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Sunday, August 16, 2009

8/15/09 Top Rank PPV - Pinoy Power 2


Donaire Wins 12 Round Unanimous Decision

Nonito Donaire (22-1, 14 KO's) is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. If you do not think so, then you probably did not see him move up in weight to 115 lbs. last night to defeat Rafael Concepcion (13-4-1, 8 KO's). Nicknamed the "Filipino Flash", the 25 year old Donaire lived up to the nickname by landing blistering shots in a very competitive fight, in which he fought through adversity when he injured his hand early on from landing a clean punch to Concepcion's head. Concepcion was fined $13,000.00 from his purse for not making the 115 pound weight limit for the fight. Concepcion weighed in 4 1/2 pounds over the limit, but Donaire did not back out of the fight. The $13,000.00 was split in half with $6,500.00 going to Donaire and the other $6,500.00 going to the Commission.

Donaire set a good pace in round one. He used his left jab effectively and boxed well. When Concepcion got in close range, Donaire hit him with sharp punches. Concepcion brought relentless pressure to make this a competitive fight. In round 2, Concepcion landed consecutive rights followed by a left hook. However, Concepcion suffered a cut under his left eye. Donaire was firing and landing counter left hooks.

In round 3, Donaire continued to move well, landing solid, well-timed punches. Concepcion was trying to get inside, but should have been showing more head movement. Donaire landed a hard, crisp left uppercut.

In the 4th round, Donaire landed a hard overhand right followed by a left hook toward the end of the round. Concepcion countered with a left hook - overhand right combination. Both fighters clashed heads in round 5, but no serious damage occurred. Donaire was still boxing well using his jab.

In round 6, Concepcion landed a well-timed overhand right that stunned Donaire, but Donaire fired back with an overhand right. Concepcion started to come on strong. In round 7, Concepcion was landing more of his punches. He landed an overhand right to Donaire's head. Donaire, having the advantage in hand speed, fired and landed a blistering left uppercut - overhand right combination. Then, Donaire landed an effective counter left hook. In the 8th round, Donaire was beating Concepcion to the punch, landing hard overhand rights.

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Donaire showed good power in the 10th round as he rocked Concepcion with a left uppercut as the bell rang to end the round. In the 1th round, both fighters exchanged very hard shots, especially overhand rights. Donaire did a really good job of sticking and moving in the 12th and final round. Donaire hit Concepcion with a lunging overhand right and sealed the victory.

Nonito Donaire carried good power with him to the 115 pound division, moving up from flyweight (112 lbs.). Rafael Concepcion was a strong opponent, but perhaps even stronger because he did not fight Donaire at the contracted weight, which shows you how good a boxer Donaire is as he effectively won this fight.

8/15/09 Top Rank PPV - Pinoy Power 2

Steven Luevano Wins By Disqualification

Steven Luevano won via a disqualification last night after Bernabe Concepcion dropped the featherweight with a hard right after the bell to end the 7th round. Luevano was controlling the pace of the fight by utilizing his right jab and keeping a good distance between himself and Concepcion. Concepcion started coming on in rounds 5 through 7 by landing some clean overhand rights. However, Concepcion looked frustrated. As the bell was about to ring to end round 7, Luevano smirked at Concepcion, showing off because Concepcion could not hit him with an effective punch. The bell rang with both fighters and referee Jay Nady in close range. Concepcion fired an overhand right after the bell that dropped Luevano to the canvas. Jay Nady immediately disqualified Concepcion for hitting after the bell.

Concepcion definitely landed an illegal punch after the bell and referee Jay Nady made the correct call. However, it seemed Concepcion was a bit provoked by Luevano's actions and reacted in frustration. That's why they say, "protect yourself at all times". Protect yourself with sparring equipment.


8/15/09 Top Rank PPV Pinoy Power 2

Melligen Dominates Zepeda

Welterweight Mark Melligen (16-1, 12 KO's) stopped 32 year old veteran Ernesto Zepeda (39-13-4, 34 KO's) last night in four brutal, one-sided rounds. The 23 year old southpaw landed his straight lefts at will to the head of Zepeda. Zepeda was game and pressed forward, but with little head movement. Zepeda absorbed too many punishing, sharp punches. In round 4, Zepeda suffered a cut under his left eye. After landing many clean punches, Melligen finally dropped Zepeda with a left, prompting referee Joe Cortez to stop the bout. Get boxing gloves by Everlast and Ringside.

8/15/09 Top Rank PPV Pinoy Power 2

Peterson Takes Unanimous 10 Round Decision

24 year old Anthony Peterson (29-0, 19 KO's) found himself in a tough junior welterweight battle with 30 year old Luis Arceo (21-9-2, 14 KO's) last night. In the beginning of the fight, Arceo brought a lot of pressure and was out fighting Peterson, landing fluid combinations. Peterson was trying to hold him off by landing counter left hooks to Arceo's body. In the 2nd round, Peterson connected with a solid left hook to the body and head. In round 3, Arceo threw many punches and forced Peterson to be on the defensive. Everlast and Ringside punching bags and save with $2.95 shipping!

As the fight got into the middle rounds, Peterson was the one landing the harder, cleaner shots. Arceo was throwing more punches, but Peterson possessed more power. Peterson had the advantage in hand speed, but the fight was very competitive due to the lack of an effective jab by Peterson. In the 4th round, Peterson landed hard shots to Arceo's body. In round 6, Peterson stunned Arceo with a left hook to the head and followed it by landing an overhand right. Peterson started to take control of the fight and was really starting to beat Arceo to the punch. In the last 10 seconds of round 10, Peterson nailed Arceo with consecutive left hooks to the head, while Arceo's back was against the ropes.

