Another episode of the Golden Boy DAZN Thursday Night Fights series is in the books, and once again, the show was an entertaining success.
In the main event, 140-pound prospect Luis Feliciano stayed unbeaten, moving to 13-0 (8 KO) with a wide decision win over Genaro Gamez, who falls to 9-1 (6 KO) with the loss.
Feliciano, 26, was going just about even with the 24-year-old Gamez through the first five rounds, but he took over in the second half of the fight. Gamez was game and moved forward plenty, staying dangerous, but he was a bit outclassed overall by the better-schooled and more complete fighter in Feliciano, who won on scores of 98-92, 98-92, and 99-91. Bad Left Hook had the fight 98-92 for Feliciano.
Feliciano projects as, at worst, a solid contender sort of fighter, while Gamez is known to put on too much weight between fights, and while he has talent and heart, it seems clear he needs to take things more seriously if he’s going to reach his potential. A better-prepared Gamez may have been a tougher out here for Feliciano, but a better-prepared Gamez might also be a lightweight.
Blair Cobbs TKO-9 Steve Villalobos
Cobbs (12-0-1, 8 KO) got dropped hard in the sixth round here, but survived and did his rasslin shtick, which tonight included using Shawn Michaels’ theme for his entrance and post-fight celebration, after he dropped Villalobos (11-1-1, 9 KO) twice and stopped him in the ninth round. This was an entertaining fight, which is the good thing to say about it, but it also further exposed flaws in Cobbs.
A lot of people are talking about Cobbs right now because of a piece on his crazy life story, and it’s definitely a wild story, and he does have a personality and all that, but he’s 29 and has had some struggles at a pretty low level already. The chance of him becoming a real star fighter is fairly low, but he’s entertaining, and he strives to be entertaining, and there’s room for guys like that in boxing even if they’re unlikely to become elite.
Richard Acevedo D-6 Jose Rivera
This was hoped to be a showcase win for Acevedo, a 23-year-old 154-pound prospect from Kansas, now based out in Oxnard, Calif., but it didn’t turn out that way, and he was lucky to get out with a split draw. Judges had it 57-57 on one card, and then 59-55 cards for each guy. BLH had it 58-56 Rivera, who outworked Acevedo but landed a few less on the punch stats, not anything significant, really. It’s really, really hard to see a 59-55 Acevedo card, but this is boxing, the Top Rank highlight reel is only occasionally boxing. Acevedo is now 5-0-1 (5 KO), while Rivera goes to 8-4-1 (5 KO).