Some boxers are head-hunters, while others prefer to attack the body. This was the case when Bryan Vasquez faced heavy-hitting Jose Felix Jr. in a World Boxing Association interim super-featherweight title bout on the Timothy Bradley/Manny Pacquiao undercard at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday.
While Vasquez was landing body shots, Felix, who was accidentally headed-butted twice, preferred to work upstairs for a knockout, but in the end Vasquez connected with the more effective shots and grabbed a unanimous decision.
Vasquez won the first three rounds, but Felix had a better fourth, especially toward the latter portion of the round.
The pace slowed somewhat in the fifth round before picking up steam in the sixth as Vasquez, who was nailed three times below the belt, came on strong.
Felix (26-1-1 with 21 KO’s) was head-butted in the seventh round as Vasquez (33-1-0 with 17 KO’s) was in charge.
The eighth was close, however the ninth round saw Felix actually attempt to kick Vasquez, which prompted Referee Robert Byrd to deduct a point from the native of Mexico.
Meanwhile, Vasquez, who hails from Costa Rica, took the 10th round, while Vasquez continued his domination in the 11th round after landing two good right hands late. In that round Felix was once again head-butted.
The final round belonged to Vasquez, who controlled the action after connecting with multiple rights and lefts which continued a pattern established early in the fight.
Jessie Vargas took to task replacement Khabib Allakhverdiev and claimed the WBA junior-welterweight belt and International Boxing Organization junior-welterweight title with a unanimous decision.
Vargas began strong then slowed down a bit over the dozen rounds, and made excellent use of the jab.
Vargas (24-0-0 with nine KO’s) won the first round while Allakhverdiev picked up the second round, but Vargas’ use of the jab gave him the nod in the third round.
The fourth round was fairly even, while Allakhverdiev (19-1-1 with nine KO’s) garnered the first half of the fifth round, whereas Vargas was better over the last minute or so.
The sixth round was full of back-and-forth action which was sustained over much of the second half of the fight.
Vargas clearly won the seventh and ninth rounds, while Allakhverdiev, from Russia, also had his moment in the sun as the pair exchanged shots in the eighth.
The final four rounds saw the pair trade shots, but most of the time Beltran came out on top, and each was effective in the 12th round.
Raymundo Beltran (29-6-1 with 17 KO’s) had the better of Arash Usmanee (20-2-1 with 10 KO’s) across a dozen rounds in their North American Boxing Organization lightweight title mix and earned a unanimous decision.
From the opening bell, Beltran came out and set the tone as he made superb use of the jab, and also employed a steady head-and-body attack.
Beltran owned the first six rounds, while Usmanee, from Afghanistan but resides in Montreal, Canada, did some damage in the seventh, but Beltran rallied in the eighth round as he attacked the head and body.
Beltran claimed the ninth and 10th rounds, while the 11th was fairly uneventful. Usmanee had a good 12th round as he located the target with three right hands, but Beltran still took the round.