Re: The Future of CUBA in the Pros, by Weightclasses. (List Inside) ***UPDATED/VIDEO*
The co main-event showcased Cuban heavyweight Luis “El Mercedes” Ortiz (4-0, 3 KO’s) against Zach Page (21-31-2) in an 8-round bout. Ortiz leveraged his superior power and speed to force Page into retreat before finishing him off 42 seconds into the 8th and final round.
Richard “El Tigre” Abril (13-2, 6 KOs) captured the WBC Latino lightweight belt with tonight’s unanimous decision victory over game Jose “El Gallo” Reyes at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL. Reyes falls to 23-9 with 8 KOs. The taller Abril controlled the action with solid right hands catching Reyes as he vainly charged to close the distance. Referee Frank Gentile issued the first of many warnings to Abril for holding behind the head to begin the first round. Despite Gentile’s warnings to both fighters in the first, fourth, eighth and ninth rounds, “El Tigre” showed good speed and accuracy considering his recent 10 month layoff away from the ring. Reyes fought back valiantly in the middle rounds, landing a flush right hand which snapped Abril’s head back to close the ninth.. Unfortunately, it was too little too late as Abril regrouped to win the final round. The three judges scored it 99-91, 97-93 and 98-92 for Abril.Rising Cuban welterweight prospect Innocent Fiz (4-0, 2 KO’s) continued his winning ways by unanimous decision victory over experienced vet Jose Angel Roman (11-28-5, 5 KO’sxxx2008 Cuban bronze medalist, Yordenis Ugas (5-0, 3 KO’s) dominated Anthony “Psycho” Woods ( 7-14, 3 KO’s)with a four round unanimous decision . All three judges scored the bout 40-36 for Ugas