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Monday, January 18, 2010

Berto vs. Mosley CANCELED, Mayweather vs. Mosley On May 1st???

As a result of the tragic earthquake that struck Haiti, Andre Berto has pulled out of his fight with "Sugar" Shane Mosley on January 30th. He released the following the statement Monday:

"I have seen the pain in my parents' eyes as they attempt to understand what has happened to our homeland, and recognize a place they once called home. As a result of this disaster, I am mentally and physically exhausted and therefore, I have no choice but to withdraw from my bout on January 30th.

"Throughout the past six days, I have received an incredible outpouring of support, and I sincerely appreciate everyone’s prayers for the people of Haiti. I hope that everyone will continue to keep the Haitian people in their thoughts and prayers, as we work to rebuild this proud nation.

"The rebuilding of Haiti is not something that will happen overnight, but I am fully dedicated to helping the Haitian people recover from this catastrophic event."

It is very possible that Floyd Mayweather Jr. could battle "Sugar" Shane Mosley on May 1st at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Leonard Ellerbe, who is Floyd Mayweather's advisor, stated the following: "Floyd wants to fight the biggest fight possible, no matter who it may be. He'll line all these guys up and beat them one by one."

In the past, Mayweather and Mosley tried on numerous occasions to make a fight between them happen, but the two sides could never reach an agreement, which led to both men fighting other opponents. After Mayweather defeated Juan Manuel Marquez in September, Mosley got into the ring and challenged Mayweather during his post-fight interview with HBO's Max Kellerman. 

Today, Shane Mosley said, "I'm disappointed that the fight has been called off, but I understand that Andre is going through a very difficult time. My heart goes out to him, his family and the people of Haiti during the aftermath of this terrible tragedy. I'm sorry for the losses that Andre Berto and all of the Haitian people are suffering. I have everyone in my prayers."

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Martirosyan Wins Controversial Decision Over Ouma

Vanes Martirosyan (27-0, 17 KO's) won a controversial ten round unanimous decision over Kassim Ouma (26-7-1,16 KO's). Official scores were 97-92 and 97-93 twice. The 31 year old Ouma has now lost five of his last six bouts, while Martirosyan remains unbeaten.

Ouma relentlessly pressured Martirosyan from the opening bell and forced him to fight at his pace. In the first round, Ouma successfully landed right hooks and straight lefts as Martirosyan attempted to connect with his straight right. Ouma continued to land straight lefts and right hooks in round two, but Martirosyan had a better round. Martirosyan split Ouma's defense with a vicious right uppercut and attacked his body with a series of right hand shots. Also, Martirosyan connected with more straight rights to Ouma's head.

Ouma came back strong in the third round, and pushed Martirosyan back with right hooks and straight lefts. Martirosyan was countering Ouma's right hooks with straight rights. Ouma repeatedly got his punches off first, although Martirosyan finished the round strong.

In the fourth round, Martirosyan kept Ouma turning by using a lot of lateral movement. Martirosyan hit Ouma with many rights to the head and body. After Martirosyan landed a right and left to the body, an accidental clash of heads left him with a cut on his left eye brow.

Ouma stepped up the pace again, while utilizing his right jab in round five. Ouma hammered Martirosyan with a crisp right uppercut in close range. In round six, Ouma struck Martirosyan with numerous right hooks and straight lefts to the head. Again, Martirosyan countered with straight rights to the body and head. In round seven, Martirosyan went back to moving around the ring and caught Ouma with lots of right hands.

Ouma appeared to throw less punches in round eight and when he did throw, it looked as if his punches lost some steam. On the other hand, Martirosyan stepped up his work rate and made Ouma feel uncomfortable the entire round. However, Ouma floored Martirosyan with a short right hook in the ninth round. After that, Ouma battered Martirosyan with consecutive straight lefts, but Martirosyan got his balance back and started to fire right hands.

Both men fought at a furious pace in round ten. Martirosyan's left eye was very swollen. Yet, he closed the final round strong as he wobbled Ouma with a hard left hook to the head. Then, Martirosyan landed a left hook and straight right as the bell sounded to end the fight.

