Ricardo Espinoza stops Ricardo Nunez in 10
By Joel Tavizon Jr. | Contributing Writer
Published: March 03, 2019
HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA - An ecstatic crowd waited in anticipation from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Florida for the main event between Ricardo “Hindu” Espinoza (23-2-0-20ko’s) and Ricardo “El Matematico” Nunez (29-9-0-23ko’s) which did not disappoint. While almost seeming like the fight would go all ten rounds, Espinoza had other plans stopping Nunez at the beginning of round ten getting the technical knockout win. Espinoza was the favorite being WBO Latino champion and having 16 out of his 19 stoppages in three rounds or less. In his way was tough and rugged Nunez of Panama who came in four pounds heavier than the weight limit looking to pull off the upset.
Right from the start of round one Espinoza made his presence known starting off aggressive landing a left hand that jolted Nunez’s head back. As the round picked up Nunez’s response was to fight back throwing shots, some partially landed. Espinoza threw his first notable Punches to the body which seemed to land on Nunez who didn’t back down and stood his ground for the moment. As the round went on, Nunez circled the ring using his distance to avoid being smothered.
In round three, Espinoza came out right where he left off in round two, swinging away forgetting his jab using it scarcely. As the fourth round started both fighters plan seemed to be to go to the body as both picked up the pace standing in front not backing down from one another. Nunez used more movement as the fifth round came in response to Espinoza’s pressure trying to cut off the ring. It was more evident now that Nunez was fighting Espinoza’s fight only having the response of exchanging with him. At the end of the round, Espinoza landed a combination that hurt Nunez followed by a single shot that eventually made Nunez hold on.
Exchanges to the body are what started the sixth round, within those exchanges Nunez landed big punches that caused the nose of Espinoza to start bleeding. A big moment came in the seventh round where Ezpinosa landed a flush, straight hand that provoked Nunez to hold on. Like in all the other rounds both fighters had their flurries, in one instance, Nunez let his hands go, traded shots, and got the best of the exchange. Walking into the eighth round, Espinoza ‘s nose looked in bad condition still gushing out blood. Fatigue played a major role in the later rounds causing sloppiness and at times causing both fighters to lean onto each other.
The eighth rounded ended like it was their last, both throwing looping hands intended for a knockout. The game changer came at the beginning of the final round, round ten when Espinoza landed a looping right hand out of nowhere to an already weakened and exhausted Nunez. Nunez didn’t take it like the other rounds, and this right hand nearly sent him to the canvas. Nunez held on for life clearly on unsteady legs almost falling while holding on to Espinoza. With plenty of time still in the last round, Espinoza wasted no time in going for the kill earning the 10th round technical knockout keeping his title. In the post-fight interview, Espinoza’s was asked about what he wanted next, and he made it clear he wanted all the different champions in his weight class. “I’m waiting for the world champions.”
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