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Maidana, Lara win by TKO

Ringside by Miguel Maravilla and Felipe Leon
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda

In what was a slugfest from the opening bell, Marcos "El Chino" Maidana and Josesito Lopez went six rounds Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, on a Golden Boy-promoted cad televised on Showtime.

As expected, both fighters came out banging away in the opening round. Lopez used his distance while the always aggressive Maidana boxed before they began to trade.

The action picked up where it left off in the second. A left hook to the body followed by an overhand right momentarily staggered Lopez, backing him to the corner as Maidana followed up on the attack. Lopez punched away wildly before clinching.

In round three, Maidana boxed and continued to land the harder punches. Lopez, however, began to pick it up as he raised is hands encouraging Maidana to trade, The "Riverside Rocky" followed up with his combinations, bringing everyone on their feet at the Home Depot Center.

The momentum began to shift in round four as Lopez had his best round, landing with more combinations backing up Maidana. Lopez connected with a body shot. Maidana was rocked, and held on to Lopez, who followed up with a barrage of punches. Maidana went down but referee Lou Moret quickly ruled it a slip.

Things began to get intense as both traded heavily the entire fight through five rounds. However, the Argentinian caught Lopez with an overhand right sending him to the canvas in round six. Lopez quickly got up and appeared to be staggered as Maidana continued his assault with a series of right hands, backing him to the corner. Referee Lou Moret stepped in to stop the contest at 1:18.

Maidana improves his mark to 34-3, 31 KOs and, as always, Lopez fought his heart out and goes to 30-6, 18 KOs. – M.M.

Lara Survives the Bite of "El Perro"

They say that substance is much more valuable that beauty and last Saturday night, former interim WBO world champion Alfredo "Perro" Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs) almost proved the saying right when he dropped the elegant Erislandy Lara (18-2-2, 12 KOs) twice and looked to be about to cause more damage when misfortune unfortunately reared its ugly head his way and caused a straight left from Lara to perhaps shatter his orbital bone or at least damage it enough for him to gesture "no mas" at the 1:50 mark of the tenth round of a scheduled twelve.

As the fight developed in the opening rounds, it looked like the slick southpaw boxer Lara would not have any trouble as he glided around the ring and almost at will landed straight lefts in between the guard of Angulo whose only response was to chase the Cuban around. When Angulo of Mexicali, Mexico, did get close enough to land on Lara, it was to the body, with left hooks to the liver followed by uppercuts to the head but those were caught by Lara's arms.

As Lara began in the fourth to get a bit more daring and began to stay in the pocket with his back to the ropes, Angulo caught him with a devastating left hook to chin as Lara moved away with his hands down that sent the Cuban living in Houston, Texas, to the canvas for the first time in his amateur and pro career. Lara beat the count on shaky legs and was able to not only recuperate his senses as Angulo went for the kill but also fight back and keep landing the straight left which was starting to mark up the face of "El Perro".

"That was the first time that I have been on the canvas, ever," a subdued Lara stated at the post fight press conference through interpreter and Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez.

"I am glad it happened since I learned immensely from it."

With is body punches doing some effect, Angulo went after Lara and kept stalking him, punching to the body and now more to the head as a composed Lara kept boxing from the outside. Perhaps having learned his lesson, Lara did not exchange so much in the middle rounds as he went back to boxing, landing educated jabs followed by beautiful straight lefts to the face of Angulo and then as quickly as he was landing, he was gone, moving away from the relentless attack of the Mexican.

Despite Lara being the quicker and more skillful fighter, Angulo was not deterred and with scrapes, cuts and bruises on his face, he kept coming, looking for any way to score to the body of Lara in hopes of slowing him down. The eighth looked like an Angulo round with two of the three judges giving him the nod as he caught up with Lara and worked the only way he knows how, without stopping.

"The fight was developing as we planned it, we knew we would have to go through hell to get the job done," Angulo's trainer Virgil Hunter said after the fight to the assembled media. "I think we were really close to stopping him."

As it looked as if Lara had finally found the answer to victory, throwing no more than two or three punches and then sliding away, Angulo again caught him, this time in the ninth round, with a glancing left hook with his hands down that made Lara take a step back. With his opponent slowing down, Angulo again threw a hellacious left to the head that connected and sent Lara down. The tough Lara beat the count again but this time in worse shape as Angulo went for the kill. Lara, demonstrating an undying fighting spirit and courage, not only recuperated but again began to fight back and keep Angulo off with straight lefts.

