Denver’s well traveled ‘Road Warrior’ Shawn ‘Bones’ Nichol (5-7, 5 KO’s) forced top Super Flyweight (115 lbs.) prospect McJoe Arroyo (9-0, 5 KO’s) to go all six rounds before losing a unanimous decision last night at the Coliseo Rebekah Colberg in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, in front of a packed house.
The judges final scores of 60-54, and 59-55 twice, were no indication of just how tough a fight ‘Bones’ and Arroyo engaged in during their co-main event encounter with their bout easily being the best, and most competitive of the evening.
The first ever professional fight card held in Cabo Rojo had the fans of Puerto Rican boxing on their feet throughout the evening as the action-packed card provided knockouts galore.
The main event featured Manny Siaca (23-7, 20 KO’s) stopping Jhon Berrio (15-11, 11 KO’s) in the first round, capturing the WBO Latino middleweight (160 lbs.) crown in the process.
The rest of the evening’s action was designed to entertain and keep happy the supporters of Puerto Rican boxers, and that goal was easily accomplished.
At 112 lbs. Jonathan Gonzalez (6-0, 6 KO’s) stopped Manuel Galaviz (4-7, 1 KO) in round two.
In a clash of 130 pounders, Jonathan Torres (4-0, 4 KO’s) stopped Javier Ramos (3-8) in round one.
Two 135 pound battles had first up Raymond Perez (3-0, 3 KO’s) stopping Juan Santiago (0-3) in round three, followed by a controversial mandatory draw decision between Alberto Candelario (3-0-1, 2 KO’s) and Ken Alvaraez (1-0-1, 1 KO) with one judges seeing the bout 39-37 for the visiting Candelario, and the other two scoring it 38-38 twice.
Jonathan Arroyo (1-0, 1 KO) KO’d Michael Ramos (0-1) in the pro debut of both men in a battle of 150 pound competitors.
Shawn ‘Bones’ Nichol will return home to Denver for a brief rest period before heading back to New York and help finish preparing Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire (26-1, 18 KO’s) for his return to the ring bout against Omar Andres Naves (35-0-2, 19 KO’s) held at the WaMu Theatre in New York, New York, on October 22nd.
Nichol has established himself as one tough hombre in the 116-122 pound weight classes, but it’s time for him to come home and get a few wins under his belt, so as not to be considered simply an ‘opponent’.
Stephen Johnson feature writes for INSIDE BOXING.com, BORICUA BOXING.com, and UNTIL THE NEXT ROUND.com