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

8/15/09 TOP RANK PPV - PINOY POWER 2

Results

Nonito Donaire W12 over Rafael Concepcion 115 LBS.
Steven Luevano W DQ 7 over Bernabe Concepcion 126 LBS.
Mark Melligen TKO 4 over Ernesto Zepeda 140 LBS.
Anthony Peterson W10 over Luis Arceo 135 LBS.

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8/14/09 ESPN'S "FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS"

Harris - Bolanos Ruled No Contest (140 LBS.)

Round 1: Harris was controlling range with his jab. Bolanos landed a left hook to the body toward the end of the round.

Round 2: An accidental clash of heads would stop this bout. Bolanos' head clashed with the left side of Harris' head as both fighters were coming forward.

Overall Summary: After the clash of heads, Vivian Harris collapsed in his corner. It appeared Harris' temple was struck extremely hard. Harris was taken from the ring on a stretcher, but was walking around in the locker room afterward. Harris went to the hospital as a precaution and should be okay. This was very unfortunate because the fight had the look of a good, strategic match-up. Vivian Harris' record now stands at (29-3-1, 1 No-Contest, 19 KO's). Noe Bolanos' record is now (20-4-1, 1 No-Contest, 11 KO's.)

In junior welterweight action, Keith Thurman (10-0, 9 KO's) defeated Travis Hartman (10-14-1, 7 KO's) by a 2nd round TKO. The 20 year old from Florida, dropped Hartman twice in the 1st round, the second time resulting from a left jab. Thurman continued to land a barrage of punches at will that prompted Hartman's corner to throw in the towel. Keith Thurman started his career with 8 straight 1st round knockouts.

In a heavyweight bout, 27 year old Seth Mitchell (13-0, 8 KO's) scored a 1st round knockout over 28 year old Andrae Carthron (3-3-2, 1 KO). Mitchell dropped Carthron with a devastating overhand right.

In another heavyweight bout, 23 year old Deontay Wilder (7-0, 7 KO's) stopped 30 year old Travis Allen (3-5, 3 KO's) in the 1st round. Wilder possesses much talent, but is still a work in progress. His future looks extremely bright after winning a bronze medal in the 2008 Olympic games. Wilder is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and is trained by Mark Breland. Breland, a former welterweight champion, moved from Brooklyn, New York to Alabama to train Wilder.

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Wilder floored Allen with an overhand right. Allen got back up, but was dropped again as Wilder landed a hard, right - left combination.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

8/7/09 ESPN'S "FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS"


ANGULO STOPS ROSADO IN 2 ROUNDS (154 lbs.)

Round 1: Rosado is boxing well. Angulo is looking to land some body shots. Rosado lands a left hook to the head.

Round 2: Angulo drops Rosado with a hard overhand right. It appeared Rosado thought he was being held. He looked toward the refereee to break them up, but he did not. That's why they say "protect yourself at all times". Angulo's punch was fair and really dazed Rosado. Rosado rose to his feet, but was floored again from a left hook to the body and right to the head by Angulo. Then, Rosado got up again. Finally, Angulo landed a solid left hook to the head followed by a sharp, straight right that dropped Rosado a third time. The referee stopped the fight!

Overall Summary: Alfredo Angulo (16-1, 13 KO's) responded well after coming off his first professional loss to Kermit Cintron. He put the pressure on Gabriel Rosado (12-4, 7 KO's) from the opening bell. Rosado was fighting a smart fight until he dropped his hands when he thought he was being held. This fight was very competitive until Angulo dropped Rosado with a right hand.

DIRRELL SCORES 7th ROUND TKO (168 lbs.)

24 year old Anthony Dirrell (18-0, 15 KO's) returned from a 2 year layoff to stop Alfredo Contreras (7-6-2, 1 KO) in the 7th round. Dirrell, from Flint, Michigan, is the twin brother of Andre Dirrell, who will be fighting in the "Super Six" Tournament later in the year on Showtime. In 2006, Anthony was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. It was great to see him in the ring after winning that fight outside of it.

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This fight was very slow paced, but Dirrell controlled the action. Dirrell moved around the ring well, switched from a conventional to a southpaw stance throughout the fight and had the edge in hand speed and power. Contreras looked hesitant to mix it up with Dirrell and was not mobile. Contreras gave Dirrell a stationary target and did not throw many punches. Dirrell landed quick combinations to the head and body. In rounds 5-7, Dirrell picked up the pace and really started nailing Contreras with crisp, clean punches. In the 7th round, Dirrell landed some hard left hooks and a right uppercut that stunned Contreras. Contreras' corner finally threw in the towel.

OTHER ACTION

In a junior welterweight bout, Sharif Bogere (12-0, 7 KO's) stopped Rodolfo Armenta (7-2-1, 5 KO's) in two rounds. Bogere landed a solid left hook followed by an overhand right to the head in the 1st round. In the 2nd round, Bogere dropped Armenta with a double - jab, right hand followed by another right hand. Armenta got up, but Bogere floored him again with a left hook to the body and the referree stopped the fight.

In a junior lightweight bout, Archie Ray Marquez (6-0, 5 KO's) defeated Sergi Ganjelashvili (4-4-1) by a 4 round unanimous decision. In the 1st round, there was good back and forth action from both fighters. Marquez landed solid body punches in round 2. Round 3 had some more inside fighting. Marquez landed a sharp right uppercut. Then, Marquez landed a right that stuns Sergi.