With the tide turning in Angulo's favor, Lara went to work in the tenth with what worked, the left hand, and by the mid way point of the round, it looked as if again he was in control of the action. As Angulo crouched down to avoid his punches, Lara was still able to land two successive lefts that turned to be the deciding ones of the battle since immediately after they landed, Angulo righted himself up and waived off Lara and gave him back to him and referee Raul Caiz Sr. much to the dismay of the pro-Angulo crowd. Soon it was evident that Angulo had suffered a severe injury to his left eye, a suspected fractured or shattered orbital bone for which he was immediately taken to a nearby hospital. The official time was 1:50 of the tenth. At the time of the stoppage, judges Max DeLuca and Robert Hoyle had it for Lara 85-84 each while Marty Denkin had Angulo ahead with a 86.83.

With the win, Lara captures the vacant interim WBA super welterweight title. – F.L.

Charlo Outboxes Hopkins in a Sleeper

Twin brother from Houston, Texas, Jermell "Ironman" Charlo (21-0, 10 KOs) took a unanimous decision, the vacant USBA junior middleweight and WBC Americas super welterweight title over Demetrius "D Hop" Hopkins (33-3-1, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA, and nephew of the legendary Bernard Hopkins.

With both fighters utilizing their boxing skill as their primary weapon, the twelve round bout turned into a chess match from the opening bell as both men looked to take control of the middle of the ring real estate. Not much separated both fighters in the first six rounds of the contest as they both fought almost as mirror images of each other, using almost exclusively the jab as an attack and throwing but not landing any other punch.

In the second half of the fight, Charlo was the more adept in scoring his right hand and with advantage was able to control the action. Charlo proved to be the quicker of the two as they sporadically moved away from the jab contest and exchanged a few combinations with the Texan displaying better defense in slipping the punches as well as faster hands.

By the eight round Charlo began to apply a little more pressure, but not much, as it was obvious that he not only was able to keep up with the much more experienced Hopkins but beat him to the punch. Hopkins was always in the fight but was not able to put it into the next gear to be able to make Charlo uncomfortable enough to risk any more than he really needed to.

At the end of the contest, all three judges, Fritz Werner, Gwen Adair and Marty Denkin, turned in identical cards of 115-113. – FL

Washington Beats "Tank" Williams

In a run of the mill eight round heavyweight fight, former USC defensive end Gerald "Gallo Negro" Washington (8-0, 5KOs) continued his rise thru the ranks as he defeated his toughest opponent on paper, forty-year old Sherman "Tank" Williams (35-13-2, 19KOs) of Vero Beach, Florida.

After trying out for a pair of teams in the NFL, the 6"5' tall Washington of San Jose, CA, was the much taller of the two and after some posturing from both looking for their range, was the first to attack with long right hands to the back of the year of the crouching Williams. With only twelve months as a professional, Washington still seems to be looking for his style and seemed stiff in throwing his power punches, especially the uppercut. Despite of that, he was able to land a huge one from his right hand that caught Williams flush on the chin and deposited him on the canvas. The veteran was able to beat the count and soon began to find holes in the armor of the much more built Washington.

Williams, whose biggest name on his dossier was none other than Evander Holyfield who he fought to a no-contest in 2011, also had the former champion John David Jackson in his corner.

By the fourth, the crowd began to get restless as both fighters were more interested in pawing out a lazy jab and looking for a comfortable range than any sustained action. Williams was having trouble getting on the inside of Washington's long arms but noticed that "Gallo Negro" tended to go straight back in retreat instead of using lateral movement so he began to throw wide left hooks to the chin. The strategy at times proved to be successful for the "Tank" but not often enough as despite his large frame, Washington was very mobile. Williams was able to land some decent right hands to the chin of Washington but it was too little so at the end of the eight rounds, Washington took a unanimous decision of 79-72 three times from judges Carla Caiz, Jonathan Davis and Gwen Adair. – FL

Kavanaugh Makes Quick Work of Landeros

Irish transplant Jamie Kavanaugh (14-0-1, 6 KOs) did what he was supposed to do and scored a stoppage of late sub Adolfo Landeros (21-32-2, 10 KOs) of Mexico City in the third round of a scheduled eight round light welterweight contest.

Kavanaugh was originally slated to face Tijuana's Sergio "Sirenito" Perez but for unforeseen circumstances that battle was scratched and like many times before, Landeros got the late night call to fight in a weight class not his own.

The experienced Landeros, whose better days came below the 130 lbs. limit, is a rugged brawler who has proved to be a tough out for former and current champions such as Jhonny Gonzalez, Jonathan Romero and Guillermo Rigondeux as well as a number of top contenders.

