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Ahmed Elbiali vs. Andrew Hernandez
Round 1Mark Calo-Oy is the referee for this light heavyweight battle. Elbiali comes out of his corner with a few feel-out jabs. Hernandez moves away and tags his foe with a short right to the head. They swipe with left hooks but neither lands it. Hernandez sticks the Egyptian with a few jabs, but Elbiali comes back with a right over the top. Another right to the cheek by Elbiali but Hernandez takes it well. Elbiali is stalking his foe around the ring, looking to torch him with his power. Elbiali misses with a powerful right cross but his follow-up left hook is clean, Again, the Phoenix fighter walks through it. Hernandez with a combo at the bell. Good start to the evening between these two. 10-9 Elbiali.
Round 2Hernandez rattles the younger fighter with a few left jabs. Elbiali continues to walk forward, using his own jab. A huge overhand right by the Egyptian misses by mere inches, but Hernandez is out of position to counter. Elbiali presses his opponent into the ropes and tags him with a right, but Andrew fires back with a right to the jaw. Elbiali takes a step back, unfazed. Elbiali digs a right and left to the guts before Hernadez Backs off. Andrew takes another body shot before he counters with a stinging right to the face. There is some redness on the left side of Elbiali’s face and it seems like his left eye is swelling. They trade serious leather late; Hernandez is not here to be canon fodder for the rising prospect by any means. 10-9 Elbiali.
Round 3Elbiali’s left eye is okay going into the round; he storms out of his corner and swarms his foe. Hernandez stays in the pocket and welcomes the attack, avoiding most of the punches. The light heavies take turns raking each other’s ribs before Elbiali pops him with a few jabs. The Egyptian goes to the head and body but Hernandez takes everything easily. Hard counter right cross to the jaw by Andrew. Another with 20 seconds left. Beautiful left-right to the head late and Elbiali’s legs stiffen. He stays there and fights back but Hernandez nails him again the bell. 10-9 Hernandez.
Round 4There is some blood trickling from Elbiali’s nose to start the frame. Hernandez takes a left hook downstairs but he comes back with the jab and right cross. Elbiali is following the Phoenix-based puglist around, but he continuously walks into that jab. Hernandez has seized complete control of the fight at the midway point, but Elbiali is still trying to mix it up. Elbiali is loading up rights to the head, allowing Hernandez to slip almost all of them. Meanwhile, Andrew is moving well and popping his nemesis with the jab and occasional shot downstairs. Elbiali misses a right and walks into a furious overhand right to the head. He stumbles just a little but unloads a flurry at the bell. 10-9 Hernandez.
Round 5Elbiali comes right after Hernandez but he eats a hard right and then a left. The Egyptian storms back with a right to the head of his own, but Andrew is right there to retaliate. Hernandez absorbs a few more shots upstairs before he regroups and gets back into his boxing routine. Against the ropes, the two trade vicious shots to the body but Elbiali is warned for a low blow. Elbiali seems to be tiring out late in the round but he’s still punching. A hard right to the body once again from Andrew. Hernandez backs himself into a corner, which opens up an opportunity for Elbiali to tear into him. Good action at the bell. Very close round. 10-9 Elbiali.
Round 6Elbiali chases Hernandez into the ropes and slams a furious barrage of shots to the body and head. Hard right uppercut by Ahmed before Hernandez finally escapes to his left to regroup. Big right upstairs by the younger man but Hernandez walks through it. Another. Elbiali is all over his foe in his best round thus far. Hernandez misses a left as he’s countered by a powerful overhand right. Hernandez stumbles slightly to his right. Elbiali swarms him and digs a few shots to the intestines and then backs himself into the ropes again. It’s all Elbiali with a minute left, but Hernandez is tougher than leather. Hernandez creates enough space late in the stanza to rattle off a series of jabs but the round is already lost. 10-9 Elbiali.
Round 7Hernandez meets the prospect in the center of the ring and trades jabs. Elbiali isn’t quite as aggressive as he was the previous round but he’s still pressing the action. Hernandez tosses out several jabs but he’s too far for them to do any damage. Elbiali comes forward and lands a pair of rights upstairs, but there’s not much behind either one. Hernandez is re-energized but he can’t keep the Egyptian off of him. A loopy overhand right by Ahmed is blocked late. 10-9 Elbiali.
