Someone’s O Gonna Go At Down and Dirty 9…. Probably



Someone’s O Gonna Go At Down and Dirty 9…. Probably

The saying “someone’s O has to go” is one of those time-honored sayings in the fight game that is stubbornly enduring, despite the erroneous level of certitude implied.

No, it’s not a certainty that when the 27-0 guy (Hegly Mosqueda from Venezuela) fights the 9-0 guy (Felix Parrilla, from Connecticut) at Down and Dirty 9 April 6 in Hampstead, New Hampshire, one person will leave the arena with a big fat L stamped onto their BoxRec.

Think about it—-when the 25 year old Mosqueda, who makes his home in Londonderry, NH, clashes with Parrilla, it could end in a draw.

Hegly Mosqueda is undefeated

The Venezuelan has more wins….

Promoter Michael Reyes is of the belief that no, this thing will get properly settled, and the services of arbiters likely won’t be needed at Phan Zone Sports Center. “Good stakes here, Mosqueda has piled up a winning streak since debuting in 2015,” Reyes told NYF.

“Parrilla doesn’t have as many fights, but eight KOs in nine wins suggests he likes to leave the judges out of it. Do the math— Mosquera has a KO percentage of 76%… pretty sure someone’s O will go in New Hampshire!”

Felix Parrilla is undefeated

Felix looked very sharp and nasty at Down & Dirty 6

Mosqueda notched a stoppage his last time out, July 2023, in round 6 of 8 versus ultra rugged Mexican campaigner Ernesto Guerrero. This is his fourth test in the US, and maybe his stiffest.

Tape shows scouts that the 25 year old Mosqueda acted like a calm assassin as he patiently found a spot for a left hook, on the temple, as he in-fought with Guerrero. He’s rangy and confident, looks like.

One would think that Parrilla and/or one of his coaches noted aloud that Mosqueda times the hook real good, so put that on the ‘watch for’ list.

This Parrilla, age 24, showed lots to like in his last rumble.

Last October, he scored a KO win in Danvers, Mass, on the Down and Dirty 6 show.

He’s been busy, willing to travel a bit to work regularly. You sense a hunger here.

Who’s A Side Atop the Down and Dirty Show

I won’t put promoter Reyes on the spot and ask him who the A side is. But Parrilla was 2019 Connecticut amateur of the year, he has a seemingly solid foundation.

I’m betting on the old saying playing out as promised—- either Mosqueda or Parrilla, someone’s O is gonna go.

Marqus Bates headlined Down and Dirty 8

Reyes reports the last show satisfied patrons, Marqus Bates, a real pro, gave ‘em a show

“Reyes Boxing Promotions very happily put on the farewell show for Marqus Bates, on Feb 6,” said Michael Reyes. “We welcomed people from his community, in Taunton, to salute Marqus on his last fight as a pro. He went out with a bang! I predict we get the same action April 6 in New Hampshire.”

Bates, age 37, told NYF how that final hoedown went. “It was everything I wanted a battle! Diego Luque came to fight, just like I did. It was a battle from the first all the way to the 8th round. I dropped him in the second round, he dropped me in the 8th. I won unanimous decision but it was a hard fought battle and I wouldn’t have had at no other way!”

Expect to see and sense some of that level of intensity on the April 6.

You see, most focus and attention goes to the big gunners with heavily established cred. Jake Paul draws much of the air in the room.

Jake Paul And Mike Tyson

Got a tip. Jake Paul and Mike Tyson draw much attention, but real emotion, and gritty back and forth FIGHTS are more likely to be seen on a Down and Dirty card as a hyped PPV presentation

But in actuality, you will see all the attributes that make a great fight more often on this sort of club show—courage, strength, of body and mind, ebb and flow drama.

Founder/editor Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the then-impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist has covered the sport since for ESPN The Magazine,, Bad Left Hook and RING. His journalism career started with NY Newsday in 1999. Michael Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live, since 2017.