Kavanaugh proved to be the much quicker of the two as he welcomed Landeros to the festivities with a quick jab that snapped the Mexico City's native head back. Kavanaugh, who fights and trains out of Hollywood, CA, then followed with quick combinations to the body and head of Landeros with a hard left hook to the liver playing a major part. Landeros tried to keep him off with his own set of punches but they were too slow and with out any power to make a difference.

Landeros took a couple of steps back when Kavanaugh scored with a huge left hook to the chin. Kavanaugh didn't go for the kill perhaps leery of Landeros' experience.

Kavanaugh continued the attack in the third as he was even more effective in trapping Landeros against the ropes and working on the body with hard power punches. At the end of the round, the third man in the ring Tom Taylor, had seen enough and decided to pull the plug on Landeros. Official time was 3:00 of the third. – FL

Valerio Squeezes by Reyes

In a hotly contested bantamweight four round battle, Edgar Valerio (3-0, 2 KOs) of Los Angeles caused a severe cut and took a close split decision over David Reyes (2-4-1), also of Los Angeles, with scores of 37-35 twice and 37-35 for Reyes.

Reyes was the more aggressor of the two, scoring with wild power punches to the body and head of Valerio. The taller Valerio was able to counter punch Reyes attack with straight punches. In the second, he caused a severe cut over the left eye of Reyes that wasn't stopped for the rest of the bout. Despite Reyes taking the fight to Valerio through out the four rounds, Valerio was able to score the straighter and more effective punches leading to the win. – FL

Perez outboxes Kamegai

Venezuela's Johan Perez (17-1-1, 12 KOs) and Yoshihiro Kamegai (22-1-1, 19 KOs) of Japan went the distance in a ten-round welterweight bout.

Johan Perez came out boxing in the opening round using the jab and following with the right as Kamegai stalked. In round two, Perez used more combinations and began countering with the uppercut as Kamegai stood in front receiving punches. Circling the ring continuing to box in round three. Perez neutralized Kamegai's aggressiveness with the jab following up with the right.

Kamegai could not seem to get off continuing to press forward as Perez boxed effective through four rounds. The Japanese fighter's left eye began to swell up halfway through the bout as he continued to chase Perez in round five. Johan Perez began to fire away with more combinations in round six as Kamegai began to be an easy target with his aggressiveness.

The Venezuelan Perez was confident heading into the seventh as he began switching his stance continuing to box. In round eight, Kamegai continued to come forward and he connected with a right hand cornering Perez. Heading into the tenth and final round Perez came out shooting combinations closing well to impress the judges while Kemegai continued his aggressiveness sensing the urgency.

After ten rounds the judges scored the bout 100-90, 98-92, and 97-93. – MM

Joseph Diaz Jr. Impresses

2012 U.S Olympian South El Monte's Joseph Diaz Jr. stopped Rigoberto Casillas of Tijuana at the end of round three.

Diaz boxed well as he picked his shots landing solid in the opening round. Continuing to box patiently in round two, Diaz landed solid on the inside as he appeared to be chopping down Casillas. The straight left was effective in round three as Casillas came forward setting himself up for Diaz's effective counters that were rocking the Mexican fighter. Casillas did not come out for the round four as the referee stopped the contest. The time of the stoppage was 3:00.

The year old Joseph Diaz Jr. continues his rise as a young star as he now stands at 5-0, 3 KOs. - MM

Ronnie Rios Breaksdown Leonilo Miranda

Santa Ana's Ronnie Rios was impressive in a stoppage over Leonilo Miranda.

Rios was relaxed early on, using the jab and sneaking the left hook to the body. In round three Rios began to pick it up as he landed with vicious left hooks on the inside but Miranda kept fighting on trading with Rios.

The following round, Rios continued to dig on the inside as Miranda appeared to be wearing down. Rios continued to chop down Miranda on the inside in round five with hooks to the body, but in round six, Miranda's corner had seen enough as they threw in the towel advising the referee to stop the fight.

Referee Pat Russel stopped the bout at 1:37. Rios improves his record to 21-0, 10 KOs. – MM

Manuel Avila Cruises by Jamal Parram

Manuel Avila (12-0, 4 KOs) of Fairfield, California won an eight-round unanimous decision over Jamal Parram as he dominated the entire bout.

From the opening bell, Avila popped the jab neutralizing the southpaw Parram boxing well. However in round four the typical case of conventional stance fighter versus southpaw caused a clash of heads as Avila began to bleed above his left eye.

Despite being cut above his left eye Manuel Avila stuck to his plan boxing, countering the aggressive Parram throughout the fight in route to a unanimous decision win as all three judges scored the bout 80-72. – MM

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