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Molina KO’s Williams in Four; Gonzales Decisions Mouton

Molina KO’s Williams in Four; Gonzales Decisions Mouton

By Aaron Lloyd

Lightweight contender John Molina buried some skeletons on Friday Night when he registered an impressive 4th round KO over the hard punching St. Louis native Dannie Williams.  Molina started cautiously, and Williams seemed to steal the early action with his hand speed, movement and the occasional overhand right.  In round three, however, Molina began to close the distance, and after getting the better end of a clash of heads, he upped his attack and went on the offensive.  Molina was stalking in the 4th frame, and just under the 2:30 mark he landed a right hand to the temple of Williams that sent him through the ropes and onto the ring apron.  Williams struggle to his feet, but was still standing outside the ring at the count of ten.  With the win, Molina improves to 25-2 (20 KO’s), while Williams, suffering his 2nd loss in his last 3 fights, falls to 22-3 (18 KO’s).

In preliminary action, Sacramento native Brandon Gonzales improved to 17-0 (10) after winning a workmanlike eight round decision over Texas native Don Mouton 12-5-1 (10).  Gonzalez was the busier fighter throughout, and he utilized his superior hand speed to score with sharp punches on the inside.  Gonzales started off boxing and using his jab on the outside, but from round two on, the fight was contested at close quarters.  Mouton proved to be a game challenger, but he simply just did not offer up enough on offense to deserve the win.  After eight rounds of predictable action, Gonzales was declared the winner by scores of 78-75, 77-75, 77-75.

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Entertainment Continues at Turning Stone with More Championship Boxing

Entertainment Continues at Turning Stone with More Championship Boxing

Turning Stone Resort and Casino, a four-season, destination resort in Upstate New York, will once again be host to championship boxing on Friday, January 25, 2013, when the event center hosts ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. The main event will feature NABO middleweight champion Brian Vera, scheduled to defend his title against Sergiy “Razor” Dzinziruk, former WBO junior middleweight champion.

This will be the second time in a few months that Dzinziruk visits Turning Stone. On his recent appearance in September, he fought to a draw with Jonathan Gonzalez. No one knows how he will fare against the number-four-ranked Vera in WBO’s middleweight division.

In case one amazing fight isn’t enough, the co-feature fight will pit Tony “Lightning” Luis against Miguel “Silky Smooth” Gonzalez in the junior welterweight bout. Turning Stone alum Luis scored a first-round knockout against Andres Ledesma in September. Gonzalez suffered an end to a 14-fight winning streak in his fight against Mike Dallas, Jr. last February. Will he come back on top, or will Luis’ good luck and strong fist bring him down?

Undercard bouts will be announced soon. Doors will open at the Turning Stone Event Center on January 25 at 6:30 p.m. with the first undercard fight beginning at 7:30. ESPN2’s live telecast begins at 9:00 p.m. EST. Tickets from $25 can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling the box office at 315-361-7469. All bouts are subject to change without prior notice.

Boxing enthusiasts will not be disappointed with fights at Turning Stone Resort and Casino. Promoter Greg Cohen is especially excited to be back at Turning Stone and reports, “Turning Stone’s commitment to hosting championship level nationally-televised events has quickly made it a premier East Coast venue for boxing.” He also adds, “Turning Stone is my favorite place to hold an event bar none. January 25th will be another terrific night of boxing for the fans.”

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Darley Perez Wins a Split Decision Over Baha Mamadjonov

Darley Perez Wins a Split Decision Over Baha Mamadjonov

By Aaron Lloyd

Columbian lightweight prospect Darley Perez narrowly remained unbeaten on Friday night after taking a tough split decision victory over Uzbek Bahodir Mamadjonov by scores of 95-94, 95-94, and 93-96.  Perez came out a bit lethargic and gave away the early rounds as he struggled to deal with Mamadjonov’s movement and hand speed, however, In the middle rounds, Perez began to close the distance, and behind a high, tight guard, managed to get inside and have success putting Mamadjonov on the ropes.  Perez was clearly the aggressor throughout the last half of the fight, and in round number eight he dropped Mamadnojov with a right uppercut that solidified his standing in the fight.  Although several of the closing rounds were close and Mamadjonov may have stolen a few of them (particularly the last), it was Perez’s forward aggression and willingness to take the fight to his fleeing opponent that deservedly won him the decision.  With the win, Darley Perez improved to 26-0 with 19 knockouts, while Mamadjonov, suffering the first defeat of his career, fell to 11-1 with 7 KO’s.    

