earn a unanimous decision victory in their four round super lightweight match up. All three judges saw the fight in favor of Escobar 39-37.
Magdaleno pounds out stoppage
In the evening’s opening bout between super flyweights, Angel Magdaleno assaulted Rafael Miguel Tapia from the opening bell en route to a 4th round TKO stoppage. Magdaleno (3-0) earned his third KO victory in as many fights as he simply over worked Tapia (4-1-1) and finally wore him down in the final stanza. Tony Weeks had seen Tapia take far too much punishment and called a halt to the bout at 1:58 in the fourth.