By Michael Shepherd – Ismael “El Tigre” Barroso (20-1-2, 19 KOs) was looking to redeem himself after being stopped back in May 2016, in seven rounds by WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla in Manchester, England. That night Barroso started very fast and was beating Crolla up, and leading on all three scorecards, but he ran out of gas and was knocked out by a bodyshot in the seventh round.
Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr has been undefeated in his last six fights, after getting stopped by Amir Imam in five rounds back in January 2015. He fought last in June 2017, when he won a close ten round split decision over Pablo Cesar Cano for the WBC FECARBOX Title.
Barroso started slowly and was picking his shots well, the same for Maldonado who was boxing well and not taking any chances.
Maldonado came out his jab in the second, looking to set up his right hand. Barroso was still taking his time and not being very active. There was a lot of clinching starting to take place.
During the third, Maldonado was clipped and dropped by two hard left hands. Maldonado looked hurt but managed to survive by hugging Barroso for the remainder of the round as Barroso tried to finish him off.
At the start of the fourth, Maldonado had still not fully recovered and was doing more holding so the referee called time to deduct a point.
You could see a cut opening up under the right eye of Maldonado in the fifth round as Barroso kept looking for the big finish. Maldonado looked to be more hesitant to commit to his punches in fear of getting caught after feeling the power of Barroso.
In the sixth round Barroso landed a huge body shot dropping “The Atrisco kid” who could not meet the count and the fight was waved off.
In the Co Main Event at Fantasy Spring Casino, Indio, California In what could be a career defining fight between junior welterweight contenders who are coming back from close defeats, Marcelino Lopez (33-2-1, 18 KOs) made quick work of Pablo Cesar Cano (30-7-1, 21 KOs) in two rounds.
Coming in Cano pulled off a big win last November, with a split decision victory over Mauricio Herrera, but that boost was quickly downed in June – when he lost a twelve round split decision to Fidel Maldonado Jr.
Lopez had a three fight winning streak put to an end in April, after losing a close ten round split decision to Michael Perez.
Cano started very fast in the first, taking the fight to Lopez and landed a big right hand that opened up a cut around the left eye of Lopez. Cano was using his experience and ended the round well to take the first round.
Both fighters started quickly in the second with Cano looking the brighter and picking his shots well.
Then out of nowhere near the end of the second, a huge two punch combination by Lopez sent Cano crashing down to the mat, with his head bouncing hard on the canvas. Cano made it up to his feet and was very unsteady as the referee began a count. Sitting at ringside you could see the referee take a long hard look into Cano’s eyes before he waved it off.
Cano’s corner was about to throw in the towel before the referee stopped the action. While sitting in his corner, after the stoppage, Cano told his corner that he had no idea where he was.
Marcelino Lopez is now back in the mix for a bigger fight and maybe against Fidel Maldonado Jr.
Could this be the end for Pablo Cesar Cano? This being his 7th loss in his last 15 fights, he is only 28 years old but has already had 39 fight’s in his career and has shared the ring with some greats of the sport such as Erik Morales, Shane Mosley & Paulie Malignaggi. Will he say enough is enough and walk away?