Alan Sanchez vs. Albert Herrera is the main event of this Solo Boxeo show and....its the first bout shown. Apparently they've turned into Boxeo Telemundo in the course of a week. This is not exactly the best fight ever either. First, let me admit I didn't exactly score the fight at home. I looked at various websites and multitasked while watching this. When you have a fight that doesn't really matter, its tough to be able to focus on it, IMO. The ebb and flow was very clear though - Herrera came forward and pushed Sanchez back repeatedly. Sanchez gets on the ropes and throws straighter punches and stuff from different angles and lands on Herrera. This is actually very competitive then. Lots of tough to determine rounds, and not a ton of cleanly landed punches. In the end, Sanchez wins the unanimous decision for landing cleaner punches, but I can't say I'm wholly impressed.
We're on to featherweights with Guy Robb taking on Hugo Ramos in a 6 rounder. Man, this is a bad mismatch on paper. Ramos is game, but by the time we're in round 2, he already has nothing left on his shots. Robb just picks his opportunities to land clean shots, but hardly looks to go out and destroy a lesser fighter that's standing right there. In the 5th, the punches all add up and Ramos ends up getting saved by the ref after suffering a lot of head punches. He looks like he wants to throw up afterwards too, which is an ugly scene. Robb's nothing to write home about.
Third fight of the evening features a guy making his pro debut: Jonathan Chicas/Paul Cano. Cano's brand new, Chicas is 3-0. Chicas moves around the ring pretty well and looks like he has a decent arsenal of punches. Cano comes right at him, which means that Chicas gets a chance to really show off his abilty to move laterally and throw on guys who aren't set to defend stuff coming from strange angles.
The final bout of the evening is actually the one I'm most interested in seeing. Go figure, right? Dimtry Chudinov is a former Russian and now undefeated prospect based in Southern California, and he's matched up tough here with 12-4-2 Tony Hirsch. Chudinov is technically competent, but his hands remain slow, and he's not much of a puncher. Adding to the difficulties here for him, Hirsch is a passable boxer and might actually have better hand speed than Chudinov. While Chudinov threw better, straighter punches for more clean connects, Hirsch was still able to get off his own shots and not look totally outgunned. Chudinov got a majority decision nod in the fight, which is fair.
In summation: The final new episode of Solo Boxeo for 2011 was not mandatory viewing. I expected that and that's why I didn't watch it live. Its also why, I'd guess, BLH didn't cover it immediately after either. I hope for better cards than this in 2012. It will be tough to do worse.