in the Main Event of “BKFC 4: USA vs. Mexico”from Beto Avila Stadium in Cancun and Live on Pay-Per-View“Queen of Bare Knuckle” Bec Rawlings Defeats Cecilia Flores by Unanimous Decision
CANCUN, MEXICO (February 3, 2019) – Leonard Garcia came back from an early knockdown to defeat Julian Lane by a second-round knockout in the main event of “BKFC 4: USA vs. Mexico” from Beto Avila Stadium in Cancun, Mexico and live on pay-per-view.
Lane knocked down Garcia midway through the first frame, but Garcia fought back mightily and dropped Lane twice to close out round one. Lane, looking like he never fully regained himself, was knocked down again multiple times in round two, with referee Dan Miragliotta stopping the contest 1:31 into the second stanza. “You’ve got to put bullets in me to stop me,” said Garcia. “You’re not going to stop me with a punch.” In the co-main event, the “Queen of Bare Knuckle” Bec Rawlings defended her Police Gazette Diamond Bare Knuckle Featherweight Title and dominated Cecilia Flores on her way to a unanimous decision (50-45, 48-47, 49-45). “That was a really tough fight. I hit Cecilia really hard and she kept coming,” said Rawlings. “She put on an amazing fight. Thank you to everyone that came out. I always love to put on exciting fights, so I hope you guys were entertained.” In pay-per-view undercard action, a highly anticipated rematch between Tony Lopez and Joey Beltran led to a split draw (49-46 for Lopez, 48-47 for Beltran, 48-48). In a bout that saw solid exchanges and back and forth action, Chris Lytle defeated JC Llamas by unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 49-46). Sam Shewmaker controlled the action against Jaime Arevalo to earn a split decision (49-48, 47-48, 49-45) victory. Joe Riggs defeated Heriberto Tovar by unanimous decision (49-45, 50-46, 50-44). Riggs knocked down Tovar in round three en route to a wide decision. Tom Shoaff overwhelmed Diego Garijo and won by fourth round TKO. Shoaff knocked down Garijo in round one, two more times in round three and landed a fourth knockdown in round four. Alejandro Solorzano stopped Erik Leander :29 into the fourth round due to cut on Leander’s forehead. Travis Thompson beat Ivan Rocka by stoppage 1:59 into round two. An overhand right from Thompson floored Rocka midway through round one. A jab from Thompson dropped Rocka again at the :30 mark of round one. Thompson struck a third knockdown in round two and Rocka never got off the canvas.
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About Bare Knuckle Fighting ChampionshipOn June 2, 2018, Philadelphia-based Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) made combat sports history when it promoted the first legal, sanctioned and regulated bare knuckle event in the United States since 1889. “BKFC 1: The Beginning” took place in Cheyenne, Wyoming and featured 10 professional bouts, all under the auspices and control of the Wyoming Combative Sports Commission. BKFC uses only established fighters who have previously competed professionally in boxing, MMA, kickboxing and/or Muay Thai. All BKFC bouts are sanctioned and regulated by ABC member athletic commissions. For more information visit www.bareknuckle.tv or follow on Twitter at @BareKnuckleFC, on Instagram at www.instagram.com/bareknucklefc and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bareknucklefc.