I had Ouma winning the fight 95-94. Personally, I felt the scoring in favor of Martirosyan was too widespread. Both men battled diligently throughout the course of the fight in several close rounds. Ouma even scored a knockdown, although Martirosyan fought fiercely during the remaining minutes of round nine. Without a doubt, Ouma presented Martirosyan with his toughest challenge to date in the spirited junior middleweight division. Ouma showed that he still has a lot of fight left in him after losing two straight bouts. In contrast, Martirosyan acquired tremendous experience by being pushed to the brink of defeat, and should look much improved in his upcoming fights.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Juan Carlos Burgos Remains Unbeaten

Juan Carlos Burgos scored a spectacular 12th round stoppage over a resilient Juan Carlos Martinez. Burgos was effective early, using his height and range to perplex Martinez. He came forward and kept popping Martinez with a stiff left jab. Martinez was wide with his punches, but managed to connect with a clean overhand right in the first round. Martinez landed more of his punches in round two, although Burgos hit Martinez with a vicious left uppercut toward the end of the round.

In the third round, Martinez tagged Burgos with an overhand right. However, Burgos was quick to counter with a overhand right - left hook combination to the head. Martinez was getting hit frequently with overhand rights, as Burgos did an excellent job of setting up his punches behind a blinding and accurate left jab. Martinez nailed Burgos with an overhand right in round four. Yet, Burgos came back aggressively, landing a barrage of punches to Martinez's body and head. During a clinch against the ropes, Martinez shoved Burgos down to the canvas.

Burgos continued with a forceful attack following the jab in the fifth round. Still, Martinez managed to land hard rights to Burgos' body. Burgos fired back and connected with another overhand right. In round six, Burgos connected with some rock-solid, overhand rights. Next, Martinez hammered Burgos with blistering lefts hooks, but the punches did not come in succession. As each round passed, Burgos was putting his combinations together much better.

During round seven, Martinez struck Burgos with a right cross and followed it with a big left hook. For not throwing many combinations, Martinez was timing Burgos efficiently when he stopped throwing his jab. Conversely, Burgos belted Martinez with a counter right hand. Then, Burgos hit Martinez with another clean right later in the round.

In round eight, Burgos appeared to have new energy. Martinez was holding his own, although Burgos landed a hard left hook and stinging overhand right. As the round was about to end, Burgos scored with a jab - right - left hook combination. Subsequently, Burgos stepped up the pace again in round nine and Martinez walked into a sharp, counter left hook. After that, in the tenth round, Burgos landed a flush right and pounded Martinez with consecutive left hooks. Martinez showed the ability to take a quality shot, but Burgos kept coming at him and placed his punches with great accuracy.

The eleventh round opened with Martinez landing a counter left hook. Then, Burgos momentarily stunned Martinez with an overhand right. Burgos kept jabbing him as Martinez punched again. Finally, a left hook to the head, followed by a jab - right - left hook combination, pushed Martinez back into the ropes in round twelve. Next, Burgos landed another left and right to the head flooring Martinez. As Martinez beat the count, Burgos charged forward and unleashed a massive left hook - right - left hook - right combination that led to referee Jon Schorle instantaneously grabbing Martinez and stopping the fight. The time of the stoppage was 1:07.

In 2004, Juan Carlos Burgos turned professional at 16 years old. Today, at 22 years old, he is undefeated (24-0, 17 KO's) and one of the fastest rising featherweight contenders in the world. Burgos is the nephew of Victor Burgos, who was a former IBF Light Flyweight Champion from 2003 - 2005.

Yaundale Evans stayed undefeated in his early career (5-0, 3 KO's) by winning a 6 round unanimous decision against Gino Escamilla (5-7-1, 2 KO's) in a 130 lb. bout. With the loss, Escamilla has now dropped six straight.

Evans, who is a southpaw, rocked Escamilla with a right hook in the first round, scoring a knockdown as Escamilla's glove touched the canvas. In round two, Escamilla came forward throwing wide punches and Evans made him pay for it. Escamilla got hit with a huge counter straight left and immediately dropped to the canvas. Somehow, Escamilla was able to get back to his feet. During one of the exchanges, Evans suffered a cut on the side of his right eye.

