Edges Henry Namauu in Cruiserweight Thriller!
April 4, 2011
It’s not always about the quantity but rather the quality
of a boxing card that makes it stand out in a spectator’s
This past Friday, April 1, 2011, boxing fans bore witness to
a sensational four-fight card at the Rio - Las Vegas. Crown
Boxing headed by long-time boxing promoter, Frank Lucca put
together a back-and-forth show that featured the brightest
up and coming prospects within the Las Vegas area.
The main event pitted UNLV’s Henry Namauu (9-4, 5 KOs) vs. Victor
Barragan (12-6, 3 KOs) in what was a rematch from their initial 2009
encounter. Both cruiserweight combatants would exchange vicious blows over
the first six rounds attempting to gain control of the prize fight. It was
the type of fight that was considered a coin-flip after the mid-way point.
It was Barragan who would close the show slightly stronger over the final
championship rounds as he placed his punches in combination and with shorter
delivery to land effectively on Namauu. The crowd went wild as both men
fought gallantly until the final bell eventually embracing in a show of
Barragan would capture the IBA Cruiserweight Title of the Americas with a
unanimous decision victory of 99-91, 98-92, and 97-93.
The undercard would feature not one... but two Rocco’s.
Rocco Santomauro would improve to (7-0) with a strong performance over
opponent Gabe Garcia. The Las Vegas native would knockdown his foe in the
first stanza but the game Garcia would not give up and lasted the 4 round
In his pro debut, Rocco Espinoza (1-0) would out-work Armando Gonzales over
the course of four rounds never letting up the pressure to capture his first
In what was an extremely gutsy performance by both women... Mandy LaPointe
(3-1) and Annette Agredano (5-0) would battle to a majority draw as the
action was too close to call.
The fans in attendance were treated to a great night of boxing that featured
four very well made matches that provided great excitement and
entertainment. The crowd of roughly 1,000 attendants definitely left the Rio
Convention Center grinning with satisfaction from the drama in the ring.