BOUT#9: ANTHONY WERNER (DEBUT) VS JAMES REED (11-13) PRO 145LBS
RD#1: The co main event of the evening is our first professional bout of the evening with Anthony Werner making his debut against veteran James Reed. Reed comes out early with a low kick and a superman punch off the cage. This pushes Werner back and he lands a big kick across the midsection of Werner and then finishes with a takedown. Reed works ground and pound from inside the guard of Werner but gets too high in the guard and almost gets caught in an armbar. The sly vet in Reed won’t have it though as he slides out of it and takes the back of Werner and sinks the rear naked choke in simultaneously. Moments later Werner is forced to tap out to the choke.
Rigondeaux: “The Mexican was a brave kid. I commend him for getting in the ring with me. He has more guts than a lot of these other guys. We both threw combinations at the same time at the end of the first round. But mine was quicker and more accurate. It was only a matter of time. I fight to give the best performance to the public and all the fans. I am making everyone disappear at 122. I am always available. Tell me who is next. I want all of them, and will take them out one by one. I hope the whole world sees what it is like to get in the ring with me. I am tired of the press and everyone saying I am boring. You see what happens when someone brings the fight to me.”
Flores: “It’s not fair. It’s clear that the bell rang. He didn’t throw a punch the whole round. I was winning the round and he waited for after the bell to throw punch when I dropped my hands down.”
Co Main event on the card features Guillermo Rigondeaux ( 17 – 0, 11 KO’s) VS Moises Flores (25-0, 17 KO’s)
Both fighters undefeated, and each had a fight in summer of 2016.
Rigondeaux was an elite amateur fight with almost 475 fights on his resume (loosing only 12). He has earned Gold Medals at the Pan Am Games, two World Amateur Championships, two world cups, and two Olympic Gold medals (2000 and 2004). November 2015 he was signed to Roc Nation Sports.
Flores, a noticeable tall 122 pounder standing 5 feet 9 inches tall, from Guadalajara, Mexico. He made his pro debut in 2008, and has sepnt the majority of his career fighing in Mexico. He then did a U.S. debut in September 2014, winning a 6 round UD over Pablo Batres in Mesquite Texas. In April 2015 he won the WBA World Super Bantamweight (interim) title against Champion Oscar Escandon. He has defended the WBA belt twice, and along the way picked up the IBO World Super Bantamweight title.
Tonight, on the Ward Kovalev card he hopes to claim full right to the title against Rigondeaux in a 12 round championship co main event!