As the fight moved into the third round, Evans could not finish him. Escamilla was open for counters, but Evans did not put his punches together. Evans got sloppy, although he utilized his jab more in round four. Still, Escamilla was able to get close and clinch repeatedly. Evans, a native of Cleveland Ohio, held on to win by scores of 60-52 twice and 59-53.  

In a junior middleweight mismatch, 21 year old Demetrius Andrade (9-0, 7 KO's) remained undefeated after scoring a crushing first round knockout over 36 year old Bernardo Guereca (15-10-1, 3 KO's). Heading into the fight, Guereca had lost four of his last five bouts.

Andrade nailed Guereca on his temple with a devastating, counter right hook. Guereca was unable to beat the referee's ten count. The official time of the stoppage was 1:18.

A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Demetrius Andrade started boxing at the age of six, and is trained by his father, Paul Andrade and David Keefe. Andrade was a 2007 World Amateur Champion at 152 lbs. and represented the United States in the 2008 Olympics. He is an extremely talented fighter and has over 200 amateur bouts to his credit. Andrade is moving up quickly in the 154 lb. division, but with his background, should be facing fighters that can pose more of a threat to him.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Jermain Taylor Pulls Out Of "Super Six"

Jermain Taylor (28-4-1, 17 KO’s) has given the public memorable fights and showed that he is a warrior on many occasions. In 2005, he defeated the legendary Bernard Hopkins twice (SD 12, UD 12) and was regarded as one of the best fighters in the world. After capturing the Middleweight title from Hopkins, Taylor successfully defended the title three times. He received a draw against Ronald “Winky” Wright, but defeated Kassim Ouma (UD 12) and Cory Spinks (SD 12).

Taylor held the middleweight championship until 2007 when Kelly Pavlik TKO’D him in seven rounds. Later in the year, Taylor fought valiantly in the rematch against Pavlik, although he came up short, losing a 12 round unanimous decision. Since 2007, Taylor has only been victorious once, winning a 12 round unanimous decision against Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy in 2008. Most recently, Taylor was brutally knocked out twice in the 12th round in back-to-back fights against England’s Carl Froch and Germany’s Arthur Abraham. The devastating loss versus Abraham came in Showtime’s “Super Six” Tournament.

Today, Jermain Taylor withdrew from the "Super Six" Tournament and will not face Andre Ward on April 17th. 

"I'm going to take some time off from the sport of boxing and take myself out of [the] Showtime Sports World Boxing Classic tournament," Taylor said in a statement. "It's important that I give my body and mind some much-needed rest, because I have been boxing for nearly 20 years. I plan on keeping myself in shape and making a return to the sport sometime in the future."

After being knocked out in 3 of his last 5 bouts and going 1-4 over that span, many boxing insiders and fight fans thought Taylor would have made a colossal oversight by taking a fight with Ward.

"This was not an easy decision for me, having discussed it with my family, trainer [Ozell Nelson], friends and my adviser, Al Haymon, because I'm a very competitive person. But I know this is the smart road for me to take," Taylor said. "I want to thank Showtime Sports for everything and I wish the best for my five counterparts who will continue on in the Super Six tournament. Most of all, I want to thank the many fans for their continued support."

If Taylor does elect to fight again, should he even be allowed to continue boxing by the various commissions that govern the sport? 45 Fantastic Fights Of The Century

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Karmazin KO's Miranda; ESPN's Friday Night Fights 1/8/09

Roman Karmazin (40-3-1, 26 KO's) scored a sensational 10th round knockout over Dionisio Miranda (20-5-2 18 KO's) to open the season on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights". The victory was Karmazin's 4th in a row. With the win, the 37 year old should be able to acquire a big name opponent for his next bout.

The fight opened with a slow pace in rounds one and two, but the action heated up in round three when Miranda stunned Karmazin with an overhand right behind his jab. Miranda tried to finish him, although Karmazin showed great heart and made it out of the round. In round four, Miranda suffered a cut above his left eye resulting from an accidental clash of heads.

