The 154-pound weight class is quickly stockpiling with prodigious American talent. Hugo Centeno Jr., 21-0-1-(11), kept his name on that list when he out-boxed the lethargic late replacement, Gerardo Ibarra.
Centeno proved that there is no substitute for activity and quality of opposition by keeping Ibarra, 14-1-0-(8), on the outside of his long jab and pasting him with short uppercuts on the inside. Centeno dominated all aspects of the bout and out landed Ibarra 193-97. Centeno never really attempted to go for the knockout and was instead content to dominate the bout with his superior skills.
Centeno has impressive height and reach but showed a noted lack of punching power and a poor habit off dropping his guard. Ibarra took the fight on very short notice and seemed happy just to get the exposure. Final scores of the one-sided bout were 99-91, 99-91, 100-90.
In a shocking upset journeyman welterweight Hugo Santana, 20-3-1-(7), made it eight straight wins by outpointing the previously unbeaten Eddie Gomez, 16-1-0-(10). Gomez got off to a fast start by using his speed advantage to probably sweep the first for rounds of the bout.
Gomez, however, totally unraveled the later stages of the bout. In the sixth round Santana began dominate the fight with his aggression, as Gomez looked utterly spent. Gomez, probably thinking he had the bout won, basically gave away the last three rounds of the fight.
Final scores were 96-94, 97-93, 98-92, in a bout that felt like it could have gone either way.