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Friday, July 24, 2009

7/24/09 ESPN'S Friday Night Fights

Carlos Velasquez Defeats Juan Nazario By 6 Round Unanimous Decision

Round 1: Both fighters come out aggressively. Velasquez lands a right to the body followed by an overhand right. Nazario hits Velasquez with a left hook to the body. Velasquez lands an overhand right and Nazario countered with a right to the head.

Round 2: Nazario lands a right. Velasquez lands a solid right to Nazario's face and Nazario's glove appears to touch the canvas, but there is no ruling for a knockdown. The action continues. Nazario lands a left hook to the head and Velasquez counters with a right to the body. Velasquez nails Nazario with a left hook to the head. Velasquez lands a good right to Nazario's body.

Round 3: Velasquez gets hit in the head with a right from Nazario. Velasquez momentarily stuns Nazario with a hard left hook to the head. Velasquez lands an overhand right.

Round 4: Velasquez hurts Nazario with a left hook to the head followed by an overhand right. Velasquez continues on the attack and hits Nazario with a right to the body. Velasquez fires a hard right and left to Nazario's body.

Round 5: Nazario lands a left hook to the head. Velasquez continues to come forward. Velasquez lands 3 consecutive overhand rights. Velasquez lands a solid left hook to Nazario's head. The referee takes 1 point away from Nazario for excessive holding.

Round 6: Velasquez continues to land overhand rights. A left hook - right to the head combination lands for Velasquez.

Overall Summary:
Junior Lightweight Carlos Velasquez (11-0, 9 KO's) controlled the pace of this fight with his effective aggression. Juan Nazario (6-2-1, 4 KO's) had no answer for Velasquez's hard overhand rights and good body work. Velasquez put an enormous amount of pressure on Nazario from the opening bell. When Nazario felt he was in trouble, he would tie Velasquez up rather than working his jab and trying to box the 24 year old from Puerto Rico.

However, Velasquez made some errors tonight, and may have been in trouble if he fought better opposition. Though he applied pressure throughout the entire fight, Velasquez came forward throwing punches from too far away without using his jab, which left him open to counter punches. He also didn't throw punches from many angles. In the future, he needs to shorten the distance with his jab and then fire his combinations.

Also, Velasquez possesses good hand speed, but should show more movement than just walking straight toward opponents to be less predictable. Velasquez needs to put together a better game plan because he is not always going to have the edge in overall skill to overpower his opposition. A better boxer and counter puncher may have exposed Velasquez to his vulnerabilities. Still, a good overall performance by the young Carlos Velasquez.

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