Marquez looks a little raw, but showed heart and courage with his style of fighting. He likes to mix it up with opponents and works the body very well.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

8/1/09 SHOWTIME Timothy Bradley-Nate Campbell, Devon Alexander-Junior Witter



Nate Campbell Gets Robbed, Fight Should Be Declared A No-Decision

Round 1: Bradley is boxing well. Campbell is the aggressor. Campbell is having trouble landing an overhand right, his best punch. Bradley landed a mix of good body and head shots.

Round 2: Campbell is landing more punches this round. However, Bradley is still slipping Campbell's punches well and is landing the cleaner shots.

Round 3: Bradley dominated the round and was beating Campbell to the punch.

Overall Summary: There was an accidental clash of heads and the replay showed it caused a diagonal cut above Nate Campbell's left eye. However, referee David Mendoza never made a ruling that the cut was caused by a clash of heads. After the round, Campbell told the corner to stop the fight because he could not see. Then, he said he was seeing spots out of his left eye. Campbell's corner stopped the fight.

After the fight, Mendoza acknowledged that there was a clash of heads to Showtime's Jim Gray, but said that it was unclear to him that it caused the cut because Bradley continued to throw punches. Roll? Save money on your next judo gi.

Although David Mendoza has officiated 11 championship fights, he made a very bad judgment tonight. On the replay, it clearly shows that both fighters clashed heads. Nate Campbell turned to Mendoza and said he was headbutted and rubbed his head with his left glove. You can start to see the cut open on Campbell's head as he backed into the ropes. Then, Bradley went after him and landed punches. Campbell was trapped in the corner and covering up.

Campbell may have thought that since the fight did not go 4 complete rounds, that he and Bradley would receive a No-Decision on their records if he stopped fighting. I'm not disputing that Campbell was seeing spots. I believe Campbell was seeing spots, but I also believe that he knew if the fight got stopped from an accidental headbutt, he would not suffer a loss and decided to quit. However, with no ruling made by Mendoza that the cut resulted from an accidental clash of heads, Bradley wins this bout by TKO at the end of the 3rd round.

Campbell was complaining furiously after the bout. He wanted Bradley to admit that he received the cut from the headbutt. It was a bad call, but Campbell still quit on his stool. Did Campbell quit because Bradley was winning the fight up to that point and beating him to the punch? I would like to see a rematch and I think Campbell deserves one because of Mendoza's bad decision. Who knows what would have happened if the fight continued without the headbutt?

Timothy Bradley's record now stands at 25-0, 12 KO's. Nate Campbell drops to 33-6-1, 25 KO's.

Witter Quits After 8 Rounds

Rounds 1-2: Witter lands left hook to the head. Alexander hit Witter with a short right hook to the head that stunned him.

Round 3: Alexander nails Witter with a lunging right hook to the head. Witter suffers a cut on the side of his right eye.

Round 4: Witter lands a left hook from a conventional stance. Witter has been switching from a southpaw to a conventional stance. Alexander lands a straight left.

Round 5: Witter almost dropped by Alexander's straight left. Both fighters were throwing a punch at the same time.

Round 6: Alexander connects with another right hook. Witter is throwing his punches too wide. Witter is elusive, but throws one punch at a time and does not want to engage.

Round 7: Witter lands a straight left from the southpaw stance.

Round 8: Alexander was controlling the fight. He wanted to let his hands go more, but Witter is a difficult opponent to hit.

In a Junior Welterweight WBC title fight, Devon Alexander (19-0, 12 KO's) defeated Junior Witter (37-3-2, 22 KO's) by a TKO after 8 rounds when Witter quit in his corner. Witter approached Alexander, who was still sitting on his stool, to congratulate him. Witter did not appear to be seriously hurt when he quit.

Alexander, a 22 year old southpaw from St. Louis, Missouri, showed a lot of patience in this fight. Witter presents a difficult style for opponents because he throws wild, unexpected punches and is elusive. Alexander showed poise and stuck to his game plan. Alexander threw combinations off his jab and showed good hand speed. Alexander never lost focus or showed frustration. The 35 year old Witter, never really hit Alexander with a hard, clean punch in the fight. Alexander now has realized his dream of winning the WBC title, a dream he's had since he was 7 years old.

Friday, July 31, 2009

7/31/09 SHOBOX Harris-Quintero, Avalos-Wilson

Harris Upsets Quintero, Scores 8th Round TKO (130 lbs.)

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Round 1: Harris lands a right uppercut followed by a straight a left. Quintero lands the same punches. Quintero lands a straight left, but was countered with a hard right hook to the head from Harris. Both fighters landed very hard punches.

Round 2: Quintero is boxing more and lands a straight left. Quintero is landing solid punches off his right jab. Harris hit Quintero with good power shots, but Quintero landed more combinations behind the jab.

Round 3: Quintero is hitting Harris with combinations to the body. Harris is countering with a straight left and hard right hook. Quintero lands a low blow.

Round 4: Both fighters exchanged many straight lefts. Harris hammers Quintero coming toward him with a counter right hook.

Round 5: Harris continues to catch Quintero with punches as he is coming in, especially landing the right hook. Quintero is throwing punches, but just as he finishes his combinations, Harris times Quintero with sharp lefts and right hooks. After the round, Quintero appears upset on his stool in the corner.

