WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT REBORN!
ESHO TRIUMPHS OVER FLORES; HERNANDEZ STOPS SALDANA IN NIGHT OF WALL-TO-WALL ACTION IN CHICAGO
Popular super welterweight Achour Esho (12-0, 7 KOs) capped off a great night of action at the UIC Pavilion tonight (Saturday, October 1, 2016) in Chicago with a unanimous six-round decision over Ecuador’s Eduardo Flores (24-23-3, 15 KOs).
Headlining the resurrection of the popular “Windy City Fight Night” series presented by Warriors Boxing, Esho, of Skokie, Illinois, dug hard to the body of Flores and then brought it up to the head on several occasions.
Flores was a tough customer and didn’t come to lose. He pressured Esho for all six rounds, hoping he’d tire, however Esho proved his conditioning by coming on even stronger in the final two rounds to seal the victory.
Rumored to be undefeated Esho’s last fight, the scores were 58-56, 59-55, and 59-55.
Fighting in the six-round co-main event, super featherweight Josh Hernandez (4-0, 4 KOs) of Chicago continued to impress with a three-round dismantling of Juan M Saldana (2-4) of Tijuana, Mexico.
Hernandez’ power is real, as he wobbled the tough Mexican with every clean shot he landed. Sensing his rival was tiring, Hernandez poured it on in the third, landing several clubbing shots, the last of which, a right hand, put the out-gunned Saldana on the mat for good at 0:27.
Hernandez is ready for a step up, as he is destroying opponents at his current level.
With half the crowd there to cheer him on, Chicago super featherweight Yousif Saleh (1-0) won his four-round super featherweight debut against Hector Fernandez (2-5, 1 KO) of Coamo, Puerto Rico.
It was a closer fight than the popular Saleh was probably expecting, as the lanky Puerto Rican Fernandez had his moments and landed several strong pot shots from the outside. Saleh, however, is a tricky and mobile fighter with a whip-like left hook, which he used to great advantage.
Saleh probably deserves an easier second fight after flirting with disaster in this one. The scores were 40-36, 39-37, and 39-37.
Chicago bantamweight Joshua Greer (10-1-1, 3 KOs) took the undefeated record of the Dominican Republic’s scrappy Juan Gabriel Medina (10-1, 9 KOs) via six-round unanimous decision.
Greer came out blazing and dropped Medina in each of the first two rounds, but Medina hung tough and kept it interesting, pressuring Greer and always a split second away from landing a fight-changing shot. He never did.
Like an angry water bug, Greer’s speed is something to see, both of fist and foot. He moves around the ring like a hovercraft and then darts in with blazing fists. Given a few more rounds, this one may have gotten even more interesting.
Good win for Greer. The scores were 60-52, 57-55 and 57-55
Super featherweight Giovanny Cabrera Mioletti (3-0, 1 KO) Chicago scored a unanimous four-round decision over previously unbeaten Gavino Guaman (4-1) of River Falls, Wisconsin.
Mioletti’s superior work rate won the day over the stronger punching of Guaman.
Guaman got off to a good start and landed some haymakers, but by the end, Mioletti had comfortably taken control. The scores were 40-36, 39-37 and 39-37.
In an entertaining women’s lightweight brawl, St. Louis via Chicago’s Jessica “CasKILLA” McCaskill (2-1, 1 KO) spoiled the pro debut of Elmont, New York’s Alexandria Williams via third-round TKO (time 0:32).
The two women traded freely in a back-and-forth affair, however, McCaskill enjoyed a power advantage. She dropped Williams hard at the end of round one and staggered her several times in round two.
Game as she was, Williams was deemed to have had enough early in the third. McCaskill looks to have stepped up her game after a shaky start in the professional ranks.