Beginning in the sixth round, Miranda was much more fluid with his punches as Karmazin was trying to time him and connect with one big shot. Toward the end of the round, Karmazin staggered Miranda after landing some hard rights.

In round seven, Miranda was working well behind his jab. As blood trickled down the left side of Miranda's cheek, Karmazin landed a stinging right-left hook combination to his head. In the eighth round, after Miranda missed with a right, Karmazin connected with a short, counter left hook. Then, Miranda hammered Karmazin in round nine with a flush right that sent the Russian into the ropes and down to the canvas. Yet, Karmazin was able to survive another round after getting nailed with a rock-solid punch.

Finally, with the cut still bleeding down Miranda's left cheek, Karmazin threw and landed a grazing left hook-right combination to the head flooring Miranda. Subsequently, Karmazin attacked Miranda with a flurry of punches, landing two clean powerful rights in succession that sent Miranda down again. Time of the stoppage was 2:34 of the tenth round.

After his impressive victory, will Roman Karmazin acquire a fight with Felix Sturm or Kelly Pavlik later in the year? Or maybe he can attain a fight with a rising middleweight contender such as Danny Jacobs or Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin? Previously, Karmazin had captured the IBF Junior Middleweight title from Kassim Ouma, but lost it in his first defense against Cory Spinks. Hopefully, Karmazin can get a significant fight and showcase his skills on HBO or Showtime in the near future.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Fight Preview: "Sugar" Shane Mosley vs. Andre Berto

On Saturday January 30th, WBA Welterweight Champion "Sugar" Shane Mosley (46-5, 39 KO's) will face WBC Welterweight Champion Andre Berto (25-0, 19 KO's) at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bout will be televised LIVE on HBO at 10pm EST/7pm PST.

Aside from losing a close 12 round unanimous decision to Miguel Cotto in 2007, Shane Mosley has not lost a fight since 2004. On the other hand, Mosley's record in his last 10 bouts is (7-3, 4 KO's). Joe Walcott, Archie Moore, Bernard Hopkins and Lennox Lewis all had a great deal of success late in their careers. At 38 years old, can Mosley sustain his impact on the welterweight division? Or will he finally show his age against Berto?

Andre Berto may be undefeated, but he does not possess more ring experience than Shane Mosley. Mosley will be Berto's toughest test to date. Berto shows superior power, tremendous agility and is 12 years younger at age 26. Will Andre Berto be able to use these advantages to overcome his inexperience and pull off an upset?

Both, Mosley and Berto share two common opponents. Mosley defeated David Estrada by a 10 round unanimous decision and Luis Collazo by a 12 round unanimous decision. Berto defeated Estrada by TKO in 11 rounds, but also beat Luis Collazo by a 12 round unanimous decision. Although, many people felt the Berto-Collazo fight was a lot closer than one of the judge's scorecards of 116-111. The other two official scores were 114-113 twice. Harold Lederman, HBO's unofficial ringside judge, had Collazo winning the fight 115-112.

Shane Mosley has never been hesitant to mix it up with any fighter. When he gets hit, he fires right back at his opponents. Mosley throws fast, blistering punches, but tends to stand in front of opponents too long. He favors the use of his jab, more as a range finder to set up power shots. Throughout his career, Mosley has been tremendously effective when he attacks his opponent's body. It is well known that he can take a solid punch from bigger guys and is capable of outfighting younger guys in close range. His most notable victories have come against Philip Holiday (UD 12), James Leija (TKO 9), Oscar De La Hoya (SD 12, UD 12), David Estrada (UD 10), Fernando Vargas (TKO 10, TKO 6), Luis Collazo (UD 12), Ricardo Mayorga (KO 12) and Antonio Margarito (TKO 9). His most notable losses have come against Vernon Forrest (UD 12 twice), Ronald "Winky" Wright (UD 12, MD 12) and Miguel Cotto (UD 12).