Round By Round

Rd-1 Cautious opening round.  Baha dives in occasionally and Perez bats him away.  Baha is throwing & landing straight lefts to the body.  Perez is trying to throw the counter left and missing.  Feeling out round that could go either way.  A 10-10 is definitely justified, but I will give it to Baha 10-9

Rd-2 Perez is punching more this round, closing the distance a bit.  Very little is being thrown, and even less is landing cleanly until the 30 second mark when Baha lands a big left hook that hurts Perez, he wobbles a bit and grabs.  The round ends, and Perez looks OK, but Baha made a much needed statement.  (20-18 Baha)

Rd-3 Baha is much more active.  Perez is waiting and not throwing.  Baha is circling and giving Perez troubles with the movement.  Perez has to let his hands go.  He looks lost at this point. (30-27 Baha)

Rd-4 Both fighters are throwing from distance and missing.  Perez is too hesitant, and Baha is making him miss every time he throws.  Very little offense to this point.  Perez is throwing wide hooks and Baha is slipping and moving away.  He would do well to throw straight down the middle.  Perez had a better round from an activity point.  Neither fighter landing anything, but Perez was busier (39-37 Baha)

Rd-5 Perez closes the distance more this round.  Baha is fighting a slick defensive fight but offering up very little on the offense end.  Perez is coming forward trying to make the fight.  He is having little success getting to Baha, but his effort is improving (48-47 Baha)

Rd-6 Both fighters are showing too much respect for each other, making for a rather dull fight.  Baha leaps in with a good straight left, but Perez comes forward and tries to pin Baha on the ropes.  Baha is boxing WAY more than advertised.  Perez is keeping his guard up nicely, and he is stepping up the attack more.  Baha looks like he is fighting to survive.  (57-57)

Rd-7 Perez is walking Baha down.  He is still throwing too wide, and could use the jab to help him get inside, but he has become the aggressor over his smaller opponent.  Perez is finally able to get to him, put him on the ropes and land the much harder shots.  Baha doesn’t seem to have the ability to hurt him at this point (67-66 Perez) 

Rd-8 Perez is catching Baha with short, clean shots this round.  At 1:15 he lands a big right uppercut that puts Baha on the seat of his pants.  Baha rises, and doesn’t look hurt, but is on the bicycle.  Just as the bell sounds, Baha lands a HUGE right on Perez that looked the best punch of the night.  Perez staggers back to the corner.  This is about to get interesting.  (77-74 Perez)

Rd-9 Not seeing the power or the tenacity from Baha that was promised.  Perez is the one coming forward, blocking shots and delivering the goods.  Baha had his moments, leaping in with straight lefts, but Perez landed the better shots in the round. (87-83 Perez)

Rd-10 Decent exchange to start the round.  Baha is throwing big shots but Perez is blocking them with a tigh, high guard.  Baha probably did more in the final round, but another close round.  The final bell sounds, Perez looks to have done enough to get the win.  I have Perez winning by a 96-93 margin, 6 rounds to 4 with an extra point for the knockdown.

On the Undercard: Chris Avalos 20-2 (15) W12 Yenifel Vicente 23-1-2 (15)

Rd-1 Both fighters keeping the distance, throwing sharp crisp punches.  Avalos doubling up and following with the straight.  Avalos is stepping forward throwing combinations.  Vicente is fighting well, but Avalos is a little sharper.  He lands a good right to punctuate the round.  10-9

Rd-2 Avalos threw 115 punches in the first frame.  Excellent action to start round 2.  Avalos is firing combinations, and at 1:22 he lands a 2-punch combo that staggers Vicente a bit.  At :45 Avalos drills him with a straight left.  Avalos is doing good work this round, boxing smart, letting his hand speed do the work.  Clear round for Avalos (20-18 Avalos).

