Barrios  Still Unbeaten, Ortiz Ko’s Sanchez Leon


By Marc Livitz at ringside in San Antonio, TX: A night of nationally televised bouts kicked off at 5pm CST from the AT&T Center in San Antonio with a local fighter in Mario Barrios putting his unbeaten lightweight record on the line against Manuel Vides of Panama City, Panama. "Golden Boy" Barrios scored a seventh round knockout win. He put his quick left jab as well as hook to work in the opening round. A few hard shots upstairs threw Vides off balance and even his punches which found a defense were doing some damage as well. The Alamo City native settled in even more as the bout wore on by way of his relentless pressure on his Central American opponent.


Consistent body shots were causing Vides to drop his arms and take more punches to the head. In the closing moments of the third, a handful of left hooks staggered Manuel once more, who was gracefully rescued by the bell. Vides tried to answer in the fourth and did catch Barrios napping just a bit with a few quick hooks to the face. An unexpected left hook from Mario caught Manuel flush on the chin and led to a bit of scrapping a few minutes later.


The end came just seconds into the sixth. A well timed, "one-two" in the form of a right uppercut followed by a left hook from Barrios sent Vides to the canvas for the first and only time. Referee Gregorio Alvarez reached a count of ten with no confusion. Mario "Nino de Oro" improved to (14-0, 8 KO’s), while Manuel Vides’s record dropped to (18-5, 11 KO’s).


Ortiz KO’s Sanchez Leon in Eight


"Vicious" Victor Ortiz returned to the ring after a year long layoff to defeat Gilberto Sanchez Leon of Mexico with an eighth round knockout victory in a welterweight bout fought at 150 pounds. The former welterweight champion southpaw fighter from Oxnard scored a quick knockdown in the closing minute of round one which began with a left hook and was followed up by a barrage of punches. Ortiz (31-5, 24 KO’s) maintained the pressure which brought him success over the past half decade throughout the second. Sanchez Leon (33-15, 13 KO’s) tried to get Victor to follow him a bit in the third, however a right hook behind the ear sent him to the floor once again. He was penalized for holding moments later.


Ortiz jumped on him to no end throughout the fourth and had the crowd clamoring for a knockout. A hard left halfway into the fifth sent Gilberto into the ropes, yet the Mexicali, B.C. fighter showed resolve. Ortiz had some more chances in the sixth in what was shaping up to be a cross between a sparring session and the shaking off of ring rust. He continued to wear out his Mexican foe as the minutes moved onward. Sanchez Leon fell onto Ortiz in a desperate clinch. In the closing seconds of the eighth, referee Mark Cal Oy halted the contest when Gilberto was less than out on his feet.


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December 12 , 2015

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