Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas - In a welterweight fight, Blair Cobbs (15-0-1, 10 KOs) picked up the biggest name on record with a fifth round stoppage of veteran Brad Solomon (29-4, 9 KOs).
Cobbs started the fight fast, throwing a lot of punches to get Solomon backing up and looking for counters. During the second, Cobbs seemed to stun Solomon with a left hand. He began to apply a lot of pressure with constant attacks to force Solomon to take a defensive approach.
At the start of the third, Cobbs connected with a left hand that send Solomon stumbling back to the ropes. He was unable to follow up with Solomon covering up and stepping away from danger. Solomon started countering well with accurate punches landing flush, but Cobbs was walking through them.
Solomon continued to tag Cobbs with clean shots at the start of the fourth. The pace really slowed down, with Cobbs more reluctant to jump in with combos. In the fifth, Cobbs was connecting well with his punches and there was little coming back from Solomon, who seemed to be fatigued. Cobbs was breaking down the body and then went back to the head. A big left hand to the eye sent Solomon down to his knees in obvious pain and the fight was waved off by the referee.
Also on the card, Raul “Cougar” Curiel (10-0, 8 KOs) of Tampico, Mexico scored a ninth-round technical knockout victory against Ferdinand “Lucky Boy” Kerobyan (14-2, 10 KOs) of North Hollywood, California in a welterweight battle. Curiel ended the fight by landing a barrage of punches that forced the referee to call the action at 2:10 of the aforementioned round.
Alexis “Lex” Rocha (17-1, 10 KOs) of Santa Ana, California returned with a knockout victory at 2:12 of the second round against Jameson Bacon (26-5, 17 KOs) of Manadaue City, Phillipines in a welterweight battle.
Demetrius Banks (10-11-1, 5 KOs) of Detroit, Michigan scored an upset unanimous decision win against Tristan Kalkreuth (8-1, 6 KOs) of Duncanville, Texas in a six-round cruiserweight fight. Banks won with scores of 54-60, 55-59 and 54-60.
Manny Flores (10-0, 7 KOs) of Coachella, California scored a knockout win against Daniel Lozano (15-11-1, 11 KOs) of Bowling Green, Florida. The action was halted at 1:15 of the first round.
Jousce Gonzalez (11-0-1, 10 KOs) of Glendora, California scored a third-round TKO victory against Gabriel Gutierrez (7-9, 5 KOs) of El Paso, Texas in a scheduled six-round welterweight fight. The fight was stopped 1:43 of the third round.
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