Friday Boxing results, great night for the locals

The glamour of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino along with its monthly boxing shows makes it a tremendous draw for patrons from all over the world.

Boxing trainer Carlos Barragan Jr.’s succinct text message to those waiting for news of Friday night’s fight: “Thank you Jesus… From a back yard gym to Showtime in Las Vegas, Antonio Orozco wins by KO in the fourth round.”


Antonio "The Simple Man" Orozco remains undefeated and goes to 13-0-0, 9 KOs). Photo: Jim Wyatt

At the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, San Diego’s own, Antonio Orozco (13-0-0, 9 KOs) won his thirteenth straight by TKO at 1:09 of the fourth round after pounding Rodolfo Armenta (11-6-1, 9 KOs) with a hard left hook.

With the bout being so far away and not being showcased on the actual telecast, the locals became a bit anxious. As it turned out, this bout ended up being a one sided affair.

Relentless and technically sound, Orozco went to work pounding the midsection until the hands finally dropped.

Once they dropped, Armenta was in trouble.

In the other bout featuring a San Diegan, David Clark (4-2-0, 4 KOs) scored a TKO victory at 2:03 of the first round over Rocco Espinoza. Clark dropped his opponent with three consecutive overhand rights.

Both Jessie Vargas (L) and Lanardo Tyner (R) kept busy from the outset.

Lanardo Tyner (R) is shown going for the body. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime

Twice Lanardo Tyner threw low blows and twice Jessie Vargas reciprocated.Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime

Jessie Vargas (center) has his arm raised in victory by referee Tony Weeks.

In the Main Event, welterweight Jessie Vargas (18-0-0, 9 KOs) of Las Vegas, NV got an unanimous decision victory over Lanardo Tyner (25-7-2, 15 KOs). Vargas was in control throughout and the much more accurate puncher. There were no knockdowns in the bout, but each went down from low blows. Tyner hit the canvas in the first and fourth, Vargas in the fourth and eighth.

After controlling the bout for eight rounds, Deandre Latimore gets knocked down in the ninth round. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime

Deandre Latimore is shown delivering a powerful straight right to the head of Milton Nunez. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime

Deandre Latimore (C) is shown getting the mixed decision win over Milton Nunez. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime

With under 30 seconds remaining in the ninth round, Nunez suddenly scored the first of his knockdowns with a short overhand right. He followed with a barrage of punches, the majority of which landed, but Latimore somehow survived the round.

Knowing he was still ahead on points, Latimore came out on his bicycle for the 10th round. But then he got caught again. The final scoring, 94-94, 96-92 and 95-94 for the winner, Latimore.

After the bout, Nunez was heated about the interference by referee Joe Cortez. “I knocked him down and was hitting him with a barrage of right and left hands and the referee suddenly stepped in between us. I thought he was going to stop it. You don’t do what the ref did and not stop the fight. Still, I thought I’d done enough to win.’’

In the final bout of the evening, a light welterweight contest, Joaquin Chavez (0-0-2) got himself involved in a second draw, this time against Jalani Wilson who was making his pro-debut.

Juan Carlos Burgos went all the way to Dover, Delaware to get win #29. Photo: Jim Wyatt

All the over on the East Coast at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware, Super featherweight Juan Carlos Burgos (29-1-0,19 KOs) of Tijuana, B.C., Mexico scored a 10 round  unanimous decision victory over former featherweight titlist Cristobal Cruz (39-13-3, 23 KOs).

Even though Cruz went down in the sixth round and had a cut over his right eye, he ended up catching Burgos in the ninth round to score his own knockdown. The judges’ scores: 96-92 twice and 98-90 all for Burgos.

In what is considered a major upset, jr welterweight journeyman Manny “Manos” Perez Jr. (17-7-1, 4 KOs) scored a surprising 10 round unanimous decision victory over highly touted Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana (26-4-0, 17 KOs). Perez outworked Santana throughout to win 96-94 on all cards.

On a side note: Perez began boxing at the age of 11 and fought in over 100 amateur bouts. He moved with his family from Hawaii to Denver, Colorado at age 9 (talk about a change in your climate). He has 11 siblings.

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