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Marroquin Takes Out Arcos In Texas Station Shoot Out

By Sean Wippert at ringside in Las Vegas: One of the biggest highlights of the Top Rank boxing card at the Texas Station and Casino came when featherweight Robert Marroquin of Dallas, TX squared off against Tijuana’s own Eduardo Arcos.

Marroquin was riding the momentum of an undefeated record that stretched back to January 2008.Although he had dispatched many an opponent, none carried a record quite like the one in front of him. Arcos was coming off a pair off loses and a draw, and appeared to return to the success he had earlier in his career which saw him string together 15 wins in a row. The scheduled 8 round bout had all the makings of a memorable fight.

After a mild opening round, it was Arcos who began firing shots. He began launching several shots at his opponent in what looked like a very all or nothing approach. Marroquin weathered the offense, slipping in the occasional return fire as time went on. The third round saw Arcos once more come at his opponent with near reckless abandon. Marroquin slowly seemed to find his opponent’s timing and in the third began attacking instead of just absorbing and evading Arcos’s offerings.

He continued to do this on into the fourth round, eventually pinpointing his attacks to lethal effectiveness. The outcome was a slick left hook that dropped Arcos to the canvas early in the round. Although he recovered briefly, Arcos met yet another viscous shot shortly after that ended the fight. With the win Marroquin improves to 18-0 with 14 knockouts. Arcos falls to 16-3 with 13 knockouts.

In junior welterweight action, undefeated Phoenix, AZ native Jose Benavidez Jr. took on Fernando "El Feroz" Rodriguez from Dallas, TX. The young Texan showed proof of his "Ferocious One" nickname as he came out in the first round swinging like a man on fire. He incessantly pursued Benavidez Jr., as if undeterred by his opponent’s undefeated record.

The taller Benavidez Jr. seemed content to absorb and dodge his opponent’s attacks, instead choosing to wait and unleash painful return flurries. This continued as the rounds progressed. Rodriguez would put in two plus minutes of offense, only to be torn apart by thirty seconds of counter attacks. This continued through the middle and on into the later rounds of the fight. It was as if Benavidez Jr. enjoyed allowing Rodriguez to fire what he had, if only to show how much more he could respond with. This constant collision of wills amounted to a fireball style of attacks with what seemed like no end in sight.

In the closing seconds of the fight it seemed that Rodriguez finally found the holes in Benavidez Jr.’s defense he had been so desperately searching for all night. Even with this, Benavidez Jr., still made sure that everyone in attendance knew why he was undefeated. In the last thirty seconds of the fight he pummeled Rodriguez with a massive amount of bone jarring shots.

For his efforts Benavidez Jr. was awarded with scores of 59-55, 59-55 and 58-56. He remains undefeated and improves to 10-0 with 9 knockouts. The scrappy Rodriguez takes the very hard fought defeat and falls to 5-2 with 3 knockouts. Both fighters should be congratulated for their efforts in this bout. Their fight was a war that showed what happens when raw determination meats exceptional tactical skills.

Local Las Vegas phenom Anthony Lenk was also on the card as he took on fellow Light Welterweight Tyler "Nothing Personal" Pogline from Colorado Springs, CO. As the pair stepped into the center of the ring, the four inch heighth advantage of the Coloradan was very apparent. Any sort of pretense everyone in attendance had about this fact quickly evaporated within the first few minutes of the fight.

By the minute mark of the opening round, the taller Pogine had put up a very awkward defense that involved a lot of jittery movements. As strange as the tactic looked, it actually seemed to be effective. The shorter Lenk fired bits of offense that either grazed or completely missed their intended mark. Pogine took this momentum and rolled into a series of very unorthodox counters.

This trend continued for the next few rounds with Lenk slowly making ground on his unusual opponent. Lenk used the last few rounds to finally apply the necessary offensive pressure he needed to get to his opponent. The Las Vegan began attacking, repeatedly firing shots and moving out of the way before Pogline could do anything in return. The zenith of Lenk’s offense seemed to happen at the 2:00 mark of the sixth and final round. As if irritated by the possibility of a decision, the local went on the offensive. The outcome of his last minute heroics rendered Pogline’s face a bloodied mass.

As the final scores were read, it was Lenk that took home yet another victory. With the unanimous counts of 60-53 across the board, he improves to 9-1 with 4 knockouts. Pogine’s loss drops him to 5-8 with 4 knockouts.

In what could be best described as a lumbering slugfest, Heavyweight Julio Caesar "Gaspar" Dos Santos of Sao Paulo, Brazil took on Ogden, Utah’s own Valente Tinajero. In true big man fashion, the two stood toe to toe, swinging with ferocity. Each seemed to take turns pounding on the other, all the while not moving much more than a few feet in either direction. Tinajero was the aggressor through most of the bout, pressing the action and pushing Dos Santos backward on multiple occasions.

Sadly though, just as in the main event, the fight was stopped before it ever reached the score cards. Prior to the start if the sixth round Tinajero’s corner called it quits and ending the fight early. With the win, Dos Santos improves to 17-0 with 16 knockouts. The loss drops Tinajero to 8-4 with 4 knockouts.

Abie Han of El Paso, TX continued his undefeated streak with a punishing win over "Iron" Orphius Waite from Chicago. The Texan fired off lethal, accurate shots that garnered two knockdowns in as many rounds before getting a stoppage at the 2:14 mark of the 2nd. Han improves to now 12-0 with 10 knockouts and drops Waite to 5-3-1 with 3 knockouts.

In only the second fight of his professional career, Jessie Magdaleno, younger brother of Diego showed impressive handspeed against Cain Garcia of Bakersfield, CA. While the pair of Super Bantamweights shared similar blue colored trunks, little else was very comparitive. Magdaleno came out firing on all cylinders, attacking Garcia with an ever increasing offense.

This exceptional output of damage by Magdaleno resulted in a fight ending right hand that carried so much momentum that it nearly drove Garcia into the stands. Referee Tony Weeks then stopped the fight at the 2:14 mark of the third round. With the stoppage victory, Magdaleno picks up his second knockout win in as many fights, improving to 2-0 with 2 knockouts. The loss puts Garcia at 0-2 with 0 knockouts.

January 22, 2011

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