Rd-3 Vicente is throwing wildly and missing.  Avalos is picking punches off and firing back accurately.  With the minute to go Vicente does his best work of the fight, landing a left hook/ straight right.  Avalos steps back and makes him pay.  Vicente is fighting with more urgency, still behind 3-0 (30-27 Avalos) 

Rd-4 Clash of heads to start round 4, but no cut.  Avalos is putting punches together well, standing in front of Vicente and backing out.  With a minute to go Vicente puts Avalos on the ropes and hammers him with a couple shots.  Good finish for Vicente.  Avalos won the first 2/3 but Vicente came on strong and may have stolen it in the last 30 seconds. (39-37 Avalos)

Rd-5 Vicente lands a good right to start the round.  At the 2:30 mark Avalos lands his own right that drops Vicente!  Vicente makes it up, and he doesn’t appear too hurt.  But Avalos pursues and hurts Vicente with another right.  Vicente backs off, wobbly, and lands some good shots of his own.  Excellent action from both.  Vicente survives, but he is in trouble. (49-45 Avalos) 

Rd-6 Avalos is busier and more accurate this round.  Vicente looks to be in good condition.  Avalos is landing good combinations, but nothing lands with much power.  Vicente has lost some of his will.  Clear round for Avalos (59-54 Avalos)

Rd-7 Good action to start round 7.  Vicente comes out throwing bombs, missing most, but does catch Avalos with a good shot.  Avalos is still faster and busier, putting punches together where Vicente is loading up looking for the knockout.  It is desperation time for Vicente.  He still has the puncher’s chance, but Avalos is winning every round (69-63 Avalos)

Rd-8 Through 7 rounds, Avalos has thrown twice as many punches.  At 2:30 Vicente lands a big right on the break.  The referee stops the action.  Avalos takes a moment to recuperate.  Good back and forth action.  With under a minute to go Avalos lands several hard shots in a row to win the round in convincing fashion. (79-72 Avalos) 

Rd-9 Vicente comes out swinging hard.  He still looks to have plenty of power, but he is getting hit too much.  Avalos needs to be fighting more cautiously, but he still chooses to stand in front of Vicente and pepper him with shots.  He is in control and cruising right now (89-81 Avalos)

Rd-10 Vicente lands several good left hooks.  Both fighters trade and Vicente is getting the better of it.  Avalos is falling in, looking to hold.  Avalos finishes with an excellent combination, and the two continue trading after the bell.  Excellent fight!  Avalos is a clear winner, but Vicente fought a tough, game fight and has nothing to be ashamed of (98-91 Avalos)

Chris Avalos is the winner 97-92 on all 3 judges’ cards!

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It’s Good Fortune for Fortuna in KO Win

It’s Good Fortune for Fortuna in KO Win

By Aaron Lloyd

July 6, 2012- Dominican junior lightweight Javier Fortuna continued his impressive string of knockout victories on Friday after stopping veteran Cristobal Cruz in the second round of their ESPN televised bout.  Fortuna came out as explosive and wild as ever, knocking down Cruz once in the first and finishing him off for good in the second.  Just 30 seconds into round two, Fortuna landed a beautiful, picture-perfect straight left hand that floored Cruz, and while he managed to get to his feet, referee Robert Byrd immediately waved off the action, and awarded the victory to Fortuna. 

Fortuna displayed exceptional hand speed and power, and while his “offensive first” mentality may be a hindrance to him down the road against better, counter-punching talent, his exciting style and aggressiveness are definitely worth the effort to stand and take notice.  With the win, Javier Fortuna improved to 20-0 with 15 knockouts, while Cruz, suffering only the 3rd KO loss in his 57 fight career, and his first in more than a decade, fell to 39-13-3 (23).     

 

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Provodnikov Dominates In Knockout Win

Provodnikov Dominates In Knockout Win

By Aaron Lloyd

June 29, 2012- Junior welterweight prospect Ruslan Provodnikov improved to 22-1 (15) after scoring a second round knockout victory over Mexican Jose Reynoso on ESPN’s telecast of Friday Night Fights.  Provodnikov wasted little time jumping on his opponent, as a series of straights, hook, and uppercuts had Reynoso reeling midway through the second frame.  Provodnikov jumped on his dazed opponent and landed a nice double right hook combination (one up and one down) that snapped Reynoso’s head back and sent him to the canvas.  Unable to rise before the 10 count, the bout ended with Provodnikov declared a second round KO winner. Afterwards, the excited Russian stated (through a translator), “I have been through three months of training camp, first with Manny (Pacquiao), and then my own.  This was the pay off.” With the loss, Reynoso fell to 16-4-1 with 3 knockouts.