Round 6: Showtime's commentator Nick Charles reports Quintero may have hurt his right hand. Quintero lands a straight left - right hook combination. Harris rocks Quintero with a right hook - left uppercut combination. Quintero comes back to land a straight left and left uppercut.
Quintero is fighting Harris very hard.

Round 7: Harris lands another right hook. Quintero is coming forward landing combinations. Harris hits Quintero with straight left. Quintero tags Harris with a straight left. Quintero is the aggressor and is landing his combinations. Harris lands two very hard straight lefts just before the bell sounds to end the round.

Round 8: Harris nails Quintero with a straight left and Quintero is out on his feet. Quintero falls back into the ropes. Harris nails Quintero with a left uppercut and than hit him with another straight left, sending Quintero into the corner. The referee stopped the bout.

Overall Summary: In the main event, Tyrone Harris (24-5, 16 KO's) scored an upset victory over Marvin Quintero (16-2, 12 KO's), stopping him in the 8th round of a 10 round junior lightweight bout. Quintero was fighting hard and landing solid combinations, but got hit by Harris too often. Harris was landing hard, crisp counter right hooks all bout. Both fighters were exchanging hard blows, but it was Harris who landed the cleaner punches.

Harris landed two clean straight lefts near the end of the 7th round, which set the tone for what happened in the 8th round. Harris placed his punches intelligently. He showed very good timing as he landed many counter right hooks to Quintero's head. Just as Quintero would finish throwing his combinations, Harris threw his punches and landed them cleanly. Finally, in the 8th round after taking many clean shots, Quintero was finished with a hard straight left from Harris that he did not appear to see coming.


In other action in the bantamweight division, 19 year old Chris Avalos improved his record to (11-0, 9 KO's) by stopping a south paw, Andre Wilson (11-3-1, 9 KO's) in the second round. Wilson was the first southpaw Avalos has faced in his professional career. In the 1st round, Wilson stayed on the outside as Avalos tried to land straight rights. In the 2nd round, Avalos landed a hard, counter left hook. Then, Wilson was dropped from another left hook. Wilson rose to his feet, but Avalos floored him again with a right hand. Avalos swarmed Wilson again, landing a right and left hook that prompted the referee to stop the fight.

7/31/09 ESPN's Friday Night Fights

Victor Cayo Wins 10 Rd. Unanimous Decision Over Julio Diaz

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Round 1: Cayo has the edge in hand speed, but keeps his hands low. Diaz is pressing forward and most of the action is taking place in the center of the ring.

Round 2: After Cayo delivers his punches, he stands too straight up. Diaz lands a solid left hook. Cayo hits Diaz with a left hook. As the round is about to close, Diaz switches to a southpaw stance, but gets tagged with an overhand right from Cayo.

Round 3: Cayo lands a strong overhand right. Diaz hits Cayo with a left hook to the body.

Round 4: Diaz fires and lands a left hook to Cayo's head. Cayo is throwing his shots one at a time. Diaz tags Cayo with a flush left hook to the head. Cayo counters with an overhand right and left hook to the head. Diaz hits Cayo with an overhand right.

Round 5: Cayo lands an overhand right. Diaz is fighting on the inside. Cayo pulls back and lands an overhand right followed by a left hook to the head.

Round 6: Toe-to-toe action. Cayo is landing head shots, while Diaz is landing body shots.

Round 7: Good action in this round as well. Cayo lands an overhand right. Diaz hits Cayo with a right uppercut during an exchange.

Round 8: Cayo hits Diaz with a right uppercut. He is beating Diaz to the punch. Cayo stuns Diaz with a left hook to the head.

Round 9: Cayo is pressing forward and is landing the cleaner, harder shots.

Round 10: Cayo is showing that he has more energy left. Cayo is outworking Diaz and moving well. Cayo is landing good punches and getting out of range, so Diaz cannot connect.

Overall Summary: In a junior welterweight clash, Victor "Marmalade" Cayo (23-0, 14 KO's) improves his record by winning a convincing 10 round unanimous decision over veteran Julio Diaz (36-6, 26 KO's). The 23 year old Cayo, who hails from the Dominican Republic and has fought more than 300 amateur fights, landed more cleaner and harder punches than Diaz. Diaz made this a competitive fight, but the younger Cayo possessed the superior hand speed and quickness. Diaz's best chances came when he was throwing body shots inside, but Cayo would quickly counter back with sharp, accurate punches. It appeared that Diaz's energy level was dropping after the heated exchanges that took place in the 6th and 7th rounds. As the fight went down the stretch, the 29 year old Diaz was getting beat to the punch, mostly getting hit by Cayo's overhand right.

Victor Cayo passed the test tonight by defeating a former world champion. It will be interesting to see how much he will improve off his biggest victory in his next bout.



In other action, heavyweight contender Derric Rossy improves his record to (22-2, 12 KO's) by defeating Carl Davis Drumond (25-2, 20 KO's) by a 10 round unanimous decision. All three ringside judges scored the bout 99-91 for Rossy. Derric Rossy has now won 4 consecutive bouts.

7/30/09 VERSUS


LUIS RAMOS JR. TKO'S SANDRO MARCOS IN 6 ROUNDS (135 LBS.)

Luis Ramos Jr. (12-0, 7 KO's) is one of the fastest and best rising prospects in boxing. This 21 year old southpaw, dominated Sandro Marcos (29-20-2, 24 KO's) last night with vicious uppercuts, stopping the veteran in 6 rounds.

