By Professor Fred Whitted NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) — The title above...
A night of upsets and accomplishments
IOWA CITY (BASN) – On Friday night, heavyweight contender Derric Rossi, with two losses on his ledger, was hoping to cash in on a last minute invitation to fight Costa Rica’s Carl Davis Drummond.
His only lost was a close decision lost in Germany for one of the heavyweight title and was the favorite in this bout.
Rossi started out boxing against the smaller Drummond and he took advantage of his lack of activity as Rossi averaged 50 punches per round whereas his opponent threw half of that many. Drummond came forward but he never cut off the ring and Rossi moved around him while throwing combinations.
As the fight progressed, Drummond appeared lethargic as he continued to chase but to no avail. He failed to jab as he moved forward; allowing Rossi to fight when Rossi wanted to. As ESPN’s Ted Atlas noted from ringside, Drummond will wake up and the fight will be over.
In the final 30 seconds of the eighth round, Drummond hunted Rossi down and finally put some combinations that connected for Drummond’s best round. However with 1:30 left in the ninth round, Rossi nailed Drumond with an upper cut and he sent him reeling.
From that point, it was Drumond running for cover and whatever chance he had to win simply evaporated. In the 10th, Rossi won the round easily as he boxed his way to unanimous victory.
The final stats showed the obvious as he nailed Drummond with three punches for every one that Drumond connected. When Rossi moved up in talent pool in the past, he lost.
This time, he came away a winner and showed that he might be able to work his way into the Heavyweight top ten but this fight showed weakness as Rossi showed a reluctance to fight inside against a smaller fighter.
Julio Diaz, the former lightweight champion, challenged the undefeated Victor Cayo at 140 pounds. Diaz’s challenge was to defuse the quicker and taller Cayo with an inside attack; a task not easy since Diaz was a boxer himself.
The first round showed this challenge as Cayo’s wingspan made it difficult for Diaz to penetrate his defenses. The first three rounds looked like a fencing match as quickness proved decisive as Cayo hand speed won most of the battles.
In the second half of the fourth round, Diaz started to move forward and get inside of the Cayo long winspan and nail the younger fighter inside. In the fifth round, it was Cayo who won the pitch battles inside over the last 30 seconds as Diaz failed to take advantage of his experience.
In the sixth round, Cayo decided to flurry and overwhelm Diaz with activities as he threw punches from all angles and Diaz looked bewildered as he tried to find ways to counter his quicker opponent.
In the seventh round and most of the eighth round, Cayo won the inside game but at the end of the eighth round, he caught Diaz with a left hook as Diaz moved in; Diaz staggered for two quick seconds before the bell ring.
Cayo’s confidence started to build up with minute left in the ninth round; he nailed Diaz with three sharp rights in the row. This may have clinched the fight as Diaz mounted a comeback in the final stanza but this was a case of too little, too late. Cayo made a major step forward as he defeated a two time former lightweight champion in Diaz,
Chris Avalos appeared on SHOBOX to show boxing fans that his 10-0 record was no fluke. In fact, nine of his first ten opponents had winning record whereas his opponent Andre Wilson had eight opponents with only two fights.
Avalos had the advantage of fighting better fighters in his career and this showed up in this brief encourter. Wilson early career saw him fight in divisions from super featherweight to bantamweight, much of this due to lack of ability to get fights at his best weight: 118 pounds.
The first round saw a close round to score as both Wilson and Avalos exchanged punches but in a cautious fashion as neither fighter chose to attack all out. This allowed Wilson garner some confidence as the favorite Avalos held back.
In the second round, Avalos attacked and nailed Wilson with left hook in the opening seconds. A second knock out did not come as result of a punch as much as weariness suffered by Wilson; already dazed after the first knock down.
Avalos finished the show with combinations that trapped Wilson in the corner before referee stopped the fight. Avalos, who showed patience in the first round against a game Wilson; took advantage of Wilson williness to fight inside and stopped his opponent.
In the main event, Marvin Quintero challenged Tyrone Harris. Both Harris and Quintero were fighting their third SHOBOX fights but Quintero was more successful as he won his first two SHOBOX fights whereas Harris had lost his only two opportunities on SHOBOX.
Harris came in the fight with 23 wins in 28 fights, whereas Quintero had only one loss in seventeen fights with 12 of those wins by knockout.
Harris started out well as both men exchanged some big shots but Harris appeared to have the advantage in a close round and the second was even closer as both fighters exchanged brisk jabs followed by power shots. Quintero abandoned his go for broke style in the early rounds as he boxed away from Harris.
In the second half of the third round, Quintero went to the body and succeeded in working combinations moving up and down; the only flaw a low blow that caused a minute delay as Harris rested.
In the fourth round, Harris came out strong and pushed Quintero into the corner; capturing the first half of the round but Quintero did manage some successful counters over the last minute.
Just like the fourth round, Harris nailed Quintero with solid shots at the beginning of the fifth round that forced Quintero moved back but as the round progressed; Harris retreated.
The last 30 seconds saw both fighters nail each others with shots.
The sixth round again saw Harris move forward and nailed Quintero but like the other rounds, Quintero found the will to get back in the round. Quintero won the seventh round with aggressive round as he forsake pain and nailed Harris with clean shots.
Harris started the eighth round with yet another flurry but this time Quintero didn’t fight back and his eyes rolled back as Harris nailed him with a combination. The referee stopped the fight.
Harris’ upset win saved his career as he finally beat a quality prospect. Harris is one of those fighters with talent that never seem to come together and there were times that Harris looked like Harris of old but in the eighth round, he fulfilled all his potential.
Maybe this is the fight that turns his career around.