Round By Round

Rd-1 Provonikov is coming forward; not landing terribly effectively, but coming forward and taking the fight to Reynoso. Reynoso lands some good counter shots, but the aggression of Provodnikov may have won the round 10-9

Rd-2 Provodnikov lands a series of straight right hands and has Reynoso hurt.  Reynoso staggers back into the ropes, and Provodnikov lands a right to the body and a right to the head.  Reynoso’s heads snaps back and he goes down, he doesn’t make the ten count! Provodnikov is the winner by way of a 2nd round KO.

Also on the Undercard

San Diego junior featherweight Christopher Martin improved to 24-2-3 (7) after registering a 6th round TKO over Mexican Roberto Castaneda, 20-2-1 (15).  Castaneda fought a very active fight through the first five rounds, leading well with the jab and firing off combinations, however, Martin managed to slip and block the majority, and looked to have the edge in clean punches landed as the bout entered the halfway point.  In round five, landed to the body with a right uppercut that sent Castaneda down.  After rising at the count of nine, the bell sounded, and the hurt fighter slowly made his way to the corner.  In round six, it was another body shot (this time a left hook) that sent Castaneda down once again, this time for good.  Castaneda did beat the count, but when asked if he could continue, he shook his head no.  All in all, a very good win for Martin, who was less busy, but far more accurate throughout.  He displayed excellent defensive skills, and landed the majority of the clean punches landed.

Round By Round

Rd-1 Martin lands a good body punch and then a hard right hand on Castaneda. Martin is also quicker on the jab so far.  Contest is getting a little ragged as both fighters are lunging and missing.  Martin again lands a solid combo of left hook, double right hand.  10-9 Martin (courtesy of fightnightpresspass.com)

Rd-2 Castaneda is much busier in round two, landing the jab, and landing shots up and down on the inside.  He looks to have found a way to get to Martin, and he is having much more success this round 10-9.  (19-19)

Rd-3 Castaneda much busier, but Martin landing cleanly, albeit less frequently.  Castaneda gets caught with a big two punch combination, and a left hook later that may have cost him the round. Castaneda is doing good work, but getting caught. 10-9 Martin (29-28 Martin) 

Rd-4 Castaneda starts very fast.  Landing good body shots, and at the 2 minute mark, he lands a series of punches that has Martin covering up.  Martin doesn’t look hurt, but not firing back, losing clearly.  Good end to the round, both fighters landing well. Castaneda 10-9 (38-38)

Rd-5 Martin countering effectively.  Castaneda still throwing but not landing as effectively.  Seconds before the round ends, Martin lands a body shot that puts Castaneda down.  Castaneda gets up just as the bell sounds.  Right upper cut to the solar plexus 10-8 Martin. (48-46 Martin)

Rd-6 Martin comes out aggressively to start round 6.  Martin is still landing clean counters, and covering well.  With 45 seconds to go, Martin lands another body shot that sends Castaneda down again.  He gets up at 9, but when asked if he wants to continue he shakes his head no.  Left hook ends it in the 6th!

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Friday Night Fight Results: Ji-Hoon Kim-Alisher Rahimov Recap

Friday Night Fight Results:  Ji-Hoon Kim-Alisher Rahimov Recap

By Aaron Lloyd

May 25, 2012- This week’s installment of Friday Night Fights, broadcasting from the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, MO, ended with a  rousing main event, in which South Korean Ji-Hoon Kim was declared the victor over Russian Alisher Rahimov by way of a ten round unanimous decision, 96-94, 98-92, and 97-93.  From the opening bell, the fight was contested at an absolutely frantic pace, and the non-stop action kept the ringside reporters scrambling to keep tabs on the round-by-round offensive onslaught.  After a while it all became a blur as the two traded leather indiscriminately for ten solid rounds.  While Rahimov landed some good solid straight right hands, and did some good work on the inside when he was able, it was Kim who controlled much of the action with his high volume attack, ripping his shorter opponent with good uppercuts and looping hooks.  Kim looked sharp and focused early, and he forced Rahimov into uncomfortable territory by apply “pipe busting” pressure.  Every time Rahimov found success, Kim was quick to return fire and never allowed the Russian to the opportunity to gain the upper hand.  It was back and forth all night as the two stood toe to toe, hitting each other with virtually every punch thrown.  When it was all said and done, Kim deserved the decision nod based on his activity and the fact that he landed the harder, cleaner blows during the fight, but Rahimov had his moments, and lost the majority of the rounds by the narrowest of margins.         

