Of course there was a lot leading up to this night. The anticipation was building and the clock was ticking!
This morning as I have my coffee and toast, I keep thinking about what a fabulous night it was! The first fight must be incredible for these boxers. A huge stadium, kind of quiet, not really filled up yet, and nothing but press cameras and a lot of lights!
The first match of the night that really got the audience out of their seats & screaming was the female boxers! Louisa “Lulu” from Perth Australia had a bloodied face early on! These women had combinations for days! What an exciting fight! After going 10 rounds, Brenda “Bonita” Flores became the new WBC female Atomweight champion of the World!
The next match was Bruno Escalante (Philippines) vs Alexandru Marin (Romania). Now if you saw Bruno shove Marin at the weigh ins, you’d know this fight was on! After all the anticipation, the match was actually pretty boring until round 7. Undefeated Marin won by unanimous decision. Many would dispute this to say the least.
Now let’s just talk about Kazuto Ioka from Osaka Japan vs McWilliams Arroyo from Puerto Rico. Now I’ve heard that Arroyo can take a beating, and this fight sure proved that. Kazuto had some body shots that you could practically feel from the sound of the punch landing to the guts! Kazuto knocked Arroyo down to the mat in round 3, never to get him down again thru all 10 rounds. Ioka Kazuto after a year in retirement comes back with the belt!!!! Congratulations to Kazuto Ioka the WBC SILVER FLYWEIGHT CHAMPION!!! It was also amazing to see Japanese fans in the audience !
Nietes & Palicte…the perfect time to go get a drink or snack up. WBO Super Flyweight World Championship. What a snoozer! The audience was chanting “beso beso” which means “kiss”! This co-main event went all 12 rounds. The title remains vacant with a split decision draw! 116-112 Palicte- 118-120 Nietes.
The main event, 12 rounds going for the WBC Super Flyweight title! Felipe Orucuta (Mexico) vs Juan Francisco Estrada (Mexico). Estrada dominated the entire fight. Estrada defeats Felipe Orucuta unanimous 128-110, 117-111. What a show these athletes put on!
Thank you to 360 Promotions, HBO boxing, the Forum, and all of these amazing boxers for an incredible entertaining night of good fun, & sportsmanship.
Please stay tuned for my officially published column in Street Motivation Magazine ! You can never go wrong with boxing! Let’s Go!