In the 1st round, Ramos demonstrated superior hand speed, good balance and the ability to land clean punches. At one point, Marcos was caught leaning forward and got nailed with a left uppercut. Ramos then fired and landed a vicious right uppercut - right hook combination that dropped the veteran.

In round 2, Ramos peppered Marcos with left uppercuts, straight lefts and right hooks. Marcos landed a solid overhand right and left hook. Ramos continued to fire sharp, accurate punches and was landing them at will.

Round 3 was a better round for Marcos. Marcos landed a short left hook to Ramos' head. Then, Marcos landed a straight right followed by a left hook to the body and head. Ramos responded with a straight left and landed some vicious uppercuts inside.

Rounds 4-5 were also dominated by Ramos as he started to wear down Marcos. Ramos landed a left uppercut - straight left combination that hurt Marcos in round 4. Ramos started to land a series of right hooks to the body. Ramos hit Marcos with a straight left - right hook combination in the body. A left uppercut landed with Marcos' back touching the ropes. Marcos' face was very swollen at the end of the 5th round.

Finally, Ramos hit Marcos in the 6th round with a sharp and vicious left uppercut - right hook combination that dropped Marcos to one knee. Marcos rose to his feet, but the referee halted the bout.


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In the main event, 20 year old Derrick Wilson (5-0-1, 2 KO's) from Fort Myers, Florida, knocked out 22 year old Charles Huerta (11-1, 6 KO's) with a big left hook under a minute in the 1st round. Huerta landed a left hook to Wilson's head. Wilson countered with an overhand right that missed. Then, Huerta missed with a left hook, but got nailed with a devastating left hook to the head from Wilson. Huerta could not beat the referee's 10 count.


In other action, heavyweight Herman Binek (8-1, 6 KO's) defeated Yohan Banks (2-3-2, 1 KO) by a 4 round unanimous decision.

Also, in a junior welterweight bout, Carlos Molina improves his record to (8-0, 4 KO's) by stopping Eber Luis Perez (9-13-1, 7 KO's) in 4 rounds. In the 4th and final round, Molina landed a nasty left uppercut that stunned Perez. Then, Molina threw and landed a series of left hooks and straight rights. The referee promptly stopped the bout with Perez's back against the ropes.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Super Fight Preview: Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto



On November 14th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, Manny Pacquiao will face Miguel Cotto at a catch weight of 145 lbs., 2 lbs. under the welterweight limit. This fight should be an action packed slugfest from the opening bell. Pacquiao is coming off a sensational 2nd round knockout of Ricky Hatton and has won his last 10 bouts. Cotto has won his last 2 bouts after being stopped in the 11th round in a war with Antonio Margarito.

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JAB & BODY PUNCHING

Miguel Cotto must keep Pacquiao from swarming him with his whirlwind punching attack if he is to be victorious. An effective jab can neutralize Pacquiao's speed. Cotto must impose his will on Pacquiao. He needs to throw his body shots off the jab and force Pacquiao to fight backing up. Pacquiao has been stopped twice in his career from body shots and Cotto is one of the best body punchers in the sport. He cannot move toward Pacquiao without the use of a jab because he will get blitzed with punches. If Cotto does not dictate this fight with his jab, he will not defeat Pacquiao.

SIZE ADVANTAGE


Will Cotto be able to use his size advantage effectively or will he be too drained making the 145 lb. weight limit when he is used to making 147 lbs? This depends on how in shape he is now, when he starts training and how close he keeps his weight to the 145 lb. limit during training without dehydrating himself. There may not be a weight issue for Cotto like many people believe.

SPEED, COMBINATION PUNCHING
& BALANCE

Cotto has fought bigger, stronger and harder punching fighters than Pacquiao has in his career. Cotto started his professional career at 135 lbs., and as his record indicates, has done well suffering only one defeat and knocking out 77% of his opponents. In contrast, Manny Pacquiao started his career at 108 lbs. and has a knockout percentage of 69%. Cotto has shown that he can take a punch pretty well from bigger punchers. Can Manny hurt him? No matter how good a fighter is, if he keeps getting blistered with punches, he will falter. Has Cotto ever been in the ring with someone so quick? Probably not, and this is another important factor in determining the outcome of the fight.

Manny Pacquiao is a whirlwind puncher and lands his shots from all angles with lightning speed. Pacquiao moves in and out quickly and uses his jab as a range finder. Sometimes, he can be a little off balanced after he fires a combination, but Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach has drastically helped him improve his footwork.

Pacquiao is elusive and boxes better now than earlier in his career. Manny possesses good head movement and keeps fighters a little hesistant from throwing their shots, which enables him to land clean, effective punches. Cotto is slower, at times flat footed and looks to counter punch. It's hard to counter punch if you don't match your opponent's hand speed. That leaves Cotto with one option. His timing placing his punches must be perfect because Manny has the definitive edge in hand speed.

Pacquiao must make Cotto fight at a very fast pace. He needs to make Cotto use a lot of energy, especially with Cotto having to make the 145 lb. weight limit because he might be drained and tired if the fight gets into the later rounds. Pacquiao should not have a problem being dehydrated because he is the smaller man moving up in weight. Pacquiao needs to use his speed advantage against Cotto because he does not want to stand there and trade shots with the bigger puncher.