In the night’s co-feature, Washington heavyweight Vince Thompson improved to (11-0 (2)) after taking a lackluster and uninspired victory over East St. Louis native Joell Godfrey (15-6-1).  In what I would call the “Dick Van Patten” fight of the night, “eight was definitely enough” – to lull the fight crowd into a deep and restful sleep that is, as another two rounds would have been far too brutal to bear.  At one point a crying baby was the most audible noise emanating from the comatose arena. 

As for the action…Thompson bounced in and out and used the jab effectively, but the action was sloppy and very sporadic, drawing boos from half the crowd and zzzzzz’s from the other.  The two stood ring center and flicked meaningless and pawing jabs over the first half of the fight, which turned into wrestling and grappling as the fight progressed.  Godfrey looked the part, and appeared to have some skill to compliment his “look,” but the activity was nowhere to be found.  Thompson was busier during the bouts many “idle” moments and at the conclusion he was awarded the win by scores of 80-72, 80-72, and 78-74; and that’s all I have to say about that. 

Going forward, I would say if Thompson or Godfrey’s phone “doesn’t” ring, it will definitely be ESPN calling again.

Preliminary Results:

Jr. Lightweights Samir Simpson-Bey 1-0 (1) vs. Nick Fannin, 0-2

Making his professional debut was St. Louis native Samir Simpson-Bey, who scored a spectacular second round knockout over Kansas City’s Nick Fannin.  Simpson-Bey utilized his sizable height and reach advantage to great avail, and despite the aggressive charges of the challenger, was able to land a counter left hook in round one that dropped the visiting fighter onto his back.  In round two, it was the same punch that ended the night for Fannin, as he was caught flush once again with another left hook that rendered him unable to continue.     

Cruiserweights Ian Warren 2-0 (1) vs. Mitchell Harris 0-2

St.Louis’ Ian Warren kept Lee’s Summit, MO native Mitchell Harris at bay with his jab and lead left hooks, earning a shutout four round decision, 40-36 across the board.  In a relatively lackluster affair, it was Warren that stayed busier throughout, outworking Harris with his pawing jab and occasional hook off the jab.  Harris hardly seemed a willing participant in fight as Warren doubled him up and kept him on the defensive for much of the four rounds.  The final round saw some of the fights’ best action as Warren pursued more purposefully, closed the distance and landed some good body shots.      

Heavyweights Tex Trimegistus vs. Brandon McCrary

Also making his pro debut was MMA fighter and St. Louis heavyweight Tex Trimegistus, who defeated Florissant, MO native Brandon McCrary by way of a 3rd round KO.  Trimegistus was the busier and more aggressive of the two fighters over the first two and a half rounds, forcing McCrary backwards, and landing frequent straight left hands.  McCrary looked out of sorts under pressure, and Trimegistus patiently worked behind the jab, ultimately setting up his big straight left that ended things midway through the third.     

Light Heavyweights Ryan Coyne 20-0 (8) vs. Julius Fogle 15-8 (10)

Local Favorite Ryan Coyne entertained the crowd with a thrilling, action packed, eight round decision over North Carolina’s Julius Fogle, by scores of 79-70, 79-70, and 80-68.  In a truly “TV worthy” fight, Coyne pressured Fogle, and did some excellent body work, pressuring the visiting fighter and punching in combination effectively on the inside.  By the middle rounds it was becoming apparent that Coyne’s body work was taking its toll as Fogle continued to throw and land, but without much force.  Coyne showed little respect for Fogle’s punching power in the latter rounds as he continued his forward charge, hammering Fogle against the ropes, ripping him with shots up and down, and scoring an “accumulation” knockdown in the seventh that saw him land between the ropes.   Fogle made it to his feet, and narrowly survived the round as the bell sounded.  In round eight it was more of the same as Coyne kept the pressure on and floored Fogle twice more before the bout’s conclusion.    

In Swing Bout Action:

Welterweights Chris Rapa 6-0 (4) vs. Steve Kollin 2-2 (2)

Undefeated crowd favorite Chris Rapa survived a bit of a test from Arkansas native Steve Kollin, winning a closer than expected majority decision, 40-36, 40-36, 38-38.  Rapa used pressure to back his opponent up, and he landed the more effective and telling blows, but he got hit quite a bit in return, showing some vulnerability on the defensive end. 