Andre Berto took up boxing after his father, Dieuseul, brought him to the boxing gym at a very young age. For his training, Berto would run, and his father would drive a car behind him to make sure he would not slow down. Afterward, Andre was forced to do as many as 500 push ups. His regimented training started to show positive results. Berto won the 2001 National Golden Gloves in the Light Middleweight division. In 2003, he won the National Golden Gloves again, this time in the Welterweight division. After failing to qualify for the United States team, Berto went on to represent Haiti at the 2004 Olympics. However, Berto lost in the 1st round (36-34) to France's Xavier Noel in a close bout.

Berto is a powerful puncher and fights with a wide stance. Like Mosley, he stands in front of his opponents after delivering his punches. He likes to time his opponents, so he can hit them with his devastating right hand. At times, Berto can be a bit of a brawler and is not as technically sound as Mosley. He throws few combinations off his jab, but when he lands his punches, they are enormously effective. Also, Berto has proficient hand speed and is naturally bigger than Mosley, although he lacks the professional experience. Berto's most notable wins have come against Luis Collazo (UD 12) and most recently, Juan Urango (UD 12).

During heated exchanges, Berto has a tendency to release wide punches in close range. As a result, Luis Collazo was able to time and hit Berto repeatedly with short punches. Look for Mosley to attempt to do the same. However, Mosley may be making a huge mistake, if he thinks he can trade punch-for-punch with Berto. Berto is an outstanding puncher, and must connect with his punches in succession to be victorious over Mosley. In contrast, Mosley is a better defensive fighter than Berto and probably will employ many feints in this fight.

Berto needs to put his combinations together better than he has shown in his previous bouts. He must utilize his jab to control the pace of the fight. When in close quarters, Berto should keep his punches short and not square up. In the past, Berto has not changed from offense to defense well. Against Mosley, Berto should punch and move, so he will not be a stationary target. Alternatively, if Berto wants to get the best use of his edge in power, he ought to force Mosley to fight toe-to-toe.

For Mosley, he needs to land short shots in a nearby range. He will not have to worry about Berto's power, if he can land clean punches and move laterally around the ring. Every so often, Mosley may elect to trade with Berto. Mosley must find his range, so he will not be countered. This is where Mosley's ring experience can be a key factor.

Prediction: I'm picking Andre Berto to upset "Sugar" Shane Mosley. I usually select the more seasoned fighter, but in this case, Berto's 12 years age advantage will be the difference. Although, Mosley has defeated several younger fighters as he has grown older, he is now 38 years old, and has been inactive for one year after demolishing Antonio Margarito. Boxers cannot afford to suffer long layoffs to their careers, especially as they grow older. With long periods of inactivity, fighters lose timing, speed, agility, power and can witness an overall decrease in their skills. Mosley has not shown his age yet, but eventually all fighters do. A fighter can get old in one fight and I think this is Berto's time to shine. I am going with Berto to win a clear and decisive 12 round unanimous decision.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Pavlik TKO's Espino, Retains WBC & WBO Middleweight Titles

Kelly Pavlik (36-1, 32 KO's) returned to the ring and looked impressive, stopping Miguel Espino (20-3-1, 9 KO's) at 1:44 of the 5th round in front of his hometown fans in Youngstown, Ohio. Pavlik had not fought since February 21st, after he suffered a staph infection on his left hand. Both fighters elected to battle toe-to-toe the entire fight without taking a backward step.

In the 1st round, Pavlik was landing a lot of rights and lefts to Espino's body. Pavlik was willing to stand and trade with Espino, but suffered swelling under his right eye. Espino was deducted a point from referee Steve Smoger for throwing a left hook at Pavlik after the bell had sounded.

In the 2nd round, both men continued to exchange blows in close quarters. Pavlik snapped Espino's head back with a rock-solid, right uppercut after he hit Espino with a right to the body. In round three, Pavlik was dishing out and landing some pretty hard punches. Espino was tough and kept the fight in close range. Pavlik did not mind fighting inside as he delivered some effective combinations.

