Saturday night at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California TGB Promotions and Ringstar Sports co-promoted a PBC double header. Headlining was WBA Super world featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz defending that title against Chris Avalos co-featured by Abner Mares defending his WBA regular world featherweight title against Andres Gutierrez.
The first of two world title fights was between WBA regular featherweight champion Abner Mares and Andres Gutierrez. It looked like a refreshed and improved version of Mares from opening bell, he threw punches in five and six bunch combinations confusing Gutierrez who tried to remain calm and weather the storm. As Gutierrez moved forward hoping to find an opening or possibly see Mares slow down he became target practice and returned to his corner bleeding from his left eye. A cut that referee Jack Reiss claimed at that time was from a Mares punch.
As rounds wore on, Gutierrez attempted to land big counter punches in hopes one would connect and slow Mares assault down for those attempts he was punished with barrages of varied combinations. The rounds became nothing more than a showcase for Mares skillset and at anytime after round seven someone could have halted the affair with no complaints on an early stoppage. The face of Gutierrez started looking distorted, his eye quickly swelling shut and his corner unable to relieve that swelling between rounds. In round ten referee Jack Reiss finally called in the ringside doctor who advised a halt to the contest. It appeared as though Mares had won by TKO but it was later decided Gutierrez cut was caused by a head butt. They would got to the official cards which read 100-90 and 99-91 twice all in favor of Abner Mares who improved to 31-2-1 (15), the record of Andres Gutierrez drops to 35-2-1 (25).
When Leo Santa Cruz stepped in to defend his WBA Super world featherweight title against well traveled Chris Avalos, fans in attendance seen a glimpse of Santa Cruz many have not in previous fights. While Santa Cruz as always used a high volume punch output as his defense and offense, he threw punches with “bad intentions” early looking to either halt Avalos quickly or take any desire to fight out of him while he dazzled viewers. He stunned Avalos early and often landing six and seven punch combinations.
It was a non-stop one sided beating from Santa Cruz for eight continuous rounds, Avalos on occasion attempted to mount an offense but in return was peppered with combinations. In round eight finally referee Thomas Taylor took mercy on Chris Avalos and halted the contest. A tough but game Avalos never had a moment of success against Santa Cruz who was relentless from start to finish. With the win Leo Santa Cruz improved to 34-1-1(18), Chris Avalos now stands at 27-5 (20).
The televised opener was a welterweight contest between former world champion Antonio DeMarco and undefeated prospect Eddie Ramirez. This was supposed to be a coming out party of sorts for Ramirez, a win over DeMarco on television could have placed his name in main stream discussions as a prospect to look out for. That memo did not reach the desk of Antonio DeMarco.
It started with Ramirez moving forward and attacking the body of DeMarco possibly hoping to wear Tony down for later rounds. A single counter punch in-between Ramirez attack from DeMarco sent Eddie backwards and DeMarco capitalized on that moment. He jumped all over the inexperienced Ramirez and ended the affair seconds later. With the win Antonio DeMarco improved to 34-6-1 (24), Eddie Ramirez in his first defeat now stands at 17-1 (11).
In Undercard action–
Lightweight- Roberto Marroquin 27-4-1 (20) def. Ruben Tamayo 26-11-1 (18) via TKO 5.
Welterweight- Eimantas Stanionis 4-0 (3) def. Todd Manuel 14-15-1 (3) via UD 8.
Middleweight- Misael Rodriguez 4-0 (2) def. Cesar Hernandez 3-3 (1) via UD 6. 6rds
Super Featherweight- Jerry Perez 3-0 (2) def. Juan Sandoval 7-19-1 (4) via UD 4.
Super Bantamweight- Jose Vargas 3-0 (2) def. Jose Perez 1-1 (1) via KO2.
Super Featherweight- Percy Peterson 3-14-3 (1) def. Luis Coria 4-1 (3) via UD4.
Bantamweight- Antonio Santa Cruz 6-3 (3) def. Jesus Godinez 2-2(2) via KO3.
Bantamweight- Jose Balderas 2-0 def. Victor Torres 2-6-1(1) 4rds