Barroso Stops Madonado, Jr In Golden Boy Cards At Fantasy Springs
October 13, 2017
Anna Aguilar (119 articles)
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Barroso Stops Madonado, Jr In Golden Boy Cards At Fantasy Springs

Photos By Luis Mejia for Supreme Boxing


INDIO, CALIFORNIA – In the next edition of Golden Boy Promotions fights on ESPN, the low desert of Indio filled much of the Fantasy Springs arena.

Coming off a split decision win from Pablo Cesar Cano in June, Fidel Maldonado Jr challenged Ismael Barroso who was previously knocked out by Anthony Crolla in May. Barroso dropped Maldonado Jr in the third round with a left to the top. Referee Raul Caiz, Sr. took a point away from Maldonado, Jr. In round six, Barroso dropped Maldonado, Jr. again with a right to the body and Caiz stopped the fight at 2:23 after reaching the ten count.

“I feel good. I knew I was going to win,” said Barroso. “I wasn’t even feeling very strong. We were looking for the body shot the entire night. And when we found the opportunity, we landed the shot and ended the fight.”

“I felt good after the first shot,” said Maldonado, Jr. “He had a sneaky left hand, but I recovered well. Then he set me up with the body shot and I just couldn’t get up. I was too hesitant some times and it kinda set me up for failure. I have to rewatch and assess every move and see where to go from there.”

Opening the ESPN televised cards as the co-main event, Marcelino Lopez (33-2-1, 18 KOs) knocked out Pablo Cesar Cano (30-7-1, 21 KOs) in a scheduled ten round welterweight bout. The Argentinian set up the knock out with an overhand right and followed up with a left hook and a right before the Mexican dropped to the canvas. Referee, Edward Hernandez Jr., stopped the fight at 2:27 in the second round.

“I feel good, I’m very excited,” said Lopez. “I know we did a good fight. It was a big step forward to what’s to come. I want to get better and better everyday, and I’ll continue to work hard.”

“I feel fine. I just got caught,” said Cano. “I don’t know what I’d do different. I’d have to see the fight again. I’m going to work harder. I’m going to watch the tape and learn.”

Marvin Cabrera (6-0, 5 KOs) of Los Angeles, took on Hector Velazquez (57-30-3, 39 KOs) of Tijuana, MX in a middleweight swing bout. Cabrera put on the pressure and gave everything he had to the tough Velazquez. Velazquez’s corner threw in the towel and referee Jerry Cantu stopped the fight at 1:27 in round four.

“I feel really good. I learned a lot with a very experienced fighter. For my next fight, I’d like to throw more punches and be more active and get more punches in,” said Cabrera. “I’m happy with the win, but I know I can do better. For the next one I’m going to come out even stronger.”

Non-Televised Cards 

Super Featherweight, Javier Martinez (4-0, 3 KOs) of Dallas, TX, remains undefeated after a unanimous decision win over Ricardo Arias (1-2-1) of Anaheim, CA. All judges scored it 59-55 for Martinez.

“I feel good. I didn’t do my best, but I did do somethings differently,” said Martinez. “I’ve dropped the weight which was good. The weight was making me tired. Being more in shape has made me better. For next time, I’m going to be in even better shape. I’m going to be ready for my weight loss. I’m going to be ready with my nutrition, and I’m going to be ready for it all.”

Super Lightweight, Oscar Duarte (12-0-1, 8 KOs) of Parral, MX, grabbed a TKO win over Juan Montes (25-6-2, 15 KOs), of Guadalajara, MX, after Montes’ corner stopped the fight after the end of round four.

“I feel really happy, and I’m thankful to all the people,” said Duarte. “I’m thankful to Gabriel Soto, Memo Rocha and Golden Boy for the opportunity. I enjoyed it because I got some experience. I used my mind more and had a good fight.”

Welterweight, Ruben Rodriguez (2-0, 1 KO) of Indio, CA, won a unanimous decision win over Israel Villela (5-7, 2 KOs) of Mexico City, MX. All judges scored it 40-36 for Rodriguez.

“I felt good. It was a tough opponent,” said Rodriguez. “I couldn’t do what I wanted to do, but it was a learning experience. For next time, I’m going to try to focus less on the knockout. I’ll take my time more and work on my power shots. It was fun fighting in front of my hometown. It was great to have that support.” 


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