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Gasparyan makes it ugly, but Vargas rolls to victory

Ringside by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone

In front of a hometown crowd, "The Pride of Sin City" Jessie Vargas hit Vito Gasparyan (14-3-5, 8 KOs) with everything but the kitchen sink in the featured bout. Gasparyan succeeded in making it ugly, but Vargas dominated on the score cards to take a unanimous decision victory.

Gasparyan looked like the Terminator in the opening round, not throwing many punches and plodding through Vargas' barrage. The Las Vegan relentlessly went to the body, leaving both sides of Gasparyan's rib cage a shade of light red.

"I had fun in there," Vargas said after the bout. "The fans enjoyed the fight. I felt good with my performance, but mistakes were made."

One mistake, perhaps, was simply not out-boxing Gasparyan, who clearly wanted to make the bout ugly. Vargas later admitted that he stood in the pocket so much to give the fans what they came to see.

"If you noticed, whenever the crowd would scream my name, we'd get into a heavy exchange. I want the crowd to enjoy the fight."

Gasparyan found a home for his uppercut in the later rounds, but the pressure and the punches never shook Vargas. The bout was nearly finished in the ninth when Vargas landed a huge uppercut late in the round. Time expired before Vargas could put the exclamation point on the contest.

"We knew he was durable and tough that's why we wanted the fight," he told Fight News. "Tough guys equal a good fight."

The good fight was one sided on the judges' cards, with scores of 98-91, 98-91 and 98-90.

Valdez routes Page

Amateur standout Oscar Valdez (3-0, 2 KOs) made short work of Corben Page (4-5-1), forcing a corner stoppage at 2:24 in the second round. From the outset, all of Valdez' punches had bad intentions. Page was staggered early in the opener with a right hook but managed to survive. He was knocked down in the second and blitzed late in the round. The series of unanswered blows prompted the corner stoppage.

Hirales rebounds, decisions Gonzalez

After a seesaw battle Raul Hirales Jr. (17-2-1, 8 KOs) rebounded from an opening round knockdown to defeat Oscar Gonzalez (17-2, 13 KOs) via unanimous decision. The pair traded heavy leather for the remainder of the bout with no major breakthrough until the eighth. Hirales landed a blistering left hook that rocked Gonzalez. Hs punches consistently found a home after that big shot and he cruised to the finish line. The score cards read 96-94, 95-94 and 97-92.

Ruiz plasters younger McCall, is then called out by the elder

The main card kicked off with a bang. Undefeated heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr. (16-0, 10 KOs) dispatched Elijah McCall with heavy leather. By the end of the second frame, McCall looked it of it, e victim of a barrage of left hooks. Smelling blood in the water, Ruiz went in for the kill finishing the fight just as time expired with a series of unanswered hooks that tattooed McCall's face. Time of stoppage was 2:59. After the bout, Oliver McCall could be heard telling members of the press that he'd knock Ruiz out in a fight.

In other action

An inadvertent clash of the heads caused a premature end to Lucky Boy Omotoso (23-0-0-1)and Irving Garcia's (17-8-3-1)welterweight bout. The men butted heads in the second round. The bout was declared a no contest.

In welterweight action, Kenny Abril (14-5-1, 7 KOs) edged Dennis Laurente (40-4-4, 22 KOs) by razor thin split decision. The judges scored the eight round affair 74-77, 77-74, and 76-75.  

Trevor McCumby (9-0, 8 KOs) continued his winning ways, besting Eric Watkins via decision. Even with some verbal theatrics, Watkins (7-4, 4 KOs) was outclassed when it matter most: actual punches. The judges scored the light heavyweight bout 59-55, 59-55 and 60-54.

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