Joey “Boom Boom’’ Rivera didn’t mind the quick work.
In the world of being the best and toughest, quick work is good. And right now, business is good for Rivera (no relation).
It took him all of 54 seconds to beat Eric Regan (Phoenix) for the World Fighting Federation 170-pound title at Casino Del Sol’s AVA Theater.
In the other title bout, Tucson’s Nate Vorel beat Josh Montoya (Santa Fe, N.M.) in a 135-pound bout, beating him 2:53 into the second round.
For Rivera, it was one swift kick to the mid-section and Regan was done, doubling over like he couldn’t catch a breath. He also couldn’t catch a break against the powerful – yet affable Rivera – who continued his winning ways in the world of mixed martial arts. He’s now 6-0 and has won two fights in back-to-back months.
“I just wanted to finish the fight as fast as possible,’’ said Rivera. “I know Eric is a great opponent and has fought some great people. He’s taken people to the distance. I just didn’t want to be there long. I’m lucky and I’m blessed.’’
He also has some powerful moves. One being that swift, strong kick that did in Regan.
It was all part of a 10-fight night at AVA where more than 2,000 spectators enjoyed a couple of fists full of competitive fights. Co-founders of World Fighting Federation – Thom Ortiz and Al Fuentes – said they will return again in October for another card.
“Thom put a great card together again,’’ Fuentes said. “I’ve been really excited about my partner and what he does. We had a big crowd and we’ll get bigger and bigger. We’re blessed to have Tucson support us.’’
Most come to see their hometown heroes fight with Rivera being one. The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder (who fights out of Apex MMA) was aggressive, overpowering Regan from the start. His fights have a way of trending that way. Of his six victories only one has gone beyond one round. Last month, he defeated Doug Gordon at the CCFC 8 – Seek and Destroy in Atlantic City. It was stopped 1:07 into the second round.
“I’m just fortunate to be here and talk about it,’’ said Rivera. “I’m glad to be here in front of my friends and the Tucson crowd.’’
Rivera hopes to fight in a Bellator fight soon and sees that happening sometime soon. He hopes to fight at least once a month.
“I have the greatest people around me right now,’’ he said, referring to trainers. He also teaches at the University of Arizona a mixed martial arts instructor. “The sky is the limit. Right now, I’m training to be part of the top two percent in the world.’’
Here are the results of the rest of the fight card:
145 pounds – Ben katshor (Tucson) defeated James Sziszak (Scottsdale);
145 pounds – Joey Miolla (Gilbert) defeated Carlos Castillo (Tucson);
155 pounds – Preston Harris defeated Shane O’Regan;
147 pounds – Van Sanders (Tucson) defeated DeWayne Parker (Clifton);
156 pounds – Rudy Ramirez (Mexico) defeated Danny Hilton (Prescott);
181 pounds – Freddie Contreras (Tucson) defeated Jeff Anderson (Tucson);
112 pounds – Adriana Nasca (Tucson) defeated Shasta McMurry (Scottsdale);
170 pounds – Corey Edwards (Tucson) defeated R.J. Gamez (Casa Grande);
153 pounds – Nick Rhoads (Tucson) defeated Nick Piedmont (Tucson);
130 pounds – Freddy Lux (Tucson) defeated Matt Betzold (Scottsdale);
135 pounds – Nate Vorel (Tucson) defeated Josh Montoya (Santa Fe, N.M.).