Espino had a tendency to lean too far forward when he was battling Pavlik in close range. Pavlik made him pay for it. In the 4th round, on a delayed reaction, Espino dropped to one knee after Pavlik hammered him with a right uppercut to the head. After absorbing two more right uppercuts from Pavlik, Espino went down again. Espino showed his durability once more when Pavlik connected with a right to the body-right uppercut combination. Espino made it out of round four, but would not get out of round five. Pavlik hit Espino in the body with a ferocious left hook. Then, Pavlik nailed Espino with a series of rights and left hooks. Finally, Pavlik put Espino down for a third time when he landed another right uppercut to the head. Espino rose to his feet, but referee Steve Smoger stopped the bout.

Paul Williams decided to face Sergio Martinez, as opposed to waiting for Pavlik's staph infection to properly heal and fighting him. Well, after winning a 12 round majority decision over Martinez, Williams has another chance to step in the ring with Pavlik, if he wants the fight. Pavlik vs. Williams could take place early in 2010.

Cermeno KO's Valdez In 11th

In a bantamweight showdown, Nehomar Cermeno (19-0, 11 KO's) remained undefeated after stopping a resilient Alejandro Valdez (22-4-2, 16 KO's) in the 11th round. A 30 year old Venezuelan, Cermeno was aggressive early, but ultimately used his boxing skills in the later rounds to come out victorious. Valdez fought hard, although he had difficulty landing combinations against Cermeno.

In the 1st round, Valdez suffered a cut above his right eye, resulting from an accidental clash of heads. However, Valdez fought assertively and landed some counter lefts. Yet, in the 2nd round, Valdez did not fare so well. Cermeno floored him with a counter left hook. Valdez got up and appeared to be dazed. Then, Cermeno landed a flush right. The second knockdown occurred when Cermeno landed another right hand.

Valdez showed heart and the ability to take a clean punch. In the 4th round, he hit Cermeno with some counter lefts. Valdez was still wide with his shots and did not land many in succession. A series of lefts stunned Cermeno in the 5th round and Cermeno seemed to be baffled by Valdez in the 6th round. Valdez got a surge of energy and started to attack more. Cermeno made the mistake of standing in front of Valdez too long.

In the 7th round, Cermeno went back to fighting on the outside, using his lateral movement to stay away from Valdez's attack. Valdez absorbed a solid overhand right from Cermeno, but kept coming forward. With Valdez still chasing in the 8th round, Cermeno connected with a left uppercut. Then, Valdez landed a straight left, but Cermeno countered with a left hook. Heading into the 9th round, it was evident that Valdez was going to have to put his punches together, if he was going to win this fight. Cermeno kept boxing in the 10th round, but Valdez hit him with a straight left - right hook combination. Cermeno was deducted one point by the referee for using his knee in the 11th round. Next, Cermeno buckled Valdez with a big right hand. Lastly, a right uppercut-overhand right combination knocked Valdez to the canvas. The referee stopped the action at 2:40 of round eleven when Valdez could not beat the ten count.

Soto Defeats Chavez By 10 Round Decision

Humberto Soto (50-7-2, 32 KO's) won his sixth consecutive fight by outpointing a sturdy Jesus Chavez (44-7, 30 KO's). All three official  ringside judges scored the bout 100-87 for Soto. Yet, the fight appeared to be closer.

Soto floored Chavez with an overhand right in the 1st round. After the knockdown, Chavez tried to work his way inside using the jab. With his back against the ropes, Soto caught Chavez with a counter left uppercut. Chavez attempted to attack Soto's body. Soto was patient and when Chavez stopped throwing the jab, he would land right hands on his head. In the 2nd round, there was a clash of heads. Chavez seemed bothered by Soto's jab. Soto continued to hit him with right hands off his jab. Chavez was willing to take a punch to deliver one, but Soto would step back and land sharp left uppercuts that had a serious impact. Yet, Chavez kept pressing forward. Toward the end of the round, Chavez appeared to land a left hook to the body that dropped Soto. However, the referee was in a bad position and thought Soto had slipped. As Soto, went back to the corner, he appeared hurt.

