In Chicago, Illinois Mike Tyson put on an awesome Boxing promotion televised by ESPN’s Friday night Fights. The contender Roberto Garcia won a tough split decision against Norberto Gonzales.
Gonzales was trying to force his will to set himself up for some kind of a title shot and Garcia was trying to fight his way into contention after long layoffs.
Gonzales came out blazing with great foot movement and combinations and dominated the first two rounds. Garcia was the stronger of the two but didn’t do much in those rounds.
Garcia closed the gap in the third round pushing Gonzales to the ropes and landing supreme body shots and right hooks to his head. From the start Gonzales was the busier fighter but Garcia had more powerful shots.
In the eighth Garcia was deducted a point for using his shoulder illegally.
Despite the point loss Garcia fought great punished Gonzales 64-38 in the final two rounds. The tenth round was amazing and shocked the loud crowd as they both threw everything including the kitchen sink. Garcia looked on the verge of a stoppage.
The final scores were 95-94 Gonzalez, 96-93, 95-94 Garcia. Garcia improved (34-3,1, 22 KOs), while Gonzales slipped to (20-3, 13 KOs).
In the co-main event the Polish fighter Kamil “Szurek” Laszczyk (16-0, 7 KOs) scored a eight round unanimous decision over former bantamweight world title challenger Daniel Diaz (20-6-1, 15 KOs). Laszczyk scored a knockdown at the end of the first round when he caught Diaz jab with an looping right. Laszczyk won almost every round by out working over his competition. Scores were 79-72, 79-71, 78-73.
The first bout of the evening saw the unbeaten Ericson Lublin improve his record to 3-0-0-(3), stopping Roberto Acevedo (13-13-3) in just one round. Acevedo had a hand injury. Lublin, a star amateur, was considered to be one of the gold medal favorites for America in the Rio Olympics in 2016, after the amateur rules changed he opted to turn professional.