Saturday, January 16, 2010
Juan Carlos Burgos Remains Unbeaten
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.