Lone Star Round Up: 5/5

This past weekend was a spectacular week for blue-chip prospects who hail from the Lone Star State. Three different world-class prospects took center stage and three different prospects on two different cards gave A+ performances. On the co-main event of the Canelo Vs Jacobs unification bout on DAZN undefeated 140-pound prospect Vergil Ortiz, who is our current fighter of the week and our 2018 prospect of the year. Put on an awesome display of power and became the first man to stop the rugged Mauricio Herrera. And stop him he did nearly closing the show in round two before Herrera was saved by the bell. In round three the 21-year-old from Grand Prarie closed the show with a right hand that rocked Herera and then followed it with another big right that sent him into the ropes and a window dressing left hook that put Herrera out before he even hit the canvas to capture his 13th knockout in 13 total fights.

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On a SkyBox Sports Card in San Antonio, two unbeaten prospects from Alamo City put on spectacular performances to stay unbeaten. Featherweight prospect and master boxer-puncher “Word Star” Henry Arredondo, who went viral in his last fight just six-weeks ago for his one-punch knock out on UFC Fight Pass on a Roy Jones Jr Promotions card, showed his tremendous boxing skills this time around. In improving his record to 4-0 Arredondo walked his opponent down with a shotgun like jab and a ferocious body attack, hurting his opponent, Manuel Rubalcava a veteran of well over 30 pro fights, several times throughout the fight in taking a lopsided unanimous decision. Arredondo trains in a camp of upcoming prospects in San Antonio that includes Mario Barrios who will be in action this upcoming week in Virginia on a PBC card and Omar Juarez another 140-pounder who will fight on the Jermall Charlo card in Houston in June.

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The other blue-chip prospect unbeaten Flyweight, Isreal “El Calladito” Ibarra Jr dominated a game opponent in Miguel Angel Rebullosa over four rounds. Showing off lightning quick reflexes, precise footwork accurate and a relentless body attack. Ibarra dropped his opponent twice with vicious body shots nearly forcing a stoppage multiple times in the four-round affair. The 21-year-old showed a high level of discipline in sticking to the body attack when he had Rebullosa hurt and picking his spots to trade. El Calladito also showed off excellent footwork and fine defensive skills in avoiding nearly all of his opponents return fire. Ibarra took a one-sided unanimous decision by scores of 40-34 on all three scorecards to run his record to 3-0 (1). He is expected to be back in the ring by no later than July in Conroe, Texas.

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