Minto hammers Hicks

Former WBO world title challenger Brian "The Beast" Minto (36-5) destroyed heavyweight Matt Hicks (13-7) Saturday night at the Mountaineer Casino and Resort. After Minto landed a devastating overhand right late in the initial stanza, the bout was halted at 2:48 of round one. The victory marks Minto's second win in his last 3 fights.

Results for Pure Pride

Pure Pride/Puro Orgullo was a spectacular show in Houston, Texas that featured the successful debuts of Regis Prograis and Pablo Cruz. Three of the scheduled six bouts ended in first round devastating knockouts that excited the sold-out crowd.

Regis Prograis, the 2010 Southeast Texas Champion made easy work of his opponent Carl Almirol in the opening round. Progrias was originally scheduled to fight Rovert Lujon for his debut until it was discovered that Lujon was over the Junior Welterweight limit and not allowed by the commission. Almirol a late substitution came prepared and landed two effective hand rights before Prograis was able to quickly adjust and Knockout Almirol by a counter over hand right.

Pablo Cruz also making his pro debut made very easy work of Daniel Sanchez by opening the first round with a strong left hook to the temple of Sanchez that stunned him. Cruz followed up with a strong right and left hook and was able to dismantle Sanchez with in the opening round.

The co-main event Kimo Rigmaiden of Katy, Texas was upset by Houston local Tyrone Shelders when he was dropped twice in the opening round by two hook-upper cut combinstions that left Rigmaiden dazed and unable to continue in the first round. Shelders improved to 9-2 with 6 KOs.

In the main event of the evening, Steve Collins (25-2, 18) of Katy Texas when he fought Californian Eric Hernandez (8-5-1) to a controversial draw. Hernandez 66 was able to keep Collins at bay with excellent jabs and counter rights. Collins who was able to land hooks to the body, was frustrated by the taller Hernandez who had a substantial reach and picked from the outside. Many in the attendance felt that Hernandez was a victim of robbery and deserved the victory.

Puro Orgullo/Pure Pride was promoted by I-Entertainment in Association with O.Z.Productions and ATR Boxing.

Article posted on 29.04.2012

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