Chris Avalos KOs San Diego’s Rolly Lunas in round three

November 16, 2013 No Comments
At their official weigh-in on Friday, Rolly Lunas (l) weighing in at 120½ lbs. and Chris Avalos weighing at 122 lbs. (r) pose for photos.

At their official weigh-in on Friday, November 15, 2013, Rolly Lunas (l) weighed 120½ lbs. while Chris Avalos (r) weighed 122 lbs. for their Super Bantamweight clash at the AVI Resort & Casino in Laughlin, Nevada.

November 16, 2013

On Saturday night, in a non-televised Main Event at the AVI Resort & Casino in Laughlin, Nevada, WBO #1/WBA #7/IBF #10 super bantamweight Chris Avalos (23-2, 17 KOs) scored a third round knockout of San Diego’s Rolly Lunas (34-9-1, 20 KOs). Lunas, the former Super Flyweight, Bantamweight and Super Bantamweight Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) champion over the past six years, has been training with the highly regarded Vince Parra of Spring Valley, CA. The two had been traveling from gym to gym training with the very best boxers in these parts, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego, to get ready for a run at the WBC Super Bantamweight title.

Jose Felix Jr.

Jose Felix Jr.

In the Co-Main Event, IBF #4, WBO #15, jr. lightweight Jose Felix Jr. (26-0-1, 21 KOs) scored a third round TKO victory over Santos Benavides (23-5-2, 17 KOs). Felix dropped Benavides in round three and then secured the stoppage from referee Russell Mora with a follow-up barrage of punches. In Felix’s last two fights, the 21 year-old knocked both Fernando Garcia and Joseph Laryea out in the first round.

Gabino Saenz

Gabino Saenz

On the undercard, unbeaten featherweight Gabino Saenz (11-0-2, 8 KOs) and Edwin Solis (5-2-3, 3 KOs) fought to a six round draw. After getting pounded in Round #3, it appeared Saenz was ready to be stopped, but Solis failed to finish him. In the next three rounds, Saenz did much better. The scores ended up being 58-56 for Solis, 58-56 for Saenz, along with a 57-57 for the split decision draw.

Saul Benavidez poses for a photo with his support staff which includes his father, Saul Benavides Sr. and Freddie Roach (r).

Saul Benavidez poses for a photo with his support staff which includes his father, Saul Benavides Sr. and Freddie Roach (r).

Also, unbeaten welterweight sensation, 21 year-old Jose Benavidez (18-0, 14 KOs) from Phoenix, Arizona by way of Panorama City, CA, the 2009 National Golden Gloves Champion, dropped Abraham Alvarez (16-5-1, 7 KOs) from Rosario, Sinaloa, Mexico, twice en route to his second round TKO. Through his first nine fights, Benavidez Jr. trained at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym with Roach and his father/trainer Jose Benavidez Sr. Then in early 2011, father and son moved back to Phoenix to open their own gym, Glory Boxing.

Favored on all three scorecards, super middleweight Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez (5-0-1, 0 KOs) from Phoenix, Arizona took every round from Jose Alvarez (3-3, 0 KOs) from Sanger, CA in their four rounder.

Unbeaten jr lightweight Saul Rodriguez (11-0-1, 8 KOs) of Riverside, CA scored a spectacular KO victory over Cesar Valenzuela (4-3-1, 1 KO) when he landed the big overhand right in Round #3.

Cameron Krael

Lightweight Cameron Krael

In an upset, late sub Cameron Krael (4-5-2, 0 KOs) of the Las Vegas Fight Club, a loser in four of his last five fights, surprised previously unbeaten lightweight Luis Bello (5-1, 2 KOs) from the Espinoza Boxing Club, by winning a six round unanimous decision victory with scores of 58-56 across the board.

And finally, unbeaten junior middleweight Khurshid “Maniako” Abdullaev (6-0-1, 4 KOs) and journeyman Yosmani Abreu (4-7-2, 2 KOs) fought to a six round draw. The scores of this one, 57-55 for Abdullaev, 56-55 for Abreu, and a fence-sitting 56-56 scorecard denoting a split decision draw.

In late January of this year, Elie Seckbach from began touting Abdullaev in his videos (six have already been produced). As mentioned, Abdullaev, from the former Soviet Union, started training at the Robert Garcia Academy in Oxnard, California in early January with hopes of becoming a world champion.

“Great things are expected,” claimed Seckbach. “He comes from a great Amateur background … a lot of power, a lot of pop.”

Not to belittle Abdullaev’s early conquests, but not one of his previous opponents has a winning record. Abdullaev, a Muslim, also mentioned his plan to get two more wives (he already has two) after he becomes champion. The following video will give you a better read on this dreamer.

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