Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota– In a battle of Puerto Rican welterweight prospects, Vincent Arroyo (12-1, 7 KOs) took a hard-fought 10-round unanimous decision over Hector Sanchez (19-2, 9 KOs) by scores of 98-92, 98-92, and 96-94.
In the second round, the 6 ft 1 Sanchez began to take advantage of his height and reach with some quick counters against the 5′ 9″ Arroyo, rocking his opponent on a few occasions and jumping to an early lead on the scorecards.
After the second round, though, Arroyo found his pace and settled into the right distance– inside the long reach of Sanchez. The next four rounds belonged to Arroyo, as he backed his opponent against the ropes and landed swept the middle rounds with his edge in activity.
Despite an attempt to rally in the seventh, Sanchez found himself generally outworked the rest of the way, nearly getting stopped in the eighth after a wide, shot from Arroyo wobbled the legs of Sanchez and had him desperately holding on.
Despite a good comeback round in the tenth, it was too little and too late for Sanchez as Arroyo took the fight by a score of 96-94 on The Boxing Tribune’s scorecard.
In the co-feature, The very rough edges of cruiserweight prospect, Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KOs) became painfully obvious as he scored a unanimous 10-round decision over Felix Cora Jr (22-6-2, 12 KOs).
While Kayode was in control for most of the contest, the lapses in technique and concnetration from the Nigeria-born fighter suggest that, at least right now, fringe fighters like Felix Cora Jr. represent the probable high water mark on what he can achieve.
Cora came forward and gave an honest effort, but was inconsistent in his aggression, missing the fact that he was effective whenever he decided to be aggressive.
The judges scorecards scored the fight in favor of Kayode: 97-92, 96-93, 98-92. The Boxing Tribune scored the bout 96-93, also for Kayode.
A point was deducted from Kayode for a low blow, delivered in the final ten seconds of the bout.
Other Noteworthy Bouts–
(Jr. Welterweight) Antonio Pitalua D 12 Cosme Rivera; (Jr. Middleweight) Gabriel Rosado UD 10 Keenan Collins; (Welterweight) Ronald Cruz TKO 6 Christopher Fernandez
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