Showtime Boxing Results: July 18Written by Joshua Broom
It was a triple-header night of fistic action from the Don Haskins Convention Center in El Paso, Texas.
In the opening bout, 24 year old knock out artist Amir "Young Master" Imam of Albany, New York (18-0 15 KO) faced 34 year old veteran, former World Title challenger Fernando Angulo of Venezuela (29-10 16 KO) in a super lightweight WBC title eliminator to open the televised portion of the card.
In emphatic fashion, Imam scored a vicious knockout in the fourth round, rendering his man unconscious. The win sets up Imam up for a future shot at the now-vacant WBC 140 lb championship last held by Danny "Swift" Garcia.
In his post fight interview, the victorious "Young Master" put perspective peers on notice and called out Danny Garcia who vacated his title to move to the 147 lb division. Iman also called out Floyd Mayweather Jr. who, of course, holds titles at welterweight and junior middleweight.
The second fight of the evening saw two young, undefeated 115 pounders do battle for the vacant IBF 115 lb World Title as Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo, 29, (17-0 8 KO) picked up the super flyweight strap via a unanimous technical decision. The bout was halted after Round 10 due to a nasty gash that opened over Arroyo's right eye following a headbutt by Filipino Arthur Villanueva, 26, (27-1 14 KO) that occurred at the end of Round 6 and resulted in a subsequent point deduction.
In the end, scores were 98-91, 98-91, 97-92, all in favor of the winner Arroyo, in a bout many thought was much closer than the official scorecards indicated.
In the main event of the evening, boxing's "prodigal son" Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., 29, (49-2-1 32 KO) of Mexico returned after a one-sided drubbing sustained at the hands of light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara in their light heavyweight tilt in April. His opponent was journeyman Marcos Reyes 27, also of Mexico, (33-3 24 KO).
Chavez Jr. who has had recent trouble making weight the last few years, came in two and a half pounds over the originally contracted super middleweight limit of 168 lbs for his contest against Reyes. It was apparent from the onset that Chavez Jr. was simply the much larger man and he used that extra weight to his advantage over the course of the mundane ten round affair in which Chavez Jr. hardly impressed yet still saw his hand raised at the end. The scores of 97-92, 98-91 and 96-93 in favor of Chavez.
With his lackluster performance over an unknown fighter Saturday night combined with his bad loss to Fonfara in April, Chavez Jr. may have, for all intents and purposes, fought in his last main event fight on a premium television network as it is abundantly clear to the boxing public and T.V. executives that his charade as "heir" to his legendary father's throne may have come to an end.
I currently reside in Rome Georgia and have been published as a writer along with being an avid life long fan of the "Sweet Science" chiefly among other sports.
Among my favorite memories as a child include staying up late to watch ESPN and USA network boxing coverage and then watching the big premium weekend fights while visiting my grandparents.
As an adult, I watch all the fights a through z and consider myself somewhat of a modern historian.
My favorite fighters include the late Arturo Gatti, Kostya Tszyu, Evander Holyfield and Manny Pacquiao just to name a few.
I'm excited to see the sport I love back on primetime network t.v. and am optimistic about the future of boxing.