Moises Flores and Oscar Escandon put on what may be the best fight in the brief history of Showtime Extreme broadcasts, as the two super bantamweights kept a blistering pace over their 12 rounds against one another this evening at the StubHub Center, with Flores taking a split decision victory on scores of 116-112, 116-112, and 113-115. BLH had it 115-113 for Flores.
Flores (23-0, 16 KO) was a relative unknown coming into this fight, and had never gone past seven rounds in any of his previous bouts. The 28-year-old Mexican had a big height advantage, standing 5'9" to Escandon's 5'1" or so, and used that liberally in the early rounds, before Escandon was able to get a bit more done on the inside.
Escandon (24-2, 16 KO) may have given the fight away somewhat with some stretches where he would disappear in rounds, allowing Flores to land unanswered pretty often. But the determination of both fighters was clear, and this was a big opportunity for each man. I'd say they both impressed with their efforts.
Omar Chavez picked up another win on the SHO Extreme broadcast, as well, earning a unanimous decision victory over veteran Richard Gutierrez on scores of 77-75, 77-75, and 78-74. BLH had it 78-74 for Chavez, who looked fairly pedestrian, but also fought with real hunger, including a final round where he left no doubt in the decision. Gutierrez (28-16-1, 17 KO) was effective in spurts in the middle rounds, but Chavez (33-3-1, 22 KO) outworked him overall, and did well from distance and on the inside.