The fights are underway tonight in Temecula, California, for ESPN’s Commey-Beltran card, and we’ve already seen a pretty notable upset about halfway through the prelims, which came in wicked fashion just moments ago, and can be seen below.
Miguel Angel Gonzalez KO-3 Saul Rodriguez
A brutal KO, a Knockout of the Year contender, and a solid upset here for Gonzalez (25-4, 22 KO) over Rodriguez (23-1-1, 17 KO). Rodriguez, 26, has been a prospect at 130 for years, but things never quite got untracked for him — he’s changed trainers, bounced from Top Rank to Mayweather back to Top Rank, and here he got caught cold in the opening 10 seconds, dropped in the first round:
Rodriguez never quite looked right, never had a chance to look right. He bounced back OK in the second round, but he got into a firefight exchange with Gonzalez again in the third, and Gonzalez viciously decked him and put him out:
Raymond Muratalla RTD-1 Agustine Mauras
Mauras (6-6-3, 3 KO) was down in the first and corner stopped it after the round. Muratalla, 22, is a California lightweight prospect, now 8-0 (6 KO).
Elvis Rodriguez D-1 Joaquin Chavez
Rodriguez (2-0-1, 2 KO) was hammering on Chavez (9-18-4, 2 KO) with body shots against the ropes, then the fighters clashed heads accidentally, and Chavez started just pouring blood from the forehead, looking like Eddie Guerrero at Judgment Day 2004. California commission rules are stupid in several areas, one being that this is ruled a technical draw instead of just a no-contest/no-decision.
Christopher Zavala UD-6 Prisco Marquez
Zavala, 19, improves to 5-0 (2 KO) in his first six-round fight. Young and has skills, trained by Manny Robles. Marquez drops to 4-1-1 (1 KO).
Dmitry Yun UD-4 Jose Antonio Meza
Scores were 39-36 across the board for Yun (1-0, 0 KO), making his pro debut. Yun is an experienced amateur and now part of Egis Klimas’ stable. The 25-year-old lightweight wasn’t incredibly impressive here and lost a point in the fourth for hitting behind the head, but Meza (6-4, 1 KO) is a long, somewhat awkward opponent, too, a 135-pounder with a 74-inch reach. So we’ll see with Yun going forward.
David Kaminsky UD-4 Osbaldo Gonzalez
Scores were unanimous at 40-36 for Kaminsky (5-0, 2 KO), an 18-year-old Israeli middleweight now based in California. Top Rank signed Kaminsky at 17 and he’s looked OK as a pro prospect in the last year and change — not a blue chipper, but also still very young and very much a work in progress.