By Mike Sloan and Sean Wippert ringside in Las Vegas: MGM: Mexico’s Andres Gutierrez had to really earn a majority decision win over national rival Carlos Valcarcel in what was the most entertaining prelim bout of the evening. The two junior featherweights tore into each relentlessly from start to finish, but it was Gutierrez who was just a hair sharper and a step quicker throughout. The Mexican dug dozens of hooks to the body and countered beautifully up top, but his Puerto Rican opponent was equally as vicious to the body. In the end, it was Gutierrez (23-0-1, 19 KOs) who had his hand raised after he was awarded the decision via tallies of 55-55, 60-64 and 59-56. Valcarcel fell to 12-6-4 with 5 KOs. – Mike Sloan
In super featherweight action, 2008 Mexican Olympian Francisco “El Bandito” Vargas found himself tested by Houston, Texas fighter Victor Sanchez. From the opening bell both men fired shots like they were going out of style. The frenetic punch tempo was impressive with both men landing well in the early rounds.
As the final parts of the fight began to unfold, Sanchez (3-4-1) slowed and began trading his consistency with intermittent flurries. Vargas (12-0-1, 9 KOs) jumped on this, pressing Sanchez with hard shots. When the final bell sounded the judges saw it in favor of the former Olympian, awarding him the scores of 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37. – Sean Wippert
Junior lightweight contender Sergio Thompson continued his winning ways with a second round stoppage of Carlos Claudio. Thompson (23-2, 21 KOs) dug vicious hooks to his opponent’s body and finally put him away with a right hand to the midsection. Claudio (15-9-3, 8 KOs) was able to climb back to his feet, but his corner already had thrown in the towel. The official time of the TKO was 1:44. – Mike Sloan
Bronx-based junior middleweight prospect Eddie Gomez had another rousing knockout win as he overwhelmed Quinton Whitaker, stopping him early in the third round. Gomez dropped the San Antonio fighter twice in the second and then closed the show as soon as the third frame began. Gomez swarmed Whitaker until referee Vic Drakulich stopped it at the 15-second mark. Gomez improved to 18-0 with his 13th KO while Whitaker dropped to 9-10 with 5 KOs. – Mike Sloan
September 15, 2012