I don't prefer watching boxing on internet streams. It just...sucks. But watching fights on my TV is something I much prefer. So I skipped this on Ustream to watch it on TV a couple days later with overdubbed spanish commentary. Might as well. Plus, it is a Fight Night Club show, which suck so, so bad. I'm told this is the "season finale". My guess is that it becomes Solo Boxeo Tecate next year and they have one entirely bad show instead of a bad show and a passable one. That's generally the way promoters work in this sport.
We open with Cameron Krael (0-0-1) taking on a 1-0 Luis Mora in a junior welterweight contest. As is usually the case in these fights, I know nothing about either man. Good close fight with Mora coming forward and Krael backing up and returning fire. Krael earns an even card from one judge, loses 3-1 on the other two. Not a terrible fight though. Mora looks pretty ordinary; all offense, not much pop, not much defense. He landed clean
Santiago Guevara vs. Salvador Cifuentes is our next fight - young lightweights doing battle and what not. Again, the young 1-0 fighter moves forward, his opponent moves straight back, and the roles are clear as to what is supposed to happen. Unlike the last fight, our opponent (Cifuentes) is a bit pudgy for his weight and while game, not nearly good. He gets worked over, dropped in the first round off a combination that goes body to head and ends with an upper cut, then badly rocked as the bell rings. In round two, he's pushed to the corner not long in and takes a barrage of blows before the ref steps in. Guevara looks competent in the ring but totally was not tested here.
Bout #3! Chance of being competitive: Zero, I'm sure. There's Zachary Wohlman and Ricardo Malfavon in a welterweight contest. Wohlman is making his debut. Malfavon is 1-6-1 with his win being a KO. Wohlman, wikipedia (Already?) says, is the 2009 LA Golden Gloves champ and trained by Freddie Roach. That must mean he's good, right? Well, Malfavon hits him a gross ton in spite of the fact that he's not so good, and Wohlman doesn't seem to have much in terms of power to dissuade him. Actually sorta an interesting contest. Wolhman takes a unanimous decision, but he's not much of an athlete and I think his power is...not there. Decent punching technique, but that alone won't take you too far if you're lacking a lot of other things (defense, power, hand speed, etc).
MAIN EVENT TIME: Hugo Centeno vs. David Lopez. I got excited about this when I heard about it because I thought it was David "The Destroyer" Lopez, 154lb gatekeeper to the stars. Then I learned it was the 3-6-3 David Lopez against the 10-0 Hugo Centeno. Oh. This Lopez likes him some Boise State, and I think I've seen him before.
The fight itself: "Paulie Malanagie" is doing guest color on the english side. Naturally, I can't hear him. Also, how much can GBP care about the dude if the show they produce and distribute had his name messed up? The fight itself: Lopez is a overly defensive counter puncher with not much pop and not much activity, which means he's good for putting in rounds against and making guys look like defensive superstars slipping his occasional volleys. The fight was a boring wash. Centeno easily won all 6 rounds and coasted the entire way. This was televised sparring; nothing else. To be fair to Centeno, he is a mere 20 years old and will probably grow into a proper junior middleweight frame. 11 fights into his career though and the young man has yet to face a single fighter with a winning record. Not even a 1-0 record. The combined records of his opposition are 26-70-5. That is just deplorably bad.
After watching this, I've pretty much forgotten everyone who fought already. Not a good sign. Just very little star power or great performances to rave about.