Mark Reyes Jr. Scores Third Round Stoppage in Tampa
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: March 10, 2018
TAMPA, FL – Last night at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida Fight Night Promotions put on an exciting night of boxing action with their Friday Night Fights series. The card was headlined by local favorite Mark Reyes Jr (6-0, 4 KOs) who put on an impressive performance in stopping his opponent in the third round. Reyes faced the always-relaxed Larry Yanez (4-9, 2 KOs) who let it be known that he was not going to be intimidated by the hometown crowd. Yanez danced and taunted Reyes while landing some right hands.
Yanez may have been too relaxed in the second round as he showboated against the ropes and paid the price when Reyes closed the gap and landed a combination that sent Yanez to the canvas. For the rest of the fight, Reyes was in complete control and could stop the fight at any point. The referee in the second round gave Yanez a standing eight count after a barrage of punches by Reyes. The bout was mercifully called to a stop in the third round after Reyes landed another vicious combination of punches.
At 21 years of age, Reyes is a fighter for fans to keep an eye on as a future contender in the welterweight division in the years to come. Reyes brought a large contingent of fans with him to the fight and has the potential to become one of the few fighters from Florida with a sizeable fan base.
On the undercard, there was heavyweight action with St. Petersburg, Florida’s Terence Marbra (9-5, 7 KOs) taking on Fort Worth, Texas native Michael Ream (4-1, 3 KOs). Marbra after being dominated for the majority of the first round landed a straight right hand to drop Ream at the end of the round. The referee took a point away from Marbra in the second round for spitting out his mouthpiece without giving him a warning. It made no difference as Marbra’s right hand once again found its mark as he landed the punch in an exchange with Ream that put the Texas native on wobbly legs. Marbra caught Ream with a vicious right hand by the ropes that put him flat on his back. The referee stopped the fight immediately at the 2:57 mark of the second round.
Iron Alvarez (2-0, 2 KOs) TKO1 Lamarkus Harmon (0-3)
Ramon De La Paz (3-0, 1 KO) MD4 Yasmani Pedroso (1-4, 1 KO)
Jasmine Artega (5-0, 4 KOs) UD4 Ivana Coleman (1-9)
(Feature Photo: Joseph Correa/Frontproof Media)