Tampa, FL, USA: Bantam: Ricardo Espinoza (21-2) W TKO 2 Daniel Lozano (15-5). Feather: Hairon Socarras (19-0-3) W PTS 10 Jose Nieves (22-5-3). Feather: Jean Carlos Rivera (15-0) W KO 2 Luis Hinojosa (31-15).Light: Nestor Bravo (14-0) W RTD 1 Isaias Cardona (24-14).
Espinoza vs. Lozano
Unheralded Mexican youngster Espinoza springs upset as he beats Lozano in two rounds. Espinoza took the fight to Lozano in the first and ended the fight in style in the second. A right to the head stunned Lozano and Espinoza pinned him to the ropes pounding away until Lozano dropped to his knees. Lozano beat the count but when the action resumed Espinoza took him to the ropes again and landed some fierce left hooks to the head that dropped Lozano for the second time and the referee did not even bother to count. Although previously just a prelim fighter who was 2-2 in fights in the US, and facing the WBO No 4in Lozano, Espinoza looked impressive here. A pro at 17 Espinoza now has 18 wins by KO/TKO. Floridian “ Scorpion” Lozano took almost two years out but returned last year with wins over world title challengers David Carmona and Ricardo Rodriguez so was in good form but gets his second loss by KO/TKO.
Socarras vs. Nieves
Career best win for Socarras as he easily outpoints a disappointing Nieves. Scores 100-90 twice and 99-91. Nieves is the nearest the Cuban-born Socarras has come to a “name” opponent and there has been some inconsistency in a couple of disappointing draws but at 25 he has time to improve, Veteran Puerto Rican southpaw Nieves was knocked out inside a round by Shinsuke Yamanaka for the WBC bantam title in 2013 and did not return to action again until losing on points to Alberto Mercado in March this year.
Rivera vs. Hinojosa
Puerto Rican prospect Rivera continues his progress. He ended this one with a rib ripping left hook in the second round. Now ten wins by KO/TKO for the 22-year-old Orlando based puncher including five early endings in his last six fights. Dominican Hinojosa going the other way with five losses by KO/TKO in his last six fights.
Bravo vs. Cardona
Another power show from Bravo as he makes it a good night for Puerto Rican prospects. Bravo almost finished it with a left hook in the first that put Cardona down. Cardona managed to beat the count and stay around until the bell and then did not come out for the second round. Bravo gets his eighth first round win. He was a top level amateur and at the prestigious Jose Che Aponte Tournament took the gold medal by beating Brazilian Robinson Conceicao who went on to win the gold in Rio. Cardona on a steep downward path. He started 17-0 but is 2-7 in his last 9 fights with all seven losses coming inside four rounds.