To the victor go the rewards: Emilio Colon-Garcia celebrates his fourth career victory. (Jose Romero)

Local Favorite 'Milo-Time' Wins Main Event At Friday Night Fights III

Emilio "Milo-Time" Colon-Garcia pounds his way to a four-round unanimous decision over Miguel Armendarez in the main event of boxing's Friday Night Fights in downtown Phoenix

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Boxing Fan Favorites Colon-Garcia, Castro End Night With Wins At Friday Night Fights

Emilio Colon-Garcia did what he and his many fans expected him to do Friday night, using an array of jabs and hooks to keep opponent Miguel Armendarez off of him while inflicting plenty of damage on his way to a unanimous decision win at the Madison Event Center in Phoenix.

“Milo Time,” as his fans call him, was the main attraction of the main event, and he rode the cheers to an efficient victory to improve to 4-0-1 on the 20-year-old’s pro career.

Colon-Garcia was simply too fast and too strong for Armendarez, who was winless in his previous six fights, and overwhelmed his opponent with punches that staggered Armendarez along with rapid flurries of punches.

Colon-Garcia benefited from the use of a strength and conditioning coach provided by his sponsors after rehabilitating a back injury from his previous fight three months ago.

“I’m really happy with how my camp went,” he said. “Everything came into place.”

Colon-Garcia threw a number of effective hooks in his fight.

“It was nice, huh?” he said. “I just started working different spots… I kind of baited him a little bit. I did what I had to do to win.”

A jab gave Armendarez a bloody nose.

The co-main event featured another local favorite, 19-year-old Victor “El Niño” Castro, who outlasted Tucson’s Carlos Luque in another fight that went all four rounds.

The 135-pounders put on a good show, but Castro made it look pretty easy against the 2-7 Luque. Try as he might to get inside and land blows, Luque paid for his forays with well-timed punches from Castro as the crowd roared.

Castro improved to 4-0 as a professional.

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Pro Bouts Offer Mixed Bag Of Results At Friday Night Fights

The third fight of the night came down to a split decision, as 140-pounders Michael Salcido of Eloy and Julio Rodas went toe-to-toe for four rounds to open the professionals portion of Friday Night Fights at the Madison.

After a big exchange early, Salcido scored a knockdown. It proved to be the difference, as over the course of the rest of the fight, Rodas landed blow after blow and drew blood from Salcido’s nose

Body shots by Rodas had an effect as Salcido winced in pain to end the second round. A couple of wild hooks from Rodas landed, but Salcido wouldn’t go down.
In the end he won for the first time in three bouts at the Madison.

Next up was Rafael Rivera against Jesse Ruiz at 114. Ruiz was the taller fighter with a clear reach advantage, but Rivera neutralized that from the start by going inside and keeping Ruiz from extending his arms to throw punches.

After an even first round, Rivera began to land and Ruiz wasn’t able to counter much. By the end of three rounds, Rivera was dictating the pace and action and a frustrated Ruiz didn’t score with enough shots.

In the end the judges’ decision was unanimous for Rivera, 38-37, 38-37, 38-37.

At much heavier weight, plodding Joe Martell faced a faster and more active Anthony Garcia and it seemed Martell wasn’t into the fight much. He struggled to find a rhythm and found himself trying long roundhouse rights that hardly connected or were blocked. Garcia was clearly in good shape, bouncing about the ring and landing more punches faster.

Martell came out thowing right away  to start the final round but fell back into his sluggish ways even as his corner pleaded for him to keep his hands up and throw punches. Garcia got the unanimous decision.

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Amateur Boxers Keep The Action Fast WIth Flurries Of Punches To Open FNF3

Friday Night Fights at the Madison Event Center got off to a rousing start with a three-round slugfest between 138-pound amateurs Roderick Flores of Tucson and crowd favorite Freddie Cintora.

Both fighters threw plenty of jabs, more to the head than body, but Flores made his count more. He forced a pair of standing-eight counts on Cintora and was awarded the decision after landing the bigger blows in the first and third rounds.

The second amateur bout was between two women, Ayanna Vasquez of Las Cruces, N.M. and Sulem Urbina, a 21-year-old native of Mexico who once represented her country in an Americas tournament in Brazil.

The fighters battled it out and threw a lot of punches in the three rounds, and fatigue set in in the final round. Vasquez landed the more effective punches and was awarded the decision.

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