All action and fan friendly Armenian Super-Bantamweight world contender 🇦🇲Azat Hovhannisyan keeps the knockouts coming. Hovhannisyan (18-3-0, 15KO) ran through Colombian 🇻🇪Franklin Manzanilla (18-6-0, 17KO) by fourth round knockout in their WBA Super-Bantamweight eliminator on Thursday at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles. The fight served as headliner to Golden Boy’s Thursday Night Fights series. Continue reading “A Title Shot Draws Near as Hovhannisyan Makes Easy Work of Manzanilla”
It wasn’t an easy one, but WBC Super-Bantamweight World Champion Rey Vargas (33-0-0, 22KO) successfully retained his title with a unanimous decision over powerpuncher Franklin Manzanilla (18-5-0, 17KO), but he was met with a few tense, and odd moments.
Manzanilla knocked him down with a big shot in the 2nd round, which was the 3rd time Vargas was down in his career. Vargas got up and rebounded in the next round, establishing a little distance. Rey wobbled the challenger badly in the 4th round, showing his opponent that he could punch as well.
In this fight, there were 2 separate points taken from Manzilla due to poor sportsmanship, and throughout the fight, he fought with dirty underhanded tactics, and disregarded the Refs commands. In addition to that, there were 2 accidental headbutts in the fight, and 3 cuts were opened on Vargas face, one over the left eye, one under the right eye, and one slightly outside of his right eye. Legendary Trainer/Cutman Nacho Beristain did a fantastic job of coagulating the cuts so that the problems going forward in the fight would be minimal. Vargas did what he had to do down the stretch to secure the win and defend his world title-belt.
WBC Super Bantamweight Champion Rey Vargas (32-0, 22KO) has to be happy that fight weekend is finally here. Vargas has heard Frankiln Manzanilla (18-4, 17KO) talk about how he has prepared to take his title and hand him his first loss Saturday night when the two meet up at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.
“I have heavy hands. If you don’t believe me, just ask Pollito Ceja (Manzanilla defeated last fight by 4th round stoppage). Vargas will find this out. He hasn’t faced an opponent as tall as him, or who hits as hard as I do.”
“I told him to not get too comfortable as champion because he will be going home with a loss on Saturday.”
Vargas has always let his hands do the talking, trash talk isn’t big with him, but he has stated that he won’t let the talking from Manzanilla cause him to lose focus.
“He claims that I am overconfident. Maybe that’s his whole game plan, to hope that I am overlooking him. I can promise you, that is never the case any time I step in the ring. Every time I fight, I go in with a smart, well-prepared game plan.”