IN THE LATER ROUNDS

If this fight gets into the later rounds and Cotto is not dehydrated from making the 145 lb. weight limit, than he will have an advantage over Pacquiao. If Cotto presses forward at his pace and Pacquiao exerts more energy than he wants, than the advantage goes to the bigger man. Pacquiao looked tired in his two fights with Juan Manuel Marquez in the later rounds. Cotto probably will put more pressure on Pacquiao than Marquez did. However, Cotto is unlikely to counter punch Pacquiao as effectively as Marquez was able to do in both of their bouts. Marquez matches Pacquiao's hand speed better than Cotto because he is a more efficient counter puncher.

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CONFIDENCE

Pacquiao comes into this fight extremely confident riding a 10 fight win streak. Cotto still looks like he doubts his abilities after losing to Antonio Margarito. In his last two fights, when Cotto has taken a clean punch, his body language suggests that he is having flashbacks to the war he fought with Margarito. He looks like he is re-evaluating the situation about whether he wants to engage. This showed more in Cotto's fight with Joshua Clottey than against Michael Jennings. However, Cotto came out victorious in both contests and hurt Clottey in the 6th round. In the later rounds against Clottey, as opposed to the Margarito fight, Cotto was resilient and fought back well enough to come away with a 12 round split decision victory. Now, this leaves the question: Is Cotto's confidence restored after coming away with the victory over Clottey? Will shades over the Margarito fight be a lingering cloud over Cotto? How will he react when Pacquiao lands a clean, effective punch? We'll see on November 14th, but Cotto does possess the punching power to take away Pacquiao's confidence with one punch. This will be the hardest puncher Pacquiao has ever faced.

STYLES

Being a southpaw, Manny Pacquiao presents a problem to Miguel Cotto. There are other factors stated above as how Pacquiao has some advantages too, but fighting from that stance may be too tough for Cotto to handle. The awkward angles Pacquiao throws his punches, along with his speed and balance, may keep Cotto off balanced all night and he may never get close to landing an effective punch.

Boxing's oldest saying is "Styles Make Fights". Boxing's next oldest slogan may be that "A good big man, will beat a good small man". I think the latter statement will come to be true on November 14th.

HOW I SEE THIS FIGHT PLAYING OUT?


In the early going, Miguel Cotto will press forward and Manny Pacquiao will box. Pacquiao will land many of his quick punches in combination, but Cotto will be resilient. Cotto will continue to impose his will on the smaller man. Pacquiao will exert a lot of energy boxing him and as a result, Cotto will get closer and land effective shots. In the middle rounds, I see Cotto and Pacquiao exchanging quality punches with Cotto landing the harder shots. Sorry Pacquiao fans, but I see Cotto stopping Pacquiao with a left hook to the body in the 8th round.

7/25/09 "Latin Fury 10"

Miguel Acosta TKO 9 Over Urbano Antillon (135 lbs.)
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Round 1: Acosta lands a solid right. Antillon puts on the pressure. Antillon looks very strong for 135 lbs. Acosta lands a right uppercut and is moving well. Antillon lands a left hook to the head.

Round 2: Antillon lands a right to the body. He is throwing good body punches. Acosta throws a flurry to Antillon's head. Antillon throws a left hook to Acosta's head, but Acosta slips the punch.

Round 3: Antillon jabs to the body and then fires a right to the body. Antillon is a strong puncher and lands a right uppercut. Acosta lands an overhand right. Antillon lands a straight right.

Round 4: Acosta lands another right uppercut. Antillon is the aggressor and is trying to impose his will. Acosta is boxing well and landing solid , clean punches.

Round 5: An overhand right dazes Antillon. Acosta starts to work the body. Antillon is still coming forward landing body shots.

Round 6: Antillon continues coming forward and throws his jab. Acosta hits Antillon with an overhand right followed by a right uppercut.

Round 7: Antillon lands some hooks. Toward the end of the round, Acosta is boxing and beating Antillon to the punch. Antillon lands a left hook to the body.

Round 8: Antillon is relentlessly coming forward and lands a left hook to the head. Antillon hits Acosta with a solid right inside. Antillon has a cut above his right eye.

Round 9: Acosta lands some body shots and an overhand right. Antillon goes to the body - hits Acosta with a right to the head. Acosta nails Antillon with an overhand right. Acosta catches Antillon with a stinging right uppercut that floors him as he came forward. The referee stopped the bout when Antillon got back to his feet.

Overall Summary: Miguel Acosta is a much better fighter than his record indictates (26-3-2, 20 KO's ). The 31 year old Venezuelan landed quick uppercuts and used his range well. Acosta did not engage in a slugfest with the hard punching 26 year old Urbano Antillon, who suffered his first professional defeat (26-1, 19 KO's). Throughout the fight, Antillon kept the pressure on, but did not land the cleaner punches. Antillon landed some good body shots, but Acosta was landing crisp uppercuts as Antillon was coming toward him. Antillon suffered a cut above his right eye in the bout, which probably was the result of an uppercut from Acosta. Miguel Acosta has not suffered a defeat since October 18, 2003. His record from that point on is (17-0, 12 KO's).

7/25/09 "Latin Fury 10"

Giovanni Segura TKO 6 Over Juanito Rubillar (108 lbs.)
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Round 1:
Rubillar lands a right hook and two straight lefts to Segura's head. Segura gets a little swelling under his right eye.

Round 2: Segura hurts Rubillar with a right hook. Rubillar lands a left to the body. Segura stuns Rubillar with a straight left. A right hook rocks Rubillar's head back.