Round 8Entering the final round, it’s likely that Hernandez is far enough behind on the cards that he needs a knockout or a at least a knockdown to win. Elbiali stalks his foe right from the start but he’s not letting his hands go. Hernandez tries to keep him away with the jab but they are falling short. Elbiali continues to slug away to the head and body, but his weary arms are predictable, allowing Hernandez to block and parry. With 90 seconds left, Hernandez likely needs to find a second win and go for broke. They trade jabs with a minute left and Elbiali wiggles his right hand. Hernandez pops off several jabs and then a hard right to the head with 30 seconds left. A sweeping left hook by Ahmed glances off of Andrew’s face. Good back-and-forth action at the bell but it’s not enough for Hernandez to pull it out. 10-9 Elbiali.
The Official ResultAhmed Elbiali def. Andrew Hernandez via Unanimous Decision (78-74, 77-75, 77-75) R8, 3:00
Ramon Ayala vs. Bryant Perrella
Round 1Rafael Ramos is our third man in this welterweight contest. Perella comes out and quickly establishes his southpaw jab. Almost immediately, Ayala is rocked by a short left hook. He’s in trouble but he hangs on. Perella is looking for a quick finish, but he’s not wasting punches. Ayala is nailed by a right and his legs wobble. A series of nasty right jabs by Perella keep Ayala away. Ayala is cracked by a right hook with about 45 seconds left. Hard triple hook to the body from Perella at the bell. It’s an easy round for the young lion. 10-8 Perella.
Round 2Perella lands a series of jabs and then a straight left. Ayala literally tries throwing a right, but he misses badly. Naturally, it doesn’t hurt him. A right check hook by Bryant rocks his foe again and it seems that the end is near. A left uppercut, followed by a flash of punches rattle off Ayala’s head and body. Perella goes upstairs and down, taking his time in picking him apart. It’s all Perella again. 10-9 Perella.
Ayala’s corner stops the bout between rounds two and three. Good call as he was going nowhere but on his back in this contest.
The Official ResultBryant Perella def. Ramon Ayala via TKO (retirement) 3:00, R2
Miguel Flores vs. Mario Briones
Round 1Once again, Rafael Ramos is our referee in this, the featherweight main event. Briones comes right out of his corner and misses a wild overhand right. Flores is calm and jabs to the head and stomach. Hard left hook to the body from the Houston fighter but Briones takes it well. Briones lands a double left to the body of his own. Double jab and then a right to the head by the unbeaten contender. Briones fires off a right upstairs but Flores answers with a left and right. Briones is bringing the heat but Flores rips his guts with another wicked left hook. Hard jab to the dome by Briones but Flores counters with another shot downstairs. Very good action to begin the fight. 10-9 Flores.
Round 2They dart to the center of the ring and exchange some serious heat. Flores backs off and then dives back in with a thudding hook to the ribs. Briones wants to slug it out and he tags him with a left hook to the head. Flores grits his teeth and blasts his foe with a left of his own and it shakes Mario. It’s a brief toe-to-toe exchange until Flores exits to regroup. Briones still wants a trench war, but Flores backs off with a few jabs and then a mean right to the belly. They trade left hooks and then jabs. Stiff jab by Flores late that snaps Briones’ head back. Another fierce left to the body, followed by a hook up top by Flores at the bell. 10-9 Flores.
Round 3Briones slams a left hook into his younger foe’s face as soon as the round begins. Flores shakes it off and returns the favor. Miguel digs a pair of left hook to the body and then comes upstairs with a right. Hard left hook to the head by Flores but Briones fires one right back in return. Briones is warned for a low blow at the midway point. Flores drills him with a right to the noggin but Briones can take a hell of a punch. Flores opens up his attack and reels off a series of shots to the head and body. A cut opens up around Briones’ left eye but it doesn’t seem to be in a terrible spot. Flores is sticking and moving beautifully late, perplexing his counterpart. 10-9 Flores.
