Vic Darchinyan: “I want to thank HBO; it’s my first time on HBO. You will see a very exciting fight from me on fight night.”
Antonin Decarie: “This is an amazing opportunity for me to establish myself as one of the best welterweights in the world. It’s my time to shine. I’m so proud to be fighting on HBO. This is a dream come true. Saturday night will be great for me.”
Alex Perez: “I’m ready to go 10 rounds. I’ve been waiting for this my whole life. Basically, it’s a dream come true.”
(L-R) Edwin Rodriguez & Lou DiBella
Lou DiBella (promoter of Rodriquez & Perez, co-promoter of Del Valle): “This event is selling very, very well and I hope to have a full room on Saturday night.
“This is an opportunity for these young fighters to shine, but it’s a crossroads fight for all of them. Everybody on this card has their hands full. Everybody knows Vic Darchinyan, but this is pretty much the first time on a big show for the other fighters. You’ve got to get out and entertain, not just win, and that’s the type of fighters that people want to see.
By Damon “Latinbox” Gonzalez – Ringside
Photos: Robert Richards
A action packed night of fights Glenn “The Bomber” Donaire (19-5-1, 10 KOs) lost a 12 round unanimous decision to Omar “Lobito” Soto (23-9-2, 15 KOs) in a bout for the vacant NABO flyweight title on Friday night at the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Florida.
Flyweights Glenn Donaire- Omar Soto battle it out starting with a slow pace Donaire landing nice combinations to Soto witch responded with good counterpunching catching Donaire with nice hard right. In two Doniare starts off quick landed a hard upper cut both fighters starting to heat it up Doniare looking relaxed starting to mix it up with Soto getting the best of him in the round.
Donaire keeping the pressure but Soto landing nice right hands to the face of Donaire, Three little harder to score Soto countering and coming over the top Donaire still catching him coming in both fighters opposing their will.
Donaire making a fight Soto has all the weapons but sitting on his right hand, Donaire showing a punching clinic but Soto really getting close to Donaire response with low blow was warned by the referee, Soto establishing himself by fighting harder in the fourth I have it even at this point.
Soto continues to find those moments too attack Donaire who is taking away his jab by good head movement, Donaire getting closer in the round landing punches to the countering Soto who doesn’t move his head that much Donaire in five.
Both fighters showing their grudge in this round in so far a roller coaster fight very technical but Soto lifted in the round busier. Soto closes the show just all over Donaire in the Championship rounds becoming the spoiler taking the win by scores of 118-110 twice and 116-112.
Amos Cowart,Jr. goes to 6-0, 5KO by stopping Yanier P Rey at 2:47 of the 4th round by TKO
Rad Kaladric crushes Shannon Anderson with a tremendous left hook that sends Anderson down Rad wins by TKO victory.
Tampa’s Charlie Serrano dominates Puerto Rico Juan Cruz in a clinic, Serrano easily takes the unanimous decision.
St.Petersburg, Florida young star Alfonzo Black 3-0, 2 KO out boxes Joseph Benjamin who was not answering many series of combinations and blows given by Black who takes the unanimous decision
Heavyweights Jason Barnett goes to 14-14, 7 KO demolition Terrance “Bug Jim” Marba 6-3, 5 KO fight was stopped by physician Taras Kochno in the 3rd round, Marma took a shot to the lower lip that opened up he could not continue due to the bad cut.
Weigh ins from Tampa
By Damon Gonzalez
Glenn Donaire 113
Omar Soto. 111.5
Derrick Samuels 152.2
Tim Hall 156.5
Radivoje Kaladric 173.2
Shabbon Anderson 172.2
Charlie Serrano 123
Juan Cruz 125.2
Amos Cowart Jr 135.5
Yunier Pelier Rey 133
Alfonzo Black 155.5
Joseph Benjamin 156.2
Jason Barnett 219.2
Terrance Marba 238.2
Bryant Perrella 149
Jimmy Desir 159
Ken Lacy 230.2
Jorge Flores 155.5
Willie Jones 147.5
Allen Williams 151.5
All Star Boxing in association with FightNight Productions