John Vera & Max Ornelas Impress Mightily on Roy Jones/Fightnight Live AZ Card



John Vera & Max Ornelas Impress Mightily on Roy Jones/Fightnight Live AZ Card

John Vera pitched his flag in the 154 ranks as one to be reckoned with, as he defused Puerto Rican bomb thrower Daniel Rosario in the main event of the Roy Jones card at Wild Horse Pass Casino in Chandler, Arizona, on the third Facebook Fightnight Live streaming show Saturday night.

Vera rose to 17-0 and did so by majority decision, officially.

I did color on the show, produced by Linacre Media, and Mark Fratto, with boxer Mike Lee and Miguel Flores on blow by blow, and I had Vera winning 8-2.

He had to be smart and dodge the bombs of the Puerto Rican, who was maniacally busy. The right hook clanged home on Rosario, who is a buccaneer type who amazed fans in the theater by running to his corner after the seventh, grinnng. Vera lagged slightly late, but picked it up in the last two rounds, to make sure he snagged the W.

After, his had a tiny mouse on his right eye, but looked almost untouched. “I thought I won by a decent margin,” he told me. Rosario, a tough as hell out, trained by Evangelista Cotto, dropped to 11-3.

Vera has the WBA-NABA title, at 154, and is now No. 7 in the WBA.

Rico Ramos, ex titlist, roared to finish strong, almost knocking out Tony Lopez in the semifinal. The 122 pounders had a bunch of lulls, but Ramos showed that experience edge, knowing when to step on that gas. He’s 28-6 and had me going ga-ga in the tenth, when he almost put Lopez, a cocky lad who posed too much, out. The fight wasn’t a majestic thriller but that tenth made me forgive them. Lopez is 12-3 and will watch tape and wonder why he wasn’t busier. The vacant WBA-NABA title was up for grabs.

Max Ornelas won the night for me, as the bantamweight lived up to his nicknmae of “Baby Faced Assassin.” He was a sniper, calm and collected and cruel, as he took apart Leopoldo Martinez of Texas. These two had clashed before, and a butt ended it early. They had bad blood but Ornelas, just 19, was all business as he sniped and slid and bore in, and stayed ultra cool when Leo rushed him. I think Ornelas is a future world champ.

Abel Ramos’ power won out over game but less powerful Emmanuel Robles. Ramos did better after his eye was cut and he understood Robles probably couldn’t hurt him. Then, he got down to business of attacking, cutting off the ring and throwing heavy thunder. The end came in round six as it looked like Robles’ jaw was hurting bad. He was spitting blood after.

Vernon Brown used his man strength to beat young un Daniel Castro, in a welter clash.Randy Moreno, and Guillermo Dighero also got Ws.

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.