Tonight Top Rank will distribute their tenth installment of the "Latin Fury" series through an independently produced pay-per-view event live from Mexico.
Headliner Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. cited a rib injury (although, rumor has it that he wasn't going to be able to make weight) and both Cuban prospect Youriorkis Gamboa and Sonny Boy Jaro of the Phillipines encountered visa problems.
What we are left with is a salvaged card which features a WBA interim lightweight fight when Urbano Antillon faces Miguel Acosta with Giovanni Segura putting up his WBA jr. flyweight title on the line as he faces Juanito Rubillar in the co-feature of the evening.
Alberto Rosas will meet Alejandro Martinez in a ten round bout and super flyweights Hernan "Tyson" Marquez will square off against Juan Esquer in the televised opener.
Hightlights of Top Rank's newest heavyweight Samuel "The Nightmare" Peter and Marcuz McGee will be featured on the telecast.
Urbano Antillon vs. Miguel Acosta—The Maywood, CA resident, Antillon, comes into this interim lightweight title bout with an undefeated record with 26 wins and 19 of them coming by way of stoppage. Antillon's skill and power have seemed to improve with each of his wins as he has stopped his last nine opponents in six rounds or less.
In addition to his relentless attack his once questionable defense has shown much improvement giving the 26 year old Mexican all the looks of a future world champion.
Not a whole lot is known of his opponent Miguel Acosta (25-3-2, 19 KOs). Most of his fights have taken place in his native Venezuela. He has had only one fight on US soil and it resulted in a split decision win over Anges Adjaho.
While Acosta ended up with the win, one thing that I took away from the fight is that even though he was the faster fighter it wasn't enough for him to keep from getting floored twice late in the fight. Alarming, because quite frankly, Adjaho's power hasn't really followed him to the world class level.
Even though Acosta might be able to keep Antillon away for a bit, I think with Antillon's all around improved assault and Acosta's questionable chin we will see Antillon walk away with a TKO and the WBA interim lightweight title somewhere in the eighth or ninth round.
Giovanni Segura vs. Juanito Rubillar—Originally Segura (20-1-1, 16 KOs) was to have faced Filipino fighter Sonny Boy Jaro but as mentioned earlier he encountered visa issues and his countryman Juanito Rubillar (46-12-7, 22 KOs) will now take his place.
This fight isn't so much about whether or not Segura will win but moreso how and when.
Early in Segura's young professional career he put most of his faith in his power. His ability to knock out the majority of his opponents led him to a unanimous decision loss to Cesar Canchila. Segura's heavy hands came through for him early on as he dropped Canchila in the second round.
But Segura's stamina would let him down as he would be outworked from the third round until the end of the fight. A re-focused Segura avenged that loss and came back to beat Canchila, and take the interim WBA title, in March over the course of four one-sided rounds putting Canchila on the canvas twice.
His lone loss turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
The veteran Rubillar has gone 24 rounds with Jorge Arce which speaks for his ability to take a punch. But as a 32 year old light flyweight his legs and stamina might be the factors that lead to his demise in this fight.
I see the younger Segura starting off strong and not letting off the gas as he overwhelms the aging Rubillar and stopping him in the fifth or sixth stanza.
Alberto Rosas vs. Alejandro Martinez—Rosas (29-5, 25 KOs) will clearly be the more experienced fighter as he shares the ring with Martinez (16-1-1, 11 KOs) tonight as he has nearly twice the fights as Martinez and has almost 150 more rounds under his belt. Rosas sports more seven more knockouts than Martinez has had fights.
Each fighter has tasted defeat with Rosas' last defeat coming at the hands of Fernando Montiel late last year while Martinez dropped a split decision to Juan Luis Hernandez in April.
But for me the main factor is the momentum both of the fighters bring into the bout.
Martinez has only that one loss while Rosas has gone 4-5 in his last nine bouts.
I can see the power of Rosas giving Martinez fits during several moments of the fight, but ultimately Martinez will outbox Rosas enough to walk away with a decision win.
Hernan "Tyson" Marquez vs. Juan Esquer—The televised opener features two heavy handed flyweight which should prove to be a great way to start the event.
Quite simply, you don't get the nickname "Tyson" for nothing. He hits hard and doesn't know how to lose.
The 22 year old Esquer has only lost one fight by stoppage in a TKO loss to Luis Concepcion nearly a year ago.
It'll be fun to see both of these guys slug it out in what just may prove to be a back and forth brawl for as long as it lasts.
During a heated exchange Marquez catches Esquer and stuns him leading to a follow up barrage which has the ref waving it off in the fifth.
Samuel Peter vs. Marcus McGee—Let's be honest, this fight is nothing more than to showcase Peter under his new promoter, Top Rank, and to get him back into the win column.
Other than neither one of these guys being Latin, there's a reason that this fight didn't made it onto the televised portion of the card. It's going to be a blowout.
McGee has been on the losing end of 11 fights in his career and has been stopped in five of them. Unfortunately for him Peter is arguably the hardest hitter he will have faced.
The Nigerian born Peter takes this via devastating KO in the third round.
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