Fort Worth (TX) middleweight John “The Phenom” Vera stopped Cleotis Pendarvis in the opening round of last night’s RJJ Boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS main event at Biloxi Conference Center in Biloxi, Mexico.
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Vera vs. Pendarvis suddenly and surprisingly ended midway through the opening round, when Pendarvis (21-8-2, 9 KOs), a former USBA champion, stopped throwing punches and went to his knees. He was counted out with what is believed to be a hand injury.
“Well,” Vera (20-1, 12 KOs) said after the fight, “the way my fight ended was anticlimactic. I was feeling really good and calm in there. I was just finding my range, establishing my jab and calculating. He threw a jab to the body and I blocked it with my elbow. I felt his knuckle hit my elbow. Sucked ut ended that way, but what can you do?”
Vera has now won his last two fight since suffering his only loss as a professional back in 2018, when he traveled to France as a world rated fighter to take on Michel Soro (31-2-1) for the WBA Interim junior middleweight title, in which Vera lost a 12-round unanimous decision.
In Vera’s previous fight this past in August, “The Phenom” won a 6-round unanimous decision in Las Vegas over Ravshan Hudaynazarov (17-2), a former world-rated fighter from Uzbekistan.
“I would like to get in the ring as soon as possible,” Vera added. “I wanted rounds, so it’s time to get right back in there. I’m unscathed and in shape.”
In the co-featured event, ABF West super lightweight champion Christon Edwards (12-2, 6 KOs) won a 6-round unanimous decision from Texas welterweight Jonathan Steele (9-7-1, 6 KOs) in a non-title fight.
Eridson Garcia (11-0, 7 KOs), of Houston by way of the Dominican Republic, won a split decision against Jose Miguel Diaz Valenzuela (6-1, 1 KO), of Phoenix, in a battle of undefeated super featherweights. Scoring, though, was odd as Garcia won 60-54 and 59-55, but the third judge scored it a draw, 57-57.
Tennessee super lightweight Tyler “Short Fuse” Tomlin remained undefeated, improving to 10-0 (6 KOs) with a quick stoppage of overmatched Venezuelan veteran Ricardo Ocampo (12-11, 7 KOs), who was knocked out at the 53-seconds mark of round one.
Official results below:
MAIN EVENT – WELTERWEIGHTS
John Vera (20-1, 12 KOs), Fort Worth, Texas
Cleotis Pendarvis (21-8-2, 9 KOs), Lancaster, California
CO-FEATURE – WELTERWEIGHTS
Christon Edwards (12-2, 6 KOs), Houston, Texas
WDEC6 (59-55, 58-56, 58-56)
Jonathan Steele (9-7-1, 6 KOs), Duncanville, Texas
Eridson Garcia (11-0, 7 KOs), Houston, Texas
WDEC6 (60-54, 59-55, 57-57)
Jose Miguel Diaz Valenzuala (6-1, 1 KO), Phoenix, Arizona
Tyler Tomlin (10-0, 6 KOs), Ashland, Tennessee
Ricardo Ocampo (12-11, 7 KOs), Curuzu Cuatia, Valenzuela
RICKY “EL CASTIGO” MEDINA Stays Unbeaten with Dominant Victory in Mexico
SAN ANTONIO, TX (March 7, 2021) – Last night, Prince Ranch Boxing’s featherweight prospect, Ricky “El Castigo” Medina of San Antonio, TX, continued his winning ways by picking up a dominant unanimous decision in Reynosa, Mexico. Medina defeated Jose Alfredo Cobos (7-4-2, 2 KOs) by way of unanimous decision, improving his unbeaten record to (9-0, 6 KOs). Scorecards read 60-54 across the board.
In the opening round, Medina landed a couple of powerful check left hooks that rocked Cobos, forcing him to get on his bike, and run for the remainder of the fight. Medina showed multiple facets to his game, as after rocking his opponent, he was able to stay patient, and stick to the game plan.
“I hurt him early, but he was tricky and knew how to survive,” said Medina after the fight. “This was a great learning experience and now I know I am ready for the next level. I’m hoping to get right back in the ring as soon as possible.”
“Medina is maturing nicely with these tough fights in Mexico,” stated Greg Hannley, CEO of Prince Ranch Boxing. “Medina has developed great and is getting the rounds needed to get better. Medina has proven that he is poised and able to stick to a strategy, showing signs of a high-level fighter, with a great boxing IQ.”
“Medina has a great fan-friendly style and he is now ready for a nice step-up fight,” said Rick Morones, President of TMB Promotions, who promotes Medina. “Because he’s only 20-years old, we have plenty of time to build him up. It is a true privilege to be a part of this journey with Medina. We started from the ground up, and now with hard work, we’re going to the top.”
Medina, who is building on his winning momentum, is now setting his sights on his home state of Texas, hoping to be a part of a card during the state’s reopening period.
“I am really excited about the state’s reopening in Texas, and I would love to get on a card when the fans are in-attendance,” Medina concluded. “I love entertaining the fans and that is my goal for this rest of this year. If a big fight comes to San Antonio, or any part of Texas, I’ll be ready to go.”