Image result for garcia vs riosThis past Saturday night February 17th 2018, was a huge night for boxing.  We got a chance to look at a future superstar in boxing as David Benavidez (20-0, 17 KO’s) put a beat down on Ronald Gavril (18-3, 14 KO’s) in their long awaited rematch.  We also saw a star re-establish himself in the Welterweight division after suffering his first professional loss, as Danny Garcia (34-1, 20 KO’s) KO’d Brandon Rios (34-4-1, 25 KO’s) in the 9th round of their WBC Welterweight title eliminator.  The night was opened however by a matchup of two other rising stars, both looking to take that next step in their careers, as Yordenis Ugas (21-3, 10 KO’s) defeated Ray Robinson (24-2, 12 KO’s) via 7th round TKO.

The fight was an interesting one at the beginning, but it later became apparent that Ugas was the more skilled fighter.  He dropped Robinson on a flash knockdown in the second round, but Robinson was not hurt, as it appeared that he went down due to their feet being tangled up.  Robinson, perhaps feeling a sense of urgency after the knockdown, would land some nice shots in the 4th and 5th rounds, but they seemed to have no effect on Ugas.  Ugas however, nailed Robinson with a huge right hand in the 7th round.  Robinson would beat the count, but was clearly on dream street.  Gas then came with a flurry of punches, and the referee stopped the fight.

The co-featured bout of the evening was also an interesting one, even though it was very one sided.  In their first fight, Benavidez and Garvil fought to a very narrow split decision, a fight that Benavidez barley won.  Guess he wasn’t lying when he said he had the flu in their first meeting, because he beat Gavril down in this contest.  Benavidez found a home early for his right and left uppercuts, splitting the guard of Gavril on a regular basis.  In the 4th round, Benavidez caught Gavril with a huge uppercut, which sent Gavril crashing into the ropes.  Gavel was lucky because it would have been a knockdown if the ropes hadn’t kept him up, and still could have been scored a knockdown if a judge saw it that way.  Benavidez continued to pepper Gavril with creative nominations throughout the rest of the fight.  Gavril came alive a bit in the 10-12 rounds and actually had a really good 11th, but it was far from enough.  The final scores were 120-108/120-108/119-109.  One judge gave the 11th to Gavril, which was also the only round I gave him.  Benavidez remains undefeated, and the WBC Super Middleweight champion.
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The main event was a banger as expected, as Danny Garcia flattened Brandon Rios in the 9th round with an emphatic 1 punch TKO victory.  Rios looked slow in the first 2 rounds after the opening bell, and Danny Garcia, the historically slow starter, looked better then usual.  Rios would find a rhythm in the 3rd round however, and started throwing a lot more punches.  Garcia, who is usually a left hook artist, started nailing Rios with his right hand after the 4th round, and would continue to do so for the rest of the fight.  Rios looked good in rounds 6-8, maybe even taking a couple of them, but that would all come to an end in the 9th round.  Rios got a bit lazy with his jab and didn’t bring his left back quick or high enough, and out of no where, Garcia landed a master right cross that send Rios’ head flying backward.  Rios was dropped and clearly on another planet, and when he got up, he was very wobbly.  The referee was forced to stop the fight, as Rios was unable to walk straight.  At the time of the stoppage, Garcia was ahead on all 3 scorecards.

 

-Daivd Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

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