Round 3: Segura lands a right hook and the body followed by a left to the body. Another right hook to the body almost dropped Rubillar. Segura stuns Rubillar with a right uppercut - straight left combination. Segura lands hard body shots and Rubillar comes back with his own body shots.

Round 4: Segura landing cleaner, more effective punches.

Round 5: Hard uppercuts and hooks are really taking a toll on Rubillar.

Round 6: Shots are breaking Rubillar down, Segura lands a right hook to the body. Rubillar fights back valiantly, but his corner throws in the towel!

Overall Summary: Giovanni Segura's cleaner punching was the difference in this fight. Juanito Rubillar, who is a southpaw, landed some good punches early, but Segura came back and wore him out with his punch output. Segura, who is also a southpaw, landed many right hooks to the body and straight lefts to the head. Giovanni Segura hits very hard for the 108 lb. Junior Flyweight class.

The 27 year old Giovanni Segura improves his record to 21-1-1, 17 KO's. Juanito Rubillar drops to 46-13-7, 22 KO's.

7/25/09 "Latin Fury 10"

Alberto Rosas W10 Over Alejandro Martinez (115 lbs.)

Overall Summary: This bout had a lot of toe-to-toe action and inside fighting. Both fighters landed hard body shots. As the rounds passed, Rosas kept up his pace, but Martinez started to slow a bit. Rosas' body punching was having an effect on Martinez. Martinez had the reach advantage, but chose to fight mostly on the inside and that played into the game plan of Rosas. Martinez was very resilient in the exchanges and landed some quality punches, but failed to establish the jab. This led Martinez into a fierce battle with a solid veteran. Get yourself a new punching bag and save with $2.95 shipping.

Rosas was the more experienced fighter and appeared to be Martinez's toughest competition to date. Alberto Rosas improves his record to 30-5, 25 KO's and Alejandro Martinez falls to 16-2-1, 11 KO's.

7/25/09 "Latin Fury 10"

Hernan "Tyson" Marquez Defeats Juan Esquer W10 (115 lbs.)

Round 1: Marquez fires a straight left. Esquer counters with a left hook to the body. Marquez jabs. Esquer lands a straight right. Marquez counters with a right hook to the head. Esquer throws and lands a left hook to Marquez's head. Marquez fires and lands a straight left and right hook to the body.

Round 2: Marquez lands a few right uppercuts. Marquez using an effective jab and continues to land right uppercuts. Marquez lands an overhand left and Esquer counters with an overhand right. Marquez nails Esquer with a right uppercut, straight left and followed it with a right hook to the body. Esquer lands a right to the body. Esquer changes to a southpaw stance and fires a straight left.

Round 3: Marquez lands a hard right jab and a straight left to the body. Esquer lands some left hooks as Marquez got caught in the corner.

Round 4:
Right uppercut - straight left lands for Marquez. Esquer throwing shots to the body. Marquez lands a right uppercut - right hook combination. Esquer hits Marquez with an overhand right. Marquez lands a straight left - right uppercut.

Round 5: Marquez lands a right hook to the body and straight left. Esquer counters with a left uppercut and right. Marquez hammers Esquer with another right uppercut.

Round 6: Marquez hits Esquer with a right - left to the body. Marquez lands a straight left. Esquer's face is starting to swell. Marquez hits Esquer with a straight left to the head. Esquer fires back again. Marquez lands a right uppercut and fires a jab. Esquer is pressuring.

Round 7: Esquer hits Marquez with a left hook to the body. Marquez counters with a straight left - right uppercut combination. Esquer lands an overhand right and swarms Marquez with punches.

Round 8:
Esquer struck with a low blow. Action momentarily stops. Marquez fires a straight left. Marquez lands a right uppercut to the head and body. Esquer hits Marquez with an overhand right.

Round 9: Toe-to-toe action. A right uppercut rocks Esquer. Marquez lands a right hook, right uppercut and straight left. Esquer lands a left uppercut & left hook that stuns Marquez.

Round 10:
Marquez lands a right hook to the head. Esquer counters with a right to the body. Marquez hits Esquer with a straight left to the body. Marquez lands another straight left.

Overall Summary:
Hernan "Tyson" Marquez (23-0, 16 KO's) looked solid defeating Juan Esquer (24-6-1, 18 KO's) last night in Mexico. From the opening bell, Marquez dictated the action by utilizing his hard right jab. The southpaw was able to connect with right uppercuts to Esquer's head most of the bout. Esquer was very tough and proved to be a formidable opponent for the 20 year old Marquez. Marquez landed hard combinations, but Esquer took many of the punches well and kept charging forward, which made for a real action packed fight. Esquer proved to be resilient and lasted the distance, but was outskilled by Marquez's movement, power and hand speed. Get cheap boxing gloves by Everlast and Ringside.
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7/24/09 ESPN'S Friday Night Fights


Escalante Tops Lock, Wins 10 Round Unanimous Decision

Round 1: The southpaw Cornelius Lock starts to use his jab. Lock lands a counter right hook to the head and then fires a combination. Escalante lands a left hook to the body. Lock counters with a left uppercut. Escalante lands body shots as round ends.

Round 2: Lock lands a straight left to the body. Escalante fires a left hook to the head. Lock lands a straight left - right hook combination. Good exchanges. Escalante has a cut above his left eye. Escalante is landing hard body shots.

Round 3: Escalante lands a right - left hook combination to the head. Lock fires back. Heated exchanges start to take place with both fighters landing hard shots to the body and head. Escalante drops Lock with a solid right uppercut to the body. Lock got up, but Escalante landed a series of left hooks to the head and Lock went down again.