In the 3rd round, Soto connected with a piercing left uppercut as Chavez charged forward recklessly. Chavez got Soto on the ropes and landed a solid right to the body in round four. Then, Soto landed another left uppercut and followed it with a double left hook to the body that slowed Chavez's attack. Chavez continued to take a punch to deliver his own. In round five, both fighters exchanged blows in the middle of the ring. Soto hit Chavez with a hard body shot. Next, he started to catch Chavez with right hand leads. Chavez was deducted a point for throwing Soto through the ropes. When the action continued, Chavez tagged Soto with a left hook to the head.

In round six, Chavez hit Soto with a left hook that was below the belt line. Soto was down for a about a minute. Subsequently, when Soto got back up, he exchanged bombs with Chavez. Soto nailed Chavez with a flush right uppercut and followed it with an overhand right. Chavez backed Soto up in the 7th round when he connected with a right - left hook combination. As Soto moved back, he unleashed a sharp right that hit Chavez.

The 8th round had continuous action. First, Chavez struck Soto with a left hook to the body. Soto countered with a right to the head. Next, Soto landed a left uppercut-overhand right combination. Then, Soto nailed Chavez with punishing right hands. Chavez attempted to work the body, but Soto stepped back and landed an uppercut. Soto nailed Chavez with a another right just before the end of the round. In round nine, Chavez was still coming at Soto strong, but Soto continued to land left uppercuts and right hands. Soto boxed more in the tenth round and used his jab, while moving laterally around the ring. Both fighters connected with right hand leads. With 30 seconds to go in the bout, Soto made an effort to knock Chavez out by throwing a series of right hands, but he was unsuccessful. Chavez weathered the storm, although he lost the decision.

Garcia Stopped Herrera

In a featherweight bout, 22 year old Miguel Angel Garcia remained unbeaten (18-0, 15 KO's) after stopping Yogli Herrera (22-11, 15 KO's) in the 3rd round. Garcia connected with a clean left hook early in a slow paced first round. Garcia was the aggressor and was seeking to land combinations. In round two, Herrera was moving a lot and connected with a left hook. Garcia was jabbing, but not hitting Herrera with much after it. When Herrera backed into the ropes, Garcia landed a left hook - right hand combination.

Garcia nailed Herrera with a solid left hook to the body in the 3rd round. Then, Garcia threw and landed another left hook that floored Herrera. After Herrera got to his feet, he was standing in the corner. Garcia moved in and hit Herrera with a left hook to the body and followed it with an overhand right to the head. A left jab-right hand combination sent Herrera down again. The referee stopped the bout.

Martirosyan TKO's Lee

In a junior middleweight clash, Vanes "The Nightmare" Martirosyan (26-0, 17 KO's) remained undefeated with a 3rd round TKO victory over William Lee (17-6, 11 KO's). Martirosyan connected with left hooks and a right uppercut early in the 1st round. Martirosyan was very selective with his punch output. A southpaw, Lee was stunned by a big right hand. Lee absorbed some serious rights and left hooks, but still pressed forward on wobbly legs. As the round came to a close, Lee caught Martirosyan with a straight left. In the 2nd round, Martirosyan continued to hit Lee with effective right hands. Lee jabbed and tried to force Martirosyan back. Next, Martirosyan was successful when he landed a series of rights to the body. Then, Martirosyan floored Lee with a solid right to the head after he previously knocked Lee's mouthpiece out with a right hand. When Lee got up, Martirosyan blistered him with a series of rights and left hooks. After that, Martirosyan sent Lee down again when he landed a hard right hand to Lee's head. Time of the stoppage was 2:13 of round three.

Martirosyan has been boxing since he was 12 years old. As an amateur, he represented the United States at the 2004 Olympics as a welterweight, but lost to Cuba's Lorenzo Aragon Armenteros. He is trained by Freddie Roach and is moving up the junior middleweight ranks quickly.

