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Julio "The Kidd" Diaz Earns Victory In Crossroads Fight

Ringside by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone

In the main event of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, former two-time lightweight champion Julio Diaz easily outpointed Herman Ngoudjo and took home a unanimous decision victory in their ten-round junior welterweight bout at the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nev.

The former champion, who has fought the likes of Juan Diaz and Jose Luis Castillo, proved that he still has some fight left in him after losing both of his 2009 fights against Victor Cayo and Rolando Reyes.

Getting his 2010 started on the right foot, Diaz (37-6, 26 KOs) utilized an effective game plan that included lateral movement and scoring with crisp combinations off the jab to keep the plodding Ngoudjo (18-4, 10 KOs) off balance throughout the fight.

From the outset, Diaz’ movement caused immediate problems for Ngoudjo, who couldn’t find his target as he launched nothing but punches with bad intentions.

Whiffing often, Ngoudjo kept coming forward but, without an effective jab in place, couldn’t find his range and swung wildly at his Mexican foe.

As the rounds wore on, Diaz slowly began dismantling the fighter who now resides in Canada.

The sixth round saw Diaz begin opening his offensive playbook a bit more as he peeled Ngoudjo with an uppercut and straight right hand combination that had the “Black Panther” stunned. Diaz continued to box well as the fight progressed as Ngoudjo made no adjustments and looked like the fighter who was outboxed by Paulie Malignaggi in 2008.

Diaz ripped a left hook to the face of Ngoudjo and sent him stumbling towards the ropes as the Mexican went in for the kill. Ngoudjo would weather the storm and came out swinging in the 10th and final round. Unfortunately, Diaz was far too ahead and wouldn’t be caught by a wild bunch as he avoided danger and earned the unanimous decision with scores of 97-93 (twice) and 99-91.

With the victory, Diaz looks to get himself in the mix at junior welterweight and bounces back from a rough 2009. Ngoudjo has lost four of his last seven and finds himself on the outside looking in and in dire need of a win.

Salcido Scores Minor Upset Over Sanchez

In ESPN’s first televised bout, Dominic Salcido handed Guillermo Sanchez his first professional loss as he scored a unanimous decision in eight round junior lightweight action. Salcido (18-2, 9 KOs) pressured Sanchez from the opening bell and scored often with the right hand. The previously undefeated Sanchez was able to use movement to keep Sanchez from landing the big shot but offered little in return to force Salcido to change his game plan. The southpaw’s offense could have benefitted from a jab to set up the wide shots he winged at Salcido as he found himself unable to mount a substantial offensive attack. Sanchez would turn in a strong fourth round as he nailed the Californian with a hard left hand that appeared to stun Salcido. Outside of that, Salcido kept the pressure on and remained the more active fighter en route to a unanimous decision victory. The judges’ scorecards read 77-75 (twice) and 78-74.

Redkach Stops DeLorme

Unbeaten Ivan Redkach earned his 4th knockout victory in as many fights as he stopped Theron DeLorme (1-1-1) with a 3rd round TKO in a scheduled four round super featherweight bout. Redkach scored two knockdowns in the third round with the second ending DeLorme’s night. Time of stoppage was 2:04.

Guy and Gaytan Battle To A Draw

Super middleweights Mike Guy and Carlos Gaytan battled to a four round draw. Guy (2-0-1) controlled both the first and the fourth rounds while Gaytan (1-0-1) easily took the 2nd and 3rd rounds as all three judges saw the fight 38-38.

Hudaynazarov Remains Unbeaten With Stoppage

Undefeated Russian prospect Ravshan Hudaynazarov decimated Gerardo Prieto with a thudding left hook to the body as he earned his 10th knockout victory and improved to 12-0 in a scheduled six round welterweight bout. Prieto – who came in as a late replacement and had to drop 15 pounds in two days - proved to be overmatched from the outset as Hudaynazarov just waited for an opening to exploit. He got it in the second round as he whipped a left hook to the ribs that nearly folded Prieto (6-10-1) in half as Tony Weeks negated the count and stopped the fight at 2:20 in the second round.

Sargsyan Cruises Against Martinez

Arman Sargsyan remained undefeated as he easily outpointed Leo Martinez en route to a unanimous decision victory in their 8 round lightweight bout. The Armenian – who improved to 14-0 - jabbed with purpose throughout the bout and occasionally rocked the rugged Martinez (15-13). A crushing left jab, right cross combination knocked Martinez down in the 6th as Sargsyan padded his lead and cruised to the victory. Judges scored the contest 79-72 (twice) and 80-71.

Entertaining Bout Cut Short…Literally

A highly entertaining welterweight bout between Julio Luna (4-1) and Freddie Cisneros (1-2-1) was cut short – literally – when a clash of heads opened a nasty gash over Cisneros eye and forced the bout to be waved off and ruled a no decision at :53 in the 3rd round. The fight was developing into a perfect back and forth battle as each fighter stunned their opponent in the first two rounds. But the accidental clash of heads split Cisneros over the left eye early in the 3rd. The doctor allowed the bout to continue but a few more Luna right hands caused the cut to open more and left no choice but to halt the bout. With the fight not finishing four rounds it was ruled a no decision.

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