Junior Welterweights  Leon Spinks III  2-0 (1) vs. Chavron Spain 0-1

Slick speedster Leon Spinks III won a relatively easy decision in the night’s final bout, taking the four rounder by scores of 40-34 across the board.  Spinks started off somewhat cautious and defensive minded, using footwork and head movement to avoid incoming punches, but his offense was limited until the final frame when he scored two knockdowns against his debuting opponent.  From the southpaw stance, Spinks eventually delivered some solid combinations, and with help from a vocal crowd yelling “it’s in the blood,” Spinks was able to channel the spirits of his famous ring relatives to get the victory.

 

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Karim Mayfield-Raymond Serrano Recap

Karim Mayfield-Raymond Serrano Recap

By Aaron Lloyd

May 18, 2012- Junior welterweight prospect Karim Mayfield kept his undefeated streak intact on Friday night after scoring an impressive 5th round knockout over highly regarded Philadelphia native Raymond Serrano.  From the opening bell, Mayfield made it a physical affair on the inside, and had success timing Serrano with leaping straight rights, while Serrano managed to find success of his own with well timed countering rights.  Through two rounds the fight appeared to be even on the scorecards, however, in round three Mayfield landed a right hand that dropped Serrano and immediately prompted an eight count.  Mayfield loaded up and pursued wildly, throwing punches from too close, allowing Serrano to buy some time in the clinches and shake the cobwebs, before ultimately being pushed to the canvas on two more occasions.  Clinging to life, Serrano looked lucky to make it out of the third frame, as a visibly winded Mayfield struggled to put his punches together effectively and close things out.  In round number four, Serrano seemed to get his legs under him, as Mayfield allowed his seemingly beaten opponent an opportunity to briefly get back into the fight.  However, just as the bell sounded to end round four, Mayfield dropped a straight right hand that forced Serrano down once again, this time flat on his face.  After struggling to get up, the referee sent him to his corner where chaos ensued.  Serrano, unable to fully recover, tried to hang on in round five, but after taking more punishment via the right hand, referee Eddie Claudio had seen enough, and called a halt to the action at 47 seconds into the fifth. With the win, Karim Mayfield improved to 16-0-1 with 10 knockouts, while Raymond Serrano fell to 18-1 (8).

In all, it was a tough night for the Philadelphia kid (just 22 years of age) as he was beaten badly by a more seasoned and physical fighter.  Serrano looked poised in the early rounds, but the pressure and hand speed were too much for a fighter of his limited experience to deal with, as Mayfield ultimately dictated the terms of the fight, and rendered Serrano’s offense ineffective.

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Fight Recap: Hank Lundy-Dannie Williams

Fight Recap: Hank Lundy-Dannie Williams

By Aaron Lloyd

Hammerin’ Hank Lundy let his fists do the talking on Friday night as he defended his NABF lightweight title with an impressive unanimous decision victory over “Dangerous” Dannie Williams.  Lundy boxed exceptionally well from the outside, utilizing his jab, superior hand speed, and boxing skills to frustrate the hard punching St. Louis native, but the victory did not come entirely without cost, as Lundy was once again forced to get off the canvas before settling in. In round one, Williams landed a perfectly timed left hook high on Lundy’s temple that dropped him to a knee.  Lundy rose quickly, and managed to extricate himself from the round without suffering any further damage, however the knockdown provided some tense moments over the next few rounds as Williams loaded up, looking to test Lundy’s chin again.  Lundy responded with a solid second frame, as Teddy Atlas made mention of the fact that Williams was loading up, looking for the knockout instead of letting the fight come to him.  In rounds three and four, the action was close, but Lundy looked more skillful as he scored with the jab and covered up well.  In the middle of round three, Williams timed Lundy coming in once again and had the champion staggered, but he displayed excellent recuperative powers and fought on unfazed.

Through the middle and late rounds, Hank Lundy began to put on a boxing clinic, doubling and tripling up with the jab and snapping Williams’ head back with his precision.  By round seven it was all Lundy, as he countered, moved, slipped, and out-boxed his less experienced opponent earning a comfortable lead on the scorecards coming down the stretch.  By rounds 9 and 10 it looked as if the threat of a Williams KO had disappeared as Lundy confidently took chances and received little retaliatory fire in return.  At the fights’ conclusion, Hank Lundy had earned a unanimous decision by margins of 97-92, 97-92, and 98-91, and improved to 22-1-1 with 11 knockouts, while Dannie Williams fell to 21-2 with 17 KO’s.

