Steve Puterski

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August 25, 2013
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Rural Rumble shines

There was a bit of everything at the sixth annual Rural Rumble on Saturday.

From vicious knockouts to precision boxing, fans were treated to another good show at the Churchill County Fairgrounds.

The Fallon contingent struggled in the mixed-martial arts arena, as Tim Nunes was the only local fighter to tally a win. He beat fellow Fallon resident Casey Diaz by submission in the first round.

Quentin Owens and Cody Downs, both of Fallon, each lost in the first round, while Robert Smith called a verbal tapout after the first round.

On the boxing card, Reno’s Oscar Vasquez rallied for an impressive win in his first six-round bout. He beat Alejandro Solario by a unanimous decision after being knocked down in the second round.

Ecuador’s Ytalo Perea, who cam in as a highly touted prospect in the heavyweight division, was stopped by Avery Gibson of Los Angeles.

Former South Lake Tahoe resident Justin Benitez, who now lives in Carson City, won his professional debut with a unanimous decision over Jimmy Jones of Las Vegas.

Reno’s Carlos Gaytan fight was stopped by the referee in the fourth round of his six-round bout. Gaytan was stumbling in the ring after he was knocked down in the second round.

The Reno boxer was taken out of the ring by a stretcher and transported to Banner Churchill Community Hospital for evaluation. His condition is not known.

One of the highlights of the night, however, was an introduction of Mills Lane, the former boxing referee, who was in attendance. Lane was recently inducted into the Nevada and International boxing hall of fames for his contributions to the sport.

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