Joseph Diaz Jr ran his record to 15-0 (10 KO) with a third round stoppage of game but overmatched Juan Luis Hernandez in the first LA Fight Club main event from the Belasco Theater, dropping the gritty opponent four times en route to the stoppage, which came at the end of the third round.
Diaz was able to land clean, crisp shots all night on Hernandez (17-5-1, 9 KO), who stood his ground but was simply overpowered. The final blow came right before the bell to end round three, with Hernandez bravely warring toe-to-toe with Diaz. A left hand snuck in just as the bell rang, putting Hernandez on the canvas once again. Though referee Jack Reiss initially ruled it a shot after the bell and an unintentional foul, Hernandez didn't get up in the five minutes he had to get back to his feet, and the fight was thus ruled a TKO anyway. Reiss, it has to be said, was working without the benefit of instant replay, and thus was going in real time, where it was much harder to tell exactly when the punch landed.
Christian Gonzalez improved to 9-0 (9 KO) with a sixth round stoppage of Julio Sarinana (3-3-1, 0 KO), but not without some trouble. Gonzalez was dropped in the second round, and Sarinana won the first two rounds on our card, but Gonzalez did take over after that, and battered Sarinana until referee Raul Caiz Jr stepped in due to a pretty ugly hematoma on Sarinana's right eye. Gonzalez, 19, certainly has a lot more to work on, but he's quite young, and this was a solid action fight that was better matched than the records might indicate.
Carlos Morales scored a win in the night's opening televised bout, beating Santiago Guevara by majority decision in a six-round super featherweight bout. Morales started his career 0-1-3 in his first four fights, but is now 8-1-3 (3 KO) with the win, and is proving that his recent run wasn't just luck or matchmaking. This is a solid looking young fighter. BLH had it 58-56 for Morales. For Guevara (8-1, 3 KO), it's his first pro loss. Punch stats were just about even, with Guevera holding a slight edge in punches landed, but Morales seemed to land the heavier blows, and did the flashier work. It was a good action bout, too.