In all, Hank Lundy fought a very smart, professional fight and earned the right to be considered among the game’s best lightweights, and while questions will still remain regarding his chin, there is no questing his skill and heart.

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Weekly Predictions 2/5-2/11

Demetrius Andrade vs. Angel Hernandez

(Jr. Middleweights)

10 Rounds, Uncasville, CT, February 10, 2012 (ESPN2)

Former U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade looks to stay unbeaten and continue his path up the rankings this Friday against 30-10 (17) Angel Hernandez this weekend on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.  Andrade has looked impressive in most of his 15 outings, however, some grumblings about his choice of opposition are starting to surface (not from me, of course), and many in the fight game feel that it is time for him to start stepping things up a bit.  Andrade is currently rated #21 by boxrec.com, and the last minute “flavor of the minute” replacement he is now fighting cannot possibly help increase his exposure at this point.  Hernandez is not quite the caliber of fighter that critics of Andrade were hoping for (having lost his last 3 fights in a row and 6 out of his last 10), but he has fought some very respectable opposition, and he is available for the date in question; which is really all that matters at this point.

I am hoping for a competitive fight, but I have a feeling that things may play out with Andrade boxing and using his jab on the outside, and Hernandez stalking, throwing one or two punches and trying to find a way inside.  It could be a little slow going, but hopefully the offense will find its way into the rotation before the ten rounds are over.

Demetrius Andrade

15-0 (10)

 

Angel Hernandez

30-10 (17)

C

Opposition & Experience

A

C+

Punch Output

C+

B+

Boxing Ability & Intangibles

C-

B

Aggression

B+

B

Power

C

A

Hand Speed

B-

B+

Defense

C-

B+

Chin

B

A

Conditioning

B

B

Punch Accuracy

C

The Break Down

Andrade has just about every advantage that one fighter can have over another in this fight.  He is faster, busier, better at controlling the tempo, he hits harder, he takes a better punch, and he has the added benefit of being thirteen years younger and five inches taller.  Andrade does have a tendency to fight out of a wide stance, negating his size advantage, but all in all, I think he is quick enough, and long enough to keep Hernandez on the end of his jab all night, making it a very frustrating fight for the journeyman replacement.

Conclusion

About all that Hernandez has to rely on in this fight is his experience fighting high-profile opponents like Osumanu Adama, Peter Manfredo Jr., Vanes Martirosyan, and Winky wright (of course, it is debatable whether much can actually be learned from being TKO’d and easily decisioned repeatedly).  Nevertheless, Hernandez does have 262 rounds worth of professional boxing experience under his belt to Andrade’s to 59, so perhaps his “hard knocks” style ring education has provided him with some sort of benefit.  Unfortunately, I am just not sure that he has the footwork, the comparable boxing skills, or enough offense to keep Andrade from landing the cleaner, harder combinations over the duration.  In the end, Hernandez has never demonstrated the ability to beat elite level competition, and now that he is 36 years old, it seems highly unlikely that he will be able to reverse his fate this late in the game.  Andrade is simply too good in too many categories for this fight to be competitive, therefore, Hernandez may avoid being TKO’d a third time, but he will not be able to avoid the inevitable eleventh loss of his career.  

(Andrade by unanimous decision)

Additional Fight Predictions for February 5 to February 11

Date and Time (EST)

Event

Channel

Feb 10, 2012

Ray Serrano vs. Kenny Abrill (Jr. Welterweights)

ESPN2

Ray Serrano is an exciting young junior welterweight prospect from Philadelphia, with a record of 17-0, including 8 wins coming by way of knockout.  He has a fan-friendly style, and at just 22 years of age, he has a tremendous amount of upside.  In this fight, he faces a 31-year old from New York, with a record of 11-4-1, including six knockouts.  Outside of going the distance with Cuban Yordenis Ugas in his last fight, Abrill has yet to produce any noteworthy performances, and I would wager that it will not be Abrill’s name that we will be discussing after this fight either (unless he is on the receiving end of a highlight reel KO).  In the end, while Serrano is still untested himself, I like what I have seen from him so far, and I predict he will come out and make a quick statement en route to claiming his 18th victory.

