In the first fight, undefeated boxer Romiro "El Lobito" Carillo made quick work of Antoine Knight getting the KO at 1:32 in the first round. Knight actually landed solidly on Carillo in the early moments of the fight, but Carillo came back with a flurry of punches and finished off Knight. Carillo, who had David Diaz in his corner, celebrated after the fight throwing t-shirts into the crowd. The win improves Carillo's record to 7-0.
In the second fight, Fred Bowen took on Zack Knox. Knox was a tough kid, but Bowen was just too much for him. Bowen dropped Knox early in round 1, then had Knox out on his feet when the referee finally jumped in to stop the fight at 1:30 in the first round. Bowen showed some great body punching ability in the fight. The win improves Bowen's record to 5-1-1.
In the third fight, Nick "Bad Boy" Ramirez took on Antoine Elerson in an exciting fight. Ramirez, a crowed favorite, dominated the action and was the more aggressive fighter. Elerson was a tough kid though and hung in there with Ramirez. Elerson's would keep his defense tight, then explode with a big haymaker that often times would just barely miss Ramirez. In the end, Elerson was never able to land the big shot on Ramirez. Elerson had to take a knee in round 3 during a Ramirez flurry and the referee ended up stopping the fight at 2:04 in round 3.
In the fourth fight, Mike Reid and Will Chouloute had a 4 round war. Reid, who brought a lot of fans to the fight, came out strong against Chouloute winning the first round. However, Reid suffered a cut over his right eye. Chouloute went after that eye in rounds 2 and 3. Both rounds 2 and 3 were pretty even. By the end of round 3, Reid's eye was a mess. Between rounds 3-4, Reid's cut man did some great work stopping the bleeding completely, which helped Reid finish the fight strong. The fight went the distance and the judges gave Reid the unanimous decision win.
In the fifth fight, local favorite Fidel Navarette took on Dewayne Wisdom in a rematch from their fight in 2013. Fidel had won the first fight by TKO. The rematch was a dirty, trash talking, slug feast. The two fighters were talking trash during the introductions, between rounds, and even during the fight. Fidel would hot dog and stick his tongue out at Wisdom, and Wisdom would wink and clown right back. There were lots of late punches, low blows, and even a tackle at one point in the fight. The bad blood made the fight fun to watch. Wisdom had to take a knee in round 3 and again in round 4. The fight went the distance and Fidel scored the unanimous decision win.
In the sixth fight, Chicago favorite Mike "Hollywood" Jimenez had the fight of the night against Kevin Engel. In the first round, just as the crowd is going crazy cheering local hero Jimenez, Engel dropped Jimenez with a bomb. The crowd went silent except for Engel's 2 friends sitting ringside who were going nuts. Jimenez managed to beat the 10 count, but he was clearly dazed and looked slow once he got up. Engel went after Jimenez for the rest of the round, but Jimenez managed to survive the first round. In the second round, Jimenez dug deep and came back like a mad man. The two fighters exchanged a barrage of punches with both fighters landing hard shots. Jimenez managed to get the upperhand and blitzed Engel with a flurry of punches that ultimatley sent Engel to the mat. Engel was hurt bad and couldn't continue. The referee called stopped it at 1:46 in round 2. Jimenez gets the knockout win.
Jimenez showed a lot of heart coming back after getting rocked badly in round 1. It was the stuff legends are made of. Next up for Jimenez is a title fight on the undercard of the Mayweather v. Pacquiao Pay-Per-View on May 2nd.
In the seventh fight, Benito Tovar took on Will Coix. It was an exciting back and forth fight. The fight was tough to score because each fighter had their moments in each round where they were in control. The rounds seemed pretty even to us. The judges seemed to see it the same way as us as they scored it a draw. Looks like the two will have a rematch at Hitz Boxing's event on May 16th.
In the eight fight, Simon Buettner scored a TKO win over Samuel Horowitz. Horowitz, who won his first 2 fights in less than a minute, couldn't land that big shot on Buettner. Buettner was able to get close and rock Horowitz in round 2. For a moment, Horowitz looked out on his feet, but then Horowitz seemed to regain his composure and was playing defense. That's when the referee stepped in a stopped the fight. The timing of the stoppage was a little premature. After the fight, Horowitz called for a rematch and slammed Buettner for not making weight for this fight. A rematch of this one could be fun to watch.
In the ninth fight, Joey "the Celtic Predator" Hefferle scored a unanimous decision win over Carl Currie. Currie showed solid speed and movement during the fight, but he didn't have enough to keep Hefferle off him. Hefferle controlled most of the action throughout the fight and hurt Currie in round 3 with some wicked body shots.
The final fight of the night featured Jose "Chico" Arambula vs. Mike Fowler. Arambula had a rowdy crowd supporting him and world renown trainer Robert Garcia in his corner. Fowler gave Arambula a tough fight, but in the end if twas Arambula who scored the unanimous decision win. The win improves Arambula's record to 9-0.