Knockout Night at the D
Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions held an amazing event at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center– Knockout Night at the D on Friday, November 18.
The atmosphere at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on Friday night was electric.
The card was stacked with young talent from all over the world. This event aired on CBS Sports Network.
Shady Gamhour vs. David De La Cruz
The first fight set the pace for the rest of the evening with an exciting bout between Middleweights Shady Gamhour and David De La Cruz. Both fighters were making their pro debuts Friday night under the lights at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.
While in the beginning rounds, the fight was competitive, Gamhour quickly took control. With Roy Jones, Jr. in his corner, Gamhour (1-0, 1 KO) was able to stop David De La Cruz (0-1) in the third round.
Jason “The Blaze” Beauchamp vs. Kenny “El Indio” Cruz
The Las Vegas local Jason “The Blaze” Beauchamp, a previous member of the UNLV football team made his pro debut against Kenny “El Indio” Cruz (0-2-1) Friday night. Beauchamp was easily the crowd favorite and looked to make his pro debut a memorable one for himself and his hometown crowd.
This Cruiserweight bout didn’t last long– Cruz upset the Vegas local knocking him out just 1:11 into the first round. Cruz cornered Beauchamp against the ropes and unleashed a flurry of unanswered punches. Beauchamp was unable to compose himself after hitting the canvas and the bout was stopped.
Juan “Ciclon Jr.” Sanchez vs. Javier “Lights Out” Cepeda
Juan “Ciclon Jr.” Sanchez son of the great Agapito “El Ciclon” Sanchez from Allentown, PA took on Javier “Lights Out” Cepeda from Roswell, NM. These junior Featherweights battled back-and-forth from start to finish.
Though this was a very competitive fight between two young warriors– Sanchez was able to land the cleaner, more effective punches. Sanchez’s head movement was also a difference maker in this fight, he was making it very difficult for Cepeda to land clean shots.
Juan “Ciclon Jr.” Sanchez came away with the unanimous decision victory, the three judges scored the bout 40-36, 40-36, 39-37. He improved his record to (2-0, 1 KO).
Marina “Rockie” Ramirez vs. Natalie “Tuffle” Gonzalez
Both women entered the ring with an undefeated record of 2-0 Friday night– this Junior Flyweight bout did not disappoint. Natalie “Tuffle” Gonzalez landed a devastating straight right hand that sent Ramirez to the canvas in the second round. Ramirez beat the count, but referee Kenny Bayles made the decision to stop the bout, the time was 1:18 of Round 2.
Randy “El Matador” Moreno vs. Daniel Perales
Las Vegas local Randy “El Matador” Moreno vs. Mexico’s Daniel Perales was the CBS Sports Network opener Friday night. The hot prospect Randy “El Matador” Moreno improved to (7-0, 6 KOs) after outclassing Daniel Perales (7-6-1, 4 KOs).
Referee Russell Mora stopped the bout at the request of Perales’ corner in the fourth round. This was 20-year old Moreno’s first six-round scheduled bout– showing improvement and poise, he used his height and reach to outshine Perales.
“I can’t wait until I get my first title shot,” Moreno said. “Fighting at home means the world to me.”
Daniel “El Duro” Rosario vs. Norberto “Demonio” Gonzalez
In the co-feature, Daniel “El Duro” Rosario (11-2, 10 KOs) and Norberto “Demonio” Gonzalez (22-3-8, 13 KOs) went toe-to-toe throughout all eight rounds. Despite getting knocked down in the second round, Gonzalez never gave up. Mexico’s Norberto Gonzalez is known to upset his competitors, and Friday night he did just that. Gonzalez won via split decision over Daniel Rosario– the three judges scored the bout 76-75, 76-75, 74-77.
“I didn’t come here to lose,” Gonzalez commented. “I knew we had to work hard to get a decision.”
Reynaldo “El Trampolin” Blanco vs. Demond “Body Shot” Brock
Reynaldo “El Trampolin” Blanco vs. Demond “Body Shot” Brock was the main event on CBS Sports Network that aired live from the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. Brock (13-3, 4 KOs) who learned how to box while serving a 15-year sentence for armed robbery at the Louisiana Penitentiary, captured his second title Friday night.
Brock won via split decision (96-94, 96-94, 93-97) over defending North American Boxing Association (NABA) USA Lightweight champ Reynaldo “El Trampolin” Blanco (13-3, 7 KOs). Brock was trained by 10-time world champion Roy Jones, Jr. for this fight and showed a whole new set of skills Friday night.
This was an extremely close and competitive fight– but Brock was able to outwork Blanco by fighting aggressively on the inside.
“I knew he was a gritty guy who came from Puerto Rico to fight me in Las Vegas,” explained Brock, who added the NABA USA title to his growing collection that already had included the WBC US Lightweight strap.
“I was having fun, enjoying myself. I had to pick up stuff working with Roy and some rubbed off on me. With Roy’s help, my confidence was built up and I learned techniques, especially with my hand-and-feet coordination. I found what I learned was more effective.”
Even though the bout was a close one, Jones remained calm in Brock’s corner throughout the entirety of fight. “I’m always calm in the corner to get the best out of the fighter,” Jones noted. “To do that I need to remain calm.”
All photos by Manny “Mitts” Murillo/Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions
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