On The Beak – Admin
American super bantamweight Rico Ramos scored a big win over a gritty Efrain Esquivias at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, California on Saturday, June 23. The two fighters, who had battled more than once during their amateur careers, had the capacity crowd on their feet for all eight rounds of their brawl. Having lost his world title and his undefeated record this past January, Ramos had all the motivation he needed to take home a majority decision.
With scores of 78-74, 78-74 and 76-76, Ramos improved to 21-1, 11ko as Esquivias – who suffered his first loss – fell to 16-1, 9ko. On his defeated opponent, Ramos – a 25-year-old dubbed Suavecito – said: “He was tough, I knew he was going to be tough. He came forward at me a lot like I remember from fighting him in amateurs, but we prepared for that and we were ready for him.
“He went hard to the body, and so I came back with body shots of my own, and I was landing the cleaner shots. It feels great to be back in the win column. I’ll be coming back for my belt soon.”
The Telefutura broadcast opened up with a crowd-pleasing super flyweight attraction between Matthew Villanueva and Bruno Escalante. The 115lb sluggers exchanged several swings of momentum and huge shots throughout the eight round fight. Both fighters displayed incredible power shots as well as great body and head movement to avoid the oncoming shots.
“That was the toughest fight I’ve ever had,” said Villanueva of Escalante. “He came to win, and he was much stronger than I thought. The kid can take a punch, he was taking everything but the kitchen sink. I really thought that the ref was going to come in and stop it on a few occasions when I was getting him against the ropes and just tagging him, but he stuck in there and made it exciting.”
John Molina Jr (24-1, 19ko) outworked his opponent Miguel Angel Munguia for the duration of their eight round attraction and walked away with a unanimous decision, scoring 80-69 on all three judges scorecards. The world-rated lightweight contender will be fighting Antonio Demarco for the WBC world championship on September 8 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California beneath Andre Ward and Chad Dawson’s super middleweight showdown.
“It was a great fight,” said Molina. “I got the rust off. It was exactly what I needed to get ready for Demarco. I hope they were watching, because I’m hungry and I’m coming for him.”
Fans also enjoyed a heavyweight collision between Philadelphia’s undefeated Malik ‘King’ Scott and Alvaro Morales. Scott was the aggressor for the entirety of the six round bout, and was awarded a unanimous decision victory shutting out his opponent 60-54 on all scorecards. Scott improves his record to 34-0-0, 11ko.
In the first fight of the evening, Los Angeles based junior middleweight John Hays looked impressive in his pro debut, scoring a four round shutout over Santa Barbara’s Raymundo Inda.
After the Ramos bout, fans who wanted more action were treated to a walkout bout featuring 22-year-old Jessie Villanueva (the younger brother of Matthew), who spoiled the pro debut of Frank Liera of Los Angeles with a first round knockout. Villanueva improves his record to 3-0 with all wins coming by KO.