(Serrano by 4th round KO)

Feb 10, 2012

Orlando Cruz vs. Alejandro Delgado (Featherweights)

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Orlando Cruz is a 30-year old featherweight from Puerto Rico with a record of 17-2-1 including 8 knockouts.  He is currently rated #47 by boxrec.com, and his only two losses came in recent bouts against Cornelius Lock and Daniel Ponce de Leon.  Ortiz has quick hands, and a slick southpaw style, but he is easily hurt, and he doesn’t appear to like pressure when applied.  When Ponce de Leon came forward, Ortiz tried to mix it up, but ultimately caught more than his fair share of shots, and ended up going down for good after a serious of body shots in the third.  In this fight, Cruz likely won’t find the action quite as frantic as he did against Ponce de Leon, and as a result, he may be able to box his way to a win.  His opponent, Alejandro Delgado, is 15-5 with 7 knockouts, and he has lost 3 of his last 5, including a 10 round decision to a fighter with a record of 7-10, and a first round KO loss to Christian Esquival in July of 2007.  Cruz is a few grades above Delgado, and the difference in ability should be rather apparent.

(Ortiz by unanimous decision)

Feb 10, 2012

Lucas Matthysse vs. Silverio Ortiz (Jr. Welterweights)

 

Veteran junior welterweight Lucas Matthysse is back again after scoring a 4 round KO over Sergio Priotti back in December of last year.  Matthysse is ranked #12 by boxrec.com at 140 pounds, and despite split decision losses to Zab Judah and Devon Alexander, he still finds himself very much alive in the junior middleweight title landscape.  He is 29-2 with 27 knockouts, and he is a tough, exciting fighter that has proven himself capable of contending with the division’s elite.  Unfortunately, Silverio Ortiz is not the division’s elite.  He is a 29-year old from Mexico, who despite winning 4 out of his last 5 fights, has still lost 13 of his 36 total fights, including 4 by knockout. Matthysse is still world class; Silverio is a not a so much.

(Matthysse by 5th round KO)

Feb 10, 2012

Kevin Mitchell vs. Felix Lora (Lightweights)

 

Kevin Mitchell is back in action this Friday, and looking to build on his exceptional 8th round stoppage of countryman John Murray last July.  Mitchell is 27 years old, he is 32-1 with 24 knockouts, and his only loss came against Michael Katsidis in May of 2010.  Mitchell only fought once in 2011, so here is to hoping he keeps a busy appointment book this year.  Mitchell is a very good boxer, and skilled defensive specialist who makes guys miss and counters well.  The fact that he was able to stop John Murray (who took a hellacious beating against Brandon Rios last December), and the fact that he has 24 wins inside the distance means he has power to go with his quickness.  Lora is 14-8-5, he is barely ranked inside the top 150, and he has lost 2 of his last 3.  I will excuse Mitchell for fighting down every once in a while, as long he decides to fight more often.

(Mitchell by 3rd round KO)

Feb 11, 2012

Prizefighter Junior Welterweight Tournament

 

Live from Wolverhampton, England, another round of “Prizefighting” action takes place this weekend, this time in the junior welterweight division.  Taking part in this installment are Dean Harrison-16-6 (5), Adil Anwar-13-1 (7), John Watson-13-2 (5), and Tyrone Nurse-20-0 (3) among others.  The eight man tournament will include 7 bouts (all three rounds a piece) over the course of one night, with a winner to be determined by night’s end.

Feb 11, 2012

Samuel Vargas vs. Manolis Plaitis (Welterweights)

 

Samuel Vargas is an undefeated welterweight, originally from Columbia, now residing in Canada, who is 8-0-1 with 2 knockouts.  He is rated #117 by boxrec.com, and his opponent, Manolis Plaitis, is rated #294 accordingly.  Plaitis is 17-1-1 with 8 KO’s, however, the last opponent he faced was 9-13-2, and two fights ago, he was knocked out by a fighter that was 4-1.  Factoring in the ages of these two fighters, and their general inexperience, this actually could be an evenly matched bout.  However, having seen Vargas fight Ahmad Cheiko a couple of months ago, I know the guy can bang, and he can definitely take a licking, which makes it easier for me to choose him over a guy that I know considerably less about (Here is a clip of Vargas in action against Ahmad Cheikho, which just happens to be one of the best rounds of2011).  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYWZT740bVY

(Vargas by 5th round KO)

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