Join us here for streaming video and commentary for the Chavez vs Rubio undercard in San Antonio, prior to the HBO fights starting at 10 p.m. EST. We'll bring you updated results throughout the evening in this post.
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5. Adam Lopez TKO-1 Richard Hernandez
Lopez is a local kid making his pro debut here, and he electrified the San Antonio audience with a big TKO-1. He put Hernandez down, but Hernandez got up. Then he blew him up with a left hook that I thought for sure was gonna be a KO of the Year contender, but Hernandez bounced up. Then he unleashed hell on Hernandez in the corner, and the referee had to stop it because Hernandez wouldn't go down. Richard Hernandez is a tank. This was a fun way to wash the taste of Martirosyan vs Lowry from one's mouth.
4. Junior Middleweights: Vanes Martirosyan TKO-3 Troy Lowry
It took about 12 seconds for this to become as embarrassing as it was on paper. Eventually, after a senseless three round beating, referee Laurence Cole stopped this as Col. Bob Sheridan, boxing's greatest PR man to ever grace a microphone, cheered him on from ringside. One wonders how Martirosyan can possibly take another step back after this joke of a "fight." Fight a guy in his pro debut? A guy with a losing record? Can Yori Boy Campas still make 154? Everyone involved should be ashamed of this fight. Raul Marquez called it "a good tune-up fight," which is complete bullshit. This fight was nauseating on paper, even worse in reality.
3. Welterweights: Wale Omotoso TKO-6 Nestor Rosas
Rosas (11-3, 7 KO) has had all of one fight in the last six years, and that was last October, but he was tougher than hell and took a lot of good shots, never going down. Omotoso (21-0, 18 KO) took a big step back in competition here, and still just didn't look like the great prospect he appeared to be when he was fighting in Australia. Defensively he's wide open too often. A year ago I was very high on Omotoso. Since he's relocated to the States, I believe his stock has dropped a bit. He's a fun fighter, but it might top out there, sort of a Ruslan Provodnikov with a power promoter.
2. Lightweights: Ivan Najera TKO-2 David Castillo
Najera (6-0, 5 KO) is a 19-year-old prospect who is just all offense at this stage. Wild, reckless, loaded-up offense. He's so offensive-minded that it's totally impossible to project him, I think, but he puts punches together pretty well. He put Castillo down twice in the second round. The first knockdown came on about an eight-punch flurry that just crumpled Castillo, and then the referee stopped it shortly after when Najera floored him on a right hand.
1. Featherweights: Ricardo Valencia UD-4 Jeremy Longoria (38-37, 39-36, 39-36)
The stream came in live late on this one, so I can't score it, but Raul Marquez for Top Rank had it 39-36 for Valencia and the fight reportedly had plenty of action. This is the first win for Valencia (1-2-1, 0 KO), and the first loss for Longoria (3-1, 1 KO). Longoria was knocked down on a body shot.