Top Rank Puts On A Spectacular Card In Tucson, AZ
September 22, 2017
Anna Aguilar (111 articles)
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Top Rank Puts On A Spectacular Card In Tucson, AZ


Tucson, AZ – Mexican world champions, Oscar Valdez and Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, headlined a spectacular Top Rank card on ESPN at the Tucson Arena. In support of the “Dreamers”, the ESPN card opened up with the respective Mexican anthem by Genaro Moreno, followed by the American anthem, sang beautifully by Mexican-American, Marisol Duarte, a local middle schooler. There were 774 walk up purchases, about four-thousand in attendance and a lot of dreamers came to grab their tickets to this satisfying card.

Coming home for the first time as a world champion, Oscar Valdez (23-0, 19 KOs) defended his WBO Featherweight world title against Genesis Servania (29-1, 12 KOs) in a satisfying victory. As he was continuously being dragged into deep waters, Valdez had to dig deep to remain above the surface as he went toe to toe with the Filipino in order to stay in the fight. After suffering a flash knock down in round four, Valdez came back with a hard left hook upstairs in round five that dropped Servania to the canvas. It was action packed, toe to toe most the fight and each boxer had their shine. It was the  later rounds, that Servania would only walk toward Valdez with this busy style, but not throwing much punches. In the final round, the two warriors battled it out, toe to toe once again, landing vicious hard shots all the way to the final bell. Judges had it scored, 116-110, 119-111 and 117-109 for Valdez.

“I never thought I was going to be on the canvas like that, but this is boxing, it is what it is. To be honest, I wasn’t really hurt, I was surprised, but now that it happened, I had to get up and go to work,” said Valdez. “I just had to outbox a fighter. I wanted to show the crowd. I was a bit too careless and this is boxing, but I learned a lot from this fight.”

“This is my people and I wanted to give them a good fight. I wanted to close the fight the way I am supposed to. I wanted to prove I am the best and I did my best and I put up a good fight.”

Extremely loved and supported by the fans tonight, Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez wanted his fist to make Jesse “Hard Work” Hart give him respect after all the trash talk Ramirez felt was unnecessary, but tonight, they both gave each other the respect. In a spectacular co-main event, Ramirez and Hart battled it out in a toe to toe 12-round battle. Round two was an action packed round with Zurdo knocking down Hart viciously and hanging him against the ropes with affective combinations that hurt Hart. Hart survived the second round and came into the third round ready for a comeback. However, it was Zurdo that finished the third stronger. In the fifth round, Zurdo landed a straight left that wobbled Hart. Ramirez cut the ring and at times hunted down Hart, while Hart would come back to grab a couple of the later rounds, even momentarily hurting Ramirez with a one-two in round eleven.

“I didn’t think I did good enough. The knock down was the difference in the fight. I take nothing away from the guy (Ramirez),” said Hart. “I know I can hang with the best. I didn’t lose anything here tonight, if anything, I gained. I went 12-rounds when nobody thought I could do 12-rounds. Zurdo Ramirez is a great fighter. I came here, I stood up 12-rounds after a knockdown, you’ve got to give me that.”

I could have finished him, but he did good, but I think I put on a show for the people and that’s what I wanted to do,” said Ramirez. “It was a tough fight, I respect him (Hart) because he put on a great show. It was really good to fight a fighter like him and Viva Mexico!”

 

Ireland’s very own Michael Conlan opened up the ESPN televised card in a scheduled six-round featherweight bout. Conlan connected with combinations to the body and upstairs on Guzman, that quickly broke down Guzman. Just before the second round came to a close, Conlan connected a solid right hook upstairs that dropped Guzman straight to the canvas. Guzman came up just before the 10-count, still wobbly which caused the referee to call a halt to the bout at 2:59 in the second stanza. The two-time Irish Olympian improves his undefeated professional record to 4-0 all by knockouts. This win sets Conlan up to head back to the Madison Square Garden on the undercard of  Vazyl Lomachenko vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux.

The “Mean Machine” Egis Kavaliauskas (18-0, 14 KOs) dominated Mahonri Montes (32-7-1,21 KOs) for seven rounds before the referee called the fight at 34 seconds into the seventh, to become the new NABF weltwerweight champion. Kavaliauskas remained calm and collective from the beginning to the stoppage, utilizing his jab affectively. The two would go toe to toe in the beginning rounds, momentarily. Montes physically looked beaten and battered as the fight continued. His right eye caused doctors to take a close look in the beginning of the seventh round, however the fight went on until the stoppage. Kavaliauskas is now the new North American Boxing Federation (NABF) welterweight champion.

“This is my first belt,” said the “Mean Machine”. “I never won a belt before.”

2016 U.S. Olympian, Mikaela Mayer (2-0, 2 KOs) added another knockout win on her record after stopping Allison Martinez (1-3, 1 KO) 39 seconds into the third round. The lightweight bout was scheduled for four rounds. “All my punches were working, she ate a lot of punches,” said Mayer on Martinez.

other bouts: 

Lenny Zappavigna (36-3, 26 KOs) grabbed a TKO victory over Fidel Monterroza (38-14-1, 30 KOs) at 2:48 in the third round. Monterroza was knocked down three times in round three before the fight was called by the referee. The welterweight bout was scheduled for eight rounds.

Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (3-0, 1 KO) grabbed a unanimous decision win over Victor Rosas (9-7, 3 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round super lightweight bout. All judges scored it 80-72 all in favor for Gaibnazarov.

2016 Brazilian gold medalist, Robson Conceicao (5-0, 4 KOs), grabbed a TKO victory over Carlos Osorio at the end of the third round. Osorio (13-8-1, 5 KOs) threw a right hand punch and missed, causing him to throw out his shoulder and not able to continue into the next round.


All Photos By Mikey Williams for Top Rank Promotions. 

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