March 16, 2001

The Scorecard

Ringside Notes

Homeward Bound: On May 5 former IBF jr. middleweight champion Fernando Vargas (20-1, 18 KO's) returns to the ring to battle Wilfredo Rivera (32-4-1, 20 KO's) in a 10 round bout in El Paso, TX. In the co-feature bout El Paso native Juan Lazcano (26-2-1, 19 KO's) will fight for his first world title when he challenges reigning WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo (42-4-1, 38 KO's) in a 12 round war... Should Lazcano win the bout he would become El Paso's first world champion... Just a day after the Lazcano-Castillo bout was announced, an El Paso attorney and friend of the Lazcano family requested $10,000 worth of ringside tickets... Lazcano was born and raised in El Paso and his parents still reside there... Lazcano trainer Freddie Roach offered his views on the upcoming championship match:

"Style-wise Castillo's a good match-up for Juan. Juan must box smart and use his reach advantage because Castillo's got a good left hook and he's dangerous. Against Cesar Bazan, Castillo waded in and set Bazan up. Juan can't get lulled into that. He's got to be sharp."

NABA jr. middleweight champion and WBA #1 ranked contender Jose "Shibata" Flores (41-8, 23 KO's) will box on the undercard, as will undefeated super middleweight prospect Anthony Hanshaw (10-0, 8 KO's) and undefeated heavyweight prospect Domin-ick Guinn (8-0, 7 KO's)... On February 22, 2001, in Harrisburg, PA, Guinn dispatched of Knoxville, TN native Marvin Hunt in four rounds (TKO 4)...

Olympians Continue to Shine: On March 2 at Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, 2000 Sydn-ey Olympians Jeff Lacy and Francisco "Panchito" Bojado raised their professional records to 2-0 with 2 KO's, stopping their opponents in one round. Lacy starched Tommy Attardo at 1:21 of round one, twice dropping the South Boston, MA native with single punches. Midway through the round a counter overhand right sent Attardo to the canvas for the first time in the bout. Attardo valiantly climbed to his feet and fired back, but was leveled with a left hook that left him lying on the canvas for more than a minute following the bout's end (KO 2). Thankfully, Attardo did not suffer any serious injuries...

Bojado starched Juarez, Mexico native Alejandro Rivera, flooring Rivera once and breaking his nose with an overhand right. Moments after the bone-shattering blow, which was followed by several crisp combinations, Rivera ducked his head through the ropes and demanded that his corner halt the bout. The referee stopped his contest at 2:08 of round one. Neither Attardo nor Rivera has ever been stopped before in their careers.

What Would Bobby Knight Have Said About This Hoosier? 2000 U.S. Silver Medalist Ricardo Rocky Juarez stopped Terry Haute, IN native Mike Jones at: 44 of round one with a single left hook. Although the punch landed it clearly was not potent enough to cause the featherweight to stop competing. Incensed by Jones' swan dive to the canvas, Main Events matchmaker Carl Moretti requested that Nevada State Athletic Commissioner Marc Ratner revoke Jones' boxing license. Ratner informed Moretti today that he is denying Jones a license to fight again in Nevada...

Diaz Leading Candidate for 2001 CY Young Award: On March 2 undefeated jr. welterweight prospect Juan Diaz (8-0-5 KO's) pitched his third consecutive shutout, utilizing a relentless, punishing body attack to dominate 24-bout veteran Mahan Washington by the scores of 60-54, 60-54, and 60-54 (W 6)...

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