Stepping into the ring against Juan Carlos Payano is the equivalent of taking an open-book math exam … while also holding the answer key … and yet somehow still flunking the test. On Tuesday night, Alexis Santiago became the latest student who failed to make the grade.
Juan Carlos Payano has already accomplished the one goal that’s atop every professional boxer’s to-do list: become a world champion. Now Payano is determined to check off box No. 2 on that list: do it again.
A boxer’s journey to the top is usually a step-by-step climb. Sometimes all the rungs on the ladder are as strong as granite; sometimes one or two are as sturdy as cheap plastic. Trouble is, a fighter doesn’t know which rungs are rock solid and which are potential traps until he completes each step—something Miguel Flores recently learned the hard way.
Eddie Ramirez entered his second career main event looking to accomplish two things: remain undefeated and treat the fans to another action-packed performance. He ended up nailing one of those goals—but thankfully for Ramirez, it was the most important one.
Most former world champions who jump back in the ring after a 19-month sabbatical usually do so against an opponent who is little more than a glorified sparring partner. Let the record show that Brandon Rios doesn’t believe in tomato cans.
As predicted, David Benavidez did indeed face the toughest test of his young career Saturday night in his 168-pound title eliminator against veteran slugger Rogelio “Porky” Medina. And Benavidez didn’t just pass his test, he aced it.
Claudio Marrero waited 3½ years for a second world title opportunity. He needed all of 90 seconds to make the most of it.