By Derek Gionta, ringside: Roy Jones, Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions returned to their Las Vegas hub, "The D" Hotel and Casino’s DLV (Downtown Las Vegas Events Center) for a seven bout card featuring Demond "Body Shot" Brock’s ten round split decision defeat of Reynaldo "El Trampolin" Blanco for Blanco’s NABA lightweight title. CBS Sports televised the fight along with two undercard bouts.
Blanco, 13-3 (7), of the Dominican Republic, had the height and age advantage over Brock, 13-3 (4), of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Brock spent over 14 years in prison for armed robbery and knew his time is limited entering the fight at 35 years of age. Recently entering camp with Roy Jones Jr., the New Orleans native spent six weeks in Pensacola to prepare for this fight and it paid off.
Brock looked to have stolen the opening round with his tricky, aggressive style, while Blanco captured the following two on my card.
Following two more competitive rounds that went in Brock’s favor, a cut surfaced over the left eye of Blanco. Brock snuck in a number of lead right hands over the early stages of the fight which opened the cut.
Blanco turned it up in the ensuing seventh round, opening up combinations to the head and body as well as landing a right uppercut to the chin of Brock a few times.
As the right eye began to swell, fatigue shockingly set in for the younger fighter as Brock pressured, shuffled, and landed clean punches on Blanco to seal the fight, sweeping the final three rounds on my card.
The judges scored the fight 96-94 Brock, 97-93 Blanco, and 94-94 for Brock.
Secondsout scored the fight 97-93 for Brock.
In the co-featured eight rounder, junior middleweight Norberto "Demonio" Gonzalez, 23-8 (13), of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, won a close split decision over Daniel "El Duro" Rosario, 11-2 (10), of Puerto Rico.
The fight was close, competitive, and tough to watch. Both fighters kept the fight in a phone booth for the most part.
Rosario landed a couple nice left hooks to the head of Gonzalez in the second, dropping him to the canvas. Gonzalez made it to his feet as referee Kenny Bayless counted him.
Rosario’s momentum continued in the third as he opened up various power punches on Gonzalez.
The final six rounds were nip and tuck with neither fighter capitalizing. Gonzalez continued to apply pressure and looked a bit more willing to engage and make it a fight.
The Judges scored the fight 76-75 Gonzalez, 77-74 Rosario and 76-75 Gonzalez.
The opening TV bout saw Randy "El Matador" Moreno, 7-0 (6), of Las Vegas, stop Daniel Perales, 7-6-1 (4), of Mexico, in the fourth round of a schedule six in the junior lightweight division.
Moreno was at a clear height advantage and had the skill and punching power to go with it. The Vegas resident landed clean punches throughout the first three rounds of the fight before the corner of Perales stopped it in the fourth.
Time of the stoppage was 1:37.
In a female junior flyweight bout, Natalie "Tuffie" Gonzalez, 3-0 (1), of New Rochelle, NY, scored a second round knockout over fan favorite Marina "Rockie" Ramirez, 2-1, of Parma, ID.
Ramirez looked to have won a close opening round before getting caught with a big right hand of Gonzalez that sent her to the canvas. She made it to her feet as referee Kenny Bayless reached the eight count, but looked unsteady. The bout was called off and Gonzalez takes her undefeated record back to New York.
Junior featherweight Juan "Ciclon Junior" Sanchez, 2-0 (1), of Allentown, PA won a competitive unanimous decision over Javier "Lights Out" Cepeda, 0-3, of New Mexico.
Sanchez, the son of the late Agapito Sanchez, boxed well in the center of the ring and had to fight his way off the ropes consistently over the four round duration.
Cepeda was able to take his best punch and pressure until the final bell, making this one of the best fights on the card.
The scores, 40-36 x 2 and 39-37, did not indicate the competitiveness and excitement of the bout.
Former UNLV football player, Jason "The Blaze" Beauchamp, lost his professional debut as Kenny "El Indio" Cruz, 1-2-1 (1), of Puerto Rico spoiled his plans and scored a devastating knockout in the opening round of a scheduled four.
Beauchamp, trained by Richard Steele, lost sixty pounds since making the move to boxing. The cruiserweight had no amateur background and took his chances in the pro ring for his first live experience.
Roy Jones’ middleweight signee Shady Gamhour, 1-0 (1), of Sweden by way of Pensacola, FL, won his professional debut with a third round TKO over David De La Cruz, 0-1, of Los Angeles.
Gamhour won the opening two rounds before trapping De La Cruz in the corner and buckling him with a flurry of punches in the third. Referee Russell Mora stopped the bout at the 1:54 mark.
Roy Jones Jr. along with partners Keith Veltre and Guy Taylor put together a competitive night of fights, and plan to continue promoting at "The D" in 2017 after their December show.
Al Bernstein and Jim Ross handled commentating duties along with Sean Wheelock. The trio has called every fight for the Knockout at the D segment.
Notables in attendance were Winky Wright, Shawn Porter, Jessie Vargas, and recent RJJ Boxing Promotions signee Brian Vasquez.
November 19, 2016