“Saturday fights were great,” said Big Steve during our lunch at Cafe Bravo onGlenoaks Boulevard:” I find it curious that’s the least talked about fight was the most competitive and intense. What do you think?”
Saturday night double venue professional boxing event dubbed “Star Power” which was televised by HBO PPV was everything fans could wish for and more. It provided dynamic action, blood, drama, knock outs and controversy. What else can a boxing fan ask for? The hotly contested opening act between two young and determined junior welterweights was a sign of things to follow.
In the opening bout of the telecast from MGM Grand Garden Arena, in a spectacular light welterweight fight, undefeated Jessie Vargas fromLas VegasedgedRiverside’s Josesito Lopez via split decision. Vargas’s promoter, Floyd Mayweather said that twenty one year old Jessie was a future of boxing. His performance against tough as nails, young veteran Josesito Lopez was the first big step in proving that.
Judges scored the fight 95-94 for Lopez and 96-93, 95-94 for Vargas, but the real winners were fans who were able to see a classic battle of two young and hungry fighters leaving it all in the ring. “This was a great fight,” confirmed undefeated Vargas during a post fight press conference:” I feel the fans are the ones that won tonight.” I couldn’t have said it any better.