Round 4: Lock jabs and lands a right hook to the body. Escalante fires and lands a right. Lock lands a combination inside and then lands a combination to the body and head. Escalante hits hard, but Lock fires back. In the last 10 seconds, Escalante nails Lock and almost knocks him down.

Round 5: A left hook to the head lands for Escalante. Lock counters with a straight left. Escalante lands an overhand right. Lock lands a vicious right hook to the head. Escalante attacks Lock's body. Escalante lands a left hook to the head. Lock is rocked again toward the end of the round.

Round 6: Lock's punches appear a little slower. Escalante lands a right to the body. Lock jabs. Lock fires a right hook - left combination to the body. Escalante lands a body shot.

Round 7: Escalante lands clean, crisp body shots. Lock lands a solid combination to the body and head. Lock slowed Escalante as the round ends.

Round 8: Escalante presses the action. He connects with a left hook to Lock's head. Escalante lands a straight right. Lock is slowing down.

Rounds 9-10: Escalante is fighting at the same pace. Lock is taking more clean shots to the head and body. His legs appear a little unsteady and wobbly. Corner could have stopped the fight in either of these rounds, but Lock showed a lot of heart and was firing back.

Overall Summary:
This was a terrific fight from start to finish. Both fighters showed tremendous heart throughout this hard fought bout. Cornelius Lock (18-4-1, 11 KO's) had the faster hands and landed counter right hooks when Escalante threw his left hook to the body. Lock fired many left uppercuts that landed on the inside. He landed some good head shots on Antonio Escalante (20-2, 13 KO's) too, but Escalante's pace never slowed. He kept applying pressure and wore down Lock with his body attack, especially using the left hook. Both fighters landed many clean shots, but it was Escalante who took the punches better and had slightly more power in his punch output. Get cheap boxing gloves by Everlast and Ringside.

Antonio Escalante, who fights at Super Bantamweight (122lbs.), has won 7 straight fights against solid opposition since losing by TKO 8 to Mauricio Pastrana on January 26, 2007. Some of the notable opponents Escalante has defeated are Feider Viloria, Mike Oliver, and Gary Stark Jr. Escalante is a tough, resilient 24 year old from Mexico. Escalante's best asset is his body attack. He can wear opponents down, take a good punch and can counter the opposition efficiently, even when he does not have the edge in hand speed.

7/24/09 ESPN'S Friday Night Fights

UPSET: Jose Beranza Wins 6 Round Unanimous Decision Over Juan Velasquez (122lbs.)

Round 1: Velasquez uses his jab. Velasquez hits Beranza with a left uppercut and Beranza lands an overhand right.

Round 2: Velasquez lands a hard overhand right. Beranza lands a right and left hook to the body.

Round 3: Beranza lands a right to Velasquez's body. Velasquez was off balanced, but his gloves and knee touched the canvas resulting in a knockdown. The action continued and Beranza landed a hard left uppercut that dropped Velasquez again.

Round 4: Beranza is pressing the action and lands a left to the body and a solid overhand right. Velasquez fired and missed a left hook to the head. Beranza viciously attacking the body. Beranza lands a right uppercut. Velasquez counters with a left hook to the head. Beranza flurries again.

Round 5: Velasquez hits Beranza with an overhand right. Beranza continues to put pressure and attacks Velasquez's body and throws punches inside. Velasquez is throwing his jab as he tries to keep Beranza away. Beranza lands a flush straight right to Velasquez's head. Velasquez's mouthpiece came out and the referee calls a halt to the action with 10 seconds left in the round.

Round 6: Beranza lands a solid right to the body. Velasquez lands a straight right.

Overall Summary: Carlos Velasquez's twin brother did not fare as well as he did tonight in earlier action. From the 3rd round on, Jose Beranza (32-15-2, 25 KO's) wore out Juan Velasquez (9-1, 5 KO's) with his ferocious body attack. Velasquez did not use his range and could not keep Beranza at bay with his jab. Beranza was able to land hard shots on the inside and took Velasquez shots well. Also, Beranza's jab enabled him to get in close range and fire straight rights that connected to Velasquez's face. Juan Velasquez seemed surprised by the toughness his Mexican opponent showed. He may have underestimated the 13 year veteran. Beranza showed more will and courage to win this fight. Get a ninja costume for Halloween.

In the 5th round, Beranza knocked out Velasquez's mouthpiece when he landed a flush right. ESPN commentators Teddy Atlas and Joe Tessitore were critical of the referee's decision to halt the action, while Beranza was still on the attack with 10 seconds to go in the round. When Velasquez's mouthpiece came out, he briefly looked at Beranza and then quickly looked at the referee. When Velasquez looked at the referee, Beranza stopped coming forward and then the referee stepped in. It all happened so quickly and looked as if the referee stopped the action with Beranza ready to throw more punches, but Beranza did momentarily pause. Even with Beranza's short pause, the referee should have let the action continue.

The lesson to take away from this fight is to never underestimate any opponent!

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.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Pacquiao - Cotto Preview: Coming Soon!!!

Be sure to check my fight preview of Pacquiao vs. Cotto early next week! I will be posting a recap after the conclusion of ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" along with a recap of Top Rank's "Latin Fury 10" card on Saturday.

Also, I already did a fight preview of Mayweather vs. Marquez on September 19th, but it's in my archives. If you have not read it yet, it's the first article I submitted. Enjoy!

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