Welterweight prospect Angel Ruiz impressed tonight in the Thompson Boxing main event from Ontario, California, stopping veteran Miguel Zamudio in the opening round of a fight that was set for eight.
Ruiz, a 21-year-old, 5’10” southpaw, came out blazing, going after the 28-year-old Zamudio right away and teeing off until referee Raul Caiz Sr stepped in to stop the fight in just 93 seconds.
We didn’t get a lot to see or learn with Ruiz (14-0, 11 KO) tonight, but blasting out Zamudio (43-13-1, 27 KO) quickly is worth note. Ruiz is a young fighter worth keeping tabs on.
Richard Brewart UD-6 Antonio Duarte
Duarte (2-1, 0 KO) is a 32-year-old MMA veteran, 24-7 in mixed martial arts and fought once in Bellator in 2015. He dabbles in boxing, the broadcast told us, to save money to finish building his own gym. He gave Brewart (6-0, 2 KO) some rounds here and a decent little fight. Brewart, 20, is a 154-pound prospect that honestly I’m not sold on after having seen him a few times now, but he definitely has some skills and can handle himself. Just think his ceiling might be a little low, personally.
Mario Hernandez UD-6 Victor Tejo Garcia
Super flyweight/bantamweight Hernandez (9-1-1, 3 KO) is 28 and not really a prospect — he lost to a .500 fighter in February and lost clearly. But he was the better guy here. Scores were 57-56, 59-54, and 59-54, with Garcia (17-11-1, 8 KO) knocked down in the third. I had it 58-55.
Oscar Torrez KO-3 Allen Ruiz
Ruiz, a portly, balding 25-year-old brawler, came in here and goddamn it, he gave it everything he had, dropping to 0-2 with the loss but dropping Torrez (6-0, 3 KO) in the opening round on a little left hook. Torrez put Ruiz down twice in the second and again in the third, with referee Rudy Barragan counting Ruiz out, not noticing the commission rep trying to stop the thing. Ruiz was gassed after a round but showed a lot of heart.
Tito Sanchez UD-4 Pedro Melo
Sanchez was in his third pro fight here, and had to go the distance for the first time, but won every round. The 19-year-old (3-0, 2 KO) wants to settle in at 126 in time, and showed real promise here, committing to body work as much as punches to the head, which is nice to see. The 31-year-old Melo (17-22-2, 8 KO) did his usual job, coming in on Tuesday for this fight, making weight, and checking a prospect.