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Friday, July 17, 2009

7/17/09 ESPN'S Friday Night Fights


Round 1: Johnson attacks with a series of straight lefts. He lands a left uppercut to Paulo's head and body. Paulo is getting hit with hard, accurate punches and appears stunned.

Round 2: Johnson is using his range more in this round. Johnson continues to land powerful lefts. Paulo lands a counter left hook to the head. Johnson swarms Paulo with punches as his back is against the ropes. Palo is getting nailed with lefts to the head and swelling starts to appear on his face.

Round 3: Johnson continues to beat Paulo to the punch. Johnson hits Paulo with a straight left to the body. Paulo is throwing his punches from too far away.

Round 4: Johnson throws his right jab more. Paulo's face and head are more swollen. A left uppercut - straight left combination lands for Johnson. Johnson is using more feints. Paulo charges forward and lands a short right cross before the bell sounds to end the round. Get yourself a new punching bag and save with $2.95 shipping.

Overall Summary:
Junior middleweight prospect Yudel Johnson (2-0, 1 KO) defeated Justin Paulo (1-1, 0 KO's) by a 4 round unanimous decision. The Cuban southpaw, hammered Paulo with hard left hand shots all fight. This also was Justin Paulo's second professional fight, but he was vastly over matched by the former 2004 silver medalist in the Athens Olympic Games. Putting Paulo in with a fighter of Johnson's caliber so early on in his career, may have damaging effects. Although both fighters were entering their 2nd professional fights, Paulo does not possess the experience Johnson has acquired in the amateur ranks.

Johnson was also the featherweight gold medalist at the 1999 Pan American Games, as well as the Light Welterweight gold medalist at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games. Johnson was defeated by Carlos Banteaux in the finals of the Cuban national championships in the welterweight class, preventing Johnson from making a second appearance at the Olympic games. In the spring of 2009, Johnson defected to turn professional.

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