By David Surgick at ringside: Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment along with the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, presented Miller Lite Fight Night at the Tank's mid summer classic. Before a crowd of 3367 laud San Jose boxing fans, Fernando Beltran jr., 26-1-1(17), of Culican, Mexico, earned a hard fought unanimous decision over Miami Florida's Felix Flores Moreno, 13-4-1(9), over the ten round distance of a Super Bantamweight bout. Also, local women's IFBA Featherweight Champion Kelsey Jeffries, 33-8(2), of Gilroy, California, took tough Leona Brown of New York to school over six rounds to notch another win on her ledger.
Winning by scores of 97-91, 98-91 and 97-92 over the tough Flores Moreno, 125lbs., was not indicative of how closely this bout was contested. Over the first four rounds each fighter seemed to do their best alternating rounds; Flores used his uncanny reflexes and counterpunching to offset the aggression of the more classically skilled boxer in Beltran, 125lbs., and visa-versa.
This bout could have been scored much closer if not for the drubbing Flores took in round five where southpaw Beltran stepped up the action by landing a jarring right jab that had Flores stepping in post holes. A fuselage of punches followed that battered Flores about the ring, barely surviving until the bell to end the round of what surely was a 10-8 round in favor of Beltran.
Beltran was not able to finish what he had started in round five, which allowed Flores to clear his head and fight his way back into the bout behind a series of thudding overhand lefts and hard right hooks during round six, possibly his best round.
A point deduction by referee Ray Balewicz for a second, damaging low blow by Flores all but sealed his fate during round nine on the judges scorecards, giving Fernando Beltran the unanimous decision win by a comfortable margin. The referee was Ray Balewicz.
Local favorite Kelsey Jeffries, 124lbs., upped her record in the win column with a spirited decision win over the game but out gunned Leona Brown, 122lbs. The action wasn't close as Jeffries was able to control Brown with the jab and bruising left hooks to the body of her much shorter opponent early on.
The best moments for Brown came during the last round when she finally found the mark repeatedly with her overhand right to the head of the Champion Jeffries who seemed unfazed as she finished the round busy as a buzz saw.
Judge Mike Tate saw the bout at 60-54, Jack Campbell 59-55 and Judge Ray Balewicz saw the bout 59-55 in favor of Kelsey Jeffries by unanimous decision. The referee was Marty Sammon.
Super Lightweights Said Zavaleta of Jalisco, Mexico, and Roberto Valenzuela of Phoenix, Arizona, fought what looked to be a draw over six rounds, but the nod went to the undefeated Zavaleta who improved to 10-0-1(6) while handing Valenzuela the loss to add to his 31-15-1(28) record.
Said easily took the first two rounds with his smart boxing, using his combination punching and well placed bodywork that paid dividends down the stretch. Valenzuela forced the action to the inside where he would fire series of combinations to the body and head of Zavaleta and stun him with a strong right hand during round five which looked to give him a slight edge in rounds at 3-2.
A clash of heads at the opening of the final stanza caused a huge cut on the forehead of Valenzuela who looked somewhat dazed and clearly affected by the incident. Said Zavaleta seized the moment and effectively outworked his opponent who has now slowed due to the head butt and punishing bodywork done earlier in the bout.
Judges Marty Sammon and Mike Tate scored the bout 58-56, judge Jack Campbell scored the bout 57-57 in favor of Said Zavaleta by unanimous decision. The referee was Ray Balewicz.
After a slow first round, San Jose native Rene Auguaristi was able to improve to 2-0(1) over Tijuana, Mexico's rugged Mauricio Grajeda, 2-5-2(2), over the four round distance of this middleweight bout. Auguaristi's smart boxing and movement was the difference in this fast paced contest.
Solid body punching early and a fast pace took it's toll on Grajeda who was clearly fatigued over the last two rounds, unable to rally at the bell as he did the two previous rounds to make things close. Judges Mike Tate and Ray Balewicz scored the bout the same at 39-37, Judge Jack Campbell scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Rene Auguaristi by unanimous decision. The referee was Marty Sammon.
The only knockout of the night came during a light heavyweight bout where both combatants were making their professional debuts. Mike Hull marched out to a 1-0(1) record with a win over local fighter Sean Duggan who begins his career at 0-1(0). Hull, the more polished of the two fighters, was able to drill the shorter Duggan with right hooks and straight lefts from the southpaw stance almost at will over the first two rounds.
The end came at :41 seconds of rounds two when Duggan was caught by a piercing right jab/hook cleanly on the chin as he was attempting to throw a wide left hook of his own. A delayed reaction saw him crumple to the canvas on his back, struggle to all fours and then fall backwards to the canvas causing referee Ray Balewicz to call a halt to the bout.
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