Mark Reyes TKO3 Juan Garces... Welterweight Mark Reyes Jr. (8-0) scored a third-round stoppage of Mexico’s Juan Garces (28-22) in St. Petersburg, Florida last Saturday. Reyes got off to a fast start and buzzed Garces with a hard right cross in the opening stanza. The 22-year-old Tampa native had a clear speed advantage and was able to consistently beat Garces to the punch in the second, though Garces did land a few good shots. At the beginning of round three, Reyes threw a body shot that accidentally landed on Garces’ inner thigh. Garces immediately crashed to the canvas and appeared to be in significant pain. After an extended delay, Graces couldn’t continue and Reyes was awarded a TKO victory.
“It was an accidental low blow, but I hit him on the thigh,” Reyes said following the victory. “I hurt him to the body in the second and he tried to use this as an opportunity to quit because he didn’t want to fight.”
Reyes dedicated his victory to the Children’s Cancer Center of Tampa. Team Reyes raised funds for the Children’s Cancer Center by donating all proceeds from fight night merchandise sales.
Reyes is now 8-0 with 6 KOs while Garces slips to 28-22 with 18 KOs.
2016 Argentinean Olympian Alberto Palmetta (9-1 with 5 KOs) stopped Javier Garcia (8-18-1 with 3 KOs) in the third round of a welterweight contest. The confident Palmetta displayed flashy skills and strong ring generalship, pummeling Garcia from the opening bell.
Lightweight Willian “Babyface” Silva of Plant City, FL by way of Brazil, dominated Panama's Jose Forero en route to a ninth-round stoppage. Silva was in complete control during the first eight rounds. In the ninth, he decked Forero hard and a follow up barrage forced the stoppage at 1:49. Silva improves his professional ledger to 26-2 with 15 victories by KO. Forero is 13-8-1 with 11 KOs.
“I’m very pleased with the way Mark and Willian performed,” said Jody Caliguire of Fire Fist Boxing Promotions. “Mark was on his way to a stoppage victory and I truly believe his opponent was looking to pick up a disqualification win by adding some theatrics after being punched on the thigh. Willian put on an absolute clinic and is looking to get right back in with a top opponent in the very near future.”
Bantamweights Avril Mathie of Florida and Samantha Salazar of Dallas battled to a thrilling six-round draw in a bantamweight match-up. In the fight of the night, Mathie and Salazar fearlessly exchanged punches throughout the contest. After the final bell, both women were met with a round of applause. Scores were 58-56 Mathie, 58-56 Salazar and 57-57. Mathie is 2-0-1 with 2 KOs and Salazar’s record is now 5-5-1.
Junior middleweight Ozodbek Aripov of Fort Myers, FL earned a six-round shutout victory over Miami native Clifford Gray (1-5). Aripov, a physical fighter with a crowd-friendly style, scored two knockdowns and never stopped moving forward. All three judges scored the bout 60-52 for Aripov, who is now 4-0 with 2 KOs.
Fire Fist Boxing Promotions returns to The Coliseum Saturday, February 16th.
Super Flyweights: Crystal Hoy (6-8-4, 3 KO’s - Las Vegas, NV) TKO3 Noemi Bosques (11-12-3, 2 KO’s - St. Petersburg, FL)
Junior Welterweights: Joseph Fernandez (8-3-3, 1 KO - St. Petersburg, FL) UD6 Tobias Green (7-3, 2 KO’s - West Palm Beach, FL)
Heavyweights: Hector Hodge (2-3 - Miami, FL) DQ1 Jose Medina (4-1, 1 KO - Lake Wales, FL)
Welterweights: Ramon De La Paz (5-0, 2 KO’s - Tampa, FL) UD6 Larry Yanez (4-11-2 - Miami, FL)
Junior Lightweights: Antonio Moran (1-0, 1 KO - Tampa, FL) KO1 Benny Rodriguez Jr. (0-2, Miami, FL)
Light Heavyweights: Marcos Escudero (5-0, 4 KO’s - Buenos Aires, Argentina) TKO1 Brian Stevens (1-6, 1 KO - Marathon, FL). source for all results: Fire Fist Boxing Promotions