By Marc Livitz at ringside in San Antonio, TX: A memorable night of fights took place on Friday night at the San Antonio Events Center in the presence of a raucous hometown crowd. Javier "Pit Bull" Rodriguez was unexpectedly thrust into the evening’s main event slot when the promotion’s star attraction, lightweight contender and Alamo City native Ivan "Bam Bam" Najera failed to come near the bout’s contracted weight on Thursday afternoon.
Nevertheless, the card did not disappoint in any way, as vicious knockout wins for local talents, Armando "El Cartero" Cardenas and Daniel "The Beast" Biaz, respectively delivered smiles and and cheers throughout the building. The upset special of the evening belonged to Gregorio Herrera of Austin, TX, who entered the ring with a record of one victory against two losses. His onslaught hurled in the direction of previously undefeated San Antonio fighter, Rick Nunez (4-1, 2 KO’s) further eased the crowd’s letdown due to the original featured bout being scratched from the card.
In the main event, bantamweight Javier Rodriguez went to work early on John Herrera (4-15, 2 KO’s) of Roswell, New Mexico. "Pit Bull" Rodriguez threw a wide variety of hooks to the body and maintained a staunch defense as well. He maintained a good level of pressure, however he didn’t phase Herrera to any great degree despite his consistently high level of activity. He simply found the New Mexico fighter to be an overall stubborn read who remembered to keep his gloves high and elbows tight.
As the bout entered the fifth round, the redness on John’s face almost matched that of his crimson trunks. The two men amicably touched gloves to enter the sixth and final period. Love was neither lost nor found, but there was a definite feeling of respect from the favored, local combatant towards his opponent who carried ten more losses than victories. Rodriguez’s hard shots to the head in particular would bring sheepish grins from his adversary from the southwest. In the end, Rodriguez cruised to a unanimous decision win to take his record to (13-3, 2 KO’s).
Daniel Baiz TKO 3 Jams Burns - Welterweight
Tyrell Herndon UD 4 Corey Barlow – Heavyweight
Armando Cardenas TKO 4 Anibel Resendez - Welterweight
Gibran Ruiz UD 4 Adrian Sargent - Welterweight
Jose Elizondo UD 4 Brandon Lane - Junior Bantamweight (pro debuts for both)
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March 25, 2016[i]