Round 4Looking at the cut closely between rounds, it’s actually on Briones’ eyelid, which isn’t exactly an ideal location. With a sense of urgency, Briones comes out aggressively but Flores keeps his distance with the jab. Nice straight right by Flores snaps his foe’s head back. Another. Powerful left hook to the liver from Flores and it hurts Briones. However, the Mexican fights through it and continues to come forward. Flores is in and out and slams a perfect combo to the head and body. Briones eats a three-punch combo; he can’t match the unbeaten prospect’s speed. Lead right up top again from Flores late in the round. 10-9 Flores.
Round 5Briones storms out of his corner and slugs Flores a few times before he’s countered. Flores eats a pair of rights to the head and then a left, but he’s unfazed. Flores drills his foe low and he is sternly warned by Ramos. Hard counter right to the jaw by Flores, but Briones shakes it off. Miguel digs a vicious left to the gut and then comes back with a pair of jabs. Briones gets off a left hook of his own but blood is starting to cascade out of that laceration with a minute left. Flores ducks under two hooks and then pounces on Mario with a right and left. Lead left uppercut by Briones but Flores answers with a right cross. Flores nails him with a left hook and Briones wobbles. Flores opens up but Briones storms back with a hard left of his own. Terrific action at the bell. 10-9 Flores.
Round 6Flores pops him with a pair of jabs and then a straight right. Briones fires back but he’s laced by a slick right-left in return. Briones comes inside but he eats a right uppercut for his effort. Flores is now cut around his left eye but it’s small. Flores drops his guard and decided to slug it out with his adversary. Briones awakens and lets his hands go, but Flores is there to match him punch for punch. Flores paws at his cut late as it has worsened. Briones walks into a left hook with 20 seconds left and he ties up his foe. Big left hook near the bell and then a right uppercut from Flores. 10-9 Flores.
Round 7In between rounds, the camera shows how hideous the cut on Briones’ left eyelid is. Surprisingly, a ringside doctor is not looking at it and the fight goes into the seventh. Flores keeps a distance early, tagging the veteran with a series of jabs to the head and body. Briones isn’t quite as aggressive as he has been, mostly because of Flores’ switched-up approach. A low blow from Briones near the midway point and he’s again warned. They rush at each other and trade leather in the center of the ring, but nothing clean is landing from either. Beautiful one-two from Flores, Briones comes right back. Huge left hook from the young prospect but Briones walks right through it to land a flurry. They let their fists fly near the bell but the best shot is a left hook from Flores. 10-9 Flores.
Round 8Briones lands a sweeping overhand right but Flores shrugs it off. Flores abandons his boxing and opts to stand forehead-to-forehead, igniting more action. Ramos warns Briones of another low blow. Flores backs off and goes back to the jab after Briones nails him with a right. Flores cracks him with a counter left hook to the head and then one to the body. Briones triples his left and lands them all, forcing an all-out war. Flores backs off with a left check hook before diving back into the fracas. It’s a good round for Briones but it’s not enough for him to win it. 10-9 Flores.
Round 9Flores explodes out of his corner with an eight-punch flurry. Briones is tagged by a low blow, eliciting another warning from the ref. Vicious right-left-right to the dome from Flores but Briones walks through each punch. Hard left hook from Briones and the blood is pouring out of Flores’ cut. Briones swarms his foe with a ton of punches, landing many. He’s tagging him with lefts and rights and suddenly Flores is retreating without punching. It’s all briones late but Flores isn’t on the verge of being dropped. Finally, Flores gets a second wind and comes alive late but Briones remains all over him. Huge combo to the head by Flores just before the bell and it seems to have rocked Briones. 10-9 Briones.
Round 10Briones clearly needs a knockout in order to win. Briones walks into a hard right uppercut as soon as the round starts but he shakes it off. Double jab form Flores before they clash heads. Briones clutches his head and stumbles down onto his knees. He is shaken up badly and time is called. The fight resumes but Briones is woozy. They trade some serious leather a minute in, both looking to end things now. Blood is flowing from the cut on Briones, who is desperate to score the knockout. Hard combo to the head from Flores but Briones forces the young lion into the ropes. With a minute left, Briones opens up everything he has. Flores obliges and stands right in front of him and bangs with him. Flores ties his foe up late, preserving the win. Briones can’t pull it off by the time the excellent battles concludes. 10-9 Flores.
The Official ResultMiguel Flores def. Mario Briones via Unanimous Decision (98-92, 100-90, 100-90) 3:00, R10
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