In other action on Top Rank's card: Samuel Peter (TKO 4) over Gabe Brown, Omar Henry (TKO 1) over Jessie Davis and Matt Korobov (TKO 3) over Ken Dunham.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Guerrero, Porter & Lane Win By Knockout

In a welterweight showdown, Philadelphia's Lanard Lane remained undefeated (10-0, 7 KO's) after scoring a blazing 2nd round TKO over Said El Harrak (8-1, 3 KO's). Lane came out explosive in the 1st round and was relentless, throwing and landing right hand leads. El Harrak was looking to land his right, but never hit Lane flush. Lane connected with a series of rights and left hooks to the head. Then, Lane floored El Harrak with a hard overhand right. El Harrak was dazed, but continued to fight. El Harrak took another clean right from Lane. After that, Lane scored another knockdown when he connected again with his overhand right. Somehow, El Harrak managed to hold on and make it into round two. However, Lane would end it quickly. Early in the 2nd round, Lane utilized his jab. He continued to hit El Harrak with left hooks to the head and rights to the body. Next, Lane jabbed to the body and swifty fired another right to Harrak's head. As he lunged forward with a right and missed with a left hook, the referee stopped the fight at 1:38.

Showtime's Steve Farhood and Antonio Tarver felt that the referee had stopped the bout too soon. I disagree with them because Lane was repeatedly hitting El Harrak with very clean, accurate punches. Sometimes, a fighter can show great heart and a strong chin, but is still taking damaging shots. El Harrak was just getting hit too often and it was only a matter of time before Lane would be victorious.

Porter TKO's Patterson in 4th round

In a junior middleweight bout, Shawn Porter stopped Jamar Patterson in the 4th round. Heading into the fight, Shawn Porter had an edge in amateur experience with 276 fights to Patterson's 50. Porter also had a superior edge in hand speed, which combined with his aggression, was just too much for Patterson to overcome.

Porter attacked Patterson furiously from the opening bell. Toward the end of the 1st round, Porter landed an overhand right and consecutive left hooks. However, Patterson showed he could take a rock-solid punch. In the 2nd round, Porter jabbed and was more fluid with his combination punching. The combinations overwhelmed Patterson, but he fought courageously. In round three, Patterson suffered a cut above his right eye, as Porter continued to beat him to the punch. Porter was hitting Patterson with left uppercuts, jabs and overhand rights in round four. Porter feinted and connected with a hard, lunging left hook that dropped Patterson flat on his back. Patterson got up, but Porter continued his assault. Porter nailed him with consecutive left hooks to the head and the referee stopped the bout.

Porter, a 22 year old Ohio native, lived up to his nickname "Showtime" by winning impressively. He remains unbeaten at (12-0, 10 KO's) and is scheduled to face Damian Frias in Cleveland, Ohio on February 19, 2010. Jamar Patterson falls to (8-1, 4 KO's). Polo Double Black By Ralph Lauren For Men. Eau De Toilette Spray 4.2 oz

 Guerrero Stops Nicklow

23 year old Fernando Guerrero (17-0, 14 KO's) remained undefeated, stopping the brave and bold Jessie "The Beast" Nicklow (19-2-2, 7 KO's) in the 4th round in ShoBox's main event. A southpaw, Guerrero used his edge in hand speed to batter Nicklow with sharp, accurate punches. Nicklow attempted to work the body, but he had a rough time because Guerrero could counter him so instantly. Nicklow was stunned by a big right hook from Guerrero in the 2nd round. Also, in the 2nd round, Guerrero was walking Nicklow down with his high volume of punches. However, Nicklow was daring and tried to time Guerrero right after he unleashed his punches. Nevertheless, Guerrero kept coming at Nicklow, landing a series of rights and lefts to the body and connecting with a vicious left uppercut. Then, Guerrero trapped Nicklow in the corner and tagged him with brutal right hooks and straight lefts to the head. Nicklow had a durable chin, but it was getting tested often.

In the 4th round, Nicklow was about to throw a punch and slightly dropped his left hand. Guerrero timed Nicklow perfectly with a monstrous right hook that sent him down and into the ropes. Nicklow got up, but just kept absorbing punishing right hooks and straight lefts. After peppering Nicklow with a ton of clean shots, Guerrero appeared to momentarily punch himself out. Yet, Guerrero continued to pound Nicklow with right hooks and straight lefts that prompted the referee to stop